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It's a World-Music world these days, as musical influences from around the globe permeate and expand the genres of jazz, pop, rock, blues and everywhere else, and the du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver is never one to lag behind. The always adventurous programming ears of Artistic Director Ken Pickering have lead him to seek out the new sounds and cutting edges of jazz as they're making their way into the musical stream, and he often books them long before they've broken big. (C
"A Wave Of Peace-The Unity Concert," a free benefit sponsored by 94.7 (KTWV-FM) The Wave, a smooth jazz radio station, in remembrance of the tragedy that took place September 11, 2001. Thousands lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a result of terrorist attacks on America. Many notable smooth jazz musicians as well as jazz vocalist were scheduled to perform to make this event the most memorable in the history of smooth jazz. Sunday October 14t
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Established in 1992, the Annual East Coast Jazz Festival (ECJF) provides an opportunity for the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund, Inc. (FMJS) to present live jazz music to the community (encouraging the attendance of children), as well as an avenue to hold the final selection round for FMJS Jazz Scholarship Awards to emerging artists. The late Elmore "Fish" Middleton was a Washington DC jazz radio programmer who was committed to promoting jazz and supporting emerging artists. The mission of
Nicholas Payton and his 11 piece ensemble offered up a splendid concert performance for a jubilant crowd of a thousand jazz lovers at Vanderbilt. Payton and company performed an exuberant concert program fit for a king at Langford Auditorium including, a healthy dose of ballads, up-tempo blues and Latin. The concert theme is based upon his latest Verve release titled, ‘Dear Louis - Nicholas Payton’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration.’ Jazz icon Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong was born approxi
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a staple of the crescent city’s (New Orleans for the uninitiated) French Quarter for almost half a century, offering a vibrant look into American roots jazz music. The New Orleans Jazz style along with Dixieland Jazz, encompass the foundation and concepts of modern day jazz as we know it today. The ladies and gentlemen of the Preservation Halls’ hallowed walls (past & present), have perpetuated a great American art and music that is simply defined as Jazz
Last night, at a community supported performance space, FLYWHEEL, in Easthampton, Ma., two local musicians, Ben Karetnick on drums and Phloyd Starpoli on trombone were complemented in a trio by Joe McPhee on reeds and brass. The first set began as Ben rolled to snap the snare. His sticks were light on the drum heads and cymbals, moving into a rhythm which was intercepted by Phloyd. Phloyd played in a pattern of slow to fast notes, trying to find his groove. Ben continued to maintain the rhyth
SANBORN, SAMPLE, BONA & BLADE This performance was another great edition of "the legends" band of Marcus Miller, Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Joe Sample and David Sanborn. SSBB is a great band and Sanborn always surrounds himself with the best musicians around. This band was no exception with Joe Sample-piano, David Sanborn-sax, Richard Bona-bass, guitar, vocals and Brian Blade-drums. Feeling a bit achy and wanting still another long night's sleep, Joe Sample looked none-the-worse for wear a
On April 12th, the UMass/Amherst Magic Triangle Series concluded its 12th season with a special performance by Yusef Lateef in a quintet that included Chicago sax man Von Freeman, pianist Alex Marcelo, drummer Kamal Sabir and bass guitarist Tim Dahl. This was a once in a lifetime concert to honor Dr. Lateef in his 80th year. His musical life has been rich. Much of it has been spent in the UMass area and his vast contributions have been recognized to the extent of a having resolution authored
Friday, the thirteenth of April, in Boston, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, was another performance within the Boston Creative Music Alliance of DIE LIKE A DOG TRIO with guest Joe McPhee. The trio is Peter Brotzmann, reeds, Hamid Drake, drums and William Parker, bass. Brotzmann played the taragato whose tones automatically lend to the music a sound of the world. He broke the silence of waiting for the music to begin with a line that resembled a call of the wild. Parker sat as he fingere
It's never a good sign when you roll up on the theatre where a favorite musician is scheduled to perform and you see something dreadful on the marquee. No, not "cancelled." Much worse than that, though after a jarring trek over a pothole-riddled interstate a cancelled show would be a major depressant. No, some idiot has actually misspelled the name of one of the performers. The marquee outside the Royal Oak Theatre in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak announced: "Tonight at 9:00 - Bob Jame

Sonny Rollins

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For many people new to jazz their first exposure to Sonny Rollins was the image of him practicing his saxophone on New York's Williamsburg Bridge in 1958, lovingly documented in Ken Burns' recent "Jazz". No mention was given of the legacy Rollins has built upon since then. A consummate perfectionist with a well of imagination that is seemingly bottomless, Rollins has stayed on top of his game for decades thanks largely to a rigorous practice routine. As a result, Rollins sounds as vital and