Among the many fine treats in store for visitors to the 21st AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, set to unfold from August 13-15 in downtown San Jose, is an appearance by bassist extraordinaire Marcus Miller, who will not only perform music from his own vast repertoire but will also perform [...]Read more >>
On Saturday, July 31st from 5:30-7:30 p.m., musician/composer/educator/artist Bill Dixon will be remembered with a memorial event at St. Mark’s Church, in the Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Dixon, an innovator in the world of creative improvised music and inspiration to subsequent generations of trumpet players, died on June 16th [...]Read more >>
Moppa Elliott has released a handful of exciting and innovative recordings recently on his Hot Cup Records imprint. The latest — released on July 13, and available only as a download and on 12” vinyl — is no exception. White Light/White Heat, a wild-and-wholly reinvention of the Velvet Underground’s classic [...]Read more >>
On Friday, July 12, guitarist Carlos Santana proposed to drummer Cindy Blackman during a Santana concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois. Four songs into the set, following Blackman’s solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado,” the guitarist asked the for the drummer’s hand in marriage. Happily, [...]Read more >>
During the next to last day of this year’s Festival International de Jazz De Montreal, Zaki and I visited the Musee Des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) to see their “We Want Miles” exhibition. Though the Miles fan in me made the assumption that I’d be [...]Read more >>
With only a few days left at this year’s Festival International de Jazz De Montreal, and among more than thirty scheduled performances on July 3rd, inclusive of a roster that read like a tribute to ECM Records with Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, Tord Gustavsen and Tomasz Stanko, I detoured over to the [...]Read more >>
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