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ďItís the group sound thatís important, even when youíre playing a solo. You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. Thatís jazz.Ē - Oscar Peterson
 
 Monday, 30 March 2015
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True to her Brazilian DNA: Eliane Elias at the Dakota March 31 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
She can be lusty and discreet, openly hip and lazily reflective. She can make you sway and reduce you to tears, often simultaneously.” –Rex Reed, New York Observer
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Eliane Elias

One of the most prized Brazilian exports since coffee, five-time Grammy nominee Eliane Elias returns to the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis on March 31st for just one night, two shows. Widely acclaimed as a pianist, vocalist, and composer, Elias blurs the boundaries between Brazilian, jazz, and classical zxs, but it's her Brazilian roots that are on full display as she tours in celebration of her new recording, aptly titled Made in Brazil (Concord). Officially the CD release coincides with her show at the Dakota.

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Tom Harrell Quintet at the Village Vanguard 3/31-4/4 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

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Tom Harrell © Andrea Canter

Hailed by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, trumpeter Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Each of his albums has found its way onto various critics "Top Ten" lists worldwide.  Harrel's new quintet featuring Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Charles Altura on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and  Johnathan Blake perform at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, March 31st through Sunday, April 4th. $30.
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Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer -- Back with More Joni Mitchell at the Dakota, March 29 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
(Tierney Sutton) “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”-- The New York Times

"Sutton-as-singer and Mitchell-as-muse are like fine wine and cheese: they're two tasty delicacies that pair well together."-- Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

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Tierney Sutton and Kevin Axt © Andrea Canter
From Wisconsin to Berklee to the Oak Room, Tierney Sutton’s career has been on a steady upward trajectory. Considered one of the most accomplished singers on the modern jazz scene, Sutton's 2013 Grammy-nominated Joni Mitchell project, After Blue, inspired her 2014 tour with cellist Mark Summer, who appears on the album with Sutton and his Turtle Island String Quartet colleagues. Last summer, Sutton, Summer and Parisian guitarist Serge Merlaud celebrated Mitchell as well as re-arrangements of standards and Summer's solo repertoire at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis. But one night was not enough, and the they're all back for another round on Sunday, March 29th, providing another dose of Joni Mitchell and very likely, some songs from Sutton's most recent release, the Grammy-nominated Paris Sessions.

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SFJazz presents Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Tomasz Stanko


Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko always keeps company with the most formidable young players on the scene. Dividing his time between Warsaw and New York City, he’s recorded a series of taut, lyrically expansive sessions for ECM, alternating between emerging European stars and heavyweight Gotham improvisers. Stanko’s current ECM recording Wislawa is inspired by the poetry of Wisława Symborska, the Polish poet, essayist and Nobel Laureate. The all-star New York Quartet he brings to SFJazz ECM Jazz Fest includes pianist David Virelles, drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Reuben Rogers. They appear on Sunday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. at SF Jazz Center. This is almost sold-out, to get your tickets now.
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The 20th Annual Other Minds Festival: Don Byron Quartet and the Creative Spirit E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Don Byron Quartet ©Ken Vermes

One of the most unusual and creative of music events in the Bay Area is the Other Minds Festival, a yearly celebration of “unexpected music,” as the sumptuous program noted. Charles Amirkhanian is the co-founder (with Jim Newman) and Executive Artistic Director of an event that looks to individuals like the late John Cage and the avant-garde tradition of classical music for its inspiration. Jazz performers have played a role in this event over the years with the appearances of Sam Rivers, Hafez Modrizadeh, and others.

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Talent Indestructible: Ashley Daneman ("Beauty Indestructible," 2014) E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

 

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Beauty Indestructible

"I believe in the indestructible beauty of people and of life. No matter what may happen, we are redeemable.  That is the message of this album." --Ashley Daneman

“…an uncompromising concoction of subtle and intimate jazz with a touch of hipster singer-songwriter.” --West Michigan Jazz Society

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Twin Cities Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Headliners! E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

 

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Francisco Mela©Andrea Canter

Five bands of incomparable artists will headline the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held June 25-27 in and around Mears Park in St Paul's historic Lowertown Arts District. The new stage at the CHS (Saints) Field will host six-time Grammy winner Dr. John and the Night Trippers on the festival's closing afternoon. Appearing on the Mears Park Main Stage will be the Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet Featuring Othello Molineaux, Festival Artistic Director Francisco Mela's new quartet with special guest Nicholas Payton, 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill, and an all-star quartet featuring Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. In addition to CHS Field and Mears Park Main Stage, the festival will present events on the Sixth Street and Union Depot Stages, and throughout downtown St Paul and beyond at over 20 clubs, bars and studio venues. 

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Terri Lyne Carrington and the Mosaic Project at SFJAZZ E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Terri Lyne Carrington (Photo - Jesse Costa/WBUR)
 

Terri Lyne Carrington may be one of the few women drummers leading a band in today’s jazz world, but she is not unnoticed or unloved. At SFJAZZ on February 14, Valentine’s Day, the Grammy-winning leader of the Mosaic Project received the love and admiration of a sold-out audience, and gave back to everyone with a generous and completely satisfying set. That she is following one of the oldest traditions in jazz, creating a show band, fits the idea that drummers are often great leaders. And in that tradition, players like Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa,  Elvin Jones and others created some of the most exciting bands of all time, in their day. Currently Carrington stands out as a leader who has established a modernistic style and a focus on song, melody, and the vocalist’s ability to personalize a performance. This show band included a pacing and presentation that constantly kept listeners attentive and involved.

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