Don Williamson

Don Williamson

29.01.2011

Kenny Barron

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Kenny Barron seems to have built his career incrementally--through hard work, recording a vast number of albums as a leader and sideman, by extensive touring, unending dedication to the creative potential of jazz piano, years of work as a jazz educator, and through decades of experience with some of jazz' leading legends.

The result is Barron has deservedly attained recognition, especially within the past decade, as one of the most highly regarded jazz pianists of his generation. He is …
29.01.2011

Jazz Moves Columbus

Published in Concert Reviews
The Columbus Jazz Orchestra has developed a comprehensive plan to "raise the bar" and become a premier arts organization with the Columbus, Ohio community, as well as a premier jazz orchestra on a national basis. As one of the few full-time jazz orchestras in the United States, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra tapped trumpeter Byron Stripling as artistic director to inspire the organization to rise to a higher level, both artistically and financially. For the CJO has been profitable for most o
One of the busiest drummers in jazz, and one of its most important, Jack DeJohnette appears to be even busier than usual in 2005. DeJohnette is involved in a number of high-profile projects, including significantly the launch of his own record label, Golden Beams, which will release two percussion-based albums in April. And of course, he continues to tour worldwide with the Keith Jarrett Trio, as he has for more than 20 years. DeJohnette has premiered his own quartet that includes Danilo
You’ve got to forgive me. I didn’t take notes during the Hammond B-3 summit in Columbus, Ohio because I went there solely to enjoy the music. But if you can spare a few minutes to read this, I’ve got to tell you what happened.

Local jazz organist Tony Monaco continued his mission of bringing to Columbus the B-3 masters of the previous generation...actually, the greatest generation of jazz organ innovators. Perhaps Monaco is fulfilling a wish to perform side by side with them. Perhaps

29.01.2011

Politically Correct

Published in Concert Reviews
On October 16, Barry Manilow came to Columbus, Ohio with his politics of feelgoodism.

The U.S. presidential election is scheduled to take place just two weeks after the concert, and the bitter national debate is causing stress in a great number of ways. However, Manilow proved himself to be politically prescient, and he probably wasn’t even aware of it.

Stopping freeway traffic on his way to and from the same venue, George W. Bush also had performed in Nationwide Arena several weeks prio

The Manhattan Transfer came to Columbus on May 22, and they went away as popular as ever with their followers in Ohio’s Capitol City. As Tim Hauser mentioned, seemingly without exaggeration, The Manhattan Transfer has played the Palace Theater more often than any other in the country and that doesn’t include the quartet’s appearances at the Ohio Theater and the Columbus Zoo. A glance at the audience suggested that these were fans who have been listening to The Manhattan Transfer for years, from
As part of his nationwide tour to promote his latest Blue Note release, Jason Moran Presents the Bandwagon, Moran's trio visited Columbus, Ohio for the first time, and it wasn't quite what they expected. On the other hand, the people who attended Moran's astounding performance found that his trio wasn't quite what they expected either...unless they were already familiar with his steadily growing discography. After the concert, a line of audience members formed to buy Moran's CD's at the t
In three short years, Tony Monaco has gained nationwide attention for his deep groove and over-the-top energy on the Hammond B-3 organ. Unmistakably evident on his four Summit Records releases, his overflowing enthusiasm for the instrument reaches even higher levels when he performs before an audience. Every time. Perpetually in motion as he plays, Monaco’s arms flail, his body sways, his feet dance over the pedals, and his head twists as governed by the music he plays as it appears to po
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