Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CD REVIEW: Eberhard Weber - Hommage à Eberhard Weber

Eberhard Weber - Hommage à Eberhard Weber
(ECM Records 473 2344. CD Review by Adrian Pallant) 

Rarely has a live jazz album felt as emotive or as broadly momentous, encompassing and celebrating so many strands and decades of sublime creativity. 

Since the beginning of the 1970s, and gradually becoming a mainstay of Manfred Eicher's ECM record label, Stuttgart-born Eberhard Weber has forged a visionary compositional and instrumental path, providing contemporary jazz with one of its most distinctive, five-string bass sonorities. Throughout his career, Weber has continued to delight audiophiles and concert audiences via a vast range of atmospheric, boundary-straddling releases, collaborating perhaps most notably with Ralph Towner, Jon Christensen, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, Paul McCandless and Pat Metheny. But in 2007, a stroke brought an end to his bass-playing (though two albums, Resumé (2012) and Encore (2015) – based on archived, live bass solos with the Jan Garbarek Group between 1990 and 2007 – have since been released).

In January 2015, to observe the popular bassist's 75th birthday and honour his significant musical achievements, two jubilee concerts were presented in Stuttgart; and though Eberhard selected the personnel, he requested that the programme be a surprise. So, a stellar line-up convened – Pat Metheny (guitars), Jan Garbarek(soprano sax), Gary Burton (vibraphone), Scott Colley (double bass), Danny Gottlieb (drums), Paul McCandless (English horn, soprano sax), Klaus Graf (alto sax) and Ernst Hutter (euphonium).  With the powerfully elegant 18-piece SWR Big Band conducted by Helge Sunde and Michael Gibbs, the stage was set for large-scale arrangements of Weber's music (with arrangements by Gibbs, Ralf SchmidRainer Tempel and Libor Šíma), with Pat Metheny's 30-minutes-plus commission, Hommage, the centerpiece.

read more: http://news360.com/digestarticle/OBhivco2J0a4FnS5L5wUXA

B.B. King Blues Club

11/28/15, 8:00PM
Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11, he auditioned at Weil Recital Hall, which is next door to Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle's orchestra at age 13, where he played timbales. Says Palmieri, "By 15, it was good-bye timbales and back to the piano until this day. I'm a frustrated percussionist, so I take it out on the piano."

Eddie Palmieri embraces the future of his music by blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. He has one of the most actively touring Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras to date, tours of which have taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, North Africa and throughout the Caribbean. A true powerhouse of brilliance known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences with his legendary style.
- See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=5423#sthash.eq3Z8XeM.dpuf

11/26/15, 7:00PM
Strawberry Fields is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. The tribute takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964, complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties, and the first four albums of music. The next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with all the costumes and jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes the White Album, Abbey Road, and of course Let It Be.
- See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=5619#sthash.2wcuwisN.dpuf

Monday, November 23, 2015

Diane Marino Quartet featuring Ralph Lalama

212 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ralph Lalama: sax, Neal Smith: drums, Frank Marino: bass

Performing songs from the Great American Songbook, Jazz standards and Brazilian classics… When you combine an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino.

In her over 25 year career, Diane has performed to captivated audiences in jazz venues, performing arts centers and festivals such as Birdland-NYC, Blues Alley-D.C., Vitello’s Jazz Club – L.A., Twins Jazz- D.C., Nighttown-Cleveland, Heidi’s Jazz Club-Cocoa Beach, Trumpets Jazz Club -NJ, Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Room-NYC, Bethesda Blues & Jazz – D.C., Montreux Atlanta Festival, Town Point Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz & Heritage Festival, to name a few.
M&M Records Recording Artist Diane Marino has recorded five critically acclaimed CD’s. All of which have been on the National JazzWeek charts. She has recorded and shared the stage with jazz legends Houston Person, Ralph Lalama, Joe Henderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Pete Escovedo, Tania Maria, Kirk Whalum, pop music icon Felix Cavaliere and many others.

Diane Marino is an unusually unique talent… great pianist, vocalist and arranger” – Les Davis-Real Jazz-Sirius/XM Radio


read more: http://clubbonafide.com/event/diane-marino-quartet-featuring-ralph-lalama/

Terence Blanchard / Jacob Collier review

Barbican, London
Collier brings his striking choral harmonies to the London jazz festival, while Spike Lee collaborator Blanchard is exhaustingly impressive

On his last UK date, in July, we declared Jacob Collier to be jazz’s new messiah. Since then the endearingly geeky 20-year-old has taken his multimedia one-man band to jazz festivals around the world. It is a live incarnation of his YouTube masterworks – covers of soul and jazz standards pieced together in real time on drums, bass guitar, piano and a choir of voices – and it’s stunning.

Some tiny reservations remain: Collier’s soft, choirboy voice is perfectly suited to the startling choral harmonies he creates via his keyboard but it isn’t, perhaps, as effective as a lead instrument. However, the results are usually so impressive that it doesn’t matter. Even when he ditches the audiovisual gimmicks and plays a solo version of Stevie Wonder’s Lately – just voice and piano – the effect is startling, with his cascading piano accompaniment full of momentary semitone shifts and off-kilter chordal voicing.

read more: http://news360.com/digestarticle/bppPmJ8ydUqQlY4VkoNkrg

Published on Apr 18, 2015
Eight Jacob Colliers team up to arrange, perform & produce a distinctive version of a well-loved ballad, made famous by Ray Charles.

Alicia Keys & John Legend - Let It Be


News: Elvin Jones and the Pharaoh’s Tomb of Drum History

After Elvin Jones, John Coltrane’s go-to drummer, died in 2004, his widow Keiko was left with her husband’s absence and the monumental task of managing Jones’ gear collection. But to call it a “collection” borders on injustice to the initiated: It was a veritable pharaoh’s tomb of drums and drum history.
“It was an absolute treasure trove of the most amazing drum gear I’ve ever encountered,” recalls Donn Bennett, instructor and owner of Donn’s Drum School, an industry leader in rare, vintage drums and celebrity-owned drum gear for more than 30 years and arguably the industry leader and adviser on the topic. “You’d hear about this buried treasure; you’d hear stories from those who have been there: piles of old Zildjian Ks, ‘60s Gretsch kits still in the boxes.”

Profile: Pianist/Jazz Educator Bill Charlap

Born in New York City, Bill Charlap comes from a musical background. His mother was vocalist, Sandy Stewart and his father was Broadway composer, Moose Charlap. Charlap has been a profound influence in piano jazz, recording seven albums as a leader or co-leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy-nominated CDs: For the Japanese label Venus Records, he has recorded two albums as a leader, as well as eight albums as a member of the New York Trio. In addition to his own recordings, Charlap has worked with jazz giants, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods and Scott Hamilton, as well as the Phil Woods Quintet.
Charlap was recently appointed as the new director of the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. Founded in 1973, the program has been directed by trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones, bassist Rufus Reid, pianist James Williams and, most recently, pianist Mulgrew Miller, who died in May 2013. 

In the News: Count Basie Theatre Expands

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, one of New Jersey's most historic multi-purpose theaters, will be getting a much needed facelift. The theater recently announced a $20 million expansion plan, which will not only provide needed renovations to some of the 89-year-old venue's patron facilities and backstage areas, but build a 550-capacity "Second Space", a new, smaller performance venue, adjacent to the theater. Glass-fronted lobbies will bookend the two venues. The expanded performing arts center, complete with more space for educational initiatives, will span nearly an entire block on central Red Bank's Monmouth Street. Theater president and CEO, Adam Philipson, hopes to break ground on the project as early as 2018 and fund the project solely through private donations.

In the News: Seed Artists - Great Art for Good Works

Based in Montclair, Seed Artists presents adventurous jazz, creative-music and arts programming that serves five primary goals: to enrich, inspire, encourage and build community through collaboration. Seed was founded in 2005 by renowned drummer Pheeroan akLaff, his wife, Luz Marina Bueno, and a small group of friends to bridge gaps between generations and cultures, promote community involvement, and provide music education to underserved youth.
In its first few years, Seed ran a music-instruction program for high-school and middle-school students and conducted a music workshop at a women’s homeless shelter; presented concerts in public spaces, and the Re: Fresh concert series of international creative music.
In 2014, Seed presented Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound, an historic festival celebrating the underappreciated genius. Proceeds helped to fund two very worthy nonprofits—the Jazz Foundation of America, and the Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music. Now, Seed has started a concert and children's workshop series in the public schools.

Ticket Giveaway: George Winston

Tuesday, December 1, you could be spending an evening with George Winston, who some call ''the father of new age music".Call him what you will, he is one of the great popularizers of minimalist, acoustic solo piano music. His best-selling albums Autumn, DecemberWinter Into Spring, Summer, Forests, and Plains feature pleasant, uncluttered melodies that invite the listener to relax. On the concert stage, however, Winston likes to get the audience tapping their toes to the boogie-woogie and stride piano pieces of such celebrated jazz pianists as Fats Waller and Professor Longhair. 
Look for details this week on our ticket give-aways for his upcoming concert at the Bergen Performing Arts Center at the NJJazzList.comwebsite.

Philadephia's JazzBridge  

The Jazz Bridge Project non-profit not only helps Philadelphia area musicians during hard times, but also helps to further public awareness of great music by presenting neighborhood concert events. In October, a new season of concert/fund raisers kicks off at the Collingswood Community Center with a great lineup of performers from our area.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sabertooth, Or The 23-Year Midnight Gig

LINK > http://www.npr.org/event/music/456650692/sabertooth-or-the-23-year-midnight-gig?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20151119&utm_campaign=youmusthearthis&utm_term=music

Updated November 19, 2015
• In Chicago, one band holds down a midnight-to-5 a.m. gig on Saturday nights — or, technically, on Sunday mornings. It's a time slot which seems challenging enough to do once or twice. These guys have been doing it for 23 years.

Sabertooth is a quirky band, currently an organ quartet led by saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner. It swings hard (and a little off-kilter), mixing favorite standards and a repertoire of cleverly arranged tunes. Every week, Mallinger and Pfiffner play for curious newcomers, rowdy drunks, hardcore fans and musicians coming off their own gigs.

"It's an after-hours jazz party," Mallinger says. "That's what it's labeled. ... It's not your average jazz gig."

It all happens in a club called the Green Mill, which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Inside, it seems a bit like a place removed from time — especially if you get to see the basement and the escape tunnels into which it leads.

Here, Jazz Night In America follows Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner to the Green Mill, then stays up all night with Sabertooth.

Pat Mallinger, saxophones;
Cameron Pfiffner, saxophone and flute;
Pete Benson, organ;
Ted Sirota, drums.

from: http://www.npr.org/event/music/456650692/sabertooth-or-the-23-year-midnight-gig?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20151119&utm_campaign=youmusthearthis&utm_term=music