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 Friday, 27 March 2015
SF Bay Area
SFJazz presents Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tomasz Stanko

Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko always keeps company with the most formidable young players on the scene. Dividing his time between Warsaw and New York City, he’s recorded a series of taut, lyrically expansive sessions for ECM, alternating between emerging European stars and heavyweight Gotham improvisers. Stanko’s current ECM recording Wislawa is inspired by the poetry of Wisława Symborska, the Polish poet, essayist and Nobel Laureate. The all-star New York Quartet he brings to SFJazz ECM Jazz Fest includes pianist David Virelles, drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Reuben Rogers. They appear on Sunday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. at SF Jazz Center. This is almost sold-out, to get your tickets now.
The 20th Annual Other Minds Festival: Don Byron Quartet and the Creative Spirit Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Don Byron Quartet ©Ken Vermes

One of the most unusual and creative of music events in the Bay Area is the Other Minds Festival, a yearly celebration of “unexpected music,” as the sumptuous program noted. Charles Amirkhanian is the co-founder (with Jim Newman) and Executive Artistic Director of an event that looks to individuals like the late John Cage and the avant-garde tradition of classical music for its inspiration. Jazz performers have played a role in this event over the years with the appearances of Sam Rivers, Hafez Modrizadeh, and others.

Terri Lyne Carrington and the Mosaic Project at SFJAZZ Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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.

Bill Charlap Trio at Yoshi's, Oakland, 2/19 Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Bill Charlap © Andrea Canter

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists,  Bill Charlap's influences reflect the seriousness with which he has studied the entire jazz lineage. "I admire the elegance of Tommy Flanagan, the harmonic language and bebop phrasing of Hank Jones, the linear aspects of Lenny Tristano. Then there are Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, Art Tatum, Jimmy Rowles, Errol Garner, Thelonious Monk, Ellis Larkins, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Roger Kellaway, Bobby Timmons, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland. People usually think of Bill Evans as a harmonist and romantic, but I'm influenced by Bill the bebop player, the rhythm section player he was when he worked for Miles." Bill Charlap's long-standing trio featuring Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums will perform at Yoshi's in Oakland on Thursday, February 19th,
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