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Singing songs she originated on Broadway, Liz Callaway thrilled a sold-out crowd at her Friday August 26th opening at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. Review by Tom Alvarez for the PERFORMING ARTS EXAMINER
In the 1960s, Gary Burton was the skinny, longhaired vibraphone sensation who wielded four mallets at a time, creating complicated beautiful musical lines in intricate counterpoint at lightning speed. Five decades later, he's still at it. Stuart Isacoff of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL chats with Burton about his long and illustrious career.
As ever with Metheny, melody is paramount, as is respect for the song, even as he expands it to nearly seven minutes, occasionally finding his way to relatively simple vamps that act as links between the more familiar themes. Review by John Kelman for ALLABOUTJAZZ
NPR's First Listen program previews new release from the greatest living jazz saxophone player, Sonny Rollins. Road Shows, Volume 2' answers the question What has Rollins been up to lately and why are people still talking about this 81 year old jazz great? Preview by Patrick Jarenwattananon for NPR
Two days before the August 26th official unveiling of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, I asked Harry Connick Jr., a driving force behind its creation, if he felt like an expectant father... By Keith Spera for THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
In the long run I am more likely to still be listening to the beautiful and unforced strains of ‘Survival & Other Stories’ than the new effort to come from the Yes camp. Review by Steven Reid for FIREWORKS
In a special movie theatre event nation wide, Fathom Events bring to th big screen Wynton Marsalis and guitar legend Eric Clapton for a spellbinding evening of blues, rock and jazz.
Raised in the Dixieland hotbed of the Crescent City, Terence Blanchard, the five-time Grammy winner, grew up combining the hard bop sound of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with the down-home spark and flavor of the South. By the 1980s, he’d emerged as a brass-wielding force of nature. Nate Jackson for The LA TIMES.
Pancho Sanchez has teamed up with Terence Blanchard for "Chano y Dizzy!; a tribute to the legends Chano Pozo & Dizzy Gillespie, the first jazz musicians to mix the elements of Latin music with jazz, creating a whole new and fiery hybrid.
As sweet as a summer peach and as sultry as a humid evening, JJ Grey & Mofro brought their Southern swagger and soul to the West. Review by Austen Diamond for CITY WEEKLY