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When it comes to jazz, the City of Houston has a rich and vibrant history that can be traced back to venues such as Club La Veek, La Bastille, The Jazz Connection, The Jazz Emporium, The El Dorado, Club Supreme and last but not least the highly regarded Rockefellars. Through those doors, some of the finest and best known names in jazz came to Houston to play. Most notably, Houston has a resume filled with native residents, which includes Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, Eric Harland, Jason Moran, Bu
29.01.2011

Guitar Boogie

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The Rockin' Blues Revue tour made its final stop at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The attractive lineup included three outstanding performers from different generations (and offering three different interpretations) of the blues. These were John Mayall, the Godfather of the British Blues, the jazz-inflected Robben Ford, and Eric Bibb, a modern acoustic blues player somewhat in the mold of Keb Mo and Taj Mahal. The local jaz
29.01.2011

Hit The Road Jack

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The tour supporting "That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays The Music of Ray Charles" is sort of a full circle journey for guitarist Scofield, as he's played the music since he was a child. And though Scofield has always been a soul/funk/blues aficionado, this is his first tribute effort of this kind and it is a classic. Some music is just universal and Charles left a long, deep legacy of groove, lyric and phrasing alike. None of this legacy or vibrancy is lost on this band. They channel
Petula Clark, iconic pop singing star of the mid-1960s, made a special appearance, performing at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on the night of Monday, July 12, 2004. For some attending this great concert, it was a chance to relive memories of their youth, when life was simpler, definitely less expensive, and in some respects a lot more fun! Some in the audience like the lady holding the Petula-autographed show brochure from 50 years ago in England, have
29.01.2011

Pat Metheny and....

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Pat Metheny's concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles was billed as featuring a trio performance with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez and a quartet that added the wonderful saxophonist David Sanchez. The longer than two-hour, intermission-less concert included those permutations as well as a solo performance by the guitarist to open the show and a duet between Metheny and David Sanchez. All of the segments were musically brilliant, though as a matter of taste I imagine each m
29.01.2011

Extolling Ecstasy

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It is a privilege for me to experience the performances of musicians who are unmistakably committed to what they do musicians who live and breathe the music musicians whose acquaintance with newness leads to an outpouring of fearlessness in how to build music from seeming nothingness, starting with one note. And the note came from Peter Brõtzmann’s bass clarinet----the note seared the air to open wide a field of possibilities. The note was dark .the drums, Nasheet Waits lightly brushed
First off, the "obvious" intro-type stuff: Pat Metheny is one of Our Time’s primo jazz guitarists and bandleaders, a virtual "jazz ambassador" in that he’s valued by hardcore jazz fans as well as casual jazz fans and folk who aren’t particularly jazz fans at all. While a dedicated jazz musician, Metheny’s approach encompasses influences of folk, rock, country, and "free" improvisation, and accents bright, engaging, festive melodies. Further, he makes full use of the available sound-altering tech
At the Monterey Jazz Festival there is always something to please all types of jazz lovers. Whether your taste is mainstream or cutting edge, contemporary or the blues, small groups or large bands, you can take your choice. In addition, you can hear a famous jazz veteran or check out up-and-coming young talent. They are all there to be seen in several venues over three days and nights packed with music. This year, September 16-18, a record crowd of 40,000 attested to the fact that, in its 48t
Call it "the people’s alternative concert space," even if it is at a chain store. Many Borders stores host not only touring authors, but also touring singers & players from time to time. Best part is: "it don’t cost nothing." This particular Borders in Chicago, the relatively new uptown store, played host to the outstandingly talented Brazilian singer/guitarist/songwriter Badi Assad, in town for the Chicago World Music Festival. Ms. Assad i
Like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Eldar Djanjirov lives up to and exceeds the hype, which means that it isn’t hype but the improbable truth. Why improbable? Because, few - if any, pianists can play with the speed that Eldar can. Fewer still can play nuanced, emotion packed music at that speed. And no one living has put it all together at such a young age with the promise of a long and very brilliant career. That said, the concert was magnificent for still more reasons. Eldar
Musically speaking, Joe Sample stands as one of the most consistent and significant artists in jazz today. During his 45 years, first as a Jazz Crusader and then as a solo musician, Joe’s contributions to jazz are widely known and he has become a cultural icon amongst his fans and peers alike. His world-class prominence as one of the genre’s most prolific pianists has not tarnished him in any way and he is down to earth and personable by most standards. On any given day when he
29.01.2011

Come Ride With US

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The concert pairing of the 21st century editions of the Sun Ra Arkestra and the MC5 might at first glance strike some observers as a retro kind of gig. After all, the two groups do have a history of performing together that goes back to the late 1960s. Of course, I'm speaking of outside observers here; surely no one who was present at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles when the DKT/MC5 and Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen touched d
Since being founded in 1985, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra has earned the title of Southern California's premiere big band. Tonight's performance at the Ford Amphitheatre, nestled in the Hollywood Hills, marked the group's 20th anniversary. The program featured a variety of congratulatory notes for the group, including a full-page, four-color one from a Diana and Elvis, whoever they might be. And that wasn't the only cause for celebration on the evening; as Jeff Hamilton explained from the
If there is any truth to the old saw that you can judge a man by the company he keeps, then George Duke will come out alright. The veteran keyboardist headlined the final evening of the Hollywood Bowl's 2005 jazz series, a presentation entitled An Evening of Jazz Sophistication with George Duke & Friends. Among Mr. Duke's friends performing this evening: Billy Cobham, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Airto Moriera, Dianne Reeves and Joe Sample. On hand
One of the fastest growing jazz festivals in Europe at this time is the Blue Note Festival in Gent (Belgium), that made its maiden flight in July 2001 as the very first jazz festival in the world to bear the name of the famous record label. From the beginning, the festival has always consisted of two main parts: "All That Jazz!" which provides a stage for mainstream, modern and avant garde jazz, and "All That Jazz?" during which new fusion forms of jazz can be discovered. While a
29.01.2011

Revering Rollins

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Writing an article about Sonny Rollins is like taking water into one’s hands for a long-awaited drink and not letting the precious liquid seep through the fingers. It is like taking a better photograph of the Grand Canyon. It is like standing on the top of Mt. Everest and absorbing the view. My seat at Tanglewood was in the first balcony way up behind the band. The people next to me were complaining how they wouldn’t be able to see Rollins. Even though I didn’t say anything, I knew that Rolli
29.01.2011

New speeds

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Hunched over their instruments in Oslo's basement-like John Dee venue, this four-piece is an unprecedented mixture of different musical styles. They are rooted in the free jazz tradition set in motion by Ornette Coleman, and all the music is wholly improvised. They are also firmly within the electronic category, especially the kind of electronica typified by artists like Autechre, who based their music around avoiding the "tension and release" of rock music. This music also involves the tradi
29.01.2011

All Aglow

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The Scene West Victoria venue is packed full for the 2005 Oslo Jazz Festival appearance of one of Norway's sweetest-sounding jazz singers and her four musical collaborators. One of these men is probably the most inventive musicians in Norway at the moment, Morten Qvenild (also a member of Susanna & the Magical Orchestra and In The Country). This band manage to mix electronic clicks and squeaks with their more conventional instruments (piano, trumpet, double bass and drums) but in an incredib
The 18th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival was held on the weekend of August 12th-14th, 2005 under clear skies in Rainbow Lagoon Park. The yearly event is presented by Rainbow Promotions, who really lived up to its name by bringing an international line-up of musically and culturally diverse artists to this year's edition. Featured performers included Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui, South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela, the British groove-meisters Down to the Bone and a special tribute to Ame
Tommy Halloran performs old-timey music anyone would appreciate, but as is often the case, his savvy draws many unusual folks. Tommy, on a first-name basis with practically anyone cool in Saint Louis, has always hung on the fringes. He is to jazz as Uncle Tupelo was to country-western or Steve Earle to bluegrass. He possesses the schooling (both formal and hard-knocks) as well as the "chops" of a great jazzman. Tommy is, however, a generalist more than a specialist. The basic truths of