2010 Portland Jazz Festival Mingus Big Band, Dave Holland, Pharoah Sanders to Headline Feb 21-28, 2010
The 2010 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by US Bank will be held February 21-28 with jazz outreach programming in area schools and community centers on Monday through Friday, February 21-26, leading up to a series of headline concerts Thursday through Sunday, February 25-28 throughout downtown and inner Eastside Portland venues.
The 7th annual Portland Jazz Festival features three-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, bandleader and composer Dave Holland,legendary saxophonist and John Coltrane collaborator Pharoah Sanders, the Mingus Big Band devoted since… Continue reading
Montreux on Tour Sunday Afternoon Jam at Chateau Ste Michelle September 4, 2000 by Stephen H. Watkins, Sr.
After driving three hours and spending 1/2 hour parking and riding the shuttle, we arrived at 5:25 … 25 minutes late. But once we got there, all that was forgotten…the Chateau Ste Michelle winery was the perfect venue, the sky was blue and cloudless, and the temperature was just right. This was the perfect day for what was arguably the best concert to come to the area this summer. People were spread all over the hillside overlooking the stage, with rolling green… Continue reading
Vincent Herring Mr. Wizard (High Note – 2004) by John Thompson
During the 1980’s “resurrection of Jazz”, the Marsalis brothers were the dominant names; however, many other young artists were on that same scene including sax man and California native Vincent Herring. Having played with the likes of veterans Nat Adderley, Sonny Fortune, Cedar Walton and others, this bob-filled Herring release features some of today’s “young lions.”
The Herring produced CD presents nine tunes, featuring Jeremy Pelt (T), Danny Grissett (P), Richie Goods (B), and E.J. Strickland on drums. The bops, All God’s Children Got Rhythm, McCoy Tyner’s Four by… Continue reading
Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis Live @ Symphony Hall(April 17, 2004) by Matthew Robinson In celebration of their 150th collective recording and their third album together, vocal legend Nancy Wilson and key master Ramsey Lewis joined forces to raise money for the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter. Backed by the burbly and richly bowed bass of Larry Gray, the crisp and animated percussion of Leon Joyce and the often busy and occasionally superfluous keyboards of Llew Matthews, Wilson and Lewis took turns performing alone and together, rarely failing to impress.
Opening with an energetic reading of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,”… Continue reading
Eileina Williams Introducing(Eileina williams – 2005) by Narvy James
Oh Hell Yeah! Just when you thought that the age of great female jazz singers was dead and gone, along comes Eileina Williams. Do you like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan or Carmen McRae? Then you’ll love Eileina. Continuing in the style of these great, and her self-professed heroines, Eileina continues the tradition by providing a fresh vocal viewpoint of her own while remaining true to the Jazz art form. With a musical background that encompasses Gospel, R&B and Euro-popular music Eileina transitions effortlessly to the Jazz World and… Continue reading
Billy TaylorTen Fingers – One Voice by Raymond Redmond
On Taylor’s newest album he goes it alone, tackling eight jazz standards and three originals with his trade-mark finesse.
“This recording is another jazz surprise – an exhilarating one. Liberated from all constraints so that he can be entirely himself, Billy plays with a joy of self-discovery on swingers that is infectious… In mobile space that is all his own, he swings with more ease, liveliness, and resilience than ever before. For this listener, the Billy Taylor that emerges here was a surprise – a daring risk-taker who has absorbed… Continue reading
Keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul, who succumbed to cancer September 11, 2007 at age 75, left behind a half-century legacy of brilliant music that will last for generations. Born in Austria and originally trained in classical music, Zawinul embraced the jazz tradition at a young age and eventually pushed the art form to unprecedented limits via his two most innovative projects, Weather Report and later the Zawinul Syndicate.
Despite the medical and physical challenges of his final months, Zawinul’s regimen of composing and performing never let up. Indeed, one of his final performances… Continue reading
Sixty two year old pianist Andrew Hill hadn’t recorded for almost a decade prior to releasing Dusk in 2000, which went on to be Down Beat’s “Jazz Album of the Year”. Since then Hill has written over 40 more original works, eight of which are featured here. The hugely successful musical journey Hill began with Dusk continues, enhanced by the addition of 11 new players. The big surprise is that A Beautiful Day is a live recording! Including members of Dusk’s Point of Departure Sextet the music was recorded… Continue reading
Carlo Mombelli by Struan Douglas
I applied for a teaching post at the Richard-Strauss conservatoire of music in Munich. The audition was very strange. You had to walk in play and teach this student for half an hour in front of a panel. The guy before me was the bass player for Passport – quite a famous band and the guy after me could play ‘Giant Steps’ double speed. Hot, hot guys.
I landed up talking to the student for about half an hour about silence – how to bring your voice out in your sound. I spoke about art… Continue reading
With Jesus singing and God on the drums, How Can You Go Wrong? by Struan Douglas
‘With Jesus singing and God on the drums, how can you go wrong?’ asked a friend of latin music geniuses Cubanismo.
As good as Jesus Alemany (lead trumpeter and singer of the band) is, if God was a singer, surely he would be Buena Vista social club lead Ibrahim Ferrer? What if he was a piano player? Ruben Gonzales perhaps or McCoy Tyner. If God had great fingers he would be Pat Metheny and if he sang the Blues, B.B. King. If the godfather… Continue reading