In her 20s, Vancouver's Renee Rosnes received a Canada Council of the Arts grant to study jazz in the U.S. High-profile artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson (to name a few) gave her high-powered support. Blue Note Records signed and kept her on the label for more than a decade.
New Orleans – From the underground success of "Alice's Restaurant" in the 60's - through his 1972 hit version of "City of New Orleans" - to his current "Journey On" tour - Arlo Guthrie has won fans around the world with his engaging music and manner - and brings what he calls "probably my best band ever" to Jazz Fest on Sunday, May 1st...
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New Orleans – Saxophonist Derek Douget - who has turned in a lot of outstanding work as a sideman at Jazz Fest through the years - makes his debut there as a leader this year - Friday, April 29th - with a top-notch quintet...
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New Orleans – Mulgrew Miller is one of the finest pianists in music. A native of the Mississippi delta town of Greenwood - Mulgrew Miller returns to Jazz Fest on April 29th - with the Golden Striker Trio - featuring bass great Ron Carter - and outstanding guitarist Russell Malone.
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After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.
Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 2:17 pm
On a Sunday afternoon during their honeymoon in November 1961, Mario Pavone and his bride Mary drove from Connecticut to New York, to a club date that would be documented on a pivotal album. John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard featured the saxophonist's expanding group with Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, with music so powerful that Pavone — an aspiring bassist — could not let it go. When Coltrane died in July 1967, Pavone made his move. He quit his job and drove again to New York, to the funeral.
New Orleans – Brian Blade is one of the most in-demand drummers in music - a regular colleague of such top artists as Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell - and a fine composer who has led his Fellowship Band since 1998.
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