Monthly Archives: July 2013

NPR: Carline Ray: A Pioneer For Women In Jazz Dies At 88

Carline Ray
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Pioneering musician Carline Ray died July 18 at age 88. In the 1940s, when it was difficult for women to be accepted as jazz musicians, Ray found a home in the all-female band The International Sweethearts of Rhythm as the guitarist and a featured vocalist. She was also a bass player who performed with Sy Oliver, Mercer Ellington and Mary Lou Williams.

Ray was born in Harlem in 1925 during the Harlem Renaissance. She graduated from Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Her husband, Luis Russell, led his own band and worked as Louis Armstrong’s music director.

Source: NPR

AP: Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, 102: Jazz keeps him going

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert


NEW ORLEANS—Music, jazz music, is what keeps Lionel Ferbos going at 102.
The Creole jazz singer and trumpeter celebrated his 102nd birthday July 17 by blowing the high notes for friends and family at the French Quarter club where he’s had a standing gig for decades. He also sang at a recent birthday bash at the National World War II Museum, breaking into “When You’re Smiling” as swing dancers shimmied.

Impeccable in a button-up shirt and tie, he posed for pictures all smiles. He cracked jokes about his age. And he relished the attention as he was serenaded both times with upbeat renditions of “Happy Birthday.”

“I thought I’d be dead at about 60,” he said, laughing.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

SFJazz Center Announces 2013 – 2014 Season Artist Lineup

sfjazz SFJAZZ Center, based in San Francisco, recently announced the artist lineup for its 2013-2014 Season, which runs from September 5, 2013 to June 8, 2014.  SF Jazz Center opened in January 2013 has a membership of some 7,000 members  and has been extremely well-praised by critics and jazz fans alike. The schedule of events and prices is as follows.


Monday, August 26, 7:30pm

Premium tickets: $375 includes pre-concert reception with Bill Cosby.

All other seats: $100/$195.

Terence Blanchard with Lionel Loueke and Ravi Coltrane

Thursday, September 5, 7:30pm, $25/$35/$55

Friday, September 6 & Saturday, September 7, 7:30pm, $25/$40/$60

Sunday, September 8, 4:00pm, $25/$35/$55


Bill Frisell with Geri Allen & Greg Osby, Thursday, September 12, 7:30pm, $25/$45/$65

Bill Frisell with Thomas Morgan & Petra Haden, Friday, September 13, 7:30pm, $25/$45/$65

Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers Featuring Jim Woodring, cartoonist, Saturday, September 14, 7:30pm, $25/$45/$65

Bill Frisell & Friends, Sunday, September 15, 7:00pm, $25/$45/$65


Amjad Ali Khan, Thursday, September 19, 7:30pm, $25/$40/$60

Kellye Gray, Friday, September 20, 7:30pm, Joe Henderson Lab, $25

Allen Toussaint, solo, Saturday, September 21, 7:30pm, $25/$45/$65

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Featuring Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa, Sunday, September 22, Davies Symphony Hall, 7:00pm, $25/$35/$55/$80


Regina Carter with Jenny Scheinman & Sara Caswell, Thursday, September 26, 7:30pm, $25/$35/$55

Regina Carter with Pablo Ziegler Quartet, Friday, September 27, 7:30pm, $25/$45/$65

Regina Carter with Kenny Barron, Saturday, September 28, 7:30pm, $30/$50/$70

Regina Carter with Carla Cook and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Sunday, September 29, 7:00pm,


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Welcome Back to Page One

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Pianist Enrico Pieranunzi mixes jazz and classical styles

enrico_pieranunziMONTREAL — Enrico Pieranunzi, the top jazz pianist from Italy (and perhaps all of Europe), started out playing both classical music and jazz as a child. He eventually played on Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks, propped up Chet Baker and, well into his career, wrote a book about Bill Evans. That should give you a preliminary idea of the elements in his style: structure, lush colour, judicious choice of notes, and swinging melodic lyricism, respectively.

“The feeling when I approach the piano,” Pieranunzi said Wednesday, “it’s as if I realize for a few seconds that I’ve never played it in my life.

Source: Montreal Gazette

NYT: Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Goal: Keep History and Make It

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Bonnaroo Festival in June 2013.
Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty Images

Alan Light – New York Times

(July 5, 2013) –  At the recent Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ran a musical marathon. When the Saturday headliners, Mumford & Sons, canceled after a band member’s medical emergency, the group was drafted to play a set of its own in one of the tents. As soon as that performance ended, five of the band members got into a van and sped to the main stage, where they joined the substitute headliner, Jack Johnson, for the final song of his encore (hastily rehearsed that afternoon in a motel lobby), in front of a stadium-size audience.

In Remembrance: LA Times: Paul Smith Dies at 91

Pianist Paul Smith with his wife, singer and pianist Annette Warren, in… (Nancy Smith )

Don Heckman – (LA Times)

Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, arranger-composer and music director for stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O’Day, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 91. Smith died of heart failure Saturday at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, publicist Alan Eichler said.

At 6 feet 5, with hands that easily spanned the piano keyboard well beyond octaves, Smith was an impressive sight on stage. Playing with a versatility comparable to that of Oscar Peterson and a harmonic richness similar to the work of Bill Evans, he was both a brilliant soloist and an accompanist who was highly praised by the many singers with whom he performed.

Source: Los Angeles Times