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“Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.” -Keith Jarrett
 
 Friday, 27 February 2015
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Javier Santiago: Home at Jazz Central, February 27 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Javi SantiagoİAndrea Canter
 

Once a teen prodigy playing piano around the Twin Cities, Javier Santiago went on to study for two years at the acclaimed Brubeck Institute and ultimately graduate from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. Now keeping busy on the New York jazz scene, Javi has taken a long winter break in his home town, and will be in the driver’s seat at Jazz Central this Friday, February 27, on the "Bridge" series. He will be in the fine company of veteran jazzers Chris Bates (bass) and Zacc Harris (guitar), with long-time cohort Miguel Hurtado on drums.

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Pat Mallinger -- Guest Artist at the U of M Jazz Festival, Underground Music Cafe E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Pat MallingerİAndrea Canter
 

One of the Twin Cities' favorite jazz sons, saxophonist Pat Mallinger, returns for a few days to visit family and serve as the guest artist for the annual University of Minnesota Jazz Festival, including a free evening performance on Saturday, February 28th. He'll warm up sitting in with some old pals when the Fireside Five plays at the Underground Music Cafe in Falcon Heights on Thursday, February 26.

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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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Jazz Legend Clark Terry Dies at 94 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

"Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he'll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends. Clark has known and played with so many amazing people in his life. He has found great joy in his friendships and his greatest passion was spending time with his students. We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world. Clark will live in our hearts forever." -   Gwen Terry

 

Clark Terry, U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Michael Worner

Trumpeter Clark Terry was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, named an NEA Jazz Master, and inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame among countless honors, was the consummate freelance musician, able to add a distinctive element to whatever band or jam session of which he is a part. His exuberant, swinging horn playing was an important contribution to two of the greatest big bands in jazz, Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's. In addition, his use of the flugelhorn as an alternative to trumpet influenced Art Farmer and Miles Davis, among others.

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The Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid at the Jazz Standard 2/26-3/1 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. A year ago, as a composer and bandleader Reid released his ambitious Motema Music album Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project and debuted his big band st the Jazz Standard. Rufus Reid was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, for Quiet Pride as Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and for the track “Recognition” as Best Instrumental Composition.  The big band sound of Rufus Reid returns to the Jazz Standard on Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st performing songs from Quiet Pride along with new compositions created for this large ensemble.

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Pat Martino with Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago 2/26-3/1 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

"Mr. Martino is back and he is plotting new musical directions, adding more layers to his myth." -New York Times

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Pat Martino © Andrea Canter

Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Pat Martino and his trio, featuring Hammond B3 organ master Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre, will appear at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, March 1st. Martino has had a prolific career in jazz that dates back to the early 1960s. He has been recording and leading his own groups since 1967. He has recorded for all of the top labels in jazz including Vanguard, Prestige, Concord, Fantasy, Warner Brothers, Polydor, Atlantic, Mainstream, and Blue Note Records. Many of Martino’s recordings are now considered classic, and all of his vinyl recordings have been reissued on CD. He has close to 30 albums out as a leader, and there would be many more if not for a life threatening illness that struck him in the mid 1970s.

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Yerba Buena's New Frequencies Festival Warms Up the Winter E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Myra MelfordİAndrea Canter
 

Since its incorporation in 1986, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has been one of the jewels of the San Francisco art scene. Yet it is sometimes in the background of the city’s arts community, where more established groups like the Symphony, Opera, Ballet and a host of other organizations often grab the limelight. Their profile may be rising if the New Frequencies Fest, Jazz in the present tense (February 5-7) is an example of their current direction.

Co-curated by the YBCA artist in residence, Myra Melford, and Music Curator and Associate Director of Programing Arts, Isabel Yrigoyen, featured a wide range of programs. The Festival presented the gamut of experimental artists like Henry Threadgill, sound experimentalist Matana Roberts, clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg, violinist, singer and writer Jenny Scheinman, bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, an avant-garde trio led by curator Myra Medford, Afro pop band leader Angelique Kidjo -- and this is a partial list. And just as diverse as the presenters was an audience reflecting the breadth of the Bay Area’s diverse population, including all types of writers about the music. The Center has two performance spaces that provide both a relaxed and open setting and a more formal theater that allows for great sound and visuals. Both spaces were perfect venues for these kinds of presentations, with excellent sound and lighting.

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2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival: A Feast of Modern Jazz, July 2-4 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Charles LloydİAndrea Canter
 

"I've dreamed of having Charles Lloyd play our festival since I became involved many years ago. That dream will be realized in July, 2015." -- Don Thompson, Iowa City Jazz Festival Committee Chair

Celebrating 25 years, the Iowa City Jazz Festival announced its 2015 line-up -- and it's a who's who in modern jazz, featuring internationally renowned headliners Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Douglas, Julian Lage, Ben Allison, Ron Miles, and Charles Lloyd. Rising stars abound as well, with Grammy nominated B-3 organist Brian Charette, widely acclaimed vocalist Becca Stevens, New York's KROM, and in multiple supporting roles throughout the festival, drummer Rudy Royston. Held July 2-4 on the famed Pentacrest lawn in the heart of the University of Iowa campus, the festival includes side stages along adjacent Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street (with bands playing between sets on the main stage), Culinary Row, FunZone, Artists Booths, and concessions; the Iowa City public fireworks display will take place following the final Main Stage set Saturday night. And new this year, in place of the late night jam sessions, concerts will be held at the Englert Theater on Friday (Ron Miles) and Saturday (KROM) nights.

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