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Brad Walker, Bobby McFerrin, Nichols@100, Newk & More

Read "Brad Walker, Bobby McFerrin, Nichols@100, Newk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Lots of features this week. Tenorist Brad Walker kicks off the Fall jazz concert season in Baton Rouge on Friday, October 4 @ Chorum Hall and we preview his new session recorded live at Snug Harbor in New Orleans. Another centennial segment celebrates pianist Herbie Nichols; more Sonny Rollins with Miles; and Bobby McFerrin who was appointed a NEA Jazz Master for 2020. Along the way Dave Zinno's latest, grease from Leon Spencer, a message from Betty Carter, swing from ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2019

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Burlington, Vermont May 31-June 9, 2019 Prominent among the many of virtues the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival offers its hometown each year is a reminder of the energetic activity that permeates the Queen City of Vermont (and not just at this most wonderful time of the year). Witness the first night of 2019's ten-day run: in addition to one of the most friendly and accessible opening acts in recent years--Bobby McFerrin on ...

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Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall

Read "spirityouall" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A 10-time Grammy winner, Bobby McFerrin's undeniable gifted voice has not only inspired audiences with its unique qualities but also imbued his spiritual roots as found in songs throughout his discography such as the colorful Garden of Eden expression, “The Garden" from 2010's VOCAbuLarieS (EmArcy) or the unique scriptural vocal rendition of “The 23rd Psalm" from his 1990 release Medicine Music (EMI). Inspired by the music of his upbringing and his father Robert McFerrin Sr.--an operatic baritone ...

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Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall

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Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks are the most innovative jazz voices of the past 50 years. Our current subject, McFerrin, took the technical capabilities of the human voice, remolding them into the fantastic and delightful forms we recognise as his genius today. spirityouall is McFerrin's celebration of both his father, Robert McFerrin, Sr., the first African-American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera Company and the American musical vernacular called the Spiritual. McFerrin's father ...

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Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLarieS

Read "VOCAbuLarieS" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

For nearly thirty years, Bobby McFerrin's illustrious career has proven that there is no instrument like the human voice. With an ability to cover any vocal range, his spontaneous inventions have spanned inventive a cappella singing, wonderful mimicries and global dialects, through memorable performances and recordings with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, or demonstrating the power of the pentatonic scale at the 2009 World Science Festival. A true virtuoso, McFerrin is far ...

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Bobby McFerrin: Music's Renaissance Man Does It All

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Bobby McFerrin--master of all music, a man whose career embraces, jazz, pop and classical has one busy schedule coming up in 2008. This world famous vocal innovator and improviser, who added classical to his repertoire in the nineties, began the year in Southern California with concerts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducting Prokofiev's “Symphony No. 1" and Mendelssohn's “Symphony No. 4, 'Italian,'" as well as taking part vocally on Vivaldi's “Concerto For Two ...

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Bobby McFerrin in London, May 20-21

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Bobby McFerrin with LSO St. Luke's Community Choir Barbican Centre Residency London, England May 20-21, 2007 April in London was the hottest and driest on record. But May was something else: cool, grey and rainy. It felt like the end of a summer that wasn't. So by the time Bobby McFerrin played the Barbican, we needed some sunshine to lift us. And we weren't disappointed. McFerrin was the latest in a ...

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Bobby McFerrin: Live at the Royal Festival Hall

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Royal Festival Hall London, UK 16 November 2003

One man alone with his voice (no band, no instruments) in a large classical venue is not an entirely promising prospect. Bobby McFerrin’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall, however, was one of those rare experiences whose memory is likely to be savoured long afterward by its audience. Bobby was dressed down: workboots, jeans, black ‘t’, but his music wore many costumes and hinted at an ...

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Bobby McFerrin: Beyond Words

Read "Beyond Words" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

How does one write about the ineffable? It is, after all, Beyond Words ... We must, however, reflect on Bobby McFerrin’s Beyond Words

There is a certain degree of serendipity in the fact that this recording is being capitalized upon, in the best economic system the world has ever known, through the marketing efforts of both Blue Note and Angel Records as in Classical music, the “grace note" is what in Jazz is known as a “blue note." Beyond Words ...

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Bobby McFerrin: Beyond Words

Read "Beyond Words" reviewed by Jim Santella

As the universal language, music has always had one problem: how to translate the words so that everyone will understand their meaning. French, Portuguese, English, and several African dialects are quite familiar to jazz fans. Some listen to German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese or Spanish singers often. Are we fluent in these languages? It's not necessary. Pagliacci had a passionate story to tell, and even those who don't know Italian understood his message. Priests sing the mass in Latin, and only ...

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Bobby McFerrin: Beyond Words

Read "Beyond Words" reviewed by Jim Santella

As the universal language, music has always had one problem: how to translate the words so that everyone will understand their meaning. French, Portuguese, English, and several African dialects are quite familiar to jazz fans. Some listen to German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese or Spanish singers often. Are we fluent in these languages? It's not necessary. Pagliacci had a passionate story to tell, and even those who don't know Italian understood his message. Priests sing the mass in Latin, and only ...

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Bobby McFerrin: Beyond Words

Read "Beyond Words" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

How does one write about the ineffable? It is, after all, Beyond Words... We must, however, reflect on Bobby McFerrin's Beyond Words.

There is a certain degree of serendipity in the fact that this recording is being capitalized upon, in the best economic system the world has ever known, through the marketing efforts of both Blue Note and Angel Records as in Classical music, the “grace note is what in Jazz is known as a “blue note. Beyond ...


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