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Most recently astronomers have discovered a new planet dubbed "55 Cancri e", the rocky world is twice the size of earth but has eight times its mass, thus classifying it as a "super earth."  Whenever a new planet is discovered, astronomers and the media alike start a buzz of excitement to announce the discovery.  Well, on September 26th at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, there was a discovery in the music world of the magnitude of "55 Cancri e", it was the Robert Glasper Experiment.  The 34-year old Blue Note recording artist, Robert Glasper has been on the jazz…
Veteran Jazz Pianists Gives Another Virtuoso Performance Many years ago, walking down the hall in a dormitory at Boston University, I heard the most amazing music coming from a turntable. The artist was John Coltrane, and the tune was "My Favorite Things."  
 Nuance and breathing room was the order of the day for Enrico Rava's February ending  performance at Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This was the last stop on a four-city, American tour and the audience fully understood just how auspicious the afternoon's concert was to be. The quintet hit the stage and with no fanfare, immediately set to work.
Cleveland's famed Nighttown was a tour stop in late February for tenor saxophonist Danny McCaslin. The Wednesday evening crowd was plentiful and eager to hear the latest musical offering from this New York City stalwart.
The Chrome Showroom located inside the Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino in northwest Las Vegas was the intimate venue for an exceptional evening of contemporary jazz music as saxophone showman Michael Lington performed for a sold-out crowd. The event was a concert/party in celebration of the release of Pure, his scintillating new album.
It was a hot balmy day as we stepped off the ferry onto Governors Island; ten minutes off the southern tip of Manhattan. As Jacqueline and I approached the great lawn in the center of the island, I was transported to another place, another time – much like Owen Wilson was when he stepped into car as the leading character in the new Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. Before my eyes the roaring 20's were alive and well, pages come to life from F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby. People were in authentic garb, playing badminton; lounging with…
The Beaches International Jazz Fest's 23rd Anniversary began its blockbuster live shows this year, with three stellar days and nights of entertainment outdoors at Toronto's Woodbine Park. This huge, manmade park on the edge of the Beach and Queen St. E. in Toronto, is a musical highlight for all die-hard jazz, blues, soul and R&B fans who converged here for the inaugural concerts that launched the 23rd Annual Beaches Jazz Fest. It was founded by Lido Chilelli, with Artistic Director Bill King, one of Canada’s most respected blues and jazz piano players. Woodbine Park is also the site for the…
The Toronto Jazz Festival may have moved back to its original location in Toronto's theatre district but it did not feature a very strong line up of jazz. Following along with most of the major jazz festivals the organizers attempted to attract a more varied audience by appealing to a wide array of musical tastes. The opening act on day 1, June 24th - Aretha Franklin, a public favorite, The Queen of Soul gave a free concert that shut down one of Toronto's main streets - King St., adjacent to the Metro Square.
The Toronto Jazz Festival launch at Metro Square featuring a free show with Aretha Franklin went off as I expected. The festival opened noon time Friday June 24th as people lined up as early as 10AM to get their wrist bands that would guarantee them free entry to the big tent, housing the main stage performance area where Ms. Franklin the Queen of Soul would hold court later that evening.
How often do four talented African guitarists come together to play acoustic onstage? Putumayo Records, a unique company, not only brought together such a remarkable supergroup but put them on tour. "Acoustic Africa's" three main guitarists were Afel Becoum and Habib Koité from Mali and Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe. They were backed by the estimable Mamadou Kelly, Becoum's highly-talented regular guitarist and other musicians.
Although he relates that his 17-year-old daughter, “who plays me like a violin,” maintains that he is “not that famous,” singer-songwriter Randy Newman needs no introduction to most music aficionados. Years ago, when I was a student in Boston, I hitchhiked over to Harvard and forked down $2 to hear him play at the college’s creaky wooden Sanders Theater. It was an unforgettable experience. Since then much has changed, including number of wars and invasions, massive inflation, and the near-death of newspapers — as well as a whole slew of Randy Newman songs, one of which “A Few Words in…
As anyone that’s closely followed the fertile NYC jazz scene—especially the “sub-scene” affectionately referred to as the “Downtown sound”—over the past five to 15 years or so knows, there’s a LOT of (relatively) young creative talent thriving there. “So what,” snorts your Inner Monologue, “New York is always awash in burgeoning talents—that’s why it’s the Big Apple.” True, but I refer to the lads and lasses of more recent generations, players and singers that happily and unashamedly embrace influences well beyond jazz and the Great American Songbook. Oh, many of the can play standards and the bebop changes with the…
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