Live Reviews

LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz Festival 2014

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2014"

North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands July, 11, 2014 The North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam is the biggest indoor festival in Europe. It is organized by Mojo Concerts and The Security Company, both part of Live Nation Entertainment, a worldwide operating live event mega-organizer (240,000 events annually in 33 countries). The amount of parallel concerts and big names in three days and nights-- starting in the late afternoon--is dizzying. It also evokes a constant desire to see everything, to be somewhere else and hence be on the run permanently. It is a ...

LIVE REVIEWS

1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition 2014

Read "1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition  2014"

1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/Krakow Poland July 16-19, 2014 He was one of the great jazz virtuosos, right up there some would say with Django Reinhardt, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. Most frequently, however, he was compared to John Coltrane. The cruelly premature death of Polish jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert at the age of 32 undoubtedly robbed jazz of one of its most exciting and original musical voices. The cancer that took Seifert in 1979, however, could not extinguish his light and he ...

LIVE REVIEWS

John Hiatt at Shelburne Museum

Read "John Hiatt at Shelburne Museum"

John Hiatt & the Combo The Green at Shelburne Museum Shelburne, Vermont July 10, 2014 John Hiatt has become a past master at creating songs populated with characters full of real-life detail . Playing with the Combo on the Green at Shelburne Museum, he offered a selection of his original material that painted a self-portrait rendered even more vivid by the expertise of the musicians around him. And it began from the very first selection, “Master of Disaster." While at one time this might have been a wry self-reference, as Hiatt concluded each ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Cowboy Mouth at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill

Read "Cowboy Mouth at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill"

Cowboy Mouth with the Cringe B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill New York, NY July 17, 2014 Cowboy Mouth is a rock 'n' roll band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the early 1990s during grunge's heyday. Its sound is best described as a musical gumbo mixing gritty rock, punk, blues, new wave, swamp pop, rockabilly and a touch of New Orleans funk. Some of the band's most popular songs include “Voodoo Shoppe," “Joe Strummer," “Light It On Fire," “Everybody Loves Jill," “Disconnected," and “Jenny Says." It has also covered Bruce Springsteen ("Born To ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Vinicius Cantuaria and Bebel Gilberto at Celebrate Brooklyn

Read "Vinicius Cantuaria and Bebel Gilberto at Celebrate Brooklyn"

Vinicius Cantuaria and Bebel Gilberto Brasil Summerfest at Celebrate Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York July 18, 2014 On the opening night of the third edition of the city-wide Brasil Summerfest, guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria took the stage with his quintet. He played a semi-acoustic guitar and started with a syncopated instrumental interlude that led into Gilberto Gil's “Procissão," a tune whose irony-filled lyrics wax critical against the blind faith of religious communities in Brazil. His delivery was quite personal, often singing down to a whisper, and leaving plenty of space for his improvisational riffing ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Baby do Brasil at Blue Note Jazz Club

Read "Baby do Brasil at Blue Note Jazz Club"

Baby do Brasil Brasil Summerfest at Blue Note Jazz Club New York, NY July 21, 2014 On her second performance as part of the lineup for the 2014 edition of Brasil Summerfest (she performed the previous evening at the South Street Seaport), legendary Brazilian singer Baby do Brasil was backed by a stellar band. Rounded out by Skoota (drums ), Mike Ciro (guitar), Jon Deley (keyboards), Ze Grey (bass ) Daniel Sadownick (percussion), Julie Acosta (trumpet), and Mark Miller (trombone), they kicked off the set with a Portuguese-language gospel-meets-funk tune featuring strong ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014"

2014 Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014 Ljubljana, Slovenia July 2-5, 2014 Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 55th edition this year. The event is usually organized by Cankarjev House--Cankarjev Dom, in Slovenian--a prestigious, state-run cultural centre in midtown Ljubljana, residing in one half of an impressive twin tower building, the other part being the National Bank of Slovenia. Ljubljana is situated near the Alps in the west and the Adriatic part of the Mediterranean Sea in ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Odean Pope Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe"

Odean Pope Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA July 19, 2014 Legendary tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, in addition to his international status and iconic recordings, often appears in Philadelphia, his home town, but usually in festivals, concerts, and other situations where he is part of a bigger mix. His one evening show at Chris' Jazz Café gave listeners a special opportunity to hear him in an intimate setting where they could really attend to the subtlety of his playing in addition to his intricate long runs fueled by his innovative circular breathing. For the ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Førdefestivalen 2014

Read "Førdefestivalen 2014"

Førdefestivalen Førde, Norway July 3-6, 2014 In its 25th year, the Førdefestivalen global music weekender became slightly nostalgic. Usually, a specialized theme is declared for each edition, but for this significant anniversary, a set of return invites were issued to artists who were fondly remembered for their previous appearances. Normally, the festival has a policy of continually booking first-time visitors, but we could forgive them for being a touch misty-eyed on this occasion. The other main thrust was to contrast, and often combine, local Norwegian folk talent from the surrounding fjords with a ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Maira Freitas + Lenine at Central Park Summerstage

Read "Maira Freitas + Lenine at Central Park Summerstage"

Maira Freitas + Lenine Brasil Summerfest at Central Park Summerstage New York, NY July 19, 2014 For her New York City debut, Maira Freitas traveled lightly, backed solely by a drummer on stage. She did the first few songs on piano, beginning with a jazz- inflected samba and then moving on to a very personal rendition of “Dream A Little Dream," her voice a clear soprano with great range. After introducing herself to the audience, she switched to an electric piano attached to a laptop, using lots of effects to enhance songs ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Phish at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Read "Phish at Saratoga Performing Arts Center"

Phish Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, New York July 3-5, 2014 If there is one overriding impression to glean from Phish's summer 2014 run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, it's that the band is equally proud of and inspired by the material on Fuego (Jemp/ATO, 2014). Not only was every song on the record played over the course of the three-night run (with the exception of keyboardist Page McConnell's “Halfway to the Moon," which has already been in rotation for some time), but tunes such as the title ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Yes at the NYCB Theatre At Westbury

Read "Yes at the NYCB Theatre At Westbury"

Yes NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY July 12, 2014 When Yes announced that it would be touring in the summer of 2014, it also stated that it would be playing its classic albums Fragile (Atlantic Records, 1971) and Close To The Edge (Atlantic Records, 1972) in their entirety, as well as excerpts from Heaven And Earth (Frontier Records, 2014) and some greatest hits selections. Quite a daunting proposition, especially considering that original lead vocalist Jon Anderson hasn't been a part of the band since 2008. In May 2008, Anderson (who was not particularly interested ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Jeffrey Lewis, Jesús Fernández, Kadialy Kouyaté & Peatbog Faeries

Read "Live From Birmingham: Jeffrey Lewis, Jesús Fernández, Kadialy Kouyaté & Peatbog Faeries"

Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams The Actress & Bishop June 17, 2014 Singer, guitarist, rapper and comix artist Jeffrey Lewis is always itching to change the name of his backing bands. Here's yet another, with the Jrams being a bass-and-drums pair (Heather Wagner and Caitlin Gray), keeping the tourbus lightly populated for maximum road-grease on the leader's endless touring schedule. He was returning to The Actress & Bishop's upstairs room after a couple of years, to find the performance positioning improved, with the band playing on a slightly-raised circular corner-stage. He pulled a ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Holland’s Prism at Copenhagen Jazzhouse

Read "Dave Holland’s Prism at Copenhagen Jazzhouse"

Dave Holland's Prism Copenhagen Jazzhouse Copenhagen, Denmark July 10, 2014 In jazz, forming a new group gives the possibility of finding a new musical expression, but it can also be a way of returning to one's musical roots. In the case of bassist Dave Holland's group Prism, it is actually both of these things. The group has brought Holland back in touch with the electrifying fusion that he created with trumpeter Miles Davis on such legendary records as In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), but the music also reflects ...



Weekly Giveaways

Roscoe Mitchell

Roscoe Mitchell

About | Enter

Peter Lerner

Peter Lerner

About | Enter

Jamie Saft

Jamie Saft

About | Enter

Sun Trio

Sun Trio

About | Enter

Sponsor: Nonesuch Records

Community Members

Join our growing community of
writers, musicians, visual artists and advocates.

Join Us Today!