December 6, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
NJPAC outdid itself, presenting the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Maria Schneider Orchestra on Saturday night. Branford is the classicist and Maria the colorist, and the third star is the concert hall, Prudential Hall. Read more
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November 11, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
As WBGO celebrates 30 years, DownBeat celebrates 75. We honored publisher Frank Alkyer, musician Paquito D’Rivera (on this month’s cover), and Down Beat President Kevin Maher at the Champions of Jazz benefit concert on Nov 3. They responded with these words.
FROM FRANK ALKYER, PUBLISHER .. We are very proud to accept this award on behalf of the DownBeat family -- 75 years worth of great writers, editors, photographers, business managers, bookkeepers, receptionists and interns. All of them have played a role in Read more
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September 26, 2009. Posted by Amy Niles.
Are you going?
48 years ago, she was the opening act for Miles Davis ( well, according to her website, she WANTED to open for Miles but she didn't get the gig).
Lorraine Gordon, the owner of the Vanguard- has a deep philosophical connection to Streisand-they both share the same attitude about the causes they believe in and will stop at nothing for what they believe. Two dynamic women who have passions that transcend this business of music.
So, I approach Streisand's return to her acoustic, un- overproduced roots with optimism. Maybe she picked the Vanguard because she is finally ready to allow us to hear her instrument again. You can't hide anything at the Vanguard- Lorraine won't let you.
She has a new album. Diana Krall is on piano. She makes the connection singing Bernstein's "Some Other Time", a song recorded to perfection by Tony Bennett and the Vanguard's house pianist of that other time, Bill Evans. I reserve judgment until I hear it.
I am not going to her concert. I didn't even try to enter the lottery to get one of only 80 tickets. I will watch the video along with the gizillions of others next week, after she has had her chance to make sure that it is up to her standards.
Gee, when we make our monthly broadcast from the Vanguard, you get to hear and watch the artist live. Warts and all. That's jazz.
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