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"What I get curious about is when critics in the media, as well as musicians, tend to look down upon those who retain jazz's fundamentals, while they celebrate loudly those who consciously choose not to swing and not to even acknolwledge the blues." - Doug Wamble
 Friday, 28 November 2014
Emerson Hunton and Friends on the Jazz Police Young Artists Showcase at Jazz Central, November 29 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Emerson HuntonİAndrea Canter

Approximately every other month, the Jazz Police sponsors a "showcase" of young talents at Jazz Central. On Saturday, November 29, the spotlight shines on drummer Emerson Hunton, a student from Minneapolis now attending the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. For this special holiday weekend gig, Emerson brings along two fellow students from Oberlin --Nathan Rice (saxophones) and Noah Gershwin (guitar), along with two friends based in the Twin Cities, young upstart trumpeter Jake Baldwin and Emerson's former mentor, veteran bassist/educator Adam Linz.

Jazz It Up on Black Friday at the Black Dog -- Kenny, Bates and Seru E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Steve KennyİAndrea Canter

Describing themselves as "an adventuresome jazz trio playing originals and probably some Thelonious Monk and some free jazz to kick off the shopping season," trumpeter Steve Kenny, bassist Chris Bates and percussionist Davu Seru celebrate Black Friday at the Black Dog on November 28th at 8 pm, either a perfect finish for your day of bargain hunting or a perfect antidote for any post-holiday blues. And if you are tired of turkey and stuffing, the Black Dog offers some tasty alternatives as well!

Joey DeFrancesco Trio at the Jazz Showcase 11/27-30 E-mail
Written by Don Berryman   
Joey DeFrancesco İ Andrea Canter

Organ fans will have a lot to be thankful for when 'Baddest' jazz organist on the planet, Joey DeFrancesco who has been touring all aound the planet non-stop for decades with his own trio, and also playing and recording with some of the greatest musicians in the world (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, etc.), comes to town. Once again, he was voted best jazz organist in the 2014 Downbeat Magazine readers poll, for those who are counting that is ten years in a row, but that's no surprise since nobody does it better. Come hear Joey DeFrancesco perform with his trio fearuing Jeff Parker on guitar and George Fludas on drums at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, November 27th through Sunday, November 30th - then moves on to the Dakota in Minneapolis on December 1st.
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
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.
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

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).

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

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).

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

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.

A Tribute to Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene at Catalina's E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   


Cheryl Bentyne and Myrna Daniels (photo Craig Levine)

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Myrna Daniels, editor and publisher of L.A.’s only jazz newspaper, L.A. Jazz Scene, was honored at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywoood, CA. The tribute was put on by the non-profit Jazz del Corazon, an organization founded by singer Jackie Gibson and music producer Clifford Bell that has helped musicians in critical times of need.  They have produced several shows for very worthy and needy musicians.  Their particular desire and goal for this tribute was to help Ms. Daniels with significant upgrades to L.A. Jazz Scene newspaper, including a more comprehensive (and much needed) web presence.   



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