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“‘Swing’ is an adjective or a verb , not a noun. All jazz musicians should swing. There is no such thing as a ’swing band’ in music.” - Artie Shaw
 
 Wednesday, 06 May 2015
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Right at Home in "Foreign Territory": John Raymond's New Release E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

 

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Twin Cities native John Raymond seems to be living every young jazz musician's dream -- finding success in New York, on the bandstand and in the studio. With regular club gigs with his own ensembles, participating in the renowned Festival of New Trumpet, and now releasing a recording with the great Billy Hart,  John is building a reputation as one of the rising stars of the Big Apple. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and State University of New York-Purchase jazz programs, John released his first full-length recording, Strength and Song, in 2012 with support from SUNY-Purchase mentor and producer John Faddis. Noted All About Jazz New York, "Strength & Song signals the arrival of an exciting new trumpet personality poised for greater things." Greater things indeed. Now on Fresh Sound/New Talent, John Raymond is celebrating the release this week of Foreign Territory, featuring pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Billy Hart. 

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Ron Miles With the Atrium Jazz Ensemble at Orchestra Hall, May 8 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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“What’s always striking about his music is a sense of possibility that rings of the American frontier.” -- The New York Times

The final concert in the Jazz in the Target Atrium series will feature acclaimed trumpeter Ron Miles in a quartet setting with Twin Cities jazz heroes Bryan Nichols, Anthony Cox and JT Bates. A former member of the Mercer Ellington Orchestra and frequent cohort of Bill Frisell, Miles and company will perform original works and some favorite standards. The concert takes place at 10:30 pm in the Target Atrium of Orchestra Hall, following the Minnesota Orchestra's season performance in the main concert hall (8 pm). Tickets are $15 ($12 students) and seating is limited to about 100. Jazz in the Target Atrium was launched in December 2014 under the leadership of Jeremy Walker.

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Michael O'Brien in the Twin Cities This Week: Three Gigs E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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One of the hottest young jazz talents in the Twin Cities during the first part of the 00s, bassist Michael O'Brien relocated to New York about 8 years ago where he has built an enviable reputation. Fortunately he returns "home" now and then to reconnect with old pals, and this week performs in three clubs in three different configurations. Catch Michael at the Icehouse on Monday, May 4 with a quintet featuring Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Jake Baldwin, and JT Bates (JT's Jazz Implosion); on Thursday, May 7 with Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; and with his Triage Trio (Chris Lomheim, Jay Epstein) on Friday, May 8, at Jazz Central.

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Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain at the Jazz Standard 5/7-10 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson is touring in support of his first new album in over 12 years: ‘Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain Live in New York: The Vanguard Sessions’. The new CD features tracks recorded live at the Village Vanguard last year.  Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain featuring Wilson with the great talents of George Colligan on piano, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and Bill Stewart on drums will perform at the Jazz Standard in New York on Thursday May 7th through Sunday, May 10th. Wilson is a top tier jazz musician in his prime leading a solid band. This show, and the album, are highly recommended, it just doesn't get much better than this.
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Charles Lloyd at SFJazz E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Like the Pharoah Sanders concert earlier this year, the Charles Lloyd series of shows at SFJAZZ on April 24-26 demonstrated how, if you persevere, your time will come. Lloyd burst onto the jazz scene with a group of fellow “new” stars, among them Chico Hamilton, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, Jeremy Steig and Denny Zeitlin. From 1965-69, Lloyd led a quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette, a fusion of straight-ahead post-bop, free jazz, and world music that became a hit with fans and critics, particularly their iconic album, Forest Flower: Live at Monterey. But Lloyd's popularity would be a mixed blessing for someone who would take years to come to terms with the consequences of success.

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Jazz Legend Gary Bartz at the Jazz Standard 4/30-5/3 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

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Alto saxophonist Gary Bartz was awarded a Grammy Award with McCoy Tyner in 2005 (‘Illuminations’).  Known as a leader and trail-blazer, he also toured and recorded with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group, Art Blakey's Jazz Messangers, and the Miles Davis group. He has recorded more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. Gary Bartz's Quintet features Paul Bollenback on guitar, Larry Willis on piano, James King on bass, and Greg Bandy on drums. Hear them at teh Jazz Standard on Thursday, April 30th through Friday, May 3rd.
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Nicholas Payton Trio at the Jazz Showcase 4/30-5/3 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

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Multi-instrumentalist and Trumpet Master, Nicholas Payton,was hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school.  He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. Nicholas Payton will appear on trumpet and keyboards with his trio at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thurday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd. His trio also includes bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Bill Stewart.
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Chris Potter Takes Charge at SFJAZZ E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   
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There is a reason that the saxophone has been one of the most dominant instruments in the history of jazz. Its range, timbre, flexibility, and long history in the music gives it a dynamic hard to match. It isn’t that there have not been great pianists, trumpeters, bass players, and the rest. But when sax players take charge, master the instrument, and propel themselves to the head of the class, it can be said that there is cause for a major celebration. Such moments are rare in any art. In music they happen when one player, or an entire band, creates a sense of peak effort that is sustained and memorable beyond any others like it. There are many fans of this music who never see any moments like these. And they were a lot more frequent when the great masters were on the planet, such as August 12, 1958 when the “Great Day in Harlem” photo was created, for example. Or in the time when one could walk the jazz listeners' paradise on 52nd Street in New York City.

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