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  • Vibraphonist Walt Dickerson 4/16/28-5/15/08

    May 18, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Walt Dickerson

    Sad news to report. On May 15th, vibraphonist Walt Dickerson died of cardiac arrest at his home in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He was 80. Walt made a string of amazing records in the 1960s for Prestige that rarely receive much notice beyond the realm of the hardcore jazz fan. I highly recommend them - This is Walt Dickerson, A Sense of Direction, Relativity, and my favorite, To My Queen - a quartet date with bassist George Tucker, drummer Andrew Cyrille and pianist Andrew Hill. Walt also cut some stuff for SteepleChase Records, and he collaborated with Sun Ra. They made a few intriguing records together, including Impressions of a Patch of Blue, based on Jerry Goldsmith's music for the Academy Award winning film starring Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters (you MUST watch this movie). Walt's music is not so easy to find, but very much worth the effort. He will be missed.

    -Josh

  • Tom Harrell Quintet at the Vanguard

    May 18, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Notes

    Ugonna Okegwo and Tom Harrell

    A perfectly tight set from Tom Harrell's Quintet tonight. This shot was taken
    during a bass/flugelhorn duet on "Body and Soul," featuring Ugonna Okegwo
    and Tom Harrell. The band also included Danny Grissett on piano, Wayne
    Escoffery on tenor sax, and Johnathan Blake shaping the rhythmm on drums.
    I'm definitely looking forward to our WBGO/NPR Music broadcast on Wednesday
    evening, with the Al Foster Quartet.
    -Josh

  • Song of the Day: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Brian Blade

    I wrote a Song of the Day feature for NPR. Brian Blade and the Fellowship
    Band recently released Season of Changes, and I've been playing one song
    over and over and over. And over. It's called "Return of the Prodigal Son."
    Read about it, and listen to it here. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
    are playing a week at the Village Vanguard starting June 17th. We will be
    broadcasting the 9pm set on Wednesday, June 18th. Live. Stay tuned.
    -Josh

  • John Ellis & Double-wide

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    John Ellis and Doublewide at the Jazz Standard

    This quartet was awesome at Jazz Standard Tuesday night .. John the mastermind and composer, conceptualist and detail man, on tenor, soprano, one song with bass clarinet .. Gary Versace on organ, wow! he plays it in unexpected ways .. Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Matt got into the sousaphone game after seeing Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Matt says Kirk is a pied piper for thousands of young sousaphoni .. and Jason Marsalis, always determined to play it better the next time, even when there is no apparent room to improve. It's a 50% New Orleans resident band (Matt & Jason), and John lived there from 1993-97. He is inspired by street bands. The quartet is playing music from the new CD Double-wide, which refers to the double-bottom of low register organ and sousaphone. The Jazz Standard vibrates happily in that register. Tuesday night's music will be featured on JazzSet on Sunday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 18.

    Becca Pulliam

  • Alexis Cuadrado: Jazz from the Underground

    May 14, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Alexis Cuadrado

    In January, we did a studio session with Alexis Cuadrado's Puzzles Quartet.
    The bassist is part of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of leaders
    based in... well, you get it. Anyway, the band plays next Friday at The Jazz
    Gallery
    . It's the official CD release party. Get your sneak preview here.
    -Josh