Archive for September, 2011

September 29th 2011
The Jazz Session #313: Wadada Leo Smith

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s newest album is Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform Records, 2011). In this interview, he talks about his Ten Freedom Summers project, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement; how each ensemble is a model for a universe; and how meaning is communicated even without words. Learn more at wadadaleosmith.com.

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September 27th 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: Camila Meza at Small’s Jazz Club

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From Camila Meza at Small's Jazz Club

I spent most of the day on the train yesterday, traveling back and forth between NYC and New Haven, CT. By the time I got back home to Brooklyn I was tired and planning to crash for the night. But I decided to see who was playing around town, just in case. I noticed that Chilean vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza was at Small’s Jazz Club. I’d never heard her music so I visited her site, listened to about two minutes of her singing, and hopped back on a train to Manhattan.

From Camila Meza at Small's Jazz Club

Meza has a rich voice that’s playful without being too syrupy. Her repertoire was straight from the Great American Songbook (with the exception of Ibrahim Ferrer’s “Silencio”), but she managed to make the music sound fresh with her obvious enthusiasm and her emotional connection with the songs.

From Camila Meza at Small's Jazz Club

Meza was joined by bassist Pablo Menares, another new-to-me player. Menares was equally skilled at holding down the bottom and making interesting harmonic choices throughout the range of his instrument. And his soloing was melodic and creative.

From Camila Meza at Small's Jazz Club

Meza’s guitar playing was equally impressive — and would have been completely at home in the 1950s. Her solos were fluid and well constructed without falling back on cliches. Several times she doubled her solos with her voice.

From Camila Meza at Small's Jazz Club

For the final song of the night (“But Not For Me”), Meza and Menares were joined by saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who fit perfectly with the old school vibe that was happening on stage. Aldana leads a regular jam session at Cafe Vivaldi and played with Greg Osby in August.

From Camila Meza at Small's Jazz Club

My only request for Meza’s next gig would be more songs in Spanish and from farther afield than the Great American Songbook. She’s playing in Berne, Switzerland for five nights in October, and then at several New York locations later this fall. Go see her.

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September 26th 2011
The Jazz Session #312: Ernesto Cervini

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Ernesto Cervini’s new CD is There (Anzic Records, 2011), recorded on tour in 2010. In this interview, Cervini talks about the benefits of recording music on tour; his band and why it functions so well as a unit; and why he chose Toronto over New York City several years ago. Learn more at www.ernestocervini.com.

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September 22nd 2011
The Jazz Session #311: Avram Fefer

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Avram Fefer’s new album is Eliyahu (Not Two, 2011). In this interview, Fefer talks about why this is his happiest sounding album yet; how the loss of his father changed the way he views the music on the album; and the influences of the music of a variety of cultures on his compositions. Learn more at www.avramfefer.com.

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September 19th 2011
Photos & Recap: Carmen Staaf Trio at 55 Bar – 18 Sept 2011

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From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

I’ve written about Carmen Staff before and told you how impressed I am with her as a pianist. I’ve also interviewed her for The Jazz Session. And last night I had the chance to see her perform in a trio setting at one of my favorite New York music spots, The 55 Bar.

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

The 55 Bar doesn’t have a piano, so Staaf played a Fender Rhodes, which made for a very different listening experience to the acoustic performance I’d heard previously. The Rhodes is a tricky beast, and the skills necessary to playing the piano don’t necessarily make a successful Rhodes player. Staaf did just fine, though, using the Rhodes to its full capacity and showing the same fluid touch that struck me before.

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

Staaf was joined by bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Ronnie Burrage. This was the trio’s first time playing together, and they weren’t ashamed to work some things out on stage, particularly Burrage’s tunes. Burrage spent some time as McCoy’s Tyner’s drummer years ago, and he introduced one of his tunes as one which McCoy has “played the crap out of.” (Eliciting the comment, “No pressure, Carmen,” from one of Staaf’s friends in the audience.) Whether it was the McCoy comparison or just the adrenalin that comes from fighting your way through a brand new tune, Staaf rose to the challenge and delivered a smart and muscular solo that used the full range of the Rhodes.

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

Another highlight for me was Staaf’s breathtaking “Nymphs of the Milky Way,” which I wrote about when I saw her at Issue Project Room. The piece is gorgeous, and was made more so by Roeder’s sensitive bass work. I’ve seen him in a number of contexts here in New York, and he always knows just how to serve the music.

Here are a few other things I tweeted during the show:

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

@carmenstaaf trio playing a 3/4 or 6/8 or 150/200 version of “All The Things You Are.” Ronnie Burrage on cajon. (Also note the album cover on the wall with “Carmen” on it. A different Carmen, of course, but still a fun coincidence.)

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

Very nice 70s vibe by @carmenstaaf trio on “Solar” into Staaf’s “Dream of Four Paths.”

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

Henry Grimes just showed up at @carmenstaaf’s show. Very, very cool. #jazzlives #sodoeshenry

From Carmen Staaf at 55 Bar – 9/18/11

Nice deconstruction of “In Walked Bud” by @carmenstaaf.

Last night gave me the chance to see a new side of Carmen Staaf and once again I was very happy to be there. Staaf is playing at the 55 Bar at the end of September (watch her site for the exact date). You can also follow her on Twitter at @carmenstaaf. And if you’d like to get my updates and photos as they happen, you can follow me on Twitter at @jasondcrane.

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September 19th 2011
The Jazz Session #310: Chris Tarry

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Chris Tarry has just released Rest of the Story, an ambitious project that combines an album of new music with a collection of his short fiction. In this interview, Tarry talks about creating in two very different worlds; how we was able to move from concept to creation of this large work; and why he feels that his writing informs his music more than the other way around. Learn more at www.christarry.com.

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September 15th 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: Dalton Ridenhour at Small’s (9/15/11)

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From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

I met pianist Dalton Ridenhour through a mutual friend a couple weeks ago. As soon as he told me he played stride piano, I asked him to make sure to let me know when he was playing. I happened to be in town for tonight’s gig and had a chance to see Dalton — and some friends — take the crowd at Small’s on a tour through jazz piano history.

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

Ridenhour has a great ear for melodies. He mostly played immediately recognizable tunes — “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?” or “Alberta, Alberta” — but he sprinkled in some pieces that were new to me such as “Cryin’ For The Carolines” and a James P. Johnson tune that I think was called “Riffs.” Throughout the set, Ridenhour showed not only a mastery of the piano, but a real sense for pacing and flow and for the general shape of a song. His improvisations were fluid and interesting, which was particularly impressive given the harmonic and rhythmic rules imposed by the genre.

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

Twice during the set, Ridenhour featured vocalist Mara Kaye, who belted out “Sugar In My Bowl” and “Any Kind of Man” and slunk her way through “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home.” She had a strong and very anachronistic voice that perfectly fit the music. (Although it was sometimes a little more than the sound system could handle.) She’s definitely someone I’ll watch for around her native Brooklyn.

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

Trombonist Dan Reitz was a nice addition to two of the last three tunes.

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

Ridenhour is a talented player. I’ll be seeing him again. If you’d like to be transported back in time to hear piano music from a bygone — but still very fresh and alive — age, you should see him, too.

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

From Dalton Ridenhour & Friends at Small's – 9/15/11

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September 15th 2011
The Jazz Session #309: The Respect Sextet

Posted under Bands & Podcast

The Respect Sextet is celebrating 10 years together. In this interview, the band looks back on a decade of performing and recording since they formed at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. They take us on a tour through their recordings and give us a glimpse of what’s to come. Learn more at respectsextet.com.

Concert note: The Respect Sextet is playing two New York shows in the coming weeks. Tomorrow (9/16/11) at The Stone and then their 10th anniversary show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 11, 2011.

Special for The Jazz Session‘s listeners: Now through October 11, visit respectsextet.bandcamp.com and use the code “tjs” to get 50% off your purchase.

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September 13th 2011
The Jazz Session #308: Rhys Chatham

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast & Trumpeters

After putting his trumpet in the closet for several years, guitarist and trumpeter Rhys Chatham returns to the instrument in a new way on Outdoor Spell (Northern Spy Records, 2011). In this interview, Chatham talks about going back to the trumpet but playing it with fewer effects; how his attendance at a 1976 Ramones show altered the course of his musical life; and how his music has evolved over time while retaining a distinctive compositional identity. Learn more at www.rhyschatham.net.

NOTE: Chatham has a series of European shows over the coming weeks. His tour schedule is available on his web site.

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September 13th 2011
Welcome to The Jazz Session!

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The Jazz Session is the best independent jazz podcast out there.” — Darcy James Argue

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The Jazz Session is a member-supported online interview show focusing on in-depth conversations with jazz musicians. The show is hosted by Jason Crane.

Since its inception in 2007, there have been more than 2.5 million downloads of The Jazz Session‘s 400+ episodes. The Jazz Session focuses on in-depth interviews with jazz musicians, along with occasional interviews with producers, authors and others in the jazz world. The show’s mission is to chronicle the lives and opinions of musicians who make creative improvised music, without regard to artificial genres or labels.

Every episode of the show is available here at thejazzsession.com for free. You’ll find the guests listed alphabetically on the Archive page (coming soon). You can also search by instrument using the category menu immediately below the list of names. To make sure you never miss an episode, subscribe via iTunes or an RSS reader.

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September 8th 2011
The Jazz Session #307: Marco Cappelli

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli’s new DVD is In The Shadow Of No Towers, a multimedia project exploring September 11 and its aftermath. The project features an animated graphic novel by artist Art Spiegelman (Maus) and narration by actor John Turturro. In this interview, Cappelli talks about how this remarkable project came to exist; the interesting history of the band that made the music for the DVD; and how he came to play his current modified guitar. Also featured in this interview is music from Cappelli’s trio recording Les Nuages En France. Learn more at www.marcocappelli.com.

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September 7th 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith at Korzo – 6 Sept 2011

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Tonight, after 12 hours of travel from Detroit to New York City, I decided to head back out in the rain to Korzo to see a solo set by pianist Matt Mitchell and a duo set by Matt and drummer Ches Smith. It proved to be a very good choice on my part, as it was an evening of music unlike I’ve heard before and played at the highest level.

From Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith at Korzo – 6 Sept 2011

Matt Mitchell said he’d never played tonight’s compositions in public. In fact, he said he’d never intended to play the music in the second set until Ches offered to learn it. At one point Matt turned to the audience and said, “I’d like to publicly thank Ches Smith for learning this fucking music.” We’re all lucky that happened.

From Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith at Korzo – 6 Sept 2011

The opening solo set was very, very intense. I don’t know if it was compounded by fatigue or a lack of food, but at one point I wrote a note to the friend who was with me that read, “This is making me sad/agitated.” That’s not a criticism. In fact, it’s a compliment. Music that causes an emotional reaction is my favorite kind of music. My friend responded by saying that it made her feel like breaking all the glasses in the restaurant. Sadly, she didn’t act on that feeling.

Another friend who was there described the pieces as “etudes,” which is apt. The compositions were a series of small, gem-like studies surrounded by layer upon layer of jagged, imaginative improvisation. Having never heard any of them before, I had no idea which bits were written and which improvised, and my guess is that Mitchell intended for that to be the case.

From Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith at Korzo – 6 Sept 2011

The addition of drummer Ches Smith took the agitated onslaught of the first set and hardened it into a precise chaos of pointed rhythms and surprising melodic invention. I think that sentence is probably crap, but I’m having some trouble telling you what I heard. I’ll just leave off by saying what I said on Twitter: “That was a hell of a show. If you missed Matt Mitchell and Ches Smith tonight, you really did miss something.”

From Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith at Korzo – 6 Sept 2011

p.s. — I also wrote a poem at the show.

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September 5th 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 4

Posted under Detroit Jazz Fest & Live shows & Podcast

I think I’ve talked about the weather in all four of these reports from the Detroit Jazz Festival. That’s because the weather has been crazy. Mid-90s on the first two days. Then big thunderstorms and lots of rain. And today it was cold enough that I was blowing on my hands to keep them warm and actually having trouble tweeting because my thumbs were cold. Oh, the humanity!

I saw a lot of good music today. I’m heading back to New York in the morning, where I do this kind of thing quite often from NYC clubs. (And I also interview people, which is the main point of this site. Look to the left for the list of past guests.) You can follow me on Twitter at @jasondcrane.

PRE-SHOW THOUGHTS
Looking forward to seeing @anthony__wilson live today for what I think is the first time. Hard to believe, but I think it’s true.
Wine lovers: Pls recommend good wines to hurl at @anthony__wilson while he performs. That’s jazz etiquette, right? Or maybe Blues Bros?
When I arrived at #DJ2011 on Friday it was 94 degrees. Right now, on the final day, it’s 60 degrees. Luckily I brought my snowsuit.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Eating falafel while Gary Burton’s New Quartet plays “Afro Blue” on the stage below me.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Burton band now playing bassist Scott Colley’s “Never The Same Way.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Both Gary Burton and bandmate Julian Lage have been on The Jazz Session. (Listen: Burton (2009), Lage (2009) and Lage (2011).)

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Gary Burton and Julian Lage snaking their way through “I Hear A Rhapsody.”
Ah, trading fours. How I’ve (not particularly) missed you.
Now some flashes of the countrified groove Gary Burton used to play back in the 70s.
In my opinion, it’s nearly impossible to not channel Pat Metheny while playing this music.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Wow. Didn’t know this @anthony__wilson set was going to be an organ trio. Love it.
The trio is @anthony__Wilson, Larry Goldings and Karriem Riggins. What more do you need? And the sun just came out.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

This @anthony__wilson trio is down, dirty and fun as hell.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Guy behind me just yelled, “Damn, baby, you’re in the pocket!” at @anthony__wilson.
Loving this mystical transition between songs.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

If a fiery beast burst forth from the stage right now, this music would be the perfect accompaniment.
Following that hellfire and brimstone tune, @anthony__wilson starts into “Body And Soul.” Which is actually a pretty good joke.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

@anthony__wilson now playing the title track from his gorgeous CD Campo Belo.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Checking out @ChampianFulton and some slow-as-it-wants-to-be speakesy swing.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Can’t hear this performance of “Tenderly” by @ChampianFulton without thinking of Nat Cole. Right, @carmenstaaf?
Also Nat-Cole-esque is @ChampianFulton’s position at the piano and ability to sing, play and smile at the crowd all at once.

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From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

@ChampianFulton now cruising through an up-tempo take on “Samba de Orfeu,” dedicated to family friend Clark Terry.
Just learned that @ChampianFulton’s drummer is Pete Zimmer, who’s been on The Jazz Session. http://bit.ly/ofH9sT.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

At Camptius Martius with @Mark_Stryker to see Karriem Riggins and Common.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Karriem Riggins’ band would be perfect for Gil Scott-Heron. I’m excited to hear Common with them.
Two hours ago, Karriem Riggins was playing “Body And Soul.” A man of many parts.
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton chimed in to say: Man, @KarriemRiggins is like Aquaman. He belongs to both land and sea thus belonging to neither.
Karriem Riggins is wearing a bow tie. ‘Cause they’re cool.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Roger Jones repping Flint on Fender Rhodes with @karriemriggins at #DJF2011. cc @MMFlint

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

“You see white people with soul in Detroit, too. That’s how much soul y’all got.” Common at #DJF2011

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

@Common with @KarriemRiggins. #DJF2011

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Day 4

Digging @Common at Detroit’s Winter Jazz Fest.

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September 4th 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

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There was a bit more rain today for the third day of the Detroit Jazz Festival, but by and large the day went off without a hitch and the streets were once again packed with happy music lovers. The standout set for me today was Anat Cohen’s quartet, followed closely by Vinicius Cantauria’s band on the same stage. Remember, to get my tweets in real time, please follow me on Twitter at @jasondcrane and follow the hashtag #DJF2011.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Spotted this and thought it was nice of someone to leave it there in case the baby comes back.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Joe Locke now playing with the Airmen of Note
Another jazz media guy just told me that this Airmen of Note set with Joe Locke will be released as part of a 3-CD set next year.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Leader of the Airmen of Note is Sgt. Joe Jackson. #steppinout
The Airmen of Locke playing an arrangement of “El Gaucho” that Joe wrote for Gary Burton and the Scottish Natl Jazz Orch.

ANOTHER BIG CROWD

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

New-to-me Detroit pianist Keith Vreeland’s band is cooking in a late-60s fashion. Nice flute/soprano sax front line.
“Really enjoying the drive of Vreeland’s drummer.” (Jazz writer Mark Stryker later told me the drummer was Renell Gonsalves.)
The “Absopure Pyramid Stage” sounds like something from Logan’s Run.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

“…then a funk thing, and we’ll play it until we’re done.” Keith Vreeland’s announcement before the final two tunes.
Lots of odd-metered funk at #DJF2011. #hollandstyle last night, #vreelandstyle right now.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Now it’s Amina Figarova’s sextet. Flute/trumpet/tenor plus rhythm section. Music from her album Sketches.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Amina Figarova now playing her post-Katrina tune “Back In New Orleans.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Heading over to see Anat Cohen.
Jason Lindner has the most interesting tiny back-of-head blue mohawk.
Anat’s band is Jason Lindner, Joe Martin and Daniel Friedman.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

I enjoy watching @Anat_Cohen wait for the perfect moment to play almost as much as I enjoy watching her play.
I find @Anat_Cohen incredibly compelling. She’s such a force, musically and in terms of her personality.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Jason Lindner is such a fiercely exploratory player. Driving, questioning, unrelenting. Love him.
Via pianist Geoffrey Keezer (@88Keezer): “Jason Lindner is badass. 1 of my fave keyboard players.” To which I replied: Cosign. First heard him w/ Claudia Acuna 10 yrs ago. He keeps growing.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

We’re immediately back in the 60s as @Anat_Cohen switches to soprano for (I think) a classic Brazillian tune.
1.5 tunes in and this is easily my favorite set of the day.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Jason Lindner, people. Get religion.
Holy Christ. Lindner just destroyed this place. I may need to go lie down.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Lindner and Friedman look like they’re reading one another’s thoughts. They sound that way, too.
Anat just gave a shoutout to Paquito D’Rivera, also playing tonight. Said he’s one of the people who inspired her to play clarinet.
Thinking Lindner and Friedman may be part of an alien race who communicate using only their eyes. Amazingly in sync.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Swing music as heard while traveling in the TARDIS.
Anat Cohen closing the set with Daniel Friedman’s anthem “All Brothers.”

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From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Totally buzzing after @Anat_Cohen’s set. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Vinicius Cantuaria now taking the stage.

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From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Finally, someone playing a laptop and sampler at #DJF2011. With Vinicius Cantuaria.
Guy is quadrupling on laptop, sampler, piano and trumpet.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Thus far, this set by Vinicius Cantuaria is all about space and how much of it can exist without the song falling apart.

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Feels like the crowd is holding its breath.

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I wish I could tweet you the afternoon sunlight and the cool air and the swaying crowd.

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Off to get my dance on with Sammy Figueroa.
There’s a dance floor up front at Sammy Figueroa’s show and several people are dancing.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

The montuno reigns in Campus Martius park.
Dance floor is packed at Sammy Figueroa’s show. Sabroso!
Sammy just yelled “Sabroso!” Yes, I’m psychic.

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Sammy Figueroa wears his sunglasses at night. So he can…so he can…

STREET INTERLUDE

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Just heard an elderly guitar player on a street corner recite the opening poem from Days Of Future Passed.
Feeling a lot of civic pride … and this is my first time in Detroit. Well done, #DJF2011.

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The Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet with Slash, Snooki and Barry Manilow is gonna be killin’ tonight!
Now at the amphitheater for Tain’s band. Apparently he had to get subs for Snooki, Slash and Manilow.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Marcus Strickland sounds like a summer storm.
I’d watch Jeff Watts play in a silent film. Love looking at him.
There’s a woman up front at Tain’s show who is chair-dancing her ass off. And just as typed that, they put her on the jumbotron.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Heading over to see @vijayiyer in a few minutes. I think that may do it for me tonight.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

There is a brain-melting buzzing noise coming from the PA at Vijay Iyer’s set. Hope someone figures that out quickly.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

God I adore Stephan Crump.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

Both @vijayiyer http://bit.ly/e47hl and Stephan Crump http://bit.ly/cJ2yaW have been on The Jazz Session
Very intense lighting for Vijay’s show. Feel like someone is going to ask where I was on the night of…

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 3

@vijayiyer trio now playing Threadgill’s “Little Pocket-Sized Demons.”

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September 4th 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

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It was crazy hot in Detroit today, but the streets and seats were still packed with happy festival fans who listened attentively when that was called for and danced in the aisles sometimes, too. A series of thunderstorms led to the evening acts being either cancelled or moved into the Marriott hotel. That didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, though, as the music continued into the night while the lightning flashed outside. Here are my photos and tweets from Day 2. To get these in real time, follow me on Twitter at @jasondcrane and also follow the hashtag #DJF2011.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Checking out vibraphonist Warren Wolf’s surging WOLFPAC. I could easily take this guy in a fight.”
“By the way, WOLFPAC is not, so far as I know, the name of Warren Wolf’s political action committee.”
“Getting a very ‘Keith Jarrett & Gary Burton’ feeling from this piano-vibes duo with Warren Wolf.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Just noticed Joe Locke in the wings watching Warren Wolf. #vibescommunity”
“Now a quartet ballad by Warren Wolf. By the way, the pianist is Lawrence Fields. Sorry if I misspelled his name.”
“Loving Warren Wolf’s ballad playing. Flowing like the Detroit River, which is just a few feet away.”

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“Now listening the gorgeous symbiosis of vocalist Luciana Souza and guitarist Romero Lubambo playing ‘Dindi.'”
If I’m about to die by spontaneously combusting in the heat, I’m glad Luciana and Romero will be the last thing I hear.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Souza and Romero are just overflowing with joy and mutual respect. God they’re good.”
“Romero Lubambo just said he loves Luciana Souza’s singing so much that she made him cry during their pre-gig rehearsal.”

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“I’d like to go through life with Souza and Rubambo walking next to me, playing”

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“So much spontaneous cheering from this slowly roasting crowd. They’re in love with Luciana and Romero.”

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“Curtis Fuller Sextet starting soon”

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“Curtis Fuller born in 1934 at Herman Keefer (sp?) in Detroit. Now receiving the Detroit Guardian award.”
“Good players in Curtis Fuller’s band. I’m just not a fan of the ‘everybody solos’ format in most cases. I know, I know.”

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“Mike Ledonne, Nat Reeves, Carl Allen are Curtis Fuller’s rhythm section. Next tune: ‘Up Jumped Spring'”
“Curtis Fuller joined in the front line by Josh Bruno on trumpet/flugel and saxophonist Eric Alexander.”

SEGWAY SEGUE

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From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Soul Rebels crushing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Livin’ For The City.’ Now we’re talking.”
“I know I say this all the time, but somebody remind me why I don’t live in New Orleans.”

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“Soul Rebels now crushing MJ’s ‘Rock With You.’ Damn.”
“Sousaphone.”

HOT CROWD

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From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Now Sean Jones, Orrin Evans, Obed Calvaire, Luques Curtis, Brian Hogans.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Haven’t seen Sean Jones in years and years. He sounds great and the band is really tight.”
“Tonight on this same stage: the Sun Ra Arkestra then Dave Holland. There’s a small (read: 100%) chance that I’ll be here.”

COUPLA GUYS

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THE STORM
“Break time is over. Heading back to #DJF2011 for Sun Ra, Jason Moran and Dave Holland. It’s a tough job.”
“Wind is really picking up and I see there’s a severe thunderstorm warning for Detroit. 70% chance of rain. Hmmm…”
“And there’s the lightning and thunder. I do believe there’s another episode of Doctor Who in my immediate future.”
“From my hotel window I can see whitecaps on the Detroit River. And also, sadly, Ceasar’s casino in Windsor, ON.”
“Here’s that rainy, er, night. And I can no longer see most of Windsor from the window.”
“Wow. This is one hell of storm. I can see about 100 yards out my window. Just to the edge of the Detroit River.”
“According to the radar, looks like there’s quite a bit of rain still coming at us.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“No electricty on main stage, but the Arkestra is still playing.”

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS … OR IS IT?
“It’s official: Detroit Jazz Fest cancelled for rest of night.”
“Walked back to the hotel with Jason Moran and his kids. He asked me to tweet his disappointment at not getting to play for us.”
“ALERT! 1.Jason Moran 9:30pm 2.Dave Holland Octet 10:30pm 3.Deacon Jones Blues Revue 11:30pm. Volt Lounge, Marriott, 3rd fl.”
“No Jason Moran tonight. Dave Holland in 15 minutes. Moran ‘not feeling it,’ according to WEMU’s Linda Yohn.”

VIDEO FROM THE VOLT LOUNGE

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“My friends and I said we ain’t leaving Detroit until we play some music for you guys.” – Dave Holland. Hero.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Lightning flashing outside, but the real storm is inside.”
“Gary Smulyan ripping the air with his bari sax. Now Steve Nelson rides the lightning.”
“Thank you, thunderstorm. People need life – and music – to take a left turn from time to time.”

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“The crowd is going apeshit for Dave Holland. Technically speaking.”

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“Dave Holland is not fakin’ the funk. It may be in an odd meter, but it’s real.”
“Antonio Hart is making it happen with Dave Holland right now.”
“If James Brown had been born with one leg shorter than the other, this is the funk he would have made. #hollandstyle”
“Antonio Hart has this crowd in the palm of his hand.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Mass orgasm now happening in the Volt Lounge. Hide the children. #DJF2011 #toofar?”
“Nate Smith is the truth.”
“The Dave Holland Brass Band, Street Choir And Funk Machine.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“Now a softer piece. Chris Potter’s ‘Sea of Marmara.'”
“Chris Potter exploring on soprano sax over the rhythm section.”
“There are people on the walkway outside the Volt Lounge windows, watching the show. It appears to be raining on them.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 2

“This band has such a L A R G E sound. Very rich and deep.”
“Robin Eubanks soloing on ‘Ebb & Flow.’ I believe this piece is in 179/4. But I may have counted the beat wrong.”
“Chris Potter crushing a solo in about 19 different time signatures.”

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“These guys are terrible. Jazz sucks. Just ask the crowd of screaming people in this hotel bar.”
“Perhaps on Dave Holland’s planet, this is a common time signature. Or else he has eleven fingers?”

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“Ladies and gentlemen, the next mayor of the great city of Detroit … Dave Holland.”
“Lots of music still to come at Volt, but I’m going to end my night on the high of that Dave Holland show.”

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September 2nd 2011
PHOTOS & RECAP: 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

Posted under Detroit Jazz Fest & Live shows & Podcast

After years of being invited and not being able to make it, I’m finally here at what radio guru Bobby Jackson calls “Jazz Disneyland.” I slept just 90 minutes the night (morning, really) before coming, because I was out till very late at the Tiny Resistors gig at 55 Bar. I tell you that to excuse my early departure from the festivities tonight. But I managed to see (and tweet about) quite a lot of music. If you’d like to receive my updates as they happen, please follow me on Twitter at @jasondcrane and also the hashtag #detroitjazz. You should also follow Josh Jackson at @checkoutjazz and Mark Stryker at @Mark_Stryker.

Without further ado, here are some photos and tweets from the opening night of the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival.

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Tain Watts and his drum club are rollicking and thundering here in Campus Martius park”
“Asked a security guard for directions to Campus Martius Park. He knew the part of Roman history that led to its name. Cool.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Tain playing some Tainpani. Sorry.”
“Two sets of vibes. Tympani. Congas. Drum set. Yes please. #detroitjazz #tainpocalypse”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“There are A LOT of people here. And they’re happy. Jazz don’t suck.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Nice to see Joe Locke still has a painting of an elderly version of himself in his attic. #detroitjazz #dorianlocke”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“This is like a dance rhythm for people with three legs of varying lengths.”
“Came all the way to #detroitjazz to hear Tain Watts play a song about a rainy day in Brooklyn.”

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“Drummer Tony Allen now joining the #tainpocalypse”
“I’m a sucker for the funk. Always have been, always will be.”
“‘The drums will bring your rain man home.’ – cameraman to me, moments ago.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Amazing how this many percussionists can remain so unclouded. FOUR drum sets, congas, vibes. Crystal clear rhythmic intention.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Guy in food line to panhandler who asked for sandwich: ‘I’ll give you $2, but you gotta spread your hustle.’ #usa”
“Just ate a bucket of grease disguised as french fries. The #vegan street food is a little sparse. Although there was free hummus earlier.”

VIDEO:

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man soundtrack sounds so sweet on this summer night in Detroit.”
“Thousands of people on the streets at #detroitjazz. Still fewer jazz hats than Brooklyn.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Starting now at #detroitjazz: Sing The Truth! with Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Lizz Wright IS charisma.”
“If anything, I think the crowd has grown for the late set at #detroitjazz. Tons of people in the streets.”

From 2011 Detroit Jazz Fest Day 1

“Packing it in. Must sleep. 90 minutes last night. Need more tonight. Good night, #detroitjazz.”

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September 1st 2011
The Jazz Session #306: Gilad Hekselman

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman’s new album is Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant du Monde, 2011). In this interview, Hekselman talks about expressing his emotions through music; his musical upbringing in Israel; and how he uses interesting rhythmic devices in his compositions. Learn more at www.giladhekselman.com and follow him on Twitter at @GiladHekselman.

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