Charles L. Latimer

Charles L. Latimer

Because vocalist Rene Marie’s new disc "Live at the Jazz Standard" doesn’t have liner notes it’s unknown what inspired her to make a live recording of eleven songs--eight s…
29.01.2011

Donald Walden

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
"Part of my mission is to carry on the legacy of jazz musicians that made great music. Most of them died prematurely and never achieved the kind of success they deserved. Their legacy needs to be remembered," says saxophonist Donald Walden when asked why he recorded Focus The Music of Tadd Dameron.

With new members of the Detroit Jazz Orchestra (DJO), a group Walden formed in 1982, he recorded the disc live at Bert’s On Broadway, a tri-level bar in downtown Detroit. Walden selected 10 …

29.01.2011

Bach in Brazil

Published in Concert Reviews
Listening to pianist Kenny Barron’s Classical Jazz Quarter Thursday night at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, I wondered if he wanted the quartet to resemble the Modern Jazz Quartet, or if the resemblance was mere happenstance. The veteran pianist played a double bill. The first set with the CJQ, and the second with Canta Brasil.

The CJQ embodied the characteristics of the Modern Jazz Quartet during their heyday. For example, Barron’s quartet which included Lewis Nash on drums, Rufus Reid on bass, a

Robert McArthur was saxophonist Donald Walden’s special guess Wednesday night at the second concert for the Jazz Forum. But there was nothing particularly special about McArthur’s performance. McArthur a native Detroiter has gigged with Walden before, and is one of his favorite singers.

"He sings better than a lot of vocalist in Detroit who are notorious for singing all the wrong notes. He sings with more feeling," Walden said.

McArthur has a fluid intonation. However, the feeling that Wa

The reunion of Marcus Belgrave and David "Fathead" Newman was the most anticipated event of the Jazz in the Garden concert series. But according to Belgrave organizing it was a nightmare. Alexander Zonjic, the coordinator of the series, asked Belgrave to participate. The concerts are Thursdays in the atrium of the GM Renaissance Center. Belgrave wanted to reunite with Newman. Both were members of the Ray Charles band. At the SereNgeti Ballroom five years ago they performed together for the first
29.01.2011

Encore! Encore!

Published in Concert Reviews
James Carter is sort of a freak of nature. He can make his saxophone yell, squawk, roll over, sit-up, and emit flames. Saturday night, Carter had to remind himself during a performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) that he wasn’t playing at a neighborhood club where he could let his imagination roam. Carter did an encore performance of composer Roberto Sierra’s piece Concerto For Saxophones , which premiered successfully at the DSO last year. Carter returned for three more pe
29.01.2011

Double-dealing

Published in Concert Reviews
At 78, he resembled a retired linebacker. He trudged over to his piano and leaned against it. When the ovation died, Oscar Peterson, flopped down on his piano stool, and played flawlessly with only his right hand. Peterson shared a double-bill Wednesday night at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall with saxophonist Branford Marsalis. They opened the 2003 Standard Federal Paradise Jazz Series.

Peterson left hand was immobile because of a stroke he stuffed a few years ago. His right hand carried the weigh

29.01.2011

Gentelmen with Horns

Published in Concert Reviews
They looked like the elderly gentlemen that meet regularly at Tim Horton’s. Cornetist Tommy Saunders and a few members of his Detroit Jazz All-stars are senior citizens. They performed Wednesday night at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church sitting on stools. They maybe seniors, but their chops haven’t aged one bit. Saunders and his All-Stars open the 14th season of the Jazz Forum with a tribute concert to songwriter Hoagy Carmichael and cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.

" Four years ago we did a prog

29.01.2011

Trum-pede!

Published in Concert Reviews
Marcus Belgrave believed a trumpet God blessed the 11 players who participated in his Trumpet Summit. For three afternoons, at the 24th annual Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival (FDIJF) the ensemble played as if the trumpet God had anointed their horns. "Jazz music is all about love, and the trumpet is the instrument of the Gods, and they told us to bring the music to you’ll, " Belgrave told the audience.

The 67-year-old trumpeter has worked with Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, Ella

29.01.2011

Idlewoogie

Published in Concert Reviews
The 2003 Idlewild Jazz Festival felt like a big family reunion picnic. The festival was held at Williamson Island, in Idlewild, Michigan. (During the 1920’s, Idlewild was a popular summer resort for African-Americans. It was called the Black Eden because African-American could engaged in cultural activities. Prominent writers, musicians, artists, and scholars from the Harlem Renaissance vacationed there.) "We decided to hold the festival here because Idlewild is a jewel," Janice Jones said.

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