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by Mark Sullivan
Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 4-11, 2017 In celebration of International Women's Day, Wednesday's concert featured all bands led by women, a first for the festival. Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana kicked off the show. Although not literally--she explained that she was not feeling well, and would be seated while performing. She certainly sounded fine to me, with a warm tenor sound reminiscent ...read more
by Jim Santella
Inimitable. Stéphane Grappelli was one of a kind. Rather than attempt to imitate him, Didier Lockwood pays tribute in his own way. A love of melody and a keen sense of swing remain as common denominators. Lockwood, however, adds high harmonics, spiritual whistles, unique improvisation and modern harmonic sounds to the performance. The changes are subtle, but they update the music appropriately. Lockwood provides two original compositions along with the program of songs associated with Stéphane Grappelli. Lockwood’s The Kid" ...read more
by Mike Neely
French violinist Didier Lockwood’s new CD brings together three of Europe’s outstanding jazz musicians in a lively Tribute To Stephane Grappelli. The classically trained Lockwood is accompanied by the Danish bass master Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen and noted French guitarist Bireli LaGrene in a set that would do Grappelli proud.
Lockwood is the recipient of the Waldrop violin, first presented to Grappelli in 1937. The famed French violinist Michel Waldrop initially presented the violin to Grappelli in recognition of him ...read more
by AAJ Staff
After his excursions into modal jazz, rock, fusion and bop, Didier Lockwood has come home again to revel in the music of jazz violin great Stéphane Grappelli with whom Lockwood performed early in his career.In the process, Lockwood is exposing his astounding talent on a difficult instrument seldom heard in jazz to a broader audience. That audience can't help but sit up and take notice.With the aid of just-as-astounding Biréli Lagrène on guitar (assuming the Django ...read more