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“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.” -Duke Ellington
 
 Thursday, 23 October 2014
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Piano and Bass in Spotlight at Jazz Central, October 22 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Graydon Peterson©Andrea Canter
 

One of the younger veterans on the local jazz scene joins forces with one of the youngest of the young lions for a night of bass/piano duo magic at Jazz Central on Wednesday, October 22. Bassist Graydon Peterson and pianist Joe Strachan will play a couple sets of pure imagination.

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SFJAZZ Collective Recording Live at Miner Auditorium 10/23-26 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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SFJAZZ Collective, 2014 © Jamie_Tanaka

Every year, SFJAZZ’s acclaimed resident ensemble – whose members have included such great musicians as Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano and Brian Blade – creates and performs eight new works and eight new arrangements of tunes by the honored artist, whether it’s Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk or Stevie Wonder. The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire. They’re playing their new pieces and the original music of Joe Henderson, the late tenor saxophone giant and composer on Thursday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 26th at SFJAZZ Center'sMiner Auditorium.

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The Willie Pickens Quintet at the Green Mill, October 24-25 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

 

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Willie Pickens

Veteran Chicago pianist Willie Pickens will grace the stage of the Green Mill in Chicago with his quintet on Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th. Now in his 80's,  Willie Pickens' contributions to the world of jazz and music education have been immeasurable. The list of musicians with whom he has worked is a veritable who’s who of the industry: Elvin Jones, James Moody, Max Roach, Eddie Harris, Marian McPartland, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson—the list goes on and on.

 

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Leigh Kamman, The Voice of Jazz, 1922-2014 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

"His instrument is a microphone. There's only one voice like that in this world." – Percy Hughes

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Leigh Kamman © Andrea Canter
 

A long and celebrated era in jazz journalism ended in fall 2008 with Leigh Kamman’s final broadcast of The Jazz Image on MPR. After a six-decade career including a 34-year run on MPR, Kamman’s retirement was truly the end of an era spanning his interview of Duke Ellington as a teen reporter to his shows for Armed Forces radio during World War Two, through broadcasts from Harlem to his long stint at MPR and induction into the Pavek Museum Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Leigh's presence in the jazz community continued despite declining health, with a 90th birthday celebration in 2012 at the Artists Quarter and occasional appearances at various jazz events. Kamman passed away on October 17 at age 92, taking a lot of jazz history with him, but leaving behind a rich legacy of interviews, broadcasts and scores of jazz fans who owe him much of our love--and knowledge of--the music.

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Brilliant Conversations: The Keith Jarrett Trio in Chicago and Newark E-mail
Written by Mario Carrington   

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Keith Jarrett Trio
 

The greatest jazz trio touring and recording today is the Keith Jarrett Trio featuring Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette.  Over the past 30 plus years they have set the standard for this jazz format; they have been prolific and are nonpareil.  Their artistry covers the full spectrum of music delivery to the listener—quiet, beautiful, delicate, contemplative, swinging, passionate, pensive, furious, intense, ferocious, evocative and playful.  Your listening pleasure is always paid off in amazement and ultimate satisfaction.  Each of these superb musicians individually has played with the giants of jazz during their careers, but collectively they are very special.  They are the epitome of Bill Evans’ concept of collaborative improvisation; in particular, Jarrett on piano is a direct descendant of Evans's style.  A trademark of Jarrett’s is that he has one of the more noticeable audible grunting and scatting accompaniments to his playing since Erroll Garner, particularly when he’s in the zone.

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Classic Reissue: Jeremy Steig's "Flute Fever" (IPO Recordings, 2013) E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Flute Fever
 

One of the most effective methods to get deep into the music called jazz is to follow instruments, not just players.  Pick one, pick any one, and learn as much about it as you possibly can. For this writer, besides the saxophone, my pick for favorite instrument is the flute.  It helps that I play the flute, have studied it with a classical teacher, and have seen hundreds of performances by flute players. 

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Freda Payne CD Release and Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   

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Freda Payne and friends, L.to R: actor James Pickens Jr., Freda Payne, Quincy Jones and actor Justin Chambers(photo - The Stander Group)
 

I did not know much about Freda Payne.  She has had a long and impressive career of many years and made a Gold Record in 1970, “Band of Gold.”  She started out singing at age 14 in Detroit, MI, beginning by sitting in with some very good big bands.  Her career naturally grew as time went on.  At age 17 she was invited to sing with Duke Ellington’s band in New York City, which she did for a short while, although not wanting to go on the road then, she didn’t continue. She is also a fine actress and has been in several notable movies.

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New Edition of the Dakota Combo Announced for 2014-15 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Dakota Combo, 9th Edition (Back Row L-R) Charlie Lincoln, Sam Roberto, Peter Goggin, Jack Courtright, Aidan Sponheim, Jordan Anderson. (Front L-R) Adam Astrup, Luke Peterson
 

The MacPhail Center for Music and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) announce the 9th edition of The Dakota Combo. Selected through open auditions in early September, the Combo is a band of exceptional high school student musicians who rehearse and perform throughout the year under the direction of acclaimed bassist Adam Linz. The Combo is a MacPhail program with funding provided by the DFJE.

 



 

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