The approximately hundred people in attendance swayed and pulsated to the music. Many had their eyes closed. Hands pounded knees in unison with drummer Hamid Drake's grooves. Heads shrieked and turned to the sax playing of Frode Gjerstad. Some people hung on every hand gesture, move, or sound that came from bassist William Parker. Everybody
Sweet, sexy and saxy, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters and Gerald Albright all delivered with such a variety and distinction in each style and set selection that is was a musical ride all
Frode Gjerstad brought his "dream" trio to Kerrytown Concert House on a cold Michigan Friday night, in January.
Having won Norway's 1997 Musician of the Year Award, he was given the opportunity to pick a pair of musicians he would most like to work and record with from the entire world-scene. This trio is the happy result and they have continued their collaborati
Here's a sampling of the artists that presented and received awards and then were good enough to entertain us at the podium
DENISE JANNAH: The opening night concert, on January 12, was performed in the spacious and acoustically fine Garfield Sobers
Roy and his pals were more groovin', more improvisational, looser. There was plenty of hard-driving jazz, a touch of ballads and plenty of technical fortitude, but one thing I never expected was to hear Roy sing! He offered up a vocal kitchen of corn bread, collard greens, m
Cheers went up as John Evans of KKSF introduced pianist Joe Sample. Joe looked good and very laid back as his trio performed several of Joe's legendary songs, the third and best being wha