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  • Live Blog: Cedar Walton Trio at the Village Vanguard 12.17.08

    December 17, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Cedar Walton Trio Sign at Village Vanguard
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    8pm
    We're an hour from showtime.  Earlier today, I visited Cedar Walton at his home in Brooklyn.  I'll post the interview with the complete wrap-up of our time at the Vanguard tonight.  Stay tuned.

    8:03pm
    Not a full house expected tonight.  Could be that the recession is starting to put a dent in recreation budgets.  Not a good sign for jazz.

    8:06pm
    Epoch Films is shooting a Heineken commercial in the Village Vanguard tomorrow.  Keep an eye out for that in the near future.  Real musicians will not be a part of the shoot.  Just actors.  They have reserved all parking spots on both sides of the club.  As you might know, parking spaces in NYC are a premium, so the neighbors are none too thrilled about finding a spot for their cars.

    8:19pm
    Bassist David Williams is the first member of the trio to arrive tonight.  More later.

    8:47pm
    Drummer Lewis Nash just arrived.  He recently finished recording a studio date for Willie Nelson with Joe Sample, Christian McBride, and guitarist Anthony Wilson.  Willie sings standards!

    8:50pm
    Still no leader...Cedar Walton, paging Cedar Walton???

    8:51pm
    Cedar must have heard the page.  And he was looking for parking...

    9:01pm
    "Cedar's Blues" opens the show, and the trio is swinging mercilessly.

    9:11pm
    "Dear Ruth," an original composition dedicated to Cedar's mom.  She was a piano teacher.  She must have been a good one!

    9:19pm
    Lots of original compositions so far.  This one is "Sixth Avenue."  Funky.

    9:30pm
    This is "Back to the Holy Land," I think.  Cedar is calling songs on the fly.

    9:51pm
    Sorry for the long break in action.  We're listening to "Time After Time."  This is such a great trio.  Plenty of chemistry.

    9:58pm
    "Body and Soul" with a samba beat.  I just heard a reference to "Mona Lisa" go by...

    10:06pm
    A little Christmas Music, anyone?  With some blues for good measure.

  • Live Blog: Ravi Coltrane at the Village Vanguard 11.19.08

    November 19, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Ravi Coltrane Marquee

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    8:06pm
    Doors have opened at the Village Vanguard for tonight's show.  More than 40 years have passed since a saxophonist named Coltrane led a group at this club.  This evening, we will hear Ravi Coltrane's debut.  Welcome.

    8:28pm
    None of the musicians are here.  Ravi and the band tend to operate freely on their own internal clock.  We, on the other hand, are following a master clock.  Thirty-two minutes to showtime!

    9:03pm
    We're live from the Village Vanguard.  Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is playing an original, "Amalgams," from his upcoming release, Blending Times.  The quartet includes pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland.

    9:12pm
    Pianist Luis Perdomo just crashed the keyboards.  Bassist Drew Gress is now taking a solo.   Gress was featured in pianist Uri Caine July performance of Live at the Village Vanguard.  Check out the entire series.

    9:18pm
    Another Ravi Coltrane original, "Round Two," begins peacefully.

    9:29pm
    "Trading Duos" seems fairly self-explanatory.  Band members sort of move in and out of this composition.  I'malways a fan of the sax/drums sections.

    9:37pm
    This composition named after Ravi's first son, William (John Coltrane's middle name).  "One Wheeler Will."

    9:46pm
    After a long and heartfelt introduction, Ravi plays "Jagadishwar," a composition by Alice Coltrane, his mother.  She passed away on January 12th 2007.  On Ravi's upcoming release, Blending Times, he closes with a harp/bass/saxophone version of Charlie Haden's "For Turiya."  Turiya is Alice Coltrane.

    10:00pm
    The quartet is closing with "Giant Steps," a Coltrane original.  John Coltrane, that is.

  • Live Blog: Jenny Scheinman at the Village Vanguard 10.29.08

    October 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Village Vanguard Sign, Dusk 10.29.08

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    8:00pm
    Jenny Scheinman is celebrating the release of her album, Crossing the Field, with a quartet tonight - Jason Moran at the piano, Greg Cohen on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.  The band rehearsed for two hours yesterday afternoon, then played two sets for opening night.  So expect a fairly cohesive unit for tonight's show.

    8:20pm
    Jenny is setting up onstage.  Getting ready for a nice show.

    9:04pm
    Jenny Scheinman opens with "American Dipper" - male version - from an earlier recording, Shalagaster.

    9:12pm
    American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird.

    9:14pm
    Jenny calls "Albert," and she calls saxophonist Albert Ayler a great melodicist.  I can hear that.

    9:17pm
    Band segues into "Through the Dark."  Greg Cohen is the go-to guy in this band.

    9:24pm
    "That's Delight," from the new album, Crossing the Field.

    9:33pm
    "The Frog" could be a cool pop tune.  I love the way this song evolves.  And Greg Cohen is such an outstanding bassist.  Such a complete musician.

    9:40pm
    This beautiful ballad called "Sleeping in the Aquifer."  Nice imagery.

    9:53pm
    After playing a new original, "Bray," Scheinman launches into "Hard Sole Shoe," from the new recording.  After a piano intro from Jason Moran, the groove is in the house.

    9:58pm
    We end the set with "Born Into This."  Autobiographical, Ms. Scheinman???