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For my money the best concerts put the audience in a world where everything makes sense. The Frode Gjerstad Trio did that when they played on January 21.

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

When Kim Waters said, "fellas, you're going to be thanking me later tonight!", he must have been so right. Just the Sax took the Houston jazz crowd by storm on Saturday, January 22nd and left every one needing either their partner, a glass of wine to relax, or a cold shower to forget their "troubles".

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

29.01.2011

Frode Gjerstad Trio

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Frode Gjerstad: alto saxophone; William Parker: acoustic bass, piccolo trumpet and shakuhachi; Hamid Drake: drums and percussion

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

As a jazz aficionado, dreaming of a show that brings all my favorite jazz artists together performing all in the same evening is simply that a dream. Now imagine this: on the night of January 28, 2000, at The Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas dreams came true! For artists, fans, promoters, record label owners this was the place to be and no one left disappointed.

Here's a sampling of the artists that presented and received awards and then were good enough to entertain us at the podium

Combining international performers with the tropical warmth and hospitality of beautiful Barbados produces a winning combination. Paint It Jazz 2000 was the most ambitious festival in its seven year history, drawing world-renowned artists from Canada, the Netherlands and the USA as well as providing a venue for local performers to be heard by an international audience.

DENISE JANNAH: The opening night concert, on January 12, was performed in the spacious and acoustically fine Garfield Sobers

I happened to catch up with Roy Hargrove at Yoshi's after seeing their performance in Europe earlier this year and oh, oh, oh! Just goes to show ya, you can never judge an artist by one performance. That stands to reason.

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

KKSF Smooth Jazz, 103.7 fm, were the sponsors of the Earth Day Jazz Festival held April 25, 1999 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California, where Joe Sample and Lalha Hathaway headed the bill to perform to a crowd of thousands of jazz fans who filled the pavilion and grassy slopes surrounding the arena.

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

29.01.2011

Marian McPartland

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During the week of May 17 through the 23rd, Marian McPartland, legendary host of National Public Radio's Piano Jazz appeared at Yoshi's World Class Jazz House in Jack London Square, Oakland, California. Marian has hosted NPR's Piano Jazz since 1978. It is the longest-running jazz program in the history of network radio, but aside from her radio personae, Marian has a long history as a gifted jazz pianist, writer and composer. Her Saturday's May 21st performance was outstanding and Ms. McPartland
A saxophone quartet can be very dangerous territory for the ears to wander into. When it 'works', it can be very, very good and when it doesn't, it can be very, very bad. Four saxes with no bass or drums could be a really crazy, out-there trip for the adventurous listener's ears. With a traditional rhythm section, there comes certain expectations for structure along with the melodic aspect provided through the 'out-front' instruments like horns, guitars, etc. The possibilities, then, with four s
29.01.2011

Joshua Redman Band

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When you haven't exactly warmed to an artist's latest album, it might make you a little wary about checking them out live. But those who think with a 'glass-is-half-full' attitude would've been in great luck had they been in the audience for this Joshua Redman Band show. The heat generated from that stage was unexpected, at least when based on the cool, detached vibe of Redman's latest disc, "Timeless Tales (For Changing Times)", but what a pleasant surprise to brighten up a dark, rainy March ev