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“What’s music for? Making money? Entertainment? No. Music is a language, one that exists between the land of emotion and the land of intellect. It’s about creating vibration, an energy. Music is for healing and transformation.” - John Medeski
 
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"Wild Man" Charles Lloyd and Quartet at the Dakota, June 30-July 1 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Charles Lloyd ©Andrea Canter
 

“Charles Lloyd is an international treasure.” –Carlos Santana

An early cohort of Jack DeJohnette and Keith Jarrett, multi-reed specialist Charles Lloyd is one of the most revered jazz artists of the 21st century. In addition to recent tours and highly regarded recordings, Lloyd served as the subject for wife Dorothy Darr's documentary, Arrows Into Infinity (ECM, 2014) and was named a 2015 NEA Jazz Master.  His most recent recording, Wild Man Dance (2015), marks Lloyd's return to Blue Note and features Grammy-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Gerald Cleaver. With Kendrick Scott replacing Cleaver for this summer tour, the Charles Lloyd Quartet performs two nights, four sets (7 and 9 pm) at the Dakota Jazz Club, June 30-July 1.

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Fred Hersch returns to the Village Vanguard, 6/30-7/5 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Fred Hersch © Andrea Canter

Fred Hersch returns to the Village Vanguard where he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist and his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release Alone at the Vanguard [Jazz Police review]. He will perform with his widely praised trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson on Tuesday, June 30th through Sunday, July 5th. This is the trio whose Alive at the Vanguard won the Grand Prix du Disque from the Académie Charles Cros in France [Jazz Police review]. Hersch was nominated for his sixth Grammy Award in 2014 for his solo on "Duet" from the CD Free Flying [ Jazz Police review], a duo album with guitarist Julian Lage; the disc received a rare 5-Star rating from Downbeat
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Dave Douglas & High Risk at Constellation, 7/1&2 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

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Dave Douglas © Andrea Canter

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a new record probing the possibilities of improvised jazz and electronic music. Featuring an exciting new band of noted players-- Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective) on electric and acoustic bass; Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt) on electric and acoustic drums; and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics, Dave Douglas & High Risk Appear at Constellation in Chicago on Wednesday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 2nd.

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Summer Jazz Explosion - The Bay Area Festival Scene E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Dafnis Prieto©Ken Vermes
 

It seems like only a few months ago that everyone was talking about the death of jazz and the end of the Bay Area urban music scene due to gentrification. There still are major problems on the club level, for sure, with soaring rents and a lack of excitement in some quarters. But in the midst of disintegration on that level of music, no one seems to have noticed that the Bay Area is growing into a region with one of the most exciting and varied group of music festivals in the world. From the North Bay’s Healdsburg Festival to a stunning show at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival to three thrilling shows at SFJAZZ to a very strong series starting at the Stanford Jazz Festival, there seems to be a new energy and a higher level of musical events in every corner of the Bay. And that doesn’t include the very strong San Jose Jazz Festival coming up in August and the Monterey Festival that closes the summer jazz events in September. Some recent highlights:

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From the Ground Up and Into the Future In Memoriam: NEC Remembers Gunther Schuller E-mail
Written by New England Conservatory of Music   

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Gunther Schuller (photo courtesy of New England Conservatory)
 

"The thing that may make me unique is that I have simultaneously had seven full-time careers in music over the last 50 or 60 years. That's more than Leonard Bernstein."-- Gunther Schuller


Ed. Note. French horn prodigy, NEA Jazz Master, composer, conductor and educator Gunther Schuller died in Boston on June 21 at age 89. Schuller is best known for bringing the worlds of classical music and jazz together, as well as establishing the first jazz program at a music conservatory. The following memorial piece is re-posted with permission from the New England Conservatory.

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Miguel Zenon's 4tet at the Jazz Showcase 6/25-28 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Miguel Zenón © Andrea Canter


Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Miguel Zenón's 4tet performs on Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago.
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Harold Mabern Trio at the Village Vanguard, 6/23-28 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Harold Mabern


Hard Bop piano legend Harold Mabern was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Well-known for his work with tenor saxophonists George Coleman and Eric Alexander, Harold plays with a powerful technique and a deep insight into a wide range of repertoire. This week he is joined by John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums as his trio performs at the Village Vanguard in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 28th.
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The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival: Looking Back and Ahead E-mail
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   

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Dorthann Kirk
 

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has become a real hub for jazz lovers in the New Jersey/New York/Connecticut area. Recent events included a concert by singer Michael Franks and vocalist/guitarist Raul Midón; The Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Final Concert; and Swinging on a Star: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen, starring Broadway luminaries Norm Lewis and Rebecca Luker. NJPAC’s annual TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival has become one of their most acclaimed events. Named in honor of Newark's saxophone great James Moody, the third TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival was held at NJPAC and several other venues in Newark November 9-16, 2014. We're now looking ahead to the 2015 festival, to be held November 7-15.

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