Sunday, April 19, 2015

Peter White ....

Madison Theatre - Saturday, April 25

In association with Alan Stein
Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.

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African American Studies Center

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.

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A Jazz Appreciation Month Playlist

By Ayana Young
April 18th 2015
Established in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the rich history, present accolades, and future growth of jazz music. Spanning the blues, ragtime, dixieland, bebop, swing, soul, and instrumentals, there’s no surprise that jazz music has endured the test of time from its early origins amongst African-American slaves in the late 19th century to its growth today. Often characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm, jazz is commonly played on brass and woodwind instruments, pianos, guitars and violins, sometimes accompanied by smooth melodic vocals. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, we’ve compiled a list of timeless classic jazz songs for the enjoyment of aficionados and new listeners alike.

 Dizzy Gillespie – “Salt Peanuts“
 Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit“
 Mary Lou Williams – “Willow Weep For Me“
 Bing Crosby – “White Christmas“
 Frank Sinatra – “Fly Me to The Moon“

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jazz Artists Joins Fort Smith Symphony Concert

PHOTO COURTESY OF DENZAL SINCLAIRE Award-winning jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire will perform during the Fort Smith Symphony’s concert, “The Nat King Cole Songbook,” at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. He has received multiple Juno Award nominations and won the 2004 National Jazz Award for Best Album.

By Scott Smith
Times Record •
The music and pop-culture influence of Nat King Cole will be heard and felt by Fort Smith Symphony fans this month.

Led by music director John Jeter, the symphony will perform its “Nat King Cole Songbook” concert at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. The concert will feature acclaimed jazz singer, musician and multiple Juno Award nominee Denzal Sinclaire, who will sing some of Cole’s best-known material, said Jeter.

“We’ve had a change in our schedule, where we now will be featuring Denzal Sinclaire and this concert,” he said. “Originally, we were going to have singer Dee Daniels perform, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to make a change.

“But we definitely are trading A-list players for this concert,” Jeter added. “Denzal Sinclaire is really fantastic. In the jazz and pop music circles, he’s a household name. We are very lucky to have him, because he is a very prominent jazz vocalist and instrumentalist.”

Based in Canada and a four-time consecutive recipient of Jazz Report Magazine’s Male Jazz Vocalist Award, Sinclaire is known for performing “all types of music,” he said. Sinclaire will sing Cole favorites like “Route 66,” “Mona Lisa” and “Day In, Day Out,” while the songs “Amazing Grace,” “Smile,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Always On My Mind,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Nature Boy” will help round out the evening.

“He has even done a fair amount of acting on television, so he’s a great find,” Jeter said of Sinclaire, who won the National Jazz Award for Best Album in 2004 and France’s Choc Jazzman Award in 2007. “We’re lucky this worked out so smoothly.”

Symphony fans also will be treated to the musicians’ performances of Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” and George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” two pieces that always are crowd favorites, he said.

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Dixieland Jazz In Top Form - And With A Few Twists

How do you keep Dixieland jazz from being mere repertory music? Trombonist Herb Bruce's approach is the way to go. As presented by his Herbicide Jazz Band, the music is solid, with clever, intricate arrangements. And the band takes the stage with good humor. Lots of it. 

The players take the music seriously, but don't take each other too seriously. That personable approach helps draw in the audience for what's a fun ride. Such was the case, Monday, April 13, when Herbicide closed out the Charlotte County Jazz Society's 2014-15 concert season with a Dixieland Night concert at the Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte FL. In short, you could call it syncopated swing with a sense of humor.

There is nobody better on trombone than Bruce, and his band-mates also came with high musical pedigrees: pianist (and humor sidekick) Jeff Phillips, trumpeter Don Johnson, Valerie Gillespie on clarinet, Charlie Silva on bass, Paul Parker on drums and Bruce's wife, Patricia Dean on vocals. (She's also a very fine drummer who got one showcase solo ("Perdido") during the second set).

Bruce has strong credentials as a performer, educator, and custom trombone-maker. He lived and worked for years in Nashville, working with Boots Randolph, the Nashville Brass and even Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band. Then he led the Main Street Rhythm Rascals at Walt Disney World and Rosie O'Grady's Goodtime Jazz Band in Orlando. He's worked in many traditional and straight-ahead jazz units over the years, as well as a variety of touring show bands backing top entertainers.

In Port Charlotte, the leader drew material from the Basin Street Six and Turk Murphy repertoires, as well as some early Duke Ellington ("The Chant" and “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me").The latter was originally was titled “Concerto for Cootie." Dean's vocal version was exquisite.

Versatile reed player Gillespie's clarinet work was showcased on the New Orleans staple “Tin Roof Blues" and trumpeter Johnson was featured on the ballad “Melancholy Rhapsody." Phillips, who is a piano marvel, turned in a tour-de-force exploration of “Take the A Train." The band's other gems included “Granada," “Snake Rag," “Royal Garden Blues," “Apex Blues" and a most-fitting closer, Basin Street Six's “Farewell Blues."

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2015 NY Hot Jazz Fest

• Wycliffe Gordon & Friends • 

• Bill Charlap • 

• Bria Skonberg & Her Jazz Compatriots • 

• The Hot Sardines • 

• Andy Farber's After Midnight Orchestra w/ Rebecca Kilgore •

• Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road • 

• Stephane Wrembel Band • 

• Jon-Erik Kellso and the EarRegulars w/ Scott Robinson •

• ELEW •

• Nicki Parrott Trio w/ Warren Vache • 

• Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band •