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  • James Farm on JazzSet: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, Eric Harland

    April 14, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Photo by Jimmy Katz
    Photo by Jimmy Katz

    From Berklee Performance Center in Boston and the 2011 BeanTown Jazz Festival,  hear the amazing supergroup, James! Farm! this Sunday, April 15, at 6pm and Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30, on WBGO and wbgo.org. Dee Dee Bridgewater hosts!

    From left to right, Matt Penman plays bass; Joshua Redman, sax; Aaron Parks, piano; and Eric Harland, drums. The four high-profile players sound as hip as they look (above), giving a packed house a great show of original, contemporary, eclectic songs. There's a buzz around James Farm, but not that many chances to see them live, so -- thanks to WGBH Radio Boston for the Surround Sound recording in -- you better listen to this week's JazzSet.

  • Toast of the Nation New York - The Place

    December 31, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Jazz Standard

    The Jazz Standard's address is 116 East 27th Street in Manhattan, between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. The club seems to exist in some type of gray area, as far as Manhattan neighborhoods. The location is conceivably an eastern part of the Flatiron section of town, but more like a northern extension of the Gramercy area, since it's a full six blocks from the exclusive enclave of Gramercy Park.

    Whatever. I'm glad we're spending New Year's at Jazz Standard.

    Don't get me wrong. I've spent some quality time at clubs during the last six Toast of the Nation celebrations. Each one of them has contributed some special moments. And there are always some delightful stories when you work in the trenches to bring people across the country some live music. Here are the last six I've worked as field producer, in order:
    The Village Vanguard - Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band 2001/02

    Blue Note New York - Chick Corea New Trio with Gary Burton 2002/03

    Blue Note New York - Herbie Hancock Quartet 2003/04

    Yoshi's in Oakland for Joshua Redman's Elastic Band 2004/05

    Tipitina's in New Orleans for Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, The Hot 8 Brass Band, and Galactic 2005/06

    The now-defunct Tonic on the Lower East Side - Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra 2006/07

    So this year, we're at Jazz Standard. Thanks to Seth Abramson, it's one of the most creatively booked jazz clubs in the city. And thanks to Danny Meyer, it has some rockin' barbeque (not bad, considering we're above the Mason-Dixon line).

    Not so incidentally, WBGO broadcast Ben Allison's Medicine Wheel, with the kora player, Mamadou Diabate, live during the club's opening week celebration. It's been a long time since that show, but we're finally back at the club for another live shot. "Ain't that good news?"