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Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday Sunday was a spectacularly beautiful day in Monterey which was just perfect for the 12-hour marathon of music. The closing day of the Jazz Festival included a stellar lineup of great jazz artists including Joe Lovano, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Brad Mehldau, Regina Carter and the closing event which featured a piano duet with celebrated jazz masters Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. These artists provided many of the great highlights as ...


Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | SundaySaturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival featured excellent performances by some of the lesser known artists, fine concerts by headliners and a great after-hour jam sessions. It was another splendid day with much great music. My day at the fest started out mid-afternoon with a fine performance by accomplished trumpeter Sean Jones leading a quartet that included the remarkable piano playing of Victor Gould. The “Mississippi Blues Child-Mr. Sipp" thrilled an audience with some ...


Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | SundayThe Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and resembles a little village. There are interesting shops, food stands serving quality ethnic cuisine, craft beers and excellent coffee available--in other words, the essentials ...


Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ

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This is the second in a series of In Pictures articles on The Nash, a jazz club and educational institution that is at the heart of the jny: Phoenix jazz universe. This article celebrates visiting musicians who have roots in Arizona. Tenor titan Tony Malaby, a native of Tucson, brought his outstanding group Paloma Recio to the Nash in March, 2015. The group includes Ben Monder, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Nasheet Waits, all group leaders in their ...


Smokin' at The Nash

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Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the local venues with some frequency. The music programs have also begun to produce the next generation of jazz musicians and they contribute much to ...


Global Music Adventures at the Musical Instrument Museum

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The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), located in North jny: Phoenix, is a singularly unique experience in the world of music or museums, for that matter. The MIM displays over 6500 instruments from all corners of the globe. The experience is enhanced by superb video and audio presentations that situate the music in historical and cultural contexts. Although there is much information to be absorbed, the exhibits are presented with great artistry, clarity of purpose and entertainment value. Visiting the MIM ...


Hard Boppin' at Smalls

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Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience to a great and generous music experience. For example, on weekends, the first shows commence at 4 PM and end with jam sessions at ...


Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City

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Ravi Coltrane continues to evolve as an artist of remarkable depth and breadth as reflected in the diversity of contexts in which he engages. Coltrane was featured in three different musical settings at the recent (2017) jny: Montreal International Jazz Festival Invitation Series. All concerts were held at the Centre de Creativite Gesu, an intimate concert hall that seats close to 500 people and offers outstanding acoustics and excellent site lines. The sold out concerts were were given an extremely ...


Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017

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The Montreal International Jazz Festival has just concluded its 38th year. I've been fortunate to have attended more than 30 of them and this year ranked among the best. I've covered the event as a photographer for All About Jazz since 2011. The festival is a total music immersion experience presenting some 600 concerts over the course of 11 days. It can be overwhelming and exhausting, but more often than not it is incredibly exhilarating. Some of the highlights of ...


The Music of Art Blakey: 90th Birthday Celebration at the Iridium, NYC

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Golden Boy: The Music of Art Blakey--90th Birthday Celebration David Weiss and 11 Musicians The Iridium Jazz Club New York, New York December 5, 2009

The great drummer and long-standing band leader Art Blakey would have celebrated his 90th birthday this past October. In honor of that event, trumpeter, composer and arranger David Weiss assembled a cast of excellent young and not so young musicians to pay tribute to the great ...