Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Session: January 20, 2019

Nicole Mitchell
Here's a roundup of various music-related items of interest that have shown up in one of StLJN's various inboxes or feeds over the past week:

* Why the ‘BlacKkKlansman’ score could (and should) earn Terence Blanchard his first Oscar nod (Los Angeles Times)
* A conversation with Bill Frisell: making music in 2019 and the upcoming concert in Fallon (NevadaCapitalNews.org)
* Javon Jackson Extends the Tradition (DownBeat)
* Winter Jazzfest 2019: 10 Best Things We Saw (Rolling Stone)
* Pitt names Nicole Mitchell as head of jazz studies department (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
* Carlos Santana on the Power of ‘The Mona Lisa,’ Today’s New Hippies (Rolling Stone)
* Q&A with Vibraphonist Joe Locke: Between the Heart and Mind (Jazziz)
* 'Green Book' Composer on Playing Mahershala Ali's Double: "My Life Prepared Me Perfectly" (Hollywood Reporter)
* Melissa Aldana & Sonny Rollins (Burning Ambulance)
* TIDAL ‘fake streams’: Criminal investigation underway over potential data fraud in Norway (MusicBusinessWorldwide.com)
* Threadgill Premieres New Composition at Cleveland Museum of Art (DownBeat)
* A History of American Protest Music: Come By Here (LongReads.com)
* Once a Year, Over 27,000 Elvis Fans Flood This Small Australian Town (Smithsonian)
* Double Vision: Winter Jazzfest Fosters Co-Led Ensembles (DownBeat)
* In Memoriam: Joseph Jarman (DownBeat)
* Nina Simone's 'Lovely, Precious Dream' For Black Children (NPR)
* Blue Note Launches Limited Edition Wall Art Series Of Classic Album Designs (UDiscoverMusic.com)
* Drummer Nate Smith’s Universe of Beats (DownBeat)
* Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class? (TheRinger.com)
* The economics of streaming is making songs shorter (QZ.com)
* Remembering jazz great Perry Robinson, Hoboken's 'most famous non-famous person in music' (NJ.com)
* REPORT: Winter Jazzfest Marathon Weekend in New York (London Jazz News)
* Legendary guitarist Reggie Young — key sideman to Elvis, Waylon, Willie and more — dead at age 82 (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
* Live Review: New York Winter Jazzfest 2019 (Jazz Times)
* Battle of the Ax Men: Who Really Built the First Electric Rock 'n' Roll Guitar? (Collector's Weekly)
* Different Ways To See And Be: The Lives Of Joseph Jarman And Alvin Fielder (NPR)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/spring 2019 jazz preview, part six



Today, here's the sixth and final part of StLJN's winter/spring 2019 jazz preview, featuring videos of bands and musicians who will be coming to St. Louis to perform in the next few months. You can see part one of the series here, part two here, part three here, part four here, and part five here.

Picking up where last week's installment left off, the first video up above features percussionist Pedrito Martinez, who's returning with his group to perform Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, April 28 at Jazz St. Louis. The video shows their entire set from the 2018 Springfield Jazz Festival this past summer in Springfield, MA.

After the jump, you can see saxophonist Boney James, who will be here for a concert on Friday, April 26 at The Pageant. The video shows James playing "Tick Tock" in 2017 at The Wave/Honda Soundstage in Los Angeles.

Next up, it's pianist Arturo O'Farrill, who will perform with his Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble from Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5 at Jazz St. Louis. The video shows them performing a full set of music recorded in July 2018 at The Greene Space, the performance venue of radio stations WNYC and WQXR in New York City.

The following week, the acclaimed young vocalist Jazzmeia Horn will make her St. Louis debut with shows starting Wednesday, May 8 and continuing through Sunday, May 12 at Jazz St. Louis. The third clip after the jump shows Horn's entire set from the jazzahead! festival in April 2018 in Bremen, Germany.

The next video features singer Shoshana Bean, who will perform on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 at Jazz St. Louis to wrap the cabaret series JSL presented this year in conjunction with Cabaret Project of St. Louis. The clip shows Bean singing the song "Ain't No Way," made famous by Aretha Franklin, as recorded in 2017 at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles.

A few days later, saxophonist James Carter will team up with pianist Peter Martin's trio for a matinee concert on Sunday, May 19 at The Sheldon. He can be seen in the next clip getting nice and greasy on a tune called "Soul Street," recorded last year at Jazzwoche Burghausen in Germany.

That same evening of May 19, jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy will return to kick off the outdoor concert season at the Atomic Cowboy Pavilion. The next-to-last video shows their entire set from the 2018 LEAF Spring festival in Asheville, NC

Today's final video shows guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and singer Catherine Russell performing "All of Me" as part of their collaborative show "Billie & Blue Eyes," which features their interpretations of music associated with Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. They'll be here to perform the show starting Wednesday, May 22 through Sunday, May 26 at Jazz St. Louis.

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

Friday, January 18, 2019

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* Drummer Marcus Baylor (pictured) and The Baylor Project are featured on the latest episode of the web video series "Black Friday Live - Celebrity Edition."

* Multi-instrumentalist, DJ and composer Lamar Harris will team up with Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and Opera Theatre of St. Louis to present "The Lab," a workshop for "high school musicians, producers, deejays and spoken word artists to develop and collaborate with other composers." Applications are due by February 15 for the six-session program, which will run from Sunday, March 17 through Sunday, May 19.

* The traveling exhibition “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World”, now on display at the St. Louis Science Center through April 14, is the subject of a Post-Dispatch story by Dan Durchholz.

* The fate of the remains of the Goldenrod Showboat, once the site of jazz and ragtime performances on the St. Louis riverfront, is the subject of a story by Paul Schankman for HEC-TV.

* Via Marc Myers' Jazzwax blog, video has surfaced on YouTube of a recently rediscovered interview with Miles Davis from 1984 that finds the trumpeter being quizzed by a couple of local talk-show hosts in Baltimore who apparently had no idea who he was, with results that are both cringe-worthy and kind of funny (as long as you weren't one of the participants). See part one here, and part two here.

* The Sundance Film Festival's screenings of the new documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool starting on Sunday, January 27 are previewed by the website what (not) to doc.

* Saxophonist Tim Cunningham was a guest Wednesday morning on KTVI-Fox 2's morning newscast, promoting his show last night at The Laugh Lounge STL and other upcoming performances.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jazz this week: Donny McCaslin; Lea Bertucci & Sarah Davachi; Brian Blade & John Patitucci in "Winter Jazz Festival"; and more

Though the weather forecast for this weekend is looking a bit dicey, the calendar of upcoming live jazz and creative music performances in St. Louis provides a number of good reasons to get out of the house, including the return engagement of a top tenor saxophonist; a double-bill of experimental composer-performers making their local debuts; and a benefit event featuring a stellar lineup of touring and local musicians.

Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, January 16
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin returns for the first of five nights of performances continuing through Sunday at Jazz St. Louis.

McCaslin (pictured, top left) in October released his latest album Blow, which features the same band he led  accompanying David Bowie on Bowie's final album Blackstar, plus guest vocalists.

The recording has earned generally positive reviews, with Rolling Stone's Hank Steamer praising the band's choice to "step boldly into hybrid, tough-to-classify musical terrain, grafting their trademark sleek, emotive electrojazz onto lush, proggy art rock."

Though McCaslin will have a different lineup of musicians in St. Louis,  it seems likely that he'll include at least some of the material from Blow in his sets here, which should provide some interesting opportunities for contrast with the recorded versions of those tunes.

Also on Wednesday, pianist Jim Hegarty leads a trio at Evangeline's, and this week's "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" features multi-instrumentalist TJ Muller and friends at The Stage at KDHX, the weekly jam session led by bassist Bob DeBoo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor and his band at The Dark Room.

Thursday, January 17
Saxophonist Tim Cunningham brings his smooth jazz and R&B sounds to The Laugh Lounge STL, and guitarist Vincent Varvel leads a trio at The Dark Room.

Friday, January 18
Singer Erin Bode performs for the first of two nights at the Emerald Room at The Monocle; trumpeter Keith Moyer leads a quartet at Evangeline's; and the Second Generation Swing Band plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.

Saturday, 
January 19
New Music Circle presents electronic musician and composer Sarah Davachi and saxophonist and composer Lea Bertucci (pictured, bottom left) performing in separate sets at Link Auction Galleries in the Central West End.

Also on Saturday, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade headline the "Winter Jazz Festival" at the Grandel Theatre. The event also will feature performances by Bach to the Future, violinist Tracy Silverman, guitarist Dave Black, keyboardists Jay Oliver, Mo Egeston, and Ptah Williams,  drummer Lucrezio de Seta, and multi-instrumentalist William Lenihan, with proceeds benefiting the Dillon International adoption agency.

Sunday, January 20
Singer and guitarist Tommy Halloran plays for brunch at The Dark Room, and the St. Louis Jazz Club presents Annie and the Fur Trappers in a matinee performance at the Moolah Shrine Center.

Monday, January 21
Guitarist Tom Byrne leads a quartet in a concert at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium.

Tuesday, January 22
Singer and bassist Janet Evra will play a "Notes From Home" concert at The Sheldon.

For more jazz-related events in and around St. Louis, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Session: January 13, 2019

Roy Hargrove
Here's a roundup of various music-related items of interest that have shown up in one of StLJN's various inboxes or feeds over the past week:

* Vinyl and cassette sales saw double digit growth last year (TheVerge.com)
* How one designer created the “look” of jazz (Vox.com)
* A Guide To Blue Note: 10 Essential Albums You Must Hear (UDiscoverMusic.com)
* Musician performs highest ever classical concert on a grand piano in the Himalayas (iNews.co.uk)
* On Roy: The Jazz Gallery Speaks (JazzSpeaks.org)
* Dom Flemons Presents A New Image Of The American Cowboy (NPR)
* Blue Note's High Notes: The Jazz Label Celebrates 80 Years (Billboard)
 * No Color Photos of Jazz Singer Mildred Bailey Existed… Until Now (Smithsonian)
* A Mosaic of Music: Jazz Pianist, Composer, and Arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi (Nippon.com)
* Sun Ra: Never A Part Of This Planet (PleaseKillMe.com)
* ARP Founder Alan R. Pearlman Has Died (Synthtopia.com)
* SFJAZZ Celebrates Wayne Shorter (DownBeat)
* Universal Music Group Will Get New Owners This Year (Rolling Stone)
* Latin Music Is Now More Popular Than Country & EDM In America (Forbes.com)
* Woodstock Will Return This Summer, For Its 50th Anniversary (NPR)
* Roy Hargrove Tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Common, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis & More Pay Homage to Late Trumpeter (Billboard)
* Drummer Alvin Fielder Dies at 83 (Jazz Times)
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Tribute Recalls Hargrove’s Big-Tent Approach (DownBeat)
* Best Kept Secret: Hear the First Song From a New Album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet (WBGO)
* How 1960s Pop Songs Helped Young Women Find Their Own Voices in a Time of Social Change (TIME)
* Bucket List Travels: 8 Music Museums Around The World (KEFWhat.com)
* Why Spotify Is Not A Music Company (Medium.com)
* Joey Calderazzo Bounces Back (DownBeat)
* Clarinetist Anat Cohen to Premiere New Concerto at Carnegie Hall (Jazz Times)
* Bill Evans “in” Paris “with” Gene Lees (Jazz Profiles)
* Joseph Jarman, 81, Dies; Mainstay of the Art Ensemble of Chicago (New York Times)
* Gary Clark Jr.’s New Song Is a Scathing Account of Trump-Era Racism (Rolling Stone)
* Motown: The Music that changed America (BBC)
* Remembering Urbie Green (1926-2018)(Jazz Times)
* Philip Glass Finishes His David Bowie Trilogy, Debuting His Lodger Symphony (OpenCulture.com)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/spring 2019 jazz preview, part five



This week, it's time for part five of StLJN's winter/spring 2019 jazz preview, featuring videos of noteworthy jazz and creative music performers who will be coming to St. Louis in the next several months. You can see part one of the series here, part two here, part three here, and part four here.

Picking up where last week's installment left off, today's first video features drummer Mark Guiliana's quartet, who will be performing Wednesday, March 27 through Sunday, March 31 at Jazz St. Louis.

They can be seen in the first clip up above playing "From You" last March at the Blue Note Milano in Italy. Along with Guiliana, the band includes Chris Morissey on bass, Fabian Almazan on piano, and  Jason Rigby on tenor and soprano saxes.

After the jump, you can see pianist Ahmad Jamal, who will be here to perform on Saturday, March 30 for the annual benefit gala at the Sheldon Concert Hall. He's seen here playing "Autumn Leaves," as recorded in 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris with bassist James Cammack, drummer Herlin Riley, and percussionist Manolo Badrena.

The following week, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet will return for shows starting Tuesday, April 2 and continuing through Thursday, April 4 at Jazz St. Louis.

Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner will be supporting the release of their first quartet album in nearly seven years, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul,  which is due out March 1 on OKeh Records. They're all seen in the second clip after the jump, playing "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" in November 2018 at the Teatro Coliseo de Buenos Aires.

After Marsalis and company complete their run, drummer Matt Wilson, trumpeter Ron Miles and saxophonist Jeff Coffin will conclude a week-long educational residency by joining forces for shows on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at Jazz St. Louis.

Wilson can be seen in the next clip, playing with a group called Perfect Pitch Project and demonstrating some deft brush work on "Cute." That's followed by a video of Miles with Joshua Redman, Scott Colley and Brian Blade, aka the Old and New Dreams tribute band Still Dreaming, performing "Unanimity" in 2017 at Jazz in Marciac; and a clip of Coffin playing Horace Silver's "The Preacher" in March 2016 at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

That same week, guitarist Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will present a concert on Saturday, April 6 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Foyeh, the British-born son of Nigerian parents, mixes Afrobeat with jazz, rock and more, as you can see in the next-to-last video, which documents a good chunk of a set at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

Today's final video features the Brad Mehldau Trio, who are set to perform Wednesday, April 10 through Sunday, April 14 at Jazz St. Louis. The clip of them playing "Highway Rider" was recorded by an an audience member last July at a festival called PianOstuni in Ostuni, Italy/

Look for part six of the winter/spring 2019 jazz preview next week in this space. You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

Friday, January 11, 2019

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* Drummer Kevin Bowers' band Nova's performance tonight at Winter Jazzfest in New York City was previewed in articles by Kevin Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Cara Wegener of Alive magazine.

* Trumpeter Miles Davis is the subject of a new children's book, Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound by Kathleen Cornell Berman. Aimed at readers ages 8 to 12, the book (pictured) is scheduled for release on Tuesday, April 16.

* Jazz St. Louis is conducting an online survey of audience members, asking about their experiences of the venue, preferences for show times, and more. Anyone completing the questionnaire will be entered in a drawing for four free tickets to an upcoming performance, with two ticket packages to be awarded. If you'd like to take the survey, go here before end of business next Friday, January 18.

* Though The Dark Room has live music seven nights a week, the blog on their website has been devoted almost exclusively to describing the kitchen's daily/weekly specials - until now. Production manager Kevin Koehler announced this week that he'll be blogging about the various bands and musicians playing the room, starting with a look back at a Mo Egeston performance last September, which you can see here.

* HEC-TV has released online Gateway Sound, a new documentary about changing technology in the music industry that was directed by Justin Fisher, head audio engineer at SmithLee Productions.

* Webster University professor and department of music chair Jeffrey Carter is the new music director for Circus Harmony, the not-for-profit organization based at the City Museum that teaches circus skills to children and teens.

* St. Louisans may be mildly surprised to learn that a recent study named our town "the best city for nightlife in America." As reported by the Riverfront Times' Daniel Hill, the study by the magazine Apartment Guide based its rankings on "how many nightlife options were available per resident while excluding cities with a population of less than 100,000. Using those metrics, St. Louis' abundance of bars, breweries, clubs and music venues, coupled with our smaller population, sees us leading the pack with one nightlife-related business for every 1,143 people."

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Jazz this week: Support your local musicians

While there are no touring jazz or creative music performers visiting St. Louis in the next few days, you still can hear plenty of hometown musicians playing in a variety of styles at various spots around town. Here are a few suggestions...

Wednesday, January 9
This week's "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" includes bassist Glen Smith and friends at The Stage at KDHX, along with the weekly jam session hosted by bassist Bob DeBoo at the Kranzberg Arts Center and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor (pictured, top left) and band at The Dark Room.

Also playing their regular Wednesday night gigs are Miss Jubilee at the Schlafly Bottleworks; guitarist Joe Park's trio at Yaquis on Cherokee, and trumpeter Jim Manley at Sasha's Wine Bar.

Thursday, January 10
Guitarist Dave Black and multi-instrumentalist Sandy Weltman perform at The Pat Connolly Tavern; pianist Eddie Randle Jr leads a trio at The Dark Room; and singer Joe Mancuso will be doing his weekly gig at 50/Fifty Kitchen.

Friday, January 11
Pianist Ptah Williams plays solo for happy hour at The Dark Room, followed by singer Anita Jackson performing for the late show.

Also on Friday, Falling Fences (pictured, bottom left) plays for the first of two nights at Jazz St. Louis. Known locally both for two well-received albums of original Americana material and for a Sunday night residency at McGurk's playing mostly Irish music, they'll present an expanded version of their usual five-piece lineup at the Bistro, adding Funky Butt Brass Band trumpeter Adam Hucke, saxophonist Charlie Cerpa, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Niehaus IV.

Based on that configuration of the band's show last August at Delmar Hall, listeners can expect to hear those original Americana tunes, with the addition of some horn arrangements plus expanded segments for solos on some songs.

Saturday, January 12
The St. Louis Jazz Club presents a mid-day jam session hosted by keyboardist Bob Row and drummer John Gillick at J P's Corner. Then on Saturday night, keyboardist Mo Egeston plays late night at The Dark Room.

Sunday, January 13
Singer and bassist Janet Evra provides the music for brunch at The Dark Room, and the Arcadia Dance Orchestra will play vintage jazz for a matinee show at Focal Point.

Monday, January 14
Dizzy Atmosphere plays swing and Gypsy jazz at The Shaved Duck.

For more jazz-related events in and around St. Louis, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)