Monthly Archives: September 2013

San Jose Mercury News: Monterey Jazz Festival: Exhausting, uplifting, often remarkable

Richard Scheinin
San Jose Mercury News

The Ravi Coltrane Quartet performs at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif, 2013. (Photo: John Green/Bay Area News Group)
The Ravi Coltrane Quartet performs at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif, 2013. (Photo: John Green/Bay Area News Group)

The Monterey Jazz Festival is an annual event and an ongoing chronicle. Sure, Armstrong, Ellington, Miles and Coltrane all played there. But so-called “golden eras” are romantic notions, maybe even figments of historical imagination. Jazz continues, and Monterey does as good a job as any festival of documenting its current condition.

Last weekend’s 56th edition, a strong one, presented emerging artists (i.e. Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca), hot artists (singer Gregory Porter), overlooked artists (baritone saxophonist Claire Daly), respected mid-career artists (saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of John) and venerable artists (saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter).

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Star-Tribune: Fusion is not a dirty word

Article by: BRITT ROBSON , Special to the Star Tribune

Prism, from left : Craig Taborn, Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks and Eric Harland. Photo: ULLI GRUBER
Prism, from left : Craig Taborn, Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks and Eric Harland. Photo: ULLI GRUBER

Nearly a quarter-century ago, bassist Dave Holland released the record “Extensions,” a glorious mix of power and complexity, featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks, that was voted Album of the Year in the jazz magazine Downbeat.

In the decades since, Holland enhanced his reputation as one of the premier bandleaders in jazz, while Eubanks became a familiar presence to millions of Americans as a member, then leader, of Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” band.

Source: Star-Tribune

OnPoint Radio: Life Behind The Vibes: Jazz Musician Gary Burton Looks Back

Gary Burton Photo: Jimmy Katz
Gary Burton. Photo: Jimmy Katz

Seven-time Grammy winner Gary Burton joins NPR’s OnPoint host Tom Ashbrook to talk about his life as a jazz vibraphonist  and his personal journey as an unannounced gay man in the jazz world, something he writes about  in his new autobiography “Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton”.

Martin Luther King Jr. tribute presented by NJSO

mlk_tributeCarlton Wilkerson
Daily Record

 

(Sept 8, 2013) – The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-14 season with a program that pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Titled “Promise of the New World,” the evening’s music includes work by the great African-American composer, songwriter and bandleader Duke Ellington, and the premiere of a work composed by jazz pianist Geri Allen, performing as soloist.

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Chicago Tribune: New home for jazz fest knows how to swing

Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune

 Gregory Porter performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during the Chicago Jazz Festival, on Saturday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / August 30, 2013)

Gregory Porter performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during the Chicago Jazz Festival, on Saturday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / August 30, 2013)

In a single stroke, the Chicago Jazz Festival went from grunge to glamour over the weekend, thanks to a simple – and desperately needed – change of address.

For its first 34 years, the long-suffering, often cash-strapped event subjected musicians and listeners alike to dismal production values in wide-open, oft-muddy, acoustically awful Grant Park.

The funding remains meager, but for its 35th anniversary at least the fest moved up to Millennium Park, where it looked and sounded like a million bucks (which is $800,000 more than its undernourished programming budget of $200,000).

Source: Chicago Tribune