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It is just such a democratic unit, a jazz unit, if it is done right. Each one has a voice. There is a central theme and you make a whole. It is such a sharing thing. It is such a community. Can you imagine if the whole world was run on these principles? It is a dangerous philosophy in a way. - Sathima Bea Benjamin
 
 Monday, 24 November 2014
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Sabertooth Celebrates 22 Years of Swinging Overnighters at the Green Mill 11/29 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

“Mallinger's partnership in Sabertooth with tenor saxist Cameron Pfiffner recalls the fabled duo of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, tenorists who decades earlier battled against each other one moment, traded silken ballad phrases the next. Add the terrific organist Pete Benson and drummer Ted Sirota into the mix, and you understand why this engagement has thrived for so many years." -
Chicago Tribune
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Cameron Pfiffner and Pat Mallinger

For 22 years, the Sabertooth jazz quartet has held the "After Hours Jazz Party" every Saturday night (well, technically Sunday moring) from midnight until 5 A.M. at the Green Mill. Formed in 1990 by saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, Sabertooth explores a variety of jazz idioms from soul jazz and hard-bop to modal and post-bop in the quartet which also includes Pete Benson on the Hammond B3 organ and Ted Sirota on the drums. The band's repertoire includes many original compositions, such as "It's surely gonna flop if it ain't got that Bop" and "Dr. Midnight" as well as standards and interpretations of rock tunes. Join the swinging, all-night party on Saturday, November 29th at the Green Mill.
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Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo Return to the Dakota, November 25 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Sharon Isbin and Romero LubamboİAndrea Canter
 

A night with two of the world's most gifted solo guitarists gives music fans more to be thankful for this week. Multi-Grammy winner Sharon Isbin, who has spearheaded tours of "Guitar Passions," returns to the Dakota with one of her touring partners, eclectic Brazilian Romero Lubambo.

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Maria Schneider and her Orchestra at the Jazz Standard 11/25-30 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

“To call Maria Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point, She is a major composer, period.” - TIME Magazine

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Maria Schneider, photo by Jimmy and Dena Katz

Composer/band leader Maria Schneider and her orchestra have established a distinguished recording career with nine GRAMMY nominations and two GRAMMY Awards; her 2004 album Concert in the Garden made his­tory as the first recording sold only on the Internet to win a GRAMMY. Her 2007 album Sky Blue earned a Grammy Award for 'Best Instrumental Composition' for 'Cerulean Skies' [click here for a Jazz Police review] This Jazz Standard engagement will preview new music from a forthcoming album, The Thompson Fields. Maria and her Orchestra appear at the Jazz Standard in New York on Tuesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 30th (with the exception of Thanksgiving day when the Jazz Standard is closed).

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Jazz in the Target Atrium: New Concert Series Launches on December 2 at Orchestra Hall E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Jeremy WalkerİAndrea Canter

Thanks to the creative entrepreneurship of pianist/composer/bandleader Jeremy Walker, a new, four-concert jazz series will launch on December 2nd in the intimate space of Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium. Walker proposed a jazz series after experiencing the intimacy of music in the Atrium space earlier this summer. Jazz in the Target Atrium will feature renowned masters performing new music with a local ensemble headed by Walker. From December through May, these concerts will feature members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (December 2), pianist David Berkman (January 22), a new work (The Rage of Achilles) composed by Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox for voice and jazz ensemble (April 16), and trumpeter Ron Miles (May 8).

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Miguel Zenon Thrills Audience at The Addition in San Francisco E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Miguel Zenon İAndrea Canter
 

When new music appears from improvising musicians, there can be the utter surprise and delight of discovery, and the live performance of Miguel Zenon, at the new Addition club in San Francisco on November 13, delivered just that. Hearing Miguel perform with Jeff Ballard’s group earlier this year at SFJAZZ did little to prepare us for the tidal wave of sound generated by what has to be one of the tightest and most powerful jazz groups we have seen in years.

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Kenny Burrell Quintet, November 21-23 at Catalina's in Hollywood E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

"Kenny Burrell is overall the greatest guitarist in the world and he's my favorite." - B.B. King

Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Dubbed the "grand master of the jazz guitar" by Dizzy Gillespie,  Kenny Burrell pioneered the guitar-led trio with bass and drums in the late 1950s. Known for his harmonic creativity, lush tones, and lyricism on the guitar, he is also a prolific and highly regarded composer. Come hear this living legend with his quintet featuring Justo Amario on Saxophone,Trevor Ware on Bass, Lew Mathews on Piano, and Clayton Cameron on Drums  at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood on Friday, November 21st through Sunday, November 23rd.
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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, 11/20-23 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet


Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz.  21st Century Trad Band is the newest record from the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. In the follow-up to last year´s successful release, In a World of Mallets, the group expands on its sound and musical possibilities. Hear this quartet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, November 20th trhough Sunday, November 23rd.
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Cecile McLorin Salvant Opens The Addition in San Francisco E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Cecile McLorin SalvantİAndrea Canter
 

The spate of recent articles in the old media, picking on jazz and the masters of the form, reminds us of a local movie critic who often writes reviews lacking one critical insight. From an audience point of view, the very existence of movies on a big screen can still be a great thrill, in and of itself. How was it made, where did it come from, and how did it move us? Seeing a vocalist on a club stage has the same effect for this listener. There is magic in the very act of someone getting in front of a frosty Monday night crowd and meeting the ultimate challenge: keeping everyone in their seats and, in the end, leaving them wanting more.

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