Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
|Rodney Rojas and Billy Marcus|
The 60 or so concert goers expected to hear pianist Billy Marcus's trio with bassist Mark Neuenschwander and Steve Bucholtz. Because one key out of 88 on his electric keyboard was down for the count, without time to get it repaired, Marcus called saxophonist Rodney Rojas to supplement the solid lineup.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
He blended standards from the jazz canon and the American Songbook and his dazzling solo improvisation on one classical piece, the first movement of Franz Liszt's "Liebestraum."
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
|Larry Monroe |
(Photo by Phil Farnsworth)
His Berklee ties are strong - as a student, teacher, dean, vice president and global ambassador. As an educator, he influenced saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Miguel Zenon, Donald Harrison and countless others. Early in his career, alto saxophonist Monroe performed with Lou Rawls, Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie.
The college will celebrate Monroe’s many contributions, but in some ways likely mourn his retirement, with a Berklee Performance Center concert on Thursday night, October 18, featuring students and faculty, former Monroe student Donald Harrison and Italian bassist Giovanni Tommaso, who helped Monroe create Berklee's 27-year partnership with the Umbria Jazz Festival.
It’s a fitting sendoff. What a run it has been.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Two years ago, the Cape May Jazz Festival ended its twice-a-year run (34 weekend festivals in 17 years) due to financial and organizational shortcomings. Some wondered whether the string of November and April festivals would ever be back as a way to extend the tourism season in quaint and charming Cape May.
The Exit 0 International Jazz Festival has scheduled performances by 21 bands Friday night through Sunday afternoon, November 9 to11.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's core ingredients also can have an impact on other disciplines, including business. A brief read from Time magazine this week distills those essentials quite nicely.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The Port Charlotte FL concert featured tunes that Varro borrowed heavily from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestra songbooks, along with material composed by W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Al Cohn, John LaPorta, Frank Foster, Benny Carter and Mel Powell, among others. Even Frederic Chopin made it into the mix.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
|June Garber and Tom Ellison|
Two weeks ago at the South County Jazz Club's Tuesday night jam session at Allegro Bistro in Venice, she wowed the crowd, including yours truly, with one of the bluesiest renditions of "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" I've ever heard.