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"Jazz is in the sound. Jazz is in the rhythm. And jazz is in the legacy of the music being passed along from musician to musician, and generation to generation. It is our duty, honor, and pleasure to be part of this thread in the fabric of jazz music." - Peter Erskine
 
 Thursday, 21 August 2014
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Phil Hey Quartet: August Gigs at Icehouse and Jazz Central E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Phil Hey Quartet©Andrea Canter
 

“The PHQ is a true, seasoned ensemble laying down a musical vision with common purpose.”—Pat Courtemanche

Twin Cities jazz fans may not always appreciate our great fortune—to live in a community blessed with some of the finest musicians in the country, artists who have played with such legends as Charlie Rouse, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Benny Carter, Jay McShann, and Dewey Redman. Count drummer Phil Hey among our local giants! And count his Phil Hey Quartet among our local treasurers, long associated with the Artists Quarter and now finding other venues from which to launch their musical fireworks. This week it's a double treat-- Monday (August 18) at the Icehouse (10 pm), Friday at Jazz Central (7:30 pm).

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George Cables Trio at the Village Vanguard, 8/19-24 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
George Cables ©Alan Nahigian

Jazz pianio legend George Cables is a significant voice in modern jazz. In addition to composing and arranging for his own albums, George Cables has contributed to recordings by Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson and many others. He is noted for his fresh Interpretations of classic compositions and for his innovative style of writing. He will appear with his trio feturing Victor Lewis and Essiet Essiet at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, August 19th through Sunday, August 24th
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95 and Blowing Sweet: Irv Williams Birthday Celebration at the Dakota, August 17 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

 

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Irv Williams Trio with Steve Blons and Billy Peterson©Andrea Canter

Either “the coolest old guy or the oldest cool guy…” -- Pioneer Press

A number of years ago, tenor saxophone legend Irv Williams hinted at retirement in his liner notes for That’s All (2004), but clearly that was premature. Three CDs later, the then 88-year-old known fondly as “Mr. Smooth” issued a more dramatic hint with the release of Finality (Ding Dong Music) in 2008.  But apparently the title only referred to Irv’s feelings about recording sessions, not performing opportunities. In Spring 2011, Irv seemed more determined that we let him rest his chops, proclaiming the release of yet another CD (Duke’s Mixture) at the Dakota Jazz Club to be his “Retirement Party.” Shortly thereafter, he was back playing for the Dakota’s Friday Happy Hour with Peter Schimke.  Then came the May 2012 “Retirement Party” at the Dakota, followed by more happy hours, and a special guest performance in spring 2013 with Estaire Godinez at the Museum of Russian Art.  And still he held weekly happy hours at the Dakota, which in early 2014 saw a cast change -- now a trio with guitarist Steve Blons and bassist Billy Peterson. Last month, Irv released a new studio recording (Then Was Then, Now Is Now) with a special performance at the Museum of Russian Art -- an early birthday present. And now he will celebrate that 95 birthday at the Dakota on Sunday night, August 17. Note this is a birthday celebration, not a retirement party.

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Jazz Bakery Presents Tom Harrell's "Colors of a Dream" Sextet E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

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Tom Harrell © Andrea Canter


Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.   Colors of a Dream , Harrell’s latest creation, will performon Thursday, August 21st at 8:00 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Harrell takes his piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist - vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnthan Bkake.

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Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord, 2014): Raising, Hurdling Over the Bar E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
 

At the finals of the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition at Kennedy Center last September, then 24-year-old Melissa Aldana not only won first prize, she became the first woman instrumentalist and first South American to win any of the Monk top honors in the 26-year history of the prestigious competition. Tenorist Aldana earned the $25,000 first-prize scholarship with the Monk Institute and a recording contract with Concord Music Group. The resulting album, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, was released in June, right before the trio's festival debuts at the Twin Cities and Iowa City Jazz Festivals. Anyone who had the opportunity to enjoy the trio live will find the album to be a pleasurable reminder of the energy and synergy of the live event; anyone who has not yet experienced Aldana and company (bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela) on stage will revel in the discovery of her talent as performer, composer and bandleader.

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Regina Carter brings Southern Comfort to the Jazz Standard 8/14-17 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Regina Carter

Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation – a designation which doesn’t quite paint the picture.  As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a “genius grant”). Those are more apparent than ever on her new release Southern Comfort, in which she explores the folk music of the South.  Regina Carter's quintet featuring Marvin Sewell on guitar. Will Holshouser on accordion, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Alvester Garnett on drums bring the Southern Comfort project to the Jazz Standard on Thursday, August 14th through Sunday, August 17th.
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Kenny Drew, Jr., 1958-2014 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Kenny Drew Jr ©Andrea Canter
 

"...an impeccable jazz pianist in his own right who could play with dashing swing, breathtaking control and lush romanticism." --Marc Meyers, JazzWax

Kenny Drew, Jr., a prolific pianist raised on classical music and steeped in blues and bop, died August 3 at his home in St. Petersburg, FL.  Although hhe cause was not reported, Drew had suffered in recent years from complications of diabetes. His death was confirmed by Scott Elias of Random Act Records, the last label for which Drew recorded.

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LA Beat: Legendary Bassist Ron Carter Trio at Catalina Jazz Club E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   

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Ron Carter Trio, L-R: Donald Vega, Ron Carter, Russell Malone (Photo byGlenn A. Mitchell)
 

Longtime, highly successful bassist Ron Carter brought his dynamic trio to Catalina’s Jazz Club for a three-day run, July 24-26.  His interesting trio is on tour for several weeks and is made up of remarkable all- star performers, Donald Vega (piano) and Russell Malone (guitar).  

I have been a fan of Carter’s for now fifty years, going back to the mid-sixties with his important and dynamic role in the best Miles Davis Quintet (in my opinion).  He also has gathered a long list of musical credits during approximately six decades performing jazz as a premier bassist.  The instrumentation of the Carter trio is somewhat unorthodox in not having the usual piano, bass, drums situation, but Carter is a strong bassist.  This mix makes a memorable sound – both as a unison voice and trio-wise in backing each member solos.  

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