October 8, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Doors are open at the Vanguard, and folks are pouring in for tonight's show.
The trio rarely gets to the Vanguard with time to spare before the show. I guess that's how they keep it fresh. It's definitely how to keep the production crew on edge.
Some extramusical news from the Vanguard. Last night, someone robbed the nail salon at street level, just above the Vanguard. Normally, that would not be a problem. But the genius burglars decided to turn on the faucets and flood the place. That caused a mess inside the club. Lorraine Gordon arrived at 4am to a flooded club that resembled a swimming pool, complete with cops and firemen. Jed Eisenman from the Vanguard came in at 11am and got to work. Folks who walk in tonight would never know the difference. That's showbiz!
Bill Charlap? Check. Peter Washington? Check. Kenny Washington? Not yet.
The band's all here...obviously. They started with an underrated composer, Gigi Gryce. This is "Satellite." Not a song that even most jazz aficionados know. But these guys know it just fine.
Not to diminish David Tallacksen's excellent recording skills, but it definitely helps when you have this kind of natural balance among the musicians. You can't make a bad performance sound great. Not to worry here.
After a lovely version of Gerry Mulligan's "Curtains," Bill Charlap moves directly into Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust."
The trio is swinging Lucky Thompson's "Prey-Loot" mercilessly.
Close your eyes, and you could almost imagine Peter Washington as Oscar Pettiford. Such a crystalline tone. It's a joy to hear Peter, always.
Harold Arlen's music always had a real blues feel. I suspect that's a big reason why jazz musicians love his music. This is "When the Sun Comes Out."
You're clear "Out of This World." Another Harold Arlen composition. Great rhythm driving this one. Kenny Washington is providing the ultra-hip beat.
"Make Me Rainbows." Bill Charlap's knowledge of the Great American Songbook runs pretty deep. Nice swing.
Someone's cell phone just ruined this recording of Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight." Even on vibrate, it interferes. People turn them off! What's so important??? Aarg...
The trio is burning thought the chord changes on "The Way You Look Tonight." I don't think I've heard many musicians play the Jerome Kern standard at this tempo. Yowza.
Such a great trio when it comes to straight-ahead bebop and songbook. They're on their own turf. And you can hear it!
Just when I thought the show was over, surprise! "Sophisticated Lady." Duke Ellington gets the nod.
Goodnight, all. We're back at the club in a few weeks. Tell all your friends.
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October 6, 2008. Posted by Doug Doyle.
Passionate is a word I would use to describe Rhonda Hamilton and Bob Porter's approach to jazz and blues. However, after playing a round of golf with Rhonda and her husband, drummer Michael Carvin, then sitting down with Bob to talk about his beloved Red Sox, both hosts may be even more crazy about their favorite sports.
Check out my SportsJam sessions with Rhonda and Bob here.
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October 2, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Live at the Village Vanguard continues on Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm. Pianist Bill Charlap leads his versatile trio featuring Peter Washington on bass and drummer Kenny Washington. They've played together for more than a decade now, which basically means two things - 1) They must like each other 2) They have created a trio sound akin to a Vulcan mind meld.
So join us on the air, on line, or in the club. Wednesday, October 8th.
Meanwhile, watch the trio performing at the Vanguard in 2004.
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