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“‘Swing’ is an adjective or a verb , not a noun. All jazz musicians should swing. There is no such thing as a ’swing band’ in music.” - Artie Shaw
 
 Sunday, 21 December 2014
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Ravi Coltrane, Dee Dee Bridgewater Play the Funk Card in San Francisco E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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A Love Supreme
 

As rock and roll seems to be sliding out of view, with the last vestiges of the music found on the tour buses driving up Haight Street, jazz players are looking back to the era of the 60’s and 70’s for new inspiration and energy. At least that is the trend seen in two recent back-to-back shows in the City by the Bay.

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Karrin Allyson Celebrates the Holidays at the Dakota, December 21-22 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Yuletide Hideaway
 

"She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain…incisive, original, and emotionally convincing.”-- Gary Giddens

A four-time Grammy nominee whose discography ranges from Paris to Rio, from ballads to blues, from upbeat swing to gloomy contemplation, Karrin Allyson keeps forging new directions. In 2013, she finally put her talents as vocalist, songwriter, pianist and arranger into a Yuletide Hideway, a sharp 180-degree turn from her previous project, 2011's critically acclaimed Round Midnight. And in 2015, Allyson will release her first collection of all-original tunes. In time for the holidays, Karrin returns to one of her "home" bases, the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis, December 21-22, offering seasonal songs from Yuletide Hideway, some previews of the new original works, and favorites from her ever-expanding repertoire. Local pal Laura Caviani will be on piano, with Karrin's Kansas City rhythm team of Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Bob Bowman (bass).

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Twin Cities Jazz Sampler: CD Release and Multi-Band Celebration at Jazz Central, December 20 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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If the health of a jazz scene is measured by the number of well-regarded recordings released by a long list of bands in a relatively short period of time (two years), then the scene in the Twin Cities is both healthy and exemplary. Documenting this status, and hoping to increase public awareness of the quality and availability of Twin Cities jazz, Steve Kenny and Illicit Productions have compiled the Twin Cities Jazz Sampler, Volume One, with thirteen tracks representing thirteen ensembles and a cross section of artists currently leading the MN jazz scene, from the veteran-filled Illicit Sextet and Chris Lomheim Trio  and the cross-generational Good Vibes Trio to ensembles led by younger veterans (Atlantis Quartet, Chris Bates Red 5, Zacc Harris Group, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Jana Nyberg Group, Foreign Motion) to a new crop of exciting young performers (Courageous Endeavors and Group 47). The Sampler, funded via a Kickstarter campaign, will be celebrated with a release party at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 20, featuring live performances from three representative ensembles -- Good Vibes Trio, Atlantis Quartet and Group 47. The Twin Cities Jazz Sampler includes music from the following bands:

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Verve and Blue Note: Two BIG Books Make the Perfect Holiday Present for a Jazzer E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Recently it has come to my attention that that it would be nearly impossible to find a music gift for a dedicated jazz fan with a massive, almost complete record, CD and download collection. Such collectors already have so much, there is no longer room anywhere for even one single vinyl addition. Two publishers have come up with the solution of this BIG problem, and their answer is two very BIG books  by Richard Havers, one the greatest individual music writing production authors in the world. From the look of his website, www.richardhavers.com, he writes non-stop, seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day.

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Pamela Rose's "Wild Women of Song": The Neglected Women of the Jazz Era E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Pamela Rose (photo Jennifer Paschal)
 

"It's more than a jazz concert. It's a swinging honors course in womankind!" -- Bruce Kelley, San Francisco Magazine

Pamela Rose, the singer, bandleader, researcher, and bicycling one-woman promoter of her show, Wild Women of Song, posted in response to our Facebook comments on the performance. “Ken,” she stated, “I'm so glad you were there. This work somehow has eluded any live press review, although we've performed it many times in the Bay Area. Thank you for standing up for Wild Women!”

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New Collaborations in World Music Spur Bay Area Arts Programs E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Toure' - Raichel (photo: Jason Marck)
 

Recently two concerts in the Bay Area revealed a thrilling development in the San Francisco music scene. Two individuals, one the director of music programs at a local institution of learning, the other the founder of a dance company, are creating directions and experiments in world  music that are new and daring. The fact that these experiments are coming from corners of the Bay Area music scene not usually associated with such adventures is not entirely surprising.

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

 

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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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