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Content by tag "Darrell Grant"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Baker: Phrases

Read "Phrases" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a seven-year absence, vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and foremost fan of the Boise State Broncos, Jeff Baker has returned to the studio to add to his already impressive discography, which includes: Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004); Monologue (OA2, 2005); Shopping for Your Heart (OA2, 2007); Of Things Not Seen (OA2, 2009).

The distance between the earthy, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening In Brief…

Recent Listening In Brief…

Frank Zappa (1940-1993), a gifted musician who dipped his toe into jazz, never demonstrated more than a smidgeon of what he knew about the genre. But he left us with the memorable observation, “Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.” A web search shows that lesser wits have adapted Zappa’s line to all kinds of topics ...

NEWS: EVENT

2014 Jazz Connect Conference Schedule

2014 Jazz Connect Conference Schedule

The conference will be held January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest. LOCATION:
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St.
New York, NY ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Portland Jazz Festival 2011 - A Look Back

Read "Portland Jazz Festival 2011 - A Look Back" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Portland Jazz Festival
Portland, Oregon
February 18-27, 2011
Promoter Bill Royston and general manager Don Lucoff have once again pulled off a hat trick of significant proportions. With the arrival and guest appearance of perhaps the greatest “star" that jazz has welcomed since Wynton Marsalis, this year's Portland Jazz Festival had the makings to ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ballard Jazz Festival Starts Next Week

Advance tickets (at discount prices) are still available for all events at The Ballard Jazz Festival which starts next Wednesday, April 22. Wednesday, April 22 - Brotherhood of the Drum
performances by groups led by Matt Jorgensen, Alan Jones, Tarik Abouzied and Mark Ivester. Thursday, April 23 - Guitar Summit
performances by Corey ...

Bridge Quartet: Night

Read "Night" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

For jazz fans with some historical listening under their belts, the word “Bridge" will bring to mind Sonny Rollins' album, The Bridge (Bluebird/RCA, 1962), a set that Rollins released after a three-year hiatus, and changed the saxophonist's musical trajectory from Ornette Coleman-influenced freedom to a more traditional mainstream, but still adventurous, sound.

The Bridge Quartet ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Darrell Grant: From The Heart, Through The Keyboard

Read "Darrell Grant: From The Heart, Through The Keyboard" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Pianist Darrell Grant believes in the power of music and art to change people, and through that path effect positive change in the world. That path may be the road less traveled, but he is not alone. After a time of learning his trade and then establishing himself as a musician with something to say he's ...

Darrell Grant: Truth and Reconciliation

Read "Truth and Reconciliation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist/composer Darrell Grant's Truth and Reconciliation might be categorized as “music to make the world a better place." A strong case could be made that all music--indeed, all art--has that purpose. Grant's aspirations in that direction here are more on-the-sleeve than you find on most musical endeavors. The results on the project are remarkable for their ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darrell Grant: Smokin' Java

Read "Smokin' Java" reviewed by Dave Nathan

There's a lot going on with pianist Darrell Grant's fourth album as a leader. First it's a live performance in Rochester, NY. It was the Eastman School of Music in that city that awarded Grant a music scholarship at the age of 17, making him a prodigy of sorts. Second, the album is a tribute to ...