Thursday, March 18, 2010

Notes from the Net: Hancock to score Miles Davis movie; Osby at the Vanguard; plus news, reviews, interviews, and more

Here's the latest compilation of assorted news briefs and links related to jazz, improvisation, and creative music in St. Louis, including news of musicians originally from the Gateway City, recent visitors, and coming attractions, plus assorted other items of interest:

* In this week's Miles Davis news, the feature film about the trumpeter came one step closer to reality with the announcement that pianist Herbie Hancock, who first gained wide public attention as a member of Davis' 1960s quintet, will write the score for the movie.

Also, the "We Want Miles" exhibit that closed earlier this year in Paris is set to reopen next month at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Austin (TX) trumpeter Jeff Lofton has put together a tribute to Davis' 1950s groups.

* Turning to news of other former St. Louisans, saxophonist and St. Louis native Greg Osby (pictured) is performing this week at NYC's Village Vanguard in a trio with drummer Paul Motian and pianist Jason Moran.

* Saxophonist David Sanborn (who grew up in Kirkwood) will be one of the headliners at this summer's Toronto Jazz Festival. The fest, which is held from June 25 to July 4, also will feature pianist Dave Brubeck and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

* Here's a review of Rollo Coaster, the most recent CD from saxophonist and Webster University grad Chris Cheek, written for by Martin Gladu.

* And here's a review of The Wee Trio's new one, Capitol Diner Vol. 2: Animal Style, written by Mark F. Turner for AAJ. The group's bassist Dan Loomis is from St. Louis.

* Turning to news of recent visitors, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, here last Saturday to play the Sheldon Concert Hall, are generating plenty of press coverage on their current tour, including an interview with saxophonist and arranger/composer Ted Nash from the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, and a conversation with trumpeter Sean Jones from the Minnesota Post.

* Guitarist Fareed Haque's band Garaj Mahal has a couple of new recordings, More Mr. Nice Guy and Discovery, which spotlights Haque's work on the Moog Guitar. One of Haque's other bands, the Flat Earth Ensemble, plays tonight at 2720.

* Singer and pianist Jamie Cullum, who was here on Sunday to play the Roberts Orpheum Theatre, was featured this week on NPR. For more on Cullum and his new CD The Pursuit, see this interview with

* Pianist Vijay Iyer, who was here in January to play at Jazz at the Bistro, just won a German Echo Music prize for his album Historicity. (Note that the link is to a Babelfish translation from the original German.)

* Lastly, from the "coming attractions" file, we've got another review of guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli's latest, Rockin' In Rhythm, written by Bill Donaldson for eJazzNews, and an interview with Pizzarelli about the Ellington tribute project, done by Matthew Warnock for Pizzarelli will be in St. Louis from April 17 through April 20 to perform at Jazz at the Bistro.

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