Monday, September 1, 2014

Jazz & Blues Florida

Peter Nero: 'Sunday in New York'

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In the early 1960s, when virtually all feature films were shot in color, New York played a leading role. Fake city sets on studio lots were no longer suitable stand-ins for Gotham. Also unacceptable was shooting a few outdoor scenes in New York and staging the rest. If you were going to feature New York City as a backdrop, you simply had to film on location. [Above, Rod Taylor and Jane Fonda in Sunday in New York]
Many of these early New York color films were adult comedies, starting with Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961. Few actresses were better at these silly feel-good flicks than Jane Fonda. She was cast in three as a confused, good-hearted gal who meant well but invariably was in over her head. The three New York plots featured Fonda being kept by an older man (Any Wednesday, 1966), a bohemian newlywed (Barefoot in the Park, 1967) and the object of two men and a baffled brother (Sunday in New York, 1963). [Above, Jane Fonda and Dean Jones in Any Wednesday]
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This delightfully silly genre lasted roughly between Kennedy's election in 1960 and the Summer of Love in '67, when the youthculture began to dominate music and film. It's a shame more films like these weren't made during this seven-year period—if only for the scenes of a glistening New York, with glass skyscrapers and clean streets, and the bouncy scores (The World of Henry Orient in 1964 was another). Any Wednesday was composed and orchestrated by George Duning, Barefoot in the Park was by Neal Hefti and Sunday in New York, the first of the Fonda trio, was by Peter Nero (with fabulous lyrics by British songwriter Carroll Coates).
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Nero's score is beautifully brassy, zesty and more than able to stand on its own today as a jazzy instrumental piece. Best of all, the music takes you back to an era when a new, modern city was emerging and dominating in virtually all industries. [Above, Peter Nero in 1963]
JazzWax tracks: Peter Nero's soundtrack for Sunday in51Iz-2ISDIL._SL500_AA280_New York can be found here.
JazzWax clip: Here's Nero's title track for Sunday in New York...
Here's the trailer for Barefoot in the Park...
Here's the trailer for Sunday in New York...
You can see clips from Any Wednesday at TCM's site here...
And here's a YouTuber who put together a fabulous montage of New York films...
Used with permission by Marc Myers

Next Wave #596: Billie Black

The music of our youth appeals to our psychology as some kind of shared cultural symbolism, ingested by a generation and delivered to the next. It’s no wonder, then, that time and time again musicians go back to their parents’ music collection as a prime source of musical inspiration; transferring their early sonic experiences into their artistic practice.

Nineteen-year-old Billie Black is no different, and draws a strong connection between the music of her upbringing and the music she makes now.

“My mum used to be a professional disco dancer so she always had an obsession with ’70s disco. It was always being played around the house, in the car and at massive family parties. My musical upbringing has meant I do associate music with dance; I want to make subtle groovy tunes that make people sway.”

‘Subtle tunes that make you sway’ is a decent description of Black’s sound – but there’s more to it than that. Her jazz-infused vocals lilt easily over fluid, minimal beats that conjure up the kind of electronic production that we’re used to hearing in the work of James Blake or Sampha. Like those artists, her music’s got a lot of soul.

“I’ve tried to weave jazz vocals with interesting electronic production of all kinds, whether it’s deep dubby stuff, minimal avant-garde stuff or even house. I love the idea of combining the old with new.”
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Letter from Barbara Dennerlein

Jazz festival in Basel

The annual Jazz festival in Basel's historic district has grown to a crowd puller since 1984. This year about 70,000 visitors listened to 80 bands in the streets, the squares and courtyards. For the first time Barbara Dennerlein attended the festival together with her duo partner Pius Baschnagel on drums. The "Rosshof" venue was overcrowded by more than 2,000 fans, so that it was hard for the musicians to find their way through the audience on stage.

The duo mostly played a bluesy, swinging and funky repertoire, perfectly chosen for this evening in late Summer. Benny Golson's "Killer Joe" and Barbara's own compositions "Black and White", "Organ Boogie", "Farewell To Old Friends" or "Bebabaloo" were were just some titles the duo played during this one and a half hour concert under cloudless sky after sunset. 

The newspaper of Basel reported: "... this year's star of the festival, Barbara Dennerlein. Because the German Hammond organist was on stage of the Rosshof instead of legendary jazz clubs like "Sweet Basil" in New York, "Ronnie Scott’s Club" in London or "Blue Note" in Tokyo. And she measured up to her reputation as most important and most successful German jazz musician. In this cosy courtyard she elated the audience with jazz, blues and swing and also with funky tunes."

The audience's enthusiasm transferred to the musicians. Pius, who firstly took some photos of the scene from the stage was as inspired from the atmosphere as Barbara. Both performed with a visible joy of play. The listeners spent much intermediate applause after the solos - when Barbara featured her "bass player" left leg on the bass pedals or when Pius explored the facets of his drum kit - and rewarded the musicians at the end of the concert, after the encore, with standing ovations.

Jazz highlight in Düren

"Top Latin jazz in the church" the Aachen Newspaper entitled and promised a couple of days before the Düren Jazz Days - and was right: the final concert in the Christ Church with the Barbara Dennerlein Trio, with Hernan Romero on flamenco guitar and electric guitar and Rodrigo Rodriguez on drums became the highlight of the Düren Jazz Days. 

"It was the perfect final chord of the 24th Jazz Days", Sandra Kinkel wrote in her review. "Organist Barbara Dennerlein, who was invited for the third time to this festival, introduced her new Latin-Jazz project in the Christ Church. The atmosphere in this Lord's hose was as unique as the music. "It will be exciting ", Barbara Dennerlein had promised the approximately 550 people in the church. "Because we all put our emotions into our play." She elicited swinging sounds from her small Hammond organ with unbelievable virtuousness and temperament. Romero's guitar sounds gave the evening a South-American touch..."

Barbara Dennerlein was also enthused. The trio was perfectly concerted in the third performance with Romero after shows in Vicenza and Jerusalem and celebrated the "fusion of different playing styles", as it had been announced. And both the trio and the audience answered the provocative question: "Flamenco guitar and Hammond organ? Will they fit together?" with a distinct "yes!". 

There are several concert video clips on Youtube:

Judy Niemack

"Her creative odyssey provides a fascinating illustration of the high road to mastery that transcends the limitations of genre...a vocalist of theatrical depth and consummate syllabic invention. Ever since her debut with Warne Marsh at the Village Vanguard, audiences have marvelled at the grace with which Niemack scats." - K. Leander Williams, Downbeat
On September 5th I'll present a concert of original music, photos and films in "Combing the Wind" at the Bronx Art Museum in NYC....Inspired by the beautiful "Wind Comb" sculpture by Eduardo Chillida...Check my events page if you'd like to come, it's free! Calendar

09/03 Wed Sittin' In All Stars at Kimmel Center 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: over $10, Perelman Theater Learn more , (215/ )

09/03 Wed Stephen Fuller's Jazz Jam around South Orange at Sloan Street Gazebo, South Orange 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Style: Jam Session, Cover: None, Featuring Lee Tomboulian on piano. , (Unknown)

09/04 Thu B.D. Lenz at Mara's Cafe - Denville 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Style: Guitar, Cover: None, solo jazz guitar!Learn more Hear samples , (862/973)

09/04 Thu Boardwalk Jazz with PJ Rasmussen at Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ 7:00 pm to 10:00 pmStyle: Mixed, Cover: None, Guest Jon Difiore and his trio with PJ. Jon's newest album, Yellow Petals, released on Third Freedom Music, received stellar reviews, getting praise as a modern extension of Bill Evans' famous trio work. Learn more Hear samples , (732/848)

09/04 Thu New World Order Jam Session at La Tavola Cucina 700 Old Bridge Tpk South River NJ 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Mostly Straight-Ahead Jazz Jam session with some excursions into R&B. Steve Niles, keyboard - Joe Lisa, gtr - Charlie Martinez, conga - Anatoly Gokhman, bass - Bill Bang, drums - and guest artists like Sequel, who fuses Jazz and rap with the band. A wonderful time is had by all! Learn more , (732/848)

09/04 Thu West Hills Project at Harvest Bistro 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: donation, The West Hills Project returns to Closter. Bringing the best of classic jazz. Great American Songbook comes alive The Harvest Bistro staff is friendly, the service is very good and the bartenders make amazing drinks. Learn more ,Hear samples , (201/551)

09/05 Fri BLUE SOUL at SHANGHAI JAZZ - 24 Main St. Madison, NJ 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed,Cover: None, BLUE SOUL fuses vintage Blues, Soul, New Orleans, R&B, and Jazz styles. Featuring Herb Woodson (vocals), Bailey Gee (bass/vocals), Mitch Eisenberg (guitar), Ted Brancato (piano) and Frank Pagano (drums). NO COVER CHARGE !! Two shows: 7pm and 9pm - dinner seatings at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Bar seating is also available. Call 973-822-2899 for information & reservations. Reservations are definitely recommended ! Learn more , (Unknown)

09/05 Fri Greg Murphy at Lorenzo's 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Solo Piano PerformanceLearn more Hear samples , (Other )

09/06 Sat Castles Made of Sound: Gil Evans Orchestra alumni at The Cutting Room 9:30 pm to 11:00 pmStyle: Cool Jazz, Cover: over $10, 8 internationally-known New York musicians - core alumni members of the freewheeling, Grammy-winning Gil Evans Orchestra of the mid and late '70s - reunite to celebrate the band's "Monday Night At Sweet Basil" era. Lew Soloff (tpt), Alex Foster (sax), John Clark (FHorn), Tom Malone (trb), Dave Stryker (gtr), Pete Levin (kb), Mark Egan (bass), Danny Gottlieb (dr) Learn more Hear samples , (212/ )

09/06 Sat Daryl Yokley at Candlelight Lounge 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: over $10, Free Buffet, $10 minimum , (609/ )

09/07 Sun New Orleans Jazz Service at Faith Lutheran Chruch , New Proviemce , NJ 8:30 am to 1:00 pmStyle: Traditional/Dixieland, Cover: None, Jazz service featuring John Gervin Piano, Joel Perry Guitar and Banjo, Bill Crow Bass, Jack Stuckey Clarinet, Nick Scheuble Drums Learn more Hear samples , (Unknown)

Rowman and Littlefield Releases NEA Jazz Master's Highly Anticipated Biography

Ellen Johnson – Tue, 26 Aug, 2014 8:40 AM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the jukebox of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard "Now's The Time" by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked—and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. With Jordan's full cooperation, author Ellen Johnson documents the fascinating career of the 85-year-old NEA Jazz Master who stands today as one of the world's most deeply respected jazz vocalists and educators.  Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan published by Rowman and Littlefield releases on September 16th and is the first complete biography about this remarkable singer's life with a personal and touching foreword by Don Heckman, former Los Angeles Times Jazz Critic and current editor for The International Review of Music.
According to Howard Mandel, author and president of the Jazz Journalists Association, "Ellen Johnson's portrait of Sheila Jordan captures the warmth, modesty, determination and sublime creativity of a unique woman who's become a jazz master and American cultural hero. We read about a golden age of jazz in Detroit and New York City; interracial friendships and romances; abuse, addiction and recovery, motherhood and triumph -- all in the service of illuminating a life of beautiful music." Johnson reveals within the book the challenges Jordan confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of such jazz giants as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. As The New York Times announced, "Her ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists."
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