Steely DanJacobs Pavilion at NauticaCleveland, OhioJuly 23, 2013Time flies when you are having fun and it's hard to believe that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, collectively known as Steely Dan, are well into that life niche known as the senior years. Fortunately, they still have a thing for the road, which means their iconic repertoire can be heard live in select cities once every few years. For Cleveland fans, it has been a long haul. Back in 2011, The Dan skipped a northern Ohio location, heading for Cincinnati instead. Prior to that, you'd have to ...read more
Steely Dan E.J. Thomas Hall Akron, Ohio November 16, 2009
Since coming back on the scene in 2000, hit makers Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have made it a habit to regularly hit the road each summer tour season, a practice that in their earlier years was looked upon with trepidation. In fact, after some live gigs to support their first album, they stopped touring altogether and weren't to be seen in person for some 25 years. Now with a typical sense of irony, they've extended a summer set of concerts billed ...read more
Steely Dan Wells Fargo Theater Denver October 29, 2009
Going to a Steely Dan concert is like riding in a luxury car; you know just what you're going to get: a smooth, comfortable ride. There may not be much in the way of surprises, but it sure feels good. That predictability applies even more on the current tour in which the band has been playing some of their classic albums in their entirety. Thursday night in Denver, the band played perhaps their most popular album, Aja. And the ride was smooth and sweet.read more
Steely Dan Mud Island Memphis, Tennessee August 14, 2009
The only relationship Steely Dan had with the 1970s was the temporal fact of having existed and been popular then. The band's music was always light years ahead of its time. Intelligent, inventive, and way too clever, Steely Dan's music could have just as easily been created now, or for that matter, well in the future.
Reeling in the Years" from the 1972 recording Can't Buy A Thrill competed with the likes of, on one hand, Don McLean's American Pie," Derek and the Dominoes ...read more
Chickenfoot, Dave Matthews Band, Steely Dan Montreux Jazz Festival/Auditorium Stravinski Montreux, Switzerland July 4, 2009
The United States were impeccably represented as the land of the free form during a Fourth of July special that showcased three distinct improvisational imports.
A packed, international crowd of well over 4,000 was ready for fireworks as Steely Dan proved up to the task of opening in the emotionally electrified environment. The veteran songwriting duo of guitarist Walter Becker and frontman vocalist and keyboard player Donald Fagen presented modified versions of their quirky catalogue during the first half ...read more
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McCoy Tyner Trio with Ravi Coltrane/Bran Van 3000 Catherine Russell/Steely Dan Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra/McCoy Tyner Big Band Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Quebec, Canada July 1-3, 2008
Now nearing its thirty-year anniversary, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal continues to create a universe unto itself. With six square city blocks closed in the city's downtown core, it's an eleven-day party that's marked by high spirits and ...read more
Steely Dan Aja MCA 1977
In the movie Mr. Holland's Opus, Richard Dreyfuss, playing a high school music director, recounts his childhood memory of first hearing a John Coltrane album. He recalls how he hated the music, but couldn't stop listening to it. He played the album over and over again until he appreciated every note--until he knew it would be an inspirational force in his life.Steely Dan's Aja was like Dreyfuss' Coltrane album for me. For a teenager raised on 1970's rock, and late to discover the allure of jazz, Aja ...read more