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Jazz Bakery Presents Tom Harrell's "Colors of a Dream" Sextet PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 17 August 2014

Tom Harrell © Andrea Canter

Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.   Colors of a Dream , Harrell’s latest creation, will performon Thursday, August 21st at 8:00 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Harrell takes his piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist - vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnthan Bkake.

LA Beat: Legendary Bassist Ron Carter Trio at Catalina Jazz Club PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Friday, 08 August 2014

Ron Carter Trio, L-R: Donald Vega, Ron Carter, Russell Malone (Photo byGlenn A. Mitchell)

Longtime, highly successful bassist Ron Carter brought his dynamic trio to Catalina’s Jazz Club for a three-day run, July 24-26.  His interesting trio is on tour for several weeks and is made up of remarkable all- star performers, Donald Vega (piano) and Russell Malone (guitar).  

I have been a fan of Carter’s for now fifty years, going back to the mid-sixties with his important and dynamic role in the best Miles Davis Quintet (in my opinion).  He also has gathered a long list of musical credits during approximately six decades performing jazz as a premier bassist.  The instrumentation of the Carter trio is somewhat unorthodox in not having the usual piano, bass, drums situation, but Carter is a strong bassist.  This mix makes a memorable sound – both as a unison voice and trio-wise in backing each member solos.  

Jazz Legend Ron Carter at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles 7/24-26 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 20 July 2014

Ron Carter © Laura Manchinu.jpg

Ron Carter's dexterity and harmonic sophistication on the bass have few rivals in the history of jazz. In addition to the bass, he has also employed both the cello and the piccolo bass (a downsized bass pitched somewhere between cello and contrabass), one of the first musicians to use those instruments in jazz settings.  He remains the most original, prolific, and  influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. The Ron Carter Trio performs atCatalina Jazz Club on Thursday, July 24th through Saturday, July 26th.

The Jeff Ballard Power Trio Opens New Worlds at SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab PDF Print
Written by Ken Vermes   
Sunday, 22 June 2014

Jeff Ballard (photo Ken Vermes)

Who would have known that the young man banging on drums downstairs in my old Noe Valley neighborhood would have advanced to be one of the great percussionists in jazz? And who would have thought that, after years on the road with Brad Mehldau, he would be opening the new season at SFJAZZ in the Joe Henderson Lab room with his new band on with two searing sets of trio jazz?

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