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JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater
Program Website: http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzset/
Jazz recorded before enthusiastic crowds at festivals, clubs, and even
the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom at the Mary Lou Williams Festival, the Kennedy Center
Since this set a year ago, high-energy drummer Miller has traveled to Cuba, released Live at Willisau on vinyl (DownBeat Editor’s Pick), showcased her Great Women of Blues & Jazz project, and a lot more. Boom Tic Boom is Dan Tepfer, piano; Marty Ehrlich, saxophone; Todd Sickafoose, bass.
Kennedy Center recording
SFJAZZ Opening Night
There’s a new building in town! The SFJAZZ Collective, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano and other stars consecrate the stage of the first freestanding performance venue for jazz in the US.
Recording by WWOZ
Eddie Palmieri at the Kennedy Center
“Looking dapper in a gray suit and a red tie that would finish the set draped loosely around his neck,” writes The Washington Post, “Palmieri took his seat at the piano and alighted on a delicate arpeggio. A slow smile crept across the 76-year-old’s face as lyrical phrases evolved into blues riffs, which then gave way to staccato splashes .. [He] even stood up to give the audience an endearing peek at his salsa dancing skills.”
The 2013 NEA Jazz Master told his DC audience, “If there’s an iota of wisdom that I have, it’s that I don’t think my music might excite you; I know it will.”
Review by Jess Righthand
“Edmar Castañeda and Friends” at the Americas Society, New York
The Wall Street Journal calls him “the Hippest Harpist,” playing a 32-string instrument from Colombia (his homeland) and Venezuela. To packed houses, the Music of the Americas series presented Castañeda in three concerts with his trio – saxophonist Shlomi Cohen and drummer/percussionist David Silliman. Guests are vocalist Andrea Tierra, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, vibraphonist Joe Locke, flutist Itai Kriss, and cuatro legend Jorge Glem. Imagine the possibilities! We have highlights.
Americas Society’s presentation of the Edmar Castañeda Trio and Friends on JazzSet is supported by Presenting Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Chris Potter’s The Sirens at the Village Vanguard
Saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite, The Sirens, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey and geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself, writes Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR Music.
Mulgrew Miller Trio and Russell Malone Trio
Miller’s piano is “deep and satisfying … thoughtful and engaging … there’s a soulful feeling there too,” writes JazzSet’s Mark Schramm. Guitarist Russell Malone is a kindred spirit, and both Miller and Malone lead finely tuned trios.
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio and Lionel Loueke Trio
At the organ, Smith’s trademarks are his slow and powerful groove, his turban and long white beard. The Benin-born guitarist Loueke – a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles – melds African guitar traditions with jazz and vocals, in harmony with himself.
Gretchen Parlato, the cookers at the Caramoor Jazz Festival
there's contrast between the intimate vocal sound of Ms. Parlato and the smokin' hot all-star Cookers playing music by band members Billy Harper and Cecil McBee, at a long-running outdoor festival just north of New York City.
Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Caramoor Jazz Festival
From “Lady Sings to Blues” (upbeat!) to “My Favorite Things,” from Billie Holiday to “Besame Mucho,” Dee Dee sings us a set with Craig Handy on saxophones and flute; Musical Director Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie and Kenny Phelps, bass and drums.