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  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Archie Shepp

    Jazz Music News
    AllAboutJazz.com
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Archie Shepp's birthday today! Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: A The CommunistA , an allegorical play about the situation of black Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical musicians of the time: Lee Morgan... Read more...
  • Wayne Shorter Goes Solo With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Wynton Marsalis New
    15 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    When the saxophonist Wayne Shorter has come through town over the past 15 years or so, he has generally been with his quartet, a group that plays soul-drilling, gonzo-Zen interventions on about 50 years’ worth of his music. There is much open space in these performances, much insight and mystery, a settling into a zone between direction and indirection. Apart from Mr. Shorter’s stature as a small-group composer in jazz — the best, pretty much — the alert and unscripted way the quartet operates has for many listeners represented a current ideal for how jazz works and what it can…
  • Jamie Cullum Wants You To Hear These Jazz Tunes

    Jazz
    22 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    The best-selling pianist also hosts a jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He joins NPR's Scott Simon to share new music from three European artists who merge classic sounds with electronic elements.» E-Mail This
  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wallace Roney

    Jazz Music News
    AllAboutJazz.com
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Wallace Roney's birthday today! At a time when much of the Jazz world seems content to simply attempt to recreate the past, trumpeter/composer Wallace Roney follows the true Jazz tradition of utilizing the past to move forward. This has resulted in acknowledgment by the public and his peers with his receipt of three Grammy Awards and numerous nominations for projects in which he was the featured performer and/or collaborator... Read more...
  • George Benson headlines New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gala

    New Orleans Jazz Fest
    Sue Strachan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    22 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    'Give Us The Night' (a play on Benson's 'Give Me the Night') was the party theme,
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  • Jamie Cullum Wants You To Hear These Jazz Tunes

    22 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    The best-selling pianist also hosts a jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He joins NPR's Scott Simon to share new music from three European artists who merge classic sounds with electronic elements.» E-Mail This
  • Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' In Concert

    22 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The music of the saxophonist's three-CD, nearly three-hour work comes to life in its full glory, assisted by his long-time working band, a choir, strings and plenty of special guests.» E-Mail This
  • Joe Temperley: 'No Greater Sound On Earth'

    22 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    The baritone saxophonist has performed in some of the best big bands that ever were — including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which salutes their 25-year-veteran in concert.» E-Mail This
  • Lionel Hampton On Piano Jazz

    22 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    The influential vibraphonist duets with Marian McPartland in a set of favorite standards, including his own "Flying Home."» E-Mail This
  • West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

    22 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    A group that specializes in Balkan music talks about how they grew as a band.» E-Mail This
 
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    Jazz Music News

  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wallace Roney

    AllAboutJazz.com
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Wallace Roney's birthday today! At a time when much of the Jazz world seems content to simply attempt to recreate the past, trumpeter/composer Wallace Roney follows the true Jazz tradition of utilizing the past to move forward. This has resulted in acknowledgment by the public and his peers with his receipt of three Grammy Awards and numerous nominations for projects in which he was the featured performer and/or collaborator... Read more...
  • VIDEO / DVD: The Things We Did Last Summer

    AllAboutJazz.com
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Yesterday I couldn't get The Things We Did Last Summer out of my head. The song was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne for Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1946 for Columbia under the direction of Alex Stordahl. Here's Sinatra's original followed by seven terrfic versions... A Here's Fats Navarro in 1949, a rare ballad for the trumpeter, who would die seven months after this live recording...
  • PERFORMANCE: Polly Gibbons at Birdland on July 2

    AllAboutJazz.com
    24 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    Resonance Records presents Polly Gibbons Many Faces of Love - One Show Only - 6:00pm on July 2nd at Birdland Resonance Records will present Polly Gibbons in her triumphant New York City return on Thursday, July 2, at 6:00pm at Birdland. She will be showcasing her debut release on Resonance Records, Many Faces of Love...
  • WEBSITE: Give Your Event a Visibility Boost with Jazz Near You's Spotlight Service

    AllAboutJazz.com
    24 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Musicians, venues and presenters can greatly increase the exposure of their Jazz Near You event listing by purchasing Spotlight advertising. Spotlight gives an advertised event prime placement on the Jazz Near You home page, on the Jazz Near You calendar page, and in the Jazz Near You eblast. The Spotlight service is $40 per event, and we suggest placing your order 2-4 weeks prior to your event date...
  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Archie Shepp

    AllAboutJazz.com
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Archie Shepp's birthday today! Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: A The CommunistA , an allegorical play about the situation of black Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical musicians of the time: Lee Morgan... Read more...
 
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    Wynton Marsalis New

  • In ‘Bessie’ the Empress of the Blues Finds New Audience on HBO

    19 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    In the opening minutes of ‘Bessie,’ the HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith premiering Saturday, May 16th, the titular character absorbs the warmth of a single spotlight with an air of faint applause surrounding her. Draped in the glamour of the roaring 20s and with a life far from her Chattanooga roots, Bessie never seems to escape the pain of an ever haunted past and like any artist of her time she channels that struggle in brilliant performance. Her life cut short in 1937 at the age of 43, Smith never lived to see the rise of modern-day celebrity with motion picture…
  • Wayne Shorter Goes Solo With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    15 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    When the saxophonist Wayne Shorter has come through town over the past 15 years or so, he has generally been with his quartet, a group that plays soul-drilling, gonzo-Zen interventions on about 50 years’ worth of his music. There is much open space in these performances, much insight and mystery, a settling into a zone between direction and indirection. Apart from Mr. Shorter’s stature as a small-group composer in jazz — the best, pretty much — the alert and unscripted way the quartet operates has for many listeners represented a current ideal for how jazz works and what it can…
  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces WInners of The 20th Anniversary Essentially Ellington 2015

    9 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the top high school jazz bands in the nation that took the highest honors tonight at the prestigious 20th Anniversary Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The first place winner is American Music Program from Portland OR, second place winner is Tucson Jazz Institute from Tucson, AZ, and third place winner is Lexington High School from Lexington, MA. Dillard Center for the Arts from Fort Lauderdale, FL received Honorable Mention. Beginning on May 7, the top 15…
  • 2015 Annual Gala: “The World of Duke Ellington”

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:53 pm
    New York, NY – April 22, 2015 – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2015 Gala, entitled “The World of Duke Ellington,” will celebrate the indomitable spirit of swing and legacy of Duke Ellington, the most influential figure in American music. This special one-night benefit concert will take place on April 29, 2015 – on the 116th anniversary of Ellington’s birth – at 7pm at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing,” located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. Hosted by Michael Keaton, the gala concert will feature the finest names in jazz and dance conveying the genius…
  • 48 HOURS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY has been honored with the Christopher Award

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    48 HOURS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY has been honored with the Christopher Award. Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, this poignant, feature length documentary is about the transformative power of music. It goes behind the scenes with three dedicated New Orleans marching band directors working to prepare students to march in Mardi Gras parades. But they accomplish much more as their students experience significant personal growth from being required to exhibit camaraderie, discipline, and endurance. The film, by Richard Barber, a 48 HOURS editor-producer, and Andre Lambertson, a cinematographer and…
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  • Playlist: 1991 Contemporary Jazz

    John Hilderbrand
    13 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I’ve posted the fourth in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1991, including the debut recordings from Fourplay and Candy Dulfer, some serious funkiness from David Benoit and Eric Marienthal, the Crusaders produced by Marcus Miller and more! Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word! Thanks for those who have submitted such nice feedback through 8tracks!
  • New Nelson Rangell

    John Hilderbrand
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Nelson Rangell is a guy whose playing I’ve always loved. He’s strong on the sax and fantastic on flute and piccolo. He’s released two albums independently this year. Red features him on sax on mostly original compositions in the familiar contemporary jazz mode. Blue has him on flute and piccolo in a variety of songs and styles. Bob James guests on a few tracks. Nelson tells you about it in his first blog.
  • Playlist: 8 from 1990

    John Hilderbrand
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I’ve posted the third in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1990, including the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Dave Weckl and more. Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word! 1990 Contemporary Jazz from contemporaryjazz on 8tracks Radio.
  • First look: Cheadle as Miles

    John Hilderbrand
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Cheadle’s Miles Ahead movie. Check out the full picture and a new interview with the actor.
  • David Blamires Group cover

    John Hilderbrand
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I’ve been updating my MP3 collection and couldn’t find a good scan of the David Blamires Group’s 1990 recording on the Web. So I scanned mine (usually it’s just easier to get a scan that someone else has already done). In case you’re in the same boat and don’t have a scanner, click the image below to view a 949×932 scan of the self-titled album.
 
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    Rifftides

  • Memorial Day

    Doug Ramsey
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In an op-ed column in the weekend Wall Street Journal, Jerry Cianciolo urges readers to visit their local World War II memorials—nearly every town has one—look at the names, touch them and think about the sacrifices they symbolize. Hundreds of communities have monuments to American warriors who died in Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan. […]
  • Ron Crotty, Bassist, 1929-2015

    Doug Ramsey
    22 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Following yesterday’s post about recently deceased musicians, a Rifftides reader who identifies himself only as Derrick sent a message: I just heard that Ron Crotty, the original bassist of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, died just a few days ago, too, but I have not seen anything written about it. Which leads me to ask, has […]
  • Recent Passings: Belden, Lundvall, Zinsser, King

    Doug Ramsey
    21 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Rifftides was never meant to be an obituary service, but who might have expected that so many people of high accomplishment and value would die in a so short a period. Ignoring their departures would be impossible. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until […]
  • Recent Listening: Luis Perdomo, We Float

    Doug Ramsey
    20 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    Luis Perdomo, Twenty-Two (Hot Tone Music) The title observes the number of years since the pianist moved from his native Venezuela to New York City. In that time Perdomo has established a musical personality apart from the influential leaders for whom he has worked—Ray Barretto, Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Brian Lynch among them. His early […]
  • That Old East Coast-West Coast Thing

    Doug Ramsey
    16 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Following yesterday’s Rifftides post announcing the Jazz Journalists Association poll winners, vibraharpist Charlie Shoemake commented: Randy Weston has had a long and distinguished career as have many of the other deserving award winners. Just curious, though, if any jazz artists from the west coast have ever been or ever will be recognized. It always seems […]
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    Jazz@Rochester

  • Have a little jazz with your lunch on Tuesdays ... June Jazz Duets

    Greg V. Bell
    24 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Late in the summer of 2014, the Monroe Branch Library of the Rochester & Monroe County Public Library presented a series of musical performances. Featuring a keyboard and saxophone, one of the performances highlighted the importance of the duet format in jazz, which is frequently referred to as a conversation. As an opening act for the Jazz Starts Here Series at the Central Public Library during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will be presenting a series of jazz duets, featuring some of Rochester's finest…
  • XRIJF ... There's a 2015 app for that!

    Greg V. Bell
    23 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    The official Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival smartphone apps for Android and iPhone are now available for download. I have downloaded mine and it is a real improvement over previous versions. The 2015 app has a number of new features, including: A new Discovery home page provides you bios, audio excerpts, direct links to artist web sites and more. XRIJF has really stepped up their game this year on the bios with more links, especially to Soundcloud, Spotify and other streams so you can hear the artists first.  The ability to set up your own customized schedule with the Favorites…
  • A month of live jazz in Rochester until XRIJF... here's the next week (Live jazz in ROC, May 21-27)

    Greg V. Bell
    20 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I can't believe that the 2015 XRIJF is only one month way, but isn't that they way it always happens. The nine days of non-stop music just sneaks up on you! I've started my coverage, which you can see in the posts below. But for now, see below to find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if something is missing and I'll add it in. Thursday, May 21, 2015 Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm Bossa Nova Jazz featuring Charles Mitchell Group @ Espada…
  • T minus 1 month and counting ... XRIJF is coming soon!

    Greg V. Bell
    19 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Now that I’ve had a chance to pore over the schedule a bit, I thought I’d write something to get Jazz@Rochester’s coverage of the Rochester International Jazz Festival started. I’ve been procrastinating (what else is new…?) as I wasn’t sure how to approach coverage this year. I’m still not sure, but as of today, with the XRIJF only one month out and I have to start somewhere. So hear goes ….  On first glance during and shortly after the press conference in March, I was thinking “geez, there’s not much here that I want to hear this year,” but as I have spent some time…
  • So much music, so little time... (Live jazz in ROC, May 14-20)

    Greg V. Bell
    13 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    OK, I'm giving up and taking the Bistro 135 off my list of venues. Their site remains up, but there is no indication of status.  If anyone has heard the skinny on what happened (I've heard several different stories...), send me an email through the Contact Us button above. By the way, if you think another venue should be on the list have them contact me that way, too. Below you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Thursday, May 14, 2015 Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel &…
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    Upcoming shows

  • Good 4 the Soul in St. Louis on 12/26/15

    26 Dec 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Artist: Good 4 the Soul Date: Saturday, December 26th 2015 - Sunday, December 27th 2015 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Tickets start at $25; $10 students Box office: 314-571-6000 Buy Tickets Notes: Subscriptions On Sale Now. Click “Buy Tickets” for more information on subscribing. Single Tickets Go On Sale August 19, 2015. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Good 4 the Soul in St. Louis on 12/26/15

    26 Dec 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Artist: Good 4 the Soul Date: Saturday, December 26th 2015 - Sunday, December 27th 2015 Time: 7:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Tickets start at $25; $10 students Box office: 314-571-6000 Buy Tickets Notes: Subscriptions On Sale Now. Click “Buy Tickets” for more information on subscribing. Single Tickets Go On Sale August 19, 2015. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker in St. Louis on 12/21/15

    21 Dec 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Artist: Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker Date: Monday, December 21st 2015 - Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Tickets start at $25; $10 students Box office: 314-571-6000 Buy Tickets Notes: Subscriptions On Sale Now. Click “Buy Tickets” for more information on subscribing. Single Tickets Go On Sale August 19, 2015. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker in St. Louis on 12/21/15

    21 Dec 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Artist: Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker Date: Monday, December 21st 2015 - Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 Time: 7:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Tickets start at $25; $10 students Box office: 314-571-6000 Buy Tickets Notes: Subscriptions On Sale Now. Click “Buy Tickets” for more information on subscribing. Single Tickets Go On Sale August 19, 2015. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O in St. Louis on 12/16/15

    16 Dec 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Artist: Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O Date: Wednesday, December 16th 2015 - Saturday, December 19th 2015 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Tickets start at $30; $10 students Box office: 314-571-6000 Buy Tickets Notes: Subscriptions On Sale Now. Click “Buy Tickets” for more information on subscribing. Single Tickets Go On Sale August 19, 2015. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
 
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    JAZZ LIVES

  • FEELING AFFECTIONATE?

    jazzlives
    25 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Here’s the theme song for all affectionate types (which I hope is a large audience) — this on-air version from January 1935: And later in 1935, one of my favorite recordings ever: It was issued under the name of pianist Garnet Clark, but it’s more often presented these days as a Django Reinhardt recording.  The stars are Clark, trumpeter Bill Coleman (catch his wonderful Louis-homages at the end, two, gloriously), clarinetist George Johnson, string bassist June Cole.  Poor Garnet Clark had a short life and a shorter recording history, dying young and in a psychiatric…
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HUMPH!

    jazzlives
    24 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Humphrey Lyttelton would have been 94 this May 23, 2015.  Although I have ordinarily not celebrated the birthdays of my heroes, living and departed, this calls for a celebration.  (Humph, gregarious onstage, was the most private of jazz musicians, so whether he approves of this tribute is open to debate.  But here it is, anyway.) The gorgeous soundtrack — rare and previously unheard — has been provided for us by Stephen Lyttelton, Humph’s son, and curator of the beautiful and engrossing website devoted to his father. The song is an old favorite (oddly enough, one I…
  • A BEETLE-SIGHTING!

    jazzlives
    23 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Yes, you read that right.  But it’s not a termite swarm or something to fear.  No, rather it is two minutes of the legendary stride pianist Stephen “The Beetle” Henderson, playing James P. Johnson’s KEEP OFF THE GRASS on a radio broadcast circa 1940, introduced by Art Hodes.  I assume this is from the period when Hodes had airtime on the New York City municipal station — what we now know as WNYC: I assume that Henderson got his mildly unflattering name because of wearing thick-lensed eyeglasses.  But there’s nothing to satirize in his playing.  Yes, a…
  • SPREADING MORE JOY IN MICHIGAN (May 8, 2015)

    jazzlives
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    ERIN MORRIS AND HER RAGDOLLS Has today been surprisingly rough, friend?  Did you turn away from the milk you were heating on the stove to find it had taken on new life as Vesuvius?  Are your ears still hurting from what someone said to you last night?  Did the Havanese puppy you bent down to pat on the street nip your hand?  Is your performance rating 10 . . . but the scale is now 1 to 100?  Are you being blamed for something you didn’t do?  Did someone siphon out all your emotional energy while you were sleeping?  Have all the treats been moved to a shelf higher than you can…
  • LOVE NOTES: TIM LAUGHLIN, CONNIE JONES, DOUG FINKE, CHRIS DAWSON, MARTY EGGERS, HAL SMITH, KATIE CAVERA at the San Diego Jazz Fest (November 29, 2014)

    jazzlives
    21 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Today I keep thinking of Tommy Wilhelm, the center of Saul Bellow’s inescapable novel SEIZE THE DAY.  Tommy not only endures failure; he seems drawn to it and perpetuates it.  Yet he is one of those rare beings — in fiction or in life — who seems on the edge of perceiving deep truths about himself. These perceptions do not give him the strength to steer clear of the next disaster, but in one of Tommy’s interior monologues, he thinks three strong words.  Never mind the past tense. Recovery was possible. Words to hold on to, even when what we define as “the…
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    Music and More

  • Streaming Movie Review: The Punk Singer directed by Sini Anderson, 2013

    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Punk Singer is a well done documentary film about Kathleen Hanna: singer, songwriter, musician and activist for the rock bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin. The film is quite an intimate profile of her life, following her from an unhappy childhood (abuse is hinted at, but never explored) to college where she tried to spread a feminist message through spoken word and poetry. After a professor sits her down and says the only way people are going to listen to you is in a band she finds three fellow travellers and Bikini Kill is born. There is some great footage of this legendary…
  • Brian Charette - Alphabet City (Posi-Tone, 2015)

    23 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Brian Charette is an up and coming organ player on the modern mainstream jazz scene who occasionally sidesteps the traditional blues and soul based approach in search of his own personal sound on the instrument. On this album he is accompanied by Will Bernard on guitar and Rudy Royston and drums, and they begin with a tune called “East Village” which is fast and in your face, certainly not background music, with bright guitar and swinging drums driving the music forward. “They Left Fred Out” has a bubbling confidence with Will Brenard developing a Grant Green style of guitar playing…
  • Mike Osbourne - Dawn (Cuneiform Records, 2015)

    17 May 2015 | 7:19 pm
    This album presents the legendary British alto saxophonist Mike Osborne in two unreleased sessions: tracks 1-6 recorded in 1970 with Henry Miller on bass and Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums and in 1970 with Miller on bass Alan Jackson on drums and John Surman on saxophones. Beginning with the ’66 session, “Scotch Pearl” has a fast and new-thing like quality with burly squalls of saxophone supported by thick bass and nimble percussion. There is an opening in the middle for bass and drums to take the music down just  a hair in intensity before Osborne to take the music up, way up, with…
  • Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

    15 May 2015 | 7:37 am
  • Book: Waiting for the Man: The Life and Music of Lou Reed by Jeremy Reed (Omnibus 1994, 2015)

    13 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    This is an updated version of the biography that was published in 1994 of the life and music of rock and roll legend Lou Reed.There is a brief opening of Reed's youth in an upscale Long Island home where all was not as it seemed, as his parents attempted to cure his emerging homosexuality by sending him to psychiatric hospitals where he received brutal treatment including debilitating doses of thorazine, which would eventually lead lead him to write the scalding song "Kill Your Sons" directed at his parents. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in literature he would cement…
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    Casa Valdez Studios

  • Kerry Politzer Quartet- Below the Surface (w/David Valdez)

    24 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
  • Jimmy Mosher live recordings

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
  • Bob Mover/George Colligan live

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
  • The Pocket Herb- the genius of Herb Pomeroy

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The teacher who had the biggest influence on me during my time at Berklee was Heb Pomeroy. I was quite fortunate to play in his Concert Jazz Orchestra for three years, as well as a few semesters in his Line-Writing band and his small combo. Herb was a true master composer, arranger, educator, improvisor and band leader. His influence of how modern Jazz harmony, composition and arranging can not be overstated. For instance, for many years the Altered Dominant scale was called the Pomeroy scale. Unfortunately I never took any of Herb's composition and arranging classes, which I have always…
  • Doug Webb Clinic

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I posted Doug Webb's substitutions a while back, but never got around to editing the audio from the clinic. I figured that I should just post the raw audio tracks, or I'd never get around to editing the tracks. There is a lot of great information here, but it is kind of long. Near the end of the clinic Doug Plays through the entire page of his substitutions, which is really fantastic.(Click for a larger version)Doug Webb improv clinic- part 1Doug Webb improv clinic- part 2
 
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    The Jazzcat

  • Special Guest Katisse Plays with the Santa Monica High School Bands at Catalina’s!

    jazzcat
    22 May 2015 | 8:54 pm
  • The George Duke Legacy Project – Symphonic Jazz Orchestra announces George Duke Commissioning Prize

    jazzcat
    20 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Major crowd funding campaign pays homage to the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’sco-music director and legendary composer/keyboardist To honor the legacy of the trailblazing musician, former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO has recently opened the George Duke Commissioning Prize competition to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of July 17th. The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO blending jazz & classical…
  • LeRoy Downs “The Jazzcat” May 2nd & 9th shows on 89.9 KCRW.com

    jazzcat
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hello All! Hope you had a chance to listen to the show, it was really a beautiful 3 hours. I was only able to capture 2 hoursof super fantastic music on 89.9 FM KCRW.com, but please click and enjoy!! Click on 1st Logo for May 2nd show, 2nd logo for May 9th show 3 Hours each!!! As usual I have scoured my record collection and have selected way too many cd’s to carry into the studio but, they will for sure help me in carving out the most delectable sound experience for you!   Ticket Give-A-Way Some real nice surprises for you and invitations to some upcoming performances I know you…
  • Happy International Jazz Day! Check out the 2 hour Re-Broadcast from Paris!!

    jazzcat
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
  • Sounds and Colors Interview with Kamasi Washington “The EPIC”

    jazzcat
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
      Click and Enjoy Los Angeles Saxophonist Kamasi Washington as he talks about the new release “The EPIC” hitting the stores next week! Don’t miss the stunning performance on Monday May 4th at The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles! The Epic is a 172-minute, three-record set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet   Featuring: The…
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    JazzWax

  • The Things We Did Last Summer

    Marc Myers
    24 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Yesterday I couldn't get The Things We Did Last Summer out of my head. The song was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne for Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1946 for Columbia under the direction of Alex Stordahl. [Photo above, from left, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne] Here's Sinatra's original followed by eight terrific versions...   Here's Fats Navarro in 1949, a rare ballad for the trumpeter, who would die seven months after this live recording...   Here's a group led by Sahib Shihab in 1957, with John Jenkins (as), Clifford Jordan (ts), Sahib Shihab (bar), Hank Jones (p), Addison…
  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    22 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Last week I decided that JazzWax subscribers had suffered long enough. The last straw came when Michael Bloom emailed to say that there was a Java problem in the version subscribers receive each evening. Readers had been hinting about this in previous weeks. So I picked up the phone and fired my email blaster and hired FeedBlitz. Then I  migrated all subscribers over to the new service. If you're a subscriber (it's free), I'm sure you've noticed a big difference in the presentation of what you're seeing each evening. It's cleaner now, easier to read and more responsive in terms of…
  • Pat Friday: Ghost Vocalist

    Marc Myers
    21 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    It's Friday, so what better day to celebrate Pat Friday, a singer you may have heard but never saw. Friday was a movie voiceover vocalist—the person who sang the songs after actors mouthed the words for the camera. Friday was the singing voice of Lynn Bari (above) in two films with Glenn Miller—Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). While Bari's eyes smolder in singing scenes, it's Friday's voice you actually hear. Here's Bari in Sun Valley Serenade (1941) singing I Know Why (And So Do You), with Friday's vocal...   Here's At Last, from Orchestra Wives, with…
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  • Music Education Monday: Summer jazz camps in St. Louis

    25 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Summer's almost here, but there's still time for aspiring young jazz musicians in the St. Louis area to enroll in one or more of the local summer jazz camps being presented by local universities:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will hold its annual camp for students at "all levels, grades 8-12" from Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5 on the SIUE campus. Classes are taught by members of the SIUE jazz faculty. For details or to sign up, go to http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/music/community/jazz-camp.shtml.Bassist Jim Widner's big band will serve as the faculty for the annual…
  • Miles on Monday: Miles Davis Jazz Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 27, and more

    25 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    This week for "Miles on Monday," some recent news items related to the legendary trumpeter: * The tenth annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, June 27 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL.This year's lineup will be headed by drummer Montez Coleman's trio featuring pianist Adam Maness, with support acts including saxophonist Fred Walker and a quartet led by trumpeter Danny Campbell with bassist Jeff Anderson, drummer Marty Morrison, and pianist Matt Villinger. Tickets for the Miles Davis Jazz Festival are $25 each, and can be purchased in advance at the Alton Museum of…
  • Sunday Session: May 24, 2015

    24 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    George LewisFor your Sunday reading, some interesting music-related items that have hit StLJN's inbox over the past week: * In defense of the lowly “Greatest Hits” album: They’re not just “for housewives and little girls” (Salon)* Sun Ra's free space (Pitchfork)* Lyric Intelligence In Popular Music: A Ten Year Analysis (SeatSmart.com)* Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records Veteran, Beloved Executive, Dead at 79 (Billboard)* Jazz Stars Celebrate “Go-Go” Heritage in Washington, D.C. (DownBeat)* Bob Belden—Musician, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Historian—Dies at 58 (Jazz…
  • StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dr. Lonnie Smith & Lionel Loueke

    23 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Dr. Lonnie Smith is the elder statesman of jazz organ, one of the last living links back to the 1960s and 70s heyday of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and other Hammond heroes. Lionel Loueke is a guitarist from a different generation and half a world away who mixes jazz with the rhythms of his home country, the west African nation of Benin. Both men have distinctive sounds that tend to dominate the harmonic and rhythmic directions of their respective bands. So what happens when you put them together on one stage? St. Louis listeners…
  • So What: Local News, Notes & Links

    22 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:* The New Music Circle concert earlier this month featuring saxophonist Tim Berne's Snakeoil was reviewed for DownBeat magazine by St. Louis freelance writer Terry Perkins. * Guitarist Jeff Beck's show this past Tuesday night at the Fox Theatre was reviewed for the Post-Dispatch by freelancer Dan Durchholz. * Saxophonist Oliver Lake's latest release (pictured), a duet album with bassist William Parker called To Roy, was reviewed by AllAboutJazz.com's John Sharpe. * Drummer Kaleb Kirby and his band Animal…
 
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    Jazz Blues Florida - Florida's Online Guide to Live Jazz & Blues in at JazzBluesFlorida.com

  • Albert Castiglia & Frank Bang. Late Night in the Big City at Maguire's Hill 16

    Jazz Blues Florida
    25 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Closed out Saturday with a stop by Maguire's Hill 16, and what a good thing it was!Backing up to Saturday... The last stop of the evening. Maguires Hill 16 Irish Pub and Restaurant where Albert Castiglia is playing his last "Local Set" (Thank you Darlene Lopez!) before hitting the world concert and festival tour for three months. Chicago blues buddy, Frank Bang stopped by, and the blues a la Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, their respective mentors. Sweet, sweet, sweet! Caught Albert again yesterday at Earl's Hideaway Lounge and Tiki Bar and will catch Frank…
  • It's Saturday and...(And Allen Kanovsky is making every day count at Jax Jazz Fest)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    24 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 05/24/15...the kids are at it again. Competing, I mean. This time it's for geetus, green, dough, folding. First place $1,000.00. That's a 'G' where I come from. $750 for 2nd and $500 for third. The awards are to be used exclusively for furthering their musical education. Contestants included groups and soloists. I must confess that I was a bit jaded by my having attended the Essentially Ellington Competition a couple of weeks ago.In order of appearance we had JAZZ Infusion. a trio of 14 year old girls. Kayla N. Graves(t-Bone), Miranda Whiteman(alto sax)…
  • On the road again...(Allen Kanovsky makes the trek to Jacksonville Jazz Fest)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    23 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 05/23/15...this time, the Jacksonville JAZZ Festival weekend. Checked in, washed my face and hands and headed for a beverage and music. In the lobby of the Hyatt a quartet of young men were playing. "KoolJazz by Unique Sound". At the keyboard we had Eric Wright. On drums was Devin Way. Playing guitar, Mike Ferguson and on alto sax Jarel Harris. A nice tight group playing some 'Bird", Grover and Monk. Out the door and up the street was the UNF JAZZ Ensemble. Big Band at its best. Excellent soloists on both tunes I listened to. Ellington's "Moten Swing" and Xavier…
  • Want some JAM w/ that BISCUIT? Here is your recipe for Monday nights!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    22 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Proving once again that FLORIDA NEVER HAS A "DOWN" NIGHT FOR MUSIC, this past Monday at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton did it up right and righteously for the players and listeners.AND, the google editing functions related to the iPhone 6 that screws up the photo orientation IS NOT APPRECIATED!Many stories in this picture! Don't worry, the talent here outways the egos!You?Sometimes you just gotta wonder about people putting there best sides forward!Talent... to frick'n'n die for... on a MONDAY night?First person to email me at Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com with the CORRECT names of these…
  • Art and Culture Center seeks artists for Biennial competition

    Jazz Blues Florida
    22 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    $4,000 in Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top four entriesWhat:     The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida, is seeking entries to the 7th All-Media Juried Biennial. All artists residing in the state of Florida are invited to submit original paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated images, performance, or site-specific installations.Who:      All artists residing in the state of Florida are eligible.When:    Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. All submissions will be…
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  • CD REVIEW: Ken Peplowski and Alan Barnes - At the Watermill

    23 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ken Peplowski and Alan Barnes - At the Watermill (Woodville Records WVCD143, review by Mark McKergow) The third CD encounter between reed specialists Ken Peplowski and Alan Barnes provides a great variety of top-class swinging jazz numbers with an excellent rhythm section. No surprises there then.The surprises and delights come in the choice of material, which is varied and fresh. The opening Tippin’ (Horace Silver) gives a clear indication of what is to come, with Barnes’ baritone leading out, followed by a Dave Green double bass solo and Peplowski’s fluid clarinet rounding things up.
  • CD REVIEW: Ran Blake - Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell

    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ran Blake - Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell(A-side Records. CD Review by Jon Turney) The quietly individual pianist Ran Blake is a lifelong student of composer, arranger and theorist George Russell. They were long-time colleagues at the New England Conservatory (NEC) where Blake still teaches. But their musical relationship began in the 1950s with Russell's Jazz Workshop release. The new CD booklet reproduces a star-studded list of signatures Blake gathered in New York in 1959, petitioning RCA to keep that recording available when it went out of print (they declined). Half a century…
  • REVIEW: José James at Ronnie Scott’s

    20 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    José James José James (Ronnie Scott’s, 19th May 2015. Review by Peter Jones)An audience on its feet and cheering is not the most common sight at Ronnie Scott’s, however appreciative they may be. But such was José James’s warmth and charisma, his musicianship and sheer spontaneity, no other reaction made sense. He had just played God Bless The Child with a barnstorming energy you would never have suspected from Mr Cool, backed by a terrific trio of Leo Genevese (keys), Solomon Dorsey (double bass and vocals) and Nate Smith (drums). It was a performance that just kept on getting…
  • REVIEW: Carol Grimes at Lauderdale House

    19 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Carol GrimesCarol Grimes(Lauderdale House, 14th May 2015. Review by Brian Blain) From the opener, Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, to the heavily gospel-inflected encore on the Staples Singers' Respect Yourself, with more overtly jazz material like the classic All Blues - beautiful rich-sounding bass vamp intro from Neville Malcolm - and the rarely heard standard I Cover the Waterfront along the way, the totally unique and impassioned singer Carol Grimes and her brilliant but unshowy band of Dorian Ford (pno) Roy Dodds (dms) Annie Whitehead (trombone) and the aforesaid Malcolm…
  • CD REVIEW: Andy Sheppard Quartet - Surrounded by Sea

    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Andy Sheppard Quartet - Surrounded by Sea (ECM 471 4273. CD review by Mike Collins)Surrounded by Sea, saxophonist Andy Sheppard’s third release for ECM, sees his Trio Libero with Michel Benita on bass and Seb Rochford on drums expanded to a quartet with the addition of guitar and electronics magician Eivind Aarset. The result is a quiet masterpiece.There is an extraordinary stillness about much of this album that holds the listener as Sheppard's unmistakable voice on saxophone gently exhales perfectly shaped melodic fragments, kept floating and moving by a magical combination of rustles and…
 
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