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A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019 South Park II Sofia, Bulgaria July 5-7, 2019 Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes held sway, was an uplifting sight. That people came in such numbers was chiefly due to the fact that A to JazZ ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Live at Bandcamp Oakland, CA June 27, 2019 While his band played “Songs She Never Heard," a piece from his 2019 album Ancestral Recall, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah paced across the stage, shaking a steady groove on his tambourine. When he stopped to lean over pianist Lawrence Fields, Fields looked over his shoulder and smiled back at him. Then Scott ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It's rare to see Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's name without some derivation of “architect" affixed to it. It's appropriate. The New Orleans trumpeter and composer—like his peers Kamasi Washington and Ambrose Akinmusire—is part of a wave of jazz musicians determined to keep the genre's momentum moving forward. Adjuah's Ancestral Recall seeks to dismiss notions of identity-based music, with a more inclusive form. As if to demonstrate comprehensiveness, Adjuah opens the collection with a very busy “Her Arrival." Featuring ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Throughout two decades worth of previous releases, trumpeter Scott aTunde Adjuah has proved to be a master of his horn and an artist of soulfully ignited passions. With this album, the 35-year old multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans should add further accolades to his already sterling reputation. He defines current endeavors as “a map to de-colonialize sound, to challenge previously held misconceptions about some cultures of music" and applies a self-described “stretch" concept of examination and experimentation to what ...

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2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 29-July 9, 2016 When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just offsite (literally down the block)--so many that I didn't get inside all of them in three nights of concerts. There's simply no way that ...

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2016

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25-26, 2016 Plenty of fine music was presented at the 2016 version of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival by musicians young, old and in between. On piano, for instance, it ranged from Joey Alexander, who turned 13 on the day he performed, to Chick Corea, who turned 75 two weeks before he performed. But special kudos for the weekend ...

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Christian Scott at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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Charlie Parker Jazz FestivalNew York, NYAugust 25, 2013During a warm afternoon at Tompkins Square Park, trumpeter Christian Scott brought his sextet for a short set that featured many of the band leader's influences and sonic textures, starting with a very contemporary up-tempo groove that showcased his dexterity--he often distanced himself from the microphone for effect, allowing his instrument's sound to be picked up by the microphones intended for the drums or the alto sax, which resulted in ...

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Christian Scott: Clifford Brown, The Beginning of the End

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I choose a Clifford Brown album called The Beginning and the End (Columbia, 1973). It chronicles this guy's experience from the beginning of his musical career until a recording the day before he actually died. It's strange, because when I first got the record I didn't really know what the record was about or why they put it together. I just remember hearing this amazing trumpeter and trying to mimic his version of 'Donna Lee,' and I can ...

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Christian Scott: Shining a Light

Read "Christian Scott: Shining a Light" reviewed by Chris May

Trumpeter/bandleader Christian Scott's aTunde Adjuah (Concord, 2012), like its immediate predecessor, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (Concord, 2010), delivers on two fronts. Musically, it retains what is precious in the jazz tradition, while drawing in ideas from hip hop, rock, funk, ambient and Afrorock. Extra-musically, it reaffirms jazz as protest music.Born and brought up in New Orleans, Scott has lived in New York City since graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2003. In New Orleans, he was ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Christian Scott: aTunde Adjuah

Read "Christian Scott: aTunde Adjuah" reviewed by Chris May

In 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of trumpeter Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia), saxophonist John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), pianist Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and saxophonist Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), you could say ...

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Christian Scott Quintet, Live at the Saville Theater, San Diego, CA

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Christian Scott Quintet Saville Theater (San Diego City College) San Diego, CA April 13, 2010

I believe it was the English writer/contrarian George Bernard Shaw who first coined the phrase: “Youth is wasted on the young." Anybody buying into that cliché was soon set straight--provided they were fortunate enough to be among the standing-room-only-crowd who witnessed this performance. Twenty seven year old trumpeter Christian Scott last appeared in San Diego as a guest of ...

INTERVIEWS

Christian Scott: Breaking Boundaries, Crossing Lines

Read "Christian Scott: Breaking Boundaries, Crossing Lines" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

Christian Scott is lounging on a black leather couch, easy and relaxed before taking to the stage at a Moscow jazz club. The cold, gloomy Russian capital hosted the New Orleans trumpeter's quintet for a trio of gigs in February 2009--including a show at the US ambassador's cushy residence, in front of an elite audience of officials and dignitaries.

Diplomatic functions do not represent a major part of the group's touring schedule. Maybe Scott was a slightly surprising choice for ...


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