January 10, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Face it. You gotta be bold when you're a piano player, your last name is Goldberg, and you're playing in Toronto. More specifically, if you're Aaron Goldberg, and you're playing across the street from the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio, named after Toronto's famous son who OWNS Bach's Goldberg Variations. But I'm getting off topic.
The Aaron Goldberg Trio, with bassist Rueben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, played some bold music. After opening with "Taurus" from the Sunnyside trio release, Worlds, Aaron called the quarterback option - his composition, "The Sound of Snow." It's from, of all things, the CD that accompanies the Baby Loves Jazz board book series. Specifically, from Mingus Mouse Christmas Time.
Eric Harland left his house at 6am. His flight from New York to Toronto was cancelled. Then he went to Newark. Then his flight was delayed. And delayed. So, He didn't get to Toronto until 6:30pm. The hit was 7pm at the Bassett Theater. Glad he made it thru customs!
Check out Eric's mini-clinic on "Shed," a song dedicated to Joshua "Shedroff" Redman.
And the last one was a burner.
More on the way. - Josh
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January 10, 2008
This is the fifth annual globalFEST, held as part of the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention in NYC. It attracts a mix of music industry types and diggers of global music. This year, it's 12 acts on three stages, including
Lo Cor de la Plana, from Marseille; Gypsy rockers Little Cow, from Budapest; Puerto Plata, the 84-year-old Dominican Sonero and Brooklyn's own Pistolera, who I especially dig.
Here's a clip of their song Cazador (Hunter), a song about the Minutemen "border guards," which will give you an idea of where the (mostly) ladies are coming from.
(Sample lyric: Dicen que están protegiendo la tierra contra ilegales. Pero cómo? si esta misma tierra fue robada al mexicano?/They say they are protecting the country from the illegals But how, if this same land was stolen from the Mexicans?)
globalFEST is Sunday, January 13th at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, NYC. First set at 7:00pm.
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January 9, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.
Ross Porter is a cool guy. First, he loves jazz - so much that he writes books about it and makes TV about it and basically lives it. And he also makes some great Jazz radio. And he's got his own wiki entry. Oh yeah, he also shared some real maple syrup with Rhonda Hamilton when she interviewed him. It's a great conversation - Ross starts out talking about his book - The Essential Jazz Recordings. Take a listen:
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