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Lee Prosser

Lee Prosser

According to Don Byron, clarinetist par excellence, the title of this article is how he proposed that the audience listen to the music created by his group at the Iron Horse in Northampton, last Friday night. The group consisted of Byron on clarinet, James Zollar, trumpet, Edsel Gomez, piano, Ben Whitman, drums, Leo Traversa, bass and Milton Cardona, congas. There were only three numbers in one set lasting two hours.

Byron dominated this gig. His playing is complex: he doubles and triple pla

Medeski, Martin and Wood (MM&W) first came to my attention about two years ago, the bush telegraph had indicated new and bright stars in the West. A trio, like no other, who had origins in the mainstream of jazz but had found their way to the fore by a long and winding road, that of the US collegiate circuit, normally a path trodden by aspiring rock outfits. Indeed they played support originally, to one of the growing "Jam Bands" A Tribe called West, and others such as Phish, Dave Matthews, Aqua
Last night at the Knitting Factory, the Old Office was jammed with people to see OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC with guest, Joe McPhee on soprano sax & pocket trumpet. The group is made up of William Parker, bass, Roy Campbell, trumpet, flugelhorn & pocket trumpet, Daniel Carter, tenor, and Rashid Bakr, drums.

Seeing this group surprisingly closed a cycle that unknowingly started three years ago when I first heard it at a concert in Amherst, Ma. OTHER DIMENSIONS offered me the first music of its

I recently moved to Chicago to further my career in journalism -that is, I have an internship at a magazine called the Chicago Reporter ( and figured (grin) that as long as I am here I might as well as enjoy the great music that this city has been producing for so many years (grin). Nobody personifies Chicago jazz better than Fred Anderson. Now 73, Anderson has been playing music for sixty years during the tenure 12 presidents -only two of which have blood relative
Saxophonist/composer Edward Wilkerson, Jr. is one of the most prolific members of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). His work touches upon styles as diverse as Ellington's "jungle music" of the twenties, hard bop, New Orleans ragtime, sixties avant-garde, orchestral composition, and an optimistic view toward the future of jazz. All of this is infused with a wonderful sense of humor and joy that even first-time listeners of his music can notice. Like Ellington
Sometimes when two musicians meet, their personalities and musical communications meld in such a way that the friendship lasts a lifetime. John Abercrombie and Andy LaVerne met about 35 years ago as students at the Berklee College of Music. Both have gone on to find separate success, but the jazz guitar and piano duo always finds time to express their musical language together. Last Friday (Feb 9) as part of the Wooster School Jazz Society's monthly jazz nights, Abercrombie and LaVerne transform

Tender Moments

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T'is the most tender of magical moments that I am happy to witness, why I doth not know. And sometimes who too, as I mistook Elton Dean for Tony Levin at the Jazz Cafe. But smiles or not, I cannot write the whole experience of listening to Tippett, the man of classical hugs, with both his line ups.

But tomorrow, I will get my daughterthing to read me my notes about her uncle Keith and company. Nothing more now, except to say that there is nothing more impressive than listening to the cream i

The Brad Mehldau Trio - Mehldau (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jorge Rossy (drums) - has been heralded as the new breed of piano trio and acclaimed for its unique simpatico. A recent stop at Seattle's premier jazz club, Dimitrou's Jazz Alley, showed why the young group is so highly regarded but left room for growth.

Mehldau has been regarded as the classic post-modern pianist - rough and ready and known for a combative edge and punk aloofness. There's more than a bit of the young Keith Jar

Opening the 12th season of the Magic Triangle Music Series at UMass/Amherst was the first performance outside of New York City of William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. This group was put together in 1994 in tribute to the "dreamers" of our world: those who mindfully and naturally create beautiful expressions of their souls.

The program consisted of four numbers, all Parker's compositions/conceptions/inspirations. Each piece had a story behind it, which fact is so instinctual

Gaining momentum and now in it's second year, the brainchild of promoters Thompson, Parrish and Paddock (better known as The Oasis Group, LLC) took Chicago by storm bringing with it the hottest names in Smooth Jazz all under one beautiful roof. The Second Annual National Smooth Jazz Awards, presented to a sold out audience of better than 3,500 delivered an evening of more than nineteen hot hits performed by the original artists and well-deserved awards and honors to some of the genres greatest.