Next week, Cedar Walton's trio wraps up our 2008 concert series from the Village Vanguard. Don't worry, there's more to come:
The series kicks off 2009 with a performance from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on January 7, which will be available for download as a podcast. Grammy© winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard brings his quintet to the Vanguard in February along with special guests, and Grammy© nominated saxophonist David Sanchez follows in March with his quartet performing material from Sanchez's recent recording, Cultural Survival. In April, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell and his quintet will play music from an upcoming release, Prana's Dance.
Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule
Wednesday, December 17 - Cedar Walton Trio
Wednesday, January 7 - Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
Wednesday, February 18 - Terence Blanchard Quintet
Wednesday, March 18 - David Sanchez Quartet
Wednesday, April 8 - Tom Harrell Quintet
As my tenth anniversary at Jazz 88 is fast approaching, I remember my first few days at the radio station. I didn't know enough about the music to comment on anything. I had to rely on my personal Jazz Dictionary, Gary Walker. Thanks to the morning maestro, I've learned so much about jazz now...to a point where I play air drums, piano and sax in the studio in between newscasts. I'm also blessed to be working at a radio station where so many talented artists come to visit. Two recent events made me realize I've actually become a part of the jazz community. Trumpeter Jon Faddis agreed to shoot the breeze with me about sports and jazz on SportsJam and bassist John Lee complimented my work during a recent visit to Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange. Very cool to have two terrific guys who played with Dizzy Gillespie make me feel special!
I had a blast interviewing trumpeter Jon Faddis for SportsJam, WBGO's new sports podcast/on-demand feature. Jon is a real sports fan who loves the old-timers from several different sports. I asked him to put together his all-time jazz band made up of sports stars. He selected Tiger Woods to be the saxophone of John Coltrane. Find out who else he picked, his thoughts on why he thinks jazz and sports are related and hear about his special sports relationship with his dad. Listen now.
I'm not the greatest fan of New York Voices, because I can't get beyond that vocal harmony sound. The rest of the planet loves it. I don't. But I absolutely respect what they do. Because they do it so well. You can always find New York Voices performing at one of the country's venerable jazz institutions, Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsman's Guild. Their latest CD, A Day Like This, is Grammy-nominated. And they are a crowd favorite at IAJE. They're also first-rate educators, and members of IAJE.
Shows you how much I know...
New York Voices played to a packed house for the IAJE Gala concert. Among the highlights was a vocalese rendition of John Coltrane's "A Moment's Notice." They call it "Noticing The Moment." Listen for yourself:
In the middle of the set, they invited one of the IAJE Gala honorees, Paquito D'Rivera, for a couple of songs from a previous album, Brazilian Dreams. After Pac-man told a story about how he and trumpeter Claudio Roditi wrote "Snow Samba" during a Chicago winter, they launched into it.
If you want more of that, the New York Voices and Paquito D'Rivera are playing the Blue Note in New York on Monday night. - Josh
Nordic Connect is not really an exercise machine. This is more a vehicle for improvisation. The Jensen Family Band, of sorts. With fellow Scandinavian friends.
I really wanted to see them, but Lionel Loueke's set started late, and finished even later. So the Nordic Connect show didn't happen for me. The road to Oslo was paved with good intentions...
However, I did interview trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and we did talk about Nordic Connect. Have a listen:
Check out Nordic Connect on MySpace.
Ingrid is also a member of a Secret Society in jazz. More about that in another post. - Josh