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JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater
Program Website: http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzset/
Jazz recorded before enthusiastic crowds at festivals, clubs, and even
the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom at the Mary Lou Williams Festival, the Kennedy Center
Since this set a year ago, high-energy drummer Miller has traveled to Cuba, released Live at Willisau on vinyl (DownBeat Editor’s Pick), showcased her Great Women of Blues & Jazz project, and a lot more. Boom Tic Boom is Dan Tepfer, piano; Marty Ehrlich, saxophone; Todd Sickafoose, bass.
Kennedy Center recording
SFJAZZ Opening Night
There’s a new building in town! The SFJAZZ Collective, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano and other stars consecrate the stage of the first freestanding performance venue for jazz in the US.
Recording by WWOZ
Eddie Palmieri at the Kennedy Center
“Looking dapper in a gray suit and a red tie that would finish the set draped loosely around his neck,” writes The Washington Post, “Palmieri took his seat at the piano and alighted on a delicate arpeggio. A slow smile crept across the 76-year-old’s face as lyrical phrases evolved into blues riffs, which then gave way to staccato splashes .. [He] even stood up to give the audience an endearing peek at his salsa dancing skills.”
The 2013 NEA Jazz Master told his DC audience, “If there’s an iota of wisdom that I have, it’s that I don’t think my music might excite you; I know it will.”
Review by Jess Righthand
“Edmar Castañeda and Friends” at the Americas Society, New York
The Wall Street Journal calls him “the Hippest Harpist,” playing a 32-string instrument from Colombia (his homeland) and Venezuela. To packed houses, the Music of the Americas series presented Castañeda in three concerts with his trio – saxophonist Shlomi Cohen and drummer/percussionist David Silliman. Guests are vocalist Andrea Tierra, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, vibraphonist Joe Locke, flutist Itai Kriss, and cuatro legend Jorge Glem. Imagine the possibilities! We have highlights.
Americas Society’s presentation of the Edmar Castañeda Trio and Friends on JazzSet is supported by Presenting Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Chris Potter’s The Sirens at the Village Vanguard
Saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite, The Sirens, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey and geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself, writes Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR Music.
Mulgrew Miller Trio and Russell Malone Trio
Miller’s piano is “deep and satisfying … thoughtful and engaging … there’s a soulful feeling there too,” writes JazzSet’s Mark Schramm. Guitarist Russell Malone is a kindred spirit, and both Miller and Malone lead finely tuned trios.
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio and Lionel Loueke Trio
At the organ, Smith’s trademarks are his slow and powerful groove, his turban and long white beard. The Benin-born guitarist Loueke – a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles – melds African guitar traditions with jazz and vocals, in harmony with himself.
Gretchen Parlato, the cookers at the Caramoor Jazz Festival
there's contrast between the intimate vocal sound of Ms. Parlato and the smokin' hot all-star Cookers playing music by band members Billy Harper and Cecil McBee, at a long-running outdoor festival just north of New York City.
Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Caramoor Jazz Festival
From “Lady Sings to Blues” (upbeat!) to “My Favorite Things,” from Billie Holiday to “Besame Mucho,” Dee Dee sings us a set with Craig Handy on saxophones and flute; Musical Director Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie and Kenny Phelps, bass and drums.
Wynton Marsalis & Vince Giordano Play Louis Armstrong
For the Fourth of July and Armstrong’s purported birthday, music from New Year’s Eve at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Marsalis brings the trumpet; Giordano brings the arrangements, tuba, string bass, and bass clarinet. Band members are a merger of both men’s working groups.
Wynton Marsalis, Vince Giordano and The Band Play Louis Armstrong on New Year’s Eve at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Credit: Frank Stewart, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Triveni with Avishai Cohen and Guest Anat Cohen
The word Triveni is Sanskrit for three sacred rivers, flowing together. The group Triveni is Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Drew Gress, bass; Eric Harland, drums, with music by Cohen, Don Cherry and Charles Mingus. Sister Anat joins late on clarinet.
Anat and Avishai Cohen, Drew Gress of Triveni
Photo by Ayano Hisa, Courtesy Newport Jazz Festival
Lewis Nash Quintet.. Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling sings from his new album 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project, named for a famous address in songwriting. And class act drummer Lewis Nash leads his fine band with Jeremy Pelt and Jimmy Greene on trumpet and tenor.
“Lewis will stay right in the pocket, while doing some of the most creative stuff being played,” bassist Peter Washington told DownBeat’s Ted Panken.
Peter Washington and Lewis Nash
Photo by Erik Jacobs for NPR Music
John Ellis and Double-Wide.. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
The tenor man’s band has a New Orleans carnival feel with trombone and sousaphone, Jason Marsalis on drums, and Gary Versace on organ and accordion. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society gives a taste of Argue’s imaginative theatrical piece for orchestra, Brooklyn Babylon.
Double-Wide’s Matt Perrine and John Ellis
Photo by Erik Jacobs for NPR Music
Miguel Zenón & Laurent Coq.. Dafnis Prieto Sextet
Miguel and Dafnis are a pair of MacArthur Foundation Fellows, Miguel from Puerto Rico, Dafnis from Cuba. Each leads a band in new music at Newport. Zenón and the French pianist Coq are inspired by the 1966 novel Rayuela (Hopscotch) by Julio Cortázar. Drummer Prieto premieres “Two for One,” commissioned by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with music from his album Taking the Soul for a Walk.
Laurent Coq and Miguel Zenón by Erik Jacobs for NPR Music
Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes at The Kennedy Center
The pianists open with “Never Will I Marry” (though they are, to each other). Cedar Walton’s “Midnight Waltz” and Wayne Shorter’s “Ana Maria” are highlights, along with Lyle Mays’ “Chorinho.”
This JazzSet is dedicated to the memory of Derek Gordon (1955-2012).
Courtesy Blue Note Records
Kevin Eubanks at the Detroit Jazz Festival
On a chilly day, the guitarist and his band play bluesy and Coltrane-inspired tunes with total commitment. They are the weather! Some of the same tunes appear in studio versions on Eubanks’s fine new CD The Messenger (Mack Avenue, 2013).
Kevin Eubanks, Bill Pierce, Marvin Smitty Smith .. Len Katz Photography
Sean Jones.. Jeff Tain Watts at the Detroit Jazz Festival
Of 2011 Artist-in-Residence Watts’ group with Marcus Strickland, Lawrence Fields and Christian McBride, our photographer noted his opinion: “They put down a set that was both relentlessly swinging and beautiful… [It was] the highlight of the acts I caught . . . .” The day before Tain, everybody was saying that trumpeter Sean Jones had played the set to beat.
Branford Marsalis Quartet at Napa Valley Opera House, Napa, CA
Personnel changes have been few over 20 years in the Branford Marsalis Quartet. The players are consistent, Marsalis says, but the music should evolve and be challenging, center on the melody and convey emotions. Branford’s tenor and soprano lead. Pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis compose three of the four tunes. Justin Faulkner plays drums.
Branford Marsalis.. Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson
Discovery Series at the Kennedy Center: Christie Dashiell .. Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Dashiell is a vocal and arranging student at Manhattan School of Music, onstage at the KC Jazz Club with a band of her brothers. Pianist Rodriguez from Cuba amazes with his prowess and originality.
Courtesy Christie Dashiell