quintet

Gent Jazz Festival 2011 line-up is complete

The line-up for the 10th edition of Gent Jazz Festival (July 7th – 17th, Bijloke) is complete, with bands such as Sonny Rollins, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub feat. Trixie Whitley & Brian Blade, Return to Forever IV, Angus & Julia Stone, Absynthe Minded, Morcheeba, Al Di Meola World Sinfonia feat. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop Band feat. Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michel Portal Quintet, Agnes Obel, Red Snapper, Dave Holland Quintet, Al Foster/George Mraz Quartet feat. Fred Hersch, Terence Blanchard Quintet and Nouvelle  Vague.

The following bands have already been announced: B.B. King, Gotan Project, Raphael Saadiq, Mavis Staples, Jef Neve Trio and Sing The Truth with Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves & Lizz Wright.

The 10th edition of the Gent Jazz Festival will begin on Thursday July 7th with none other than Sonny Rollins as the Special Nights’ headliner. This jazz legend had been on the festival’s wish list for a very long time and the birthday edition is an excellent occasion. His concert is preceded by the Michel Portal Quintet. The Nathan Daems Quintet, opens the Special Night after having won Young Jazz Talent 2010, the youth contest held yearly on the festival’s fringes.

On Friday the 8th of July, Al Di Meola World Sinfonia, together with special guest Gonzalo Rubalcaba will perform, with Dave Holland Quintet and Al Foster/George Mraz Quartet feat. Fred Hersch. The day’s opener is a coaching project in co-operation with University College Conservatory Ghent called Quartet dal Cuore feat. Paolo Ghetti.

July 9th is the festival’s first Saturday and a Special Night as well. B.B. King, Mavis Staples and the trio of Steven De Bruyn, Tony Gyselinck & Roland will be present.

On Sunday July 10th, the festival’s first four days will be concluded by Return to Forever IV Hymn of the 7th Galaxy Tour (an excellent band with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale). The Belgian Rêve D’ Éléphant Orchestra will open before Terence Blanchard Quintet and Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop Band with Medeski, Martin & Wood.

Thursday July 14th three jazz queens will line up with Sing The Truth: Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves & Lizz Wright continue the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta. Three current icons will pay tribute to the women of song from the last generation. They will be preceded by Jef Neve and his trio and Philip Catherine Plays Cole Porter.

Both revelations Agnes Obel and Agnus & Julia Stone are on stage Friday July 15th. This day will be supplemented by local band  Absynthe Minded. It’s a day dedicated to bands currently breaking through internationally and striving to meet high expectations in the future.

Gent Jazz Festival announces Gotan Project who are electro-tango masters and a retro-funk musician Raphael Saadiq on July 16th. Nouvelle Vague will be the first group to play on the initial day of the Gentse Feesten.

Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub feat. Trixie Whitley & Brian Blade will play on the closing day, July 17th. The festival organization looks forward to this concert after having cancelled Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub last year due to a motorcycle accident. But we are looking forward to vocalist Trixie Whitley as well. Last year her performance won hearts and minds with a special project. Later that day groups include: BackBack which is a local band, Red Snapper and Morcheeba with frontwoman Skye in the original line-up.

The music contest ‘Young Jazz Talent Ghent, an initiative in co-operation Duvel-Moortgat brewery will take place at the festival grounds’ entrance. Free entry every time right before the first concert on the main stage.

New!

Thanks to the co-operation with the city museums in Ghent it is now possible to get free access to one of the 9 museums in Ghent using your Gent Jazz Festival Ticket as an admission ticket. A nice extra for festival visitors. Up until the end of August visitors can be introduced free of charge to the permanent collections from De Wereld Van Kina, Design Museum, Huis Van Alijn, Kunsthal St.-Pietersabdij, MIAT, MSK Gent, Museum Dr. Guislain, SMAK and STAM.

The tickets will obviously remain valid as transportation ticket on De Lijn busses or trams. De Lijn will take you for free, safe and without parking concerns to Gent Jazz Festival and back!

The new online platform will become active on 30.03, the platform will inform festival enthusiasts thoroughly about the festival and about other information such as website, facebook, blog… In the coming weeks the website will be expanded with an archive containing past editions, blog messages, actions and cool extras. Moreover, written and photo reports will be published on this platform during the festival.

Info: www.gentjazz.com. Tickets: gentjazz.com or Fnac. Day Ticket early bird rate: 35 Euro – Special Night early bird rate: 42 Euro – July 15th: 25 Euro. Festival pass early bird rate: 212 Euro (limited number, early bird action up until April 30th). 3day pass early bird rate: 79 Euro (early bird action up until April 30th). The sales channels will add a 3 Euro reservation cost per ticket or pass. The prices for buying tickets on the spot is presale rate + 7 Euro.

Conscious Alliance and Elephant Revival Host Benefit for Pine Ridge Reservation

The Boulder based nonprofit organization Conscious Alliance and the musical group Elephant Revival are teaming up to present the Buffalo Heart Concert on April 30 at The Boulder Theater. Elephant Revival, the neo-acoustic transcendental folk quintet from Nederland, will be joined by John Oates, The Plenty Wolf Singers, The Dovekins, as well as very special guest Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum.

Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit that was founded in 2002 and is focused on delivering emergency food relief to the most impoverished communities in the United States. Most of their collected donations are distributed to Native American Reservations, where six of the seven poorest communities in the U.S. are located.

Elephant Revival carries a fresh sense of creativity and inspiration that is felt by people of every generation. Musically and collaboratively the quintet is inspired to spread a message of sustainability while nurturing an awareness of positive change through the pure light intention of their music.

This event will mark the second time Elephant Revival and Conscious Alliance have teamed up for a night of music that will benefit the nonprofit’s efforts on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the most economically isolated regions of the country. Last year’s benefit was extremely successful and raised money to heat homes throughout the winter for impoverished community members of the reservation.

For the 2011 benefit, Elephant Revival and Conscious Alliance will once again allocate the funds raised at the Buffalo Heart Concert to the Pine Ridge Reservation. The funds will be directed toward the ongoing mission of keeping the Conscious Alliance emergency food storage facility stocked on Pine Ridge, as well as funding Lakota Youth Programs in the summer that will focus on the preservation of Lakota tradition.

To find out more information visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org

Great American Taxi and Steep Canyon Rangers

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. The band has been led by Herman and Staehly since its inception for a Rainforest Action Group benefit show in March of 2005. Now approaching well over 400 shows, the band has kept a fairly busy schedule of 140 shows a year and has hit a lot of the premier music festivals along the way including High Sierra Music Fest, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Dunegrass, Nightgrass slots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the list goes on. The band has been compared with roots rockers like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Byrds and Little Feat.

Steep Canyon Rangers backed Steve Martin during his 2009 tour. Bluegrass, gospel, Appalachia. From Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, Lovin Pretty Women), the Rangers were named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass.

More Info / Buy Tickets

The Hal Galper Trio plays Birdland

Disbanding his trio in 2000 after ten years of touring internationally, Grammy winning jazz pianist Hal Galper spent the following six years “in the shed” studying, practicing and developing his uniquely original style of playing. The Trio features cutting edge Rubato style group improvisation that emphasizes spontaneity, texture and interaction. With over 90 recordings to his credit, 30 of which as leader, Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, The Brecker Brothers, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet.

-

THE HAL GALPER TRIO PLAYS BIRDLAND

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2 SETS @ 8:30 & 11:00 PM
315 West 44th Street  New York, NY 10036
between 8th and 9th Avenues
Information (212) 581-3080
http://www.birdlandjazz.com/

Clifton Anderson Quintet Returns to NYC with Iridium Gig

Trombonist/Composer Clifton Anderson brings his Quintet into the Iridium on Tuesday, August 4th in support of his new Doxy Records release, Decade.   A February gig at Dizzy’s Coca Cola introduced the CD and debuted his new group, which features Eric Wyatt on tenor, Stephen Scott on piano, Russel Blake on bass, and Steve Williams on drums, in addition to Anderson’s vibrant trombone.

clifford-andersonUpcoming for the Bronx native is a September 29 date at Birdland, and two nights at the new East Harlem hotspot, Creole, on October 9 and 10.

Reaction to Decade has been positive with encouraging reviews and considerable airplay.  In his celebrated blog, jazzwax, Marc Myers wrote: “…Anderson demonstrates a new level of maturity and offers a warm, round and purposeful sound…his compositions are all strong and fresh, and they avoid being derivative. Best of all, they are tailor made to show off the trombonist's lyricism and powerful chops...Decade is a solid work by Anderson, who clearly has a rich musical voice, a creative vision and a comprehensive grasp of the instrument's tender purpose."

Clifton Anderson's newly revised website includes lead sheets and solo transcriptions for Decade and his debut recording as a leader, Landmarks, as well as a video overview of Decade and some performance video.

For more on Clifton Anderson, please visit here. For more info on the Clifton Anderson Quintet at The Iridium Jazz Club, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

The Five Corners Quintet's 'Hot Corner'

Hot Corner- for the Grateful Web

In 2005, The Five Corners Quintet from Helsinki took the international dancefloor jazz scene by a storm. "Chasin' the Jazz Gone By", their debut for Ricky-Tick Records, a label that was initially conceived of as a vehicle for releasing the very first TFCQ vinyl single, proved out to be both an artistic and a commercial success story. For once and for all, the album proved that it is possible to look back while moving forward. The touch of producer-composer Tuomas Kallio was true to the golden era of modern jazz, and his vision in updating form rather than feeling resulted in music that is truly "postmodern jazz", if there ever was some.

Three years, some 50,000 sold records, and 100+ international gigs later, The Five Corners Quintet are set to return with their sophomore effort. The album, out on Milan Records in April is entitled "Hot Corner", and everything about it indicates that the scene-leading Finnish ensemble has upped the ante. Rather, theirs will be the task of taking 2000 Century dancefloor jazz into another level.

Some things remain, of course. The sports axiom about not changing a winning team reigns true here, with a guest appearance by jazz vocalist par excellance, Mr. Mark Murphy, who also lent his golden voice to three tracks on the debut. This time around, however, it should come as no big suprise that a bunch of Finns manage to lure a living jazz legend to take part in their production, for TFCQ face high expectations when it comes to their return in recorded form.

The enormously successful live band consisting of Teppo Mäkynen (drums/bandleader), Timo Lassy (sax), Jukka Eskola (trumpet), Mikael Jakobsson (piano), and Antti Lötjönen (double bass), also remains. On "Hot Corner", however, the band takes a larger role in comparison to the first album. Tuomas Kallio is the "commander-in-chief" once again, but there's a stronger sense of community also in the studio.

The new sound of TFCQ could be described as leaning towards the "Hot" of the album title more than the cool of their previously recorded work. Here, the impact of the live band is evident. Kallio's compositions also move away from standard jazz into fresh new territories, where even the occasional flirt with genres such as rockabilly is to be expected. The EP preceding the album release already showed marks of the band "rocking" rather than "swinging", and those directions are further explored on the upcoming album. 

One thing is certain: The Five Corners Quintet have a knack at searching and finding new directions instead of following paths trampled by others. Of this, their new album "Hot Corner" is an ample piece of evidence.

The Absynth Quintet

Absynth Quintet- for the Grateful Web

The Absynth Quintet melds the familiar and the avant-garde with a unique and provocative palette of tone and texture. This is street corner swing with a sense of humor, bluegrass with foot stomping danceability, intertwined with playful forays into the depths of sophisticated musical experimentation.

The Eugene Weekly places the sound "somewhere along the spectrum of acoustic-improvisational-gypsy-jazz...plucky and tight à la David Grisman" with "a dash of Eastern European exoticism that puts you in a smoky, understated hash bar kind of mood". They make music that is equally appropriate for sit down shows at theatres or rocking Friday night dance club parties, "we work where the visceral and the cerebral meet, we eat rice" is how Mandolinist Chris "Bird" Jowaisas put it. Recent performances had the band sharing the stage with such acts as Vince Herman, Thamusement, Vagabond Opera, David Grisman Quintet, Peter Rowan and Hot Buttered Rum.

The Absynth Quintet's latest release Indigo Shoes has been receiving raving reviews. Kevlar Mariachi Pants is a live CD recorded fall of 2006. The Arcata Eye said "...listening to KMP is akin to being served an exotic meal (or mind altering beverage) one could never hope to replicate at home. You have to go out for this kind of stuff. Delicious". The CD is out now on Sidenote records and available at music stores and itunes.

Jesse Elder Quintet live at the Blue Note Tonight

Jesse Elder- for the Grateful Web

Jesse Elder is a NYC based jazz composer, pianist and band leader. He has performed at venues such as the Blue Note, Smalls, Minton's Playhouse, Fat Cat, Top of the Rock, the Jazz Standard, and Town Hall. Jesse graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where he received a "Fine Arts Award in Jazz Performance" and went on to study on scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory and New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Jesse performs his original compositions with renowned jazz artists such as Nasheet Waits, Ben Street, Chris Cheek, Tyshawn Sorey, Logan Richardson, Gary Thomas and others.

Featuring:

Logan Richardson - Alto Sax.
Jeremy Viner - Tenor Sax.
Jesse Elder - Piano
Chris Tordini - Bass
Tyshawn Sorey - Drums

In celebration of Jesse's 25th Birthday!!

Live at the NYC Blue Note
Friday, Jan. 2nd at Midnight, $8 Cover