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... it is very difficult to put music into words. .. I am reminded of a Picasso-statement. One time a writer asked Picasso: "What does this painting mean?" And Picasso answered: "If I knew that I would be a writer.". -Dewey Redman
 Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Verve and Blue Note: Two BIG Books Make the Perfect Holiday Present for a Jazzer E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   


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,, he writes non-stop, seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day.

Miguel Hurtado and Friends: Young Lions Unite at Jazz Central, December 17 E-mail
Written by Lena Kobett   

Miguel HurtadoŠAndrea Canter

“Making music should always come from a genuine place, without insecurities or false pretenses.” –Miguel Hurtado

Considering he is still in his mid-20s, drummer Miguel Hurtado has already enjoyed a long career on the Twin Cities jazz scene, starting out in his early teens. On December 17 at Jazz Central, he reunites with one of his cohorts from middle school and high school days while also joining forces with like-minded 20-somethings who are building their reputations as some of the most exciting jazz artists in the metro area. His ensemble includes Nelson Devereaux (saxophones), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Javier Santiago (piano) and Ted Olsen (bass).

Jazz Record Art Collective Presents the Pat Mallinger Octet performing Cannonball's Bossa E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Pat Mallinger Š Andrea Canter

The Jazz Record Art Collective presents the Pat Mallinger Octet performing Cannonball Adderley’s
Cannonball's Bossa Nova in its entirety on Wednesday, December 17th at 8:30pm. The evening will also feature a solo exhibit by artist Christina Sedlemaier, who will do a live painting of the band’s performance.  Pat Mallinger Octet includes  Pat Mallinger on alto sax, Brian OHern on piano, Matthew Ferguson on bass, Mike Allemana on guitar, Joe Adamik on drums, Geraldo de Oliveira on percussion, Dave Creighton on sax, and B. J. Cord on trumpet.  "The Jazz Record Art Collective," occurs the third Wednesday every month at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 2000 West Fulton Street.
It's Easy to Love Roberta Gambarini--At the Dakota December 15-16 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Roberta GambariniŠAndrea Canter

"She has a versatile style and she has a voice that is almost limitless as far as range is concerned. She has wonderful clarity. You can understand every word she says, which is not possible with some singers... Her versatility reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald... Playing for her is one of the highlights of my life.” – Hank Jones

Since placing a surprising third in the 1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (behind the late Teri Thornton and soon-to-be sensation Jane Monheit), Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini has not only acclimated to life as a New York-based jazz artist, she has embraced each opportunity with increasing success, a trajectory of one of the most talented singers of her generation. On December 15-16, Roberta returns to the Dakota, sporting a band that easily stands alone as an all-star ensemble-- Roy Hargrove associates Justin Robinson on sax and Sullivan Fortner on piano, and living legends Ray Drummond on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

Let It Snow! Vintage Film and Classic Carols With Maud Hixson and Friends at the Capri, December 14 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Maud HixsonŠ Andrea Canter

We can just "Let It Snow" on Sunday afternoon, December 14 ( 2 pm) at the Capri Theater! Join Twin Cities vocalist Maud Hixson, the Wolverines Trio, and saxophonist Dave Karr for a musical tour through some of America's most popular holiday songs, featuring vintage film clips from the collection of film archivist Bob DeFlores. Experience the songwriters and performers in clips that are rarely seen, and hear some songs you may have missed!

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

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!”

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

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.

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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