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The evening was ripe for the band to be in a festive mood. The date marked the release of their new album, Uberjam, and the opening night of their American tour. Two high-energy sets were testimony to the celebration. Early in the first set, one of Scofield’s pedals wasn’t working. He needed batteries. One of his many fans ran across the street and quickly returned with the double A’s. Scofield kept his cool and used the brief window to lighten up the crowd with his witty personality. With the p
Human beings possess certain biological traits. Simple things that we consider essential to living like walking and breathing. Pat Martino adds an extra element to his list. He plays the guitar. When the virtuoso lost most of his memory after the removal of a brain aneurysm in 1980, Martino was forced to take on the staggering feat of re-learning his instrument. What this guitar legend proves is that when you’re born with a gift there’s no letting go. I saw the Pat Martino Trio for the first
The warm ambience that filled the room at Hollywood Park Casino on Sunday afternoon was a tribute to the late Joe Williams. A two day jazz event, presented by jazz artist Barbara Morrison, with a stellar line up that included herself as well as Sweet Baby J’ai, Bill Henderson, Yve Evans, Billy Mitchell, Kim Yarbrough Art Hillery, Niki Harris, Dee Dee McNeal and other jazz artists. With radio personality James Janisse of KLON-FM (88.1), as Emcee for Sunday afternoon, the show got under way. B
Pianist/composer Andrew Hill has been on the fringes of the jazz scene for decades a flurry of activity, discs on Blue Note, Soul Note and Palmetto, then back to low profile-land. But if it’s quality not quantity you value, Hill fills the bill and then some. In recent years he’s taken to performing with a quintet or sextet, but for this go-‘round he has a big band, billed as The Andrew Hill Sextet +11. On this Saturday night, devoted fans filled New York’s small, elegant Birdland to catch th
During a week of warm January sunshine, and an occasional cool rain shower, the 9th Annual Barbados Jazz Festival brought an assortment of musical talent to this lovely Caribbean island. As festival promoter Gilbert Rowe said, following a stirring performance by drummer Sonny Emory, "We took a chance this year on not running a pure jazz line-up, and it seems to be working. " Judging from the crowds that came to see performers such as Dionne Warwick, Freddy Cole, Jesse Cook, David Sanborn
Most legendary artists, especially after 4+ decades, would take it easy on their 60th birthday. Chick Corea decided instead to throw a party, and invite some of the hottest talent, legendary and new, to join him for a week long engagement at NYC's jazz staple, the Blue Note. We had the pleasure of catching Chick in the duo setting with Cuban-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who has laid a solid (annd burning) mark on the scene as one of the finest young pianists in the Latin vein. R
Chick Corea is a musician of extraordinary abilities; he’s one of the most influential jazz pianists since the 1960s. His virtuosi technique encompasses classical precision, free improvisation, Latin rhythms, and electronic innovations. In a stunning ending of week 2 of a 3-week birthday bash; opens with the innovative sextet, Origin; featuring the collective talents of: Steve Davis (trombone), Steve Wilson (alto & soprano saxophones), Tim Garland (tenor saxophone), Avishai Cohen (bass) and
Tastefully proving his compelling genius, Tom Harrell performed at the infamous Blue Note with quintet members Marcus Strickland - sax (filling in for Jimmy Greene), Xavier Davis piano, Quincy Davis bass and Ugonna Okegwa drums. The early show was sparse, nonetheless enjoyable, but by the second set of the evening, the house was full of anticipating fans. A hush fell in respectful awe for Harrell’s emotional expressionism and what he has had to overcome in becoming one of the top jazz trumpeters
The NYC jazz club/restaurant Iridium used to be located in the upper west side, near Lincoln Center now, it’s located near the heart of the bustling Times Square area. (For the benefit of those not familiar, the streets are lousy with people virtually ‘round the clock.) It’s at the bottom of a stairway, and has two levels of tables it sort-of reminded me of the old TV Show Playboy After Dark, where Hef would serve as host to a variety of talents. The menu consists of - well, there’s no way aroun
NYC-based trombonist Josh Roseman is of the newer generations of jazz players who’ll play in a funky groove-oriented band one night, a cutting edge avant garde group the next and a hard bop unit the night after that. In times past, most jazz musicians would find the stylistic "niche" in which they thrive the most and then stay there unto death. Without lacking anything in the commitment department, Roseman and many of his 20/30-something contemporaries joyously and unashamedly embrace many style

Jazz Crusaders

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True pioneers of jazz, the Crusaders showed the crowd that they've still got it. Now playing with only two of the original members remaining, Wayne Henderson (trombone / fluegelhorn), and Wilton Felder (saxes), the Crusaders of today put a new twist on their classic tunes with the help of some very talented musicians. One of the liveliest shows I have ever seen, the Crusaders had the crowd on their feet groovin' to their funky tunes. Opening up with horns blaring, the Crusaders played their c
24th North Sea Jazz Festival The Hague, Holland from July 9 to 11, 1999 where nearly all jazzgreats gather and give their best for an audience of 70.000. For the first time ever and in addition to the coveted Bird Award, the NSJF commitee issued the Jazz Edison Award International to Tuck & Patti for their latest release "Paradise Found". It was a double celebration to the couple because the singing duo chose the cozy and comfortable Van Gogh Hall, one of the 16, to concluded a tour that started

Steve Reid

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With the recent release of his new album, "Bamboo Forest", leader and percussionist Steve Reid takes the art of percussion to a whole new level. Steve has more toys in his percussion set-up than a millionaire's kid. Steve is both exciting and quite entertaining to watch. His performance is filled with energy and just the right timing, making the music come alive. Touring with Steve are some big names in the contemporary jazz scene: Jeff Kashiwa (Sax), Dig Lewis (Bass), Kim Hansen (Keyboards),
A low-key night in the Main Space at the Knit brought together Joe McPhee as featured artist with the Deep Listening Band and Straylight. The too short 80 minute set enveloped the audience with a mood that was penetrating. A mood that was inherent in the cohesion of the multiplicitous percussion instruments and the major players - Joe on sax and pocket trumpet, and Pauline Oliveros, from the Deep Listening Band, on accordion. The blending of the sound of the instruments reached beyond expecta
How can it be over? It doesn't seem possible. It just started. Didn't it? The ten most glorious days of the year come and gone once again. Thank god this town has as many talented and prolific jazz musicians as it does, or there'd certainly be a serious case of depression on my hands due to jazz deprivation the other 355 days of the year. If it had to be summed up in just two words, this year's du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver would be: rainy and diverse. We had one extreme wi

Scott Wilkie Band

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Narada jazz artist Scott Wilkie warms up the crowd at his outdoor Rainbow Summer concert on an unseasonably chilly night in Milwaukee. Based in Southern California, pianist Scott Wilkie is burning up the jazz charts with his debut release, "Boundless" on Narada Records. This contemporary jazz band made up of Scott Wilkie (keyboards), Nathan Brown (bass), Matthew Von Dorn (guitar), and David Owens (drums) plays with continuity and mastery while having fun doing it. The album also features special

Karen Briggs

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Contemporary jazz violinist, Karen Briggs brought down the house with her smooth, classical yet very creative playing style. Internationally recognized for her world tour with Yanni, Karen has now made a name for herself and most recently toured with Stanley Clarke's group, Vertu. Vertu was release this summer with chart-topping success. Her third performance at the Red Mill East was definitely her best. With the help of some great backup musicians (Keith Rouster - bass, LaVelle Bell - drums, an
On March 13, the third night of his European tour, Mike Stern performed at the Hnita Jazz Club in Heist-op-den-Berg (Heist on the mountain) near Antwerp, Belgium. Performing with Mike were, Bob Franceschini (sax), Lincoln Goines (electric bass) and Richie Morales (drums). Looking terrifically young for his 46 years, Mike stepped on stage and, picking up his Yahama Pacificia, led the quartet in a composition, Play, from his latest Atlantic release of the same name. This slightly funky, upbeat
Every year during the last week of June, thousands of music lovers descend upon the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York to enjoy a great weekend of jazz. This year was no exception, with an estimated 25,000 expected to attend daily. Although the name of the event has changed a few times over the years, (such as the Kool Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Saratoga, and Saratoga Jazz Festival), it's still a weekend get-a-way that's looked forward to by northeasterners from sever
Been listening to the left speaker on my "stereo". The right speaker's connection comes and goes; great source of frustration. 'Til recently. Been listening to a variety of things - funk, pop, much jazz. Kinda all over the place from minute to minute, but one common theme - a strange, never before felt openness to the possibility that anything can happen - and I hope it does. Neil Finn's summer release "Try Whistling This" most in my ears these days. Of all songwriters, he is most consistent