Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cedar Walton Dies at 79

cwaltonBack in the day at Ronnie Scott’s club in London, when artists were booked on the personal whims of the founding proprietors Scott and Pete King without much regard for the box office, the same performers would reappear year after year with the regularity of old friends turning up to reunions. One such was the pianist and composer Cedar Walton, who has died aged 79.

Source: The Guardian

OnPoint Radio: The Legacy of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’

John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist shown in an undated photo. (AP)
John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist shown in an undated photo. (AP)

NPR’s OnPoint Radio featured this program on the legacy of “A Love Supreme” on the verge of its 50th anniversary. Tom is joined by Tony Whyton, author of “Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album.” The program runs 48 minutes and features calls from listeners sharing their thoughts on the importance of the Trane’s opus. You can listen to the program at the link below.

Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and NPR Radio Staple, Dies at 95

Peter Keepnews
New York Times

mcpartlandMarian McPartland, the genteel Englishwoman who became a fixture of the American jazz scene as a pianist and, later in life, hosted the internationally syndicated and immensely popular public radio show “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” died on Tuesday at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95.

Source: NY Times

Litchfield Jazz Festival delights music fans for 18th year

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Photo: Litchfeld Jazz Festival

By Jack Coraggio/The Register Citizen

GOSHEN, CT – For an 18th year in a row the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the music and culture celebration that draws music fans from all over the state and beyond, highlighted America’s truest homegrown art form.

The vibes were good and plenty under a mostly sunny sky mixed with just enough cloud coverage to mitigate serious sunburn. On Saturday, especially welcome was the shine since the night before it rained so much a discernable portion of attendance washed away, and the recent precipitation was evident in the pattern of mud puddles people jumped around and over like they were playing a game of hopscotch in the otherwise grassy Goshen Fairgrounds.

Bert Harney manned one of the dozens of vendor booths — his was for his family’s iced tea business Harney & Sons – and said the size of the crowd on Saturday severely beat the one from the night before and the ones from years past. But it wasn’t just the size that mattered it was the sheer awesomeness of it all.

Source: The Register Citizen

NYT: George Duke, Keyboardist Who Crossed Genre Boundaries, Dies at 67

gdukeBy WILLIAM YARDLEY
NY Times

George Duke, who began his career as a jazz pianist in the 1960s but made his name by crossing musical boundaries, died on Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67.

He had suffered heart complications after being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, said his manager, Darryl Porter, who confirmed the death.

The name of the instrument with which Mr. Duke is perhaps most closely associated also describes his approach to music: synthesizer. While he remained a respected figure in the jazz world, over the years he also played keyboards with Frank Zappa and Michael Jackson, sang lead on a Top 20 single and produced pop and rhythm-and-blues hits for others. His work has been sampled by hip-hop and electronic artists, including Daft Punk.

Source: New York Times

NPR Covers The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

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The Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Photo: Adam Kissick for NPR

(Aug 3, 2013) -National Public Radio’s coverage of the Newport Jazz Festival was – once again – second to none. The network provided live streaming of the famed Rhode Island festival for much of the weekend.

Artist performing this year included Wayne Shorter with Herbie Hancock,  singer Gregory Porter, guitarist Rez Abassi, bassist Marcus Miller, bassist Esperanza Spalding, guitarist, Mary Halvorsen quintet, singer Dee Alexander and the Donny McCaslin Group among many others.

Many of the performances have been archived for playback. Check it out if you missed or just want to experience it again. Great job, NPR!

Click here for NPR’s Newport Jazz Festival Page.