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“Every tune that I’ve written so far has a meaning and a story within it that I want the whole group to capture ... A lot of guys, when they play, are not thinking about what they’re actually playing; they’re just thinking about maybe the chords, or how the rhythm changes, or something like that, but I really try to tell a story and I want the group that plays my tunes to try to see what I saw when I wrote them.” - Grachan Moncur III
 
 Saturday, 22 November 2014
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Chris Lomheim Trio at the Black Dog, November 22 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Chris Lomheim ©Andrea Canter
 

Long a mainstay in the Twin Cities jazz community, pianist Chris Lomheim is known for his affinity for Bill Evans, his sublime skills as a singer's accompanist, and for his creative, lush compositions. Yet Lomheim's recorded output has been limited - his last trio recording was released in 2002 (The Bridge, Artegra), his first (1994, Igmod) was aptly titled And You've Been Waiting. Figuring he had waited long enough, Lomheim applied for a state arts board grant to write and record new trio music, yielding Timelines, released in October with trio pals Gordy Johnson on bass and Jay Epstein on drums-- the same cast from that first recording 20 years ago.  With Andrew Bergmann filling in on bass, the Chris Lomheim Trio reprises many of the compositions on Timelines and more as the featured artists on Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog in Saint Paul on Saturday, November 22 at 8:30 pm. Opening the evening will be guitar virtuoso Joel Shapira in a solo set at 7 pm.

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JazzMN Orchestra Celebrates "Little Big Bands" on November 22 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Doug Snapp conducts the JazzMN Orchestra©Andrea Canter
 

Minnesota's renowned JazzMN Orchestra continues its season on November 22 with “Little Big Band,” a concert featuring a unique mix of classic works representing artists such as Miles Davis/Gil Evans, Oliver Nelson, Kenny Dorham, Rob McConnell, Art Pepper, and Maynard Ferguson.  Included are familiar songs such as “A Night in Tunisia,” “Stolen Moments,” “Like Someone in Love,” and “Blue Bossa.”  Vocalist Charmin Michelle will premiere two pieces written specifically for her by Twin Cities composer Adi Yeshaya. The program will also feature contemporary works in this genre, including a composition written by saxophonist Pete Whitman for his X-Tet. The concert will be held at the Hopkins High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

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Miguel Zenon Thrills Audience at The Addition in San Francisco E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Miguel Zenon ©Andrea Canter
 

When new music appears from improvising musicians, there can be the utter surprise and delight of discovery, and the live performance of Miguel Zenon, at the new Addition club in San Francisco on November 13, delivered just that. Hearing Miguel perform with Jeff Ballard’s group earlier this year at SFJAZZ did little to prepare us for the tidal wave of sound generated by what has to be one of the tightest and most powerful jazz groups we have seen in years.

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Kenny Burrell Quintet, November 21-23 at Catalina's in Hollywood E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

"Kenny Burrell is overall the greatest guitarist in the world and he's my favorite." - B.B. King

Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Dubbed the "grand master of the jazz guitar" by Dizzy Gillespie,  Kenny Burrell pioneered the guitar-led trio with bass and drums in the late 1950s. Known for his harmonic creativity, lush tones, and lyricism on the guitar, he is also a prolific and highly regarded composer. Come hear this living legend with his quintet featuring Justo Amario on Saxophone,Trevor Ware on Bass, Lew Mathews on Piano, and Clayton Cameron on Drums  at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood on Friday, November 21st through Sunday, November 23rd.
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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, 11/20-23 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet


Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz.  21st Century Trad Band is the newest record from the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. In the follow-up to last year´s successful release, In a World of Mallets, the group expands on its sound and musical possibilities. Hear this quartet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, November 20th trhough Sunday, November 23rd.
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Cecile McLorin Salvant Opens The Addition in San Francisco E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Cecile McLorin Salvant©Andrea Canter
 

The spate of recent articles in the old media, picking on jazz and the masters of the form, reminds us of a local movie critic who often writes reviews lacking one critical insight. From an audience point of view, the very existence of movies on a big screen can still be a great thrill, in and of itself. How was it made, where did it come from, and how did it move us? Seeing a vocalist on a club stage has the same effect for this listener. There is magic in the very act of someone getting in front of a frosty Monday night crowd and meeting the ultimate challenge: keeping everyone in their seats and, in the end, leaving them wanting more.

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A Tribute to Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene at Catalina's E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   

 

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Cheryl Bentyne and Myrna Daniels (photo Craig Levine)

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Myrna Daniels, editor and publisher of L.A.’s only jazz newspaper, L.A. Jazz Scene, was honored at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywoood, CA. The tribute was put on by the non-profit Jazz del Corazon, an organization founded by singer Jackie Gibson and music producer Clifford Bell that has helped musicians in critical times of need.  They have produced several shows for very worthy and needy musicians.  Their particular desire and goal for this tribute was to help Ms. Daniels with significant upgrades to L.A. Jazz Scene newspaper, including a more comprehensive (and much needed) web presence.   

 

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The 60th Newport Jazz Festival! E-mail
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   

 

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George Wein

The Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, took place from August 1-3, 2014. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate for this landmark 60th anniversary, there was an abundance of great music!

Friday, August 1

When legendary jazz impresario and festival founder George Wein introduced John Hailer, CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), Wein said, “A sponsor is one thing, but a man who gives you everything he’s got, from the point of view of the love of the music, is someone special.” Wein continued praising Hailer for his support, noting that the festival hasn’t hosted Friday daytime concerts in over 50 years, and wouldn’t have had them this year without NGAM. In turn, John Hailer praised George’s unwavering commitment to jazz, saying “Jazz is George, and George is Jazz!”  Between sets, a giant screen showed anniversary congratulations from numerous artists and snippets of performances from previous festivals.


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