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Mid-August is always a predictable time in Chicago. The days get shorter; the wind whips around a little bit harder; each day gets a little bit cooler as autumn rears its ugly head. We Chicagoans are notorious for milking summer for all it's worth, which might be the real reason that the Chicago Jazz Festival is held on Labor Day weekend every year like clockwork. To this writer, there is something magical about sitting by the lake, taking in memorable melodies as the breeze from the lake keeps
Sandip Burman's all-star ensemble blew a cross-cultural wind into Milwaukee's Shank Hall on a hot August night. Sandip (pronounced San-deep) is a master tabla drummer from Calcutta, India. He used his energy and charm to convince some of fusion's biggest names to take a chance on playing his Indian music. The band's line up is: drummer Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), violinist Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), harmonica and keyboardist Howard Levy (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), bass
On a rainy Chicago night, Gregg Bendian brought his Interzone ensemble into the historic Schuba’s Tavern in the city’s Wicker Park area. The small hall was perfect for the mostly acoustic band. The sound was crisp and clear, and full of details. The band was touring in support of its recently released third CD, Requiem For Jack Kirby. Kirby was the famed comic book artist who redefined the art form with his work on the X-Men, Spider Man, The Fantastic Four, and many others. Bendian's comp
On Saturday night, August 11, there was a concert at the Flywheel Arts Center in Easthampton, MA that made perfect sense as an entire unit of performances. The performance coordinator, whom I believe is Matt Weston, combined successfully disparate elements in his choices for performers: the first set I understood in a classical context; the second set was totally different from the former, i.e. improvised rock (hey!); and the last set calmed and coagulated the sense of all the music in the form
Gospel Jazz is fast gaining credibility as a musical genre to be reckoned with, and saxophonist Ron Brown's "Jazz In The Spirit" concert this past July helped to certify its musical strength. Over 1400 people filled Greater Bethany Community Church in Los Angeles as Ron Brown, Kirk Whalum and guitarist Doc Powell brought their powerful musicianship and even more moving testimony. All three performers have recorded together over the past decade, and the crowd was treated to classic duets; Brown a
After a five year absence, George Benson returned triumphant to an adoring crowd at Ravinia Festival, just north of Chicago, IL. Ravinia, one of the best outdoor venues in the country, was the perfect setting for Benson's show. Band members, lighting effects, guitar, singing - all were at the level George's fans expect - excellence plus. And George's audience (packed pavilion, no grass to be seen on the lawn!) appreciated every minute of his show. Reviewing a George Benson live performa
29.01.2011

Myra Taylor

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Is it possible to be sweet, sassy and devilish all at once? Well, if you're (talking about) Myra Taylor the answer is undoubtedly "yes." Myra is a native of Kansas, born in Bonner Springs, Kansas and grew up in the 18th and Vine section of Kansas City. Myra became a dancer and singer at a very young age and was no stranger to the world of jazz. Saturday afternoon July 21, 2001 at the 11th annual Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival Myra gave a memorable performance that was truly unforgettable. Myr
Verizon sponsored a free Music Festival Sunday September 30, 2001. The festival began at noon in Old Pasadena Central Park. In addition, Portions of proceeds from tickets sells from other, Verizon Festivals held in Los Angeles, September 28 thru October 2, 2001 will benefit victims of terrorist attacks. Collection centers were set up in Central Park where attendees could donate directly to the United Way Fund. There were two stages, plenty of seats, and good music all afternoon. There wa
Sunday nights are not known for attracting crowds for a 9 PM show. However, a show by Los Van Van, the songo group dubbed the “Rolling Stones of Salsa”, proved to be an exception. During four nights at Yoshi’s, a jazz and contemporary music club in San Francisco’s Fillmore District, the Cuban band drew packed crowds. On this particular Sunday evening, the dance floor was packed with a coterie of enthusiastic dancers. Los Van Van was founded in December 1969 by bassist Juan Formell (who did not make the tour: see below) along with fellow conservatory-educated musicians. Amalgamating the sounds…
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