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If you’re free on Sunday afternoon, 2/5/17, join me for a look back at The Great Jazz Singers (Part 1) – From Satchmo to Lady Day. I’ll be speaking – and playing killer film clips – at the Freeport Memorial Library on Merrick Road at 2:30 pm, and it’s free.
…The music is going too fast.” – Sonny Rollins quoted in Esquire. http://ow.ly/x0rax
Larry Klein and Billy Childs’ “Laura Nyro Revisited” album, coming this fall, will feature Wayne Shorter on “Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp.” Alison Krauss, Susan Tedeschi, Dianne Reeves, Rickie Lee Jones, Esperanza Spalding, and more big names will appear on the tribute album.
Looking forward to hearing pianist Alan Broadbent (2 Grammys, 7 nominations) & trio @The Drawing Room, 56 Willoughby St, Bklyn tonight at 7!
Jane Monheit, one of the most accomplished jazz singers of her generation, no longer strives for perfection. Here’s my article from the June 2013 DownBeat.
Why Harry Connick Jr. Couldn’t Sit Idle During ‘Idol’ — “The point Connick tried to make, which Jackson didn’t want to hear, was that the show’s contestants didn’t know these classic songs well enough to take liberties with their melodies and lyrics. In doing so, they were murdering the music.”
Next Avenue http://ow.ly/kIQEw
Int’w w/Bobby McFerrin today before his show @ Adelphi U. New CD ‘spirityouall’ is gorgeous jazz/blues/Americana http://ow.ly/k79V4
Putting finishing touches on my profile of Jane Monheit for the June DownBeat. Video preview of her new album is at http://ow.ly/jzHDn
Truly the end of an era. Rest in peace, Van Cliburn.
What’s it like to compose new music on the spot with Wayne Shorter? See my int’w with the members of his quartet in the March DownBeat. http://ow.ly/hMo15
Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson also wrote beautiful symphonic music, lost for years. Highly recommended NPR story: http://ow.ly/hnnaz
Wonderful piece on Wayne Shorter, one of jazz’s great seekers, by @NateChinen in NYT. http://ow.ly/hmzD5
Rising tenor sax star JD Allen almost never plays covers, preferring his own brisk, intense, forward-leaning trio compositions. So, when he was backstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center recently, preparing to make his debut as a guest soloist with the JALC Orchestra in a “Best of Blue Note Records” concert, he wondered to himself, “What the hell am I doing here?” Then he came out and made it abundantly clear that he can play anything. I interviewed him a few days later in the cafe at the Brooklyn Museum, and the resulting feature is in the February DownBeat.
Wynton Marsalis opens Jazz@Lincoln Center branch in Doha, Qatar. Here’s my piece in Downbeat. http://ow.ly/eg7RR
Lee Konitz is 84 and is cooler than you. DownBeat is currently running my review of the alto sax legend and his “Enfants Terribles” (feat. Bill Frisell) as their lead story. http://bit.ly/RF1D2D
The new “Porgy and Bess,” adapted for Broadway by Suzan Lori-Parks and Diedre L. Murray is up for 10 Tonys, including Best Musical Revival, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Orchestrations. For the May 2012 issue of DownBeat, I interviewed Diedre Murray on how she and her collaborators re-imagined Gershwin’s score for 21st Century Broadway. (Click the pic to read.)
Miami Herald Interviews Lyle Cogen About “Sticks & Stones,” Coming to Aventura Arts and Cultural Center
The Miami Herald interviews Lyle Cogen about her musical play “Sticks & Stones,” which helps children understand how to defuse and prevent bullying behavior. The show comes to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Monday, October 10, 2011. http://bit.ly/o8agWN