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JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater
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Jazz recorded before enthusiastic crowds at festivals, clubs, and even
the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Melba! by Geof Bradfield
at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb:
Trombonist Melba Liston (1926-99) played, composed and arranged for Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, and more. She grew up in Los Angeles, lived in Detroit, taught in Jamaica, and came home to the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival. Geof Bradfield studied her music and wrote Melba! for his Chicago octet.
Lost and Found New York by Chris Lightcap
at Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA:
The vistas and feelings, smells and sounds of five of Chris Lightcap’s favorite locations comprise our JazzSet edition of his exuberant suite for NYC. They are the Nine South highway, Arthur Avenue, The Village Vanguard a/k/a the Epicenter, Fort Tryon Park, and Stillwell Avenue a/k/a Coney Island. The band is Bigmouth.
Andrew Bishop, Chris Lightcap, Tony Malaby of Bigmouth .. photo by Ron Jones
PREMIERE of The Coastal Suite by Alan Blackman at Ibeam in Brooklyn
From sunrise to high noon to afternoon fog past sunset, The Coastal Suite links composed pieces for pianist Alan Blackman’s group and solo flights for each player – Donny McCaslin on sax; Max Murray and Frank Russo, bass and drums; and Rogerio Boccato, percussion. Paintings by Ruth Brownlee are the inspiration.
Painted by Ruth Brownlee of the Shetland Islands, Used with Permission of the Artist
Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band's "Sweet Chicago Suite"
The trombonist's little New Orleans style band celebrates the windy city of his youth, in a New Jazz Work commissioned by Chamber Music America with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and played at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers
From his Iraqi heritage, ElSaffar plays the santur and from his Chicago childhood, the trumpet. His band embraces both sides too, with lute-like oud and buzuq, tenor sax, bass and drums. "ElSaffar is winning over lots of people with invention, precision and emotion," music blogger Jim Macnie tweeted from the audience. The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival commissioned the music, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
"Bix Factor" and Bandoneon from Umbria Jazz in Italy
From the Umbria Winter Festival, trombonist/composer Mauricio Ottolini and Sousaphonix play original music for a science fiction tale. Early jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke is a character in the plot. We follow "Bix Factor" with tango from the Umbria Summer Fest. Young bandoneonist J-P Jofre from Argentina and New York and an Italian string orchestra fill a Renaissance opera house.
Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
In his second season as Artistic Advisor for Jazz at The Kennedy Center, pianist Jason Moran brings serious ideas and fun. He's a recent MacArthur Fellow and current faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music as well. Moran's Bandwagon with Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits have been together for 13 years, in this new concert from November, 2013, at the KC Jazz Club
Bill Frisell and Music of John Lennon
Like balloons floating above the Newport Jazz Festival, the guitarist and his group send up "Beautiful Boy," "Come Together," "In My Life," and a piece by the late drummer Paul Motian. Frisell opens on violinist Jenny Scheinman's stage, playing duets.
Dee Alexander's Funkin with Electric Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and James Brown
A heart-stopping moment in this free family concert comes when Dee Alexander sings a classic -- Jimi's "Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?" It's an anthem and a plea to stop the violence, in the middle of a funky dance-a-thon. The Jazz Institute of Chicago presented Alexander and her Evolution Arkestra at South Shore Cultural Center.
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Goodwin won a Grammy Award for his arrangement of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for his tight Big Phat Band from Los Angeles. They're at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Wynton Marsalis Plays Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens
For two consecutive New Year's Eves, Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members have celebrated at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with works by great New Orleans creators -- first Morton, then Armstrong. To play "Pops," Wynton invites bandleader Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks to join the band.