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.
Spotted this and thought it was nice of someone to leave it there in case the baby comes back.
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.
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
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.
“…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.
Now it’s Amina Figarova’s sextet. Flute/trumpet/tenor plus rhythm section. Music from her album Sketches.
Amina Figarova now playing her post-Katrina tune “Back In New Orleans.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Lindner, people. Get religion.
Holy Christ. Lindner just destroyed this place. I may need to go lie down.
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.
Swing music as heard while traveling in the TARDIS.
Anat Cohen closing the set with Daniel Friedman’s anthem “All Brothers.”
Totally buzzing after @Anat_Cohen’s set. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Vinicius Cantuaria now taking the stage.
Finally, someone playing a laptop and sampler at #DJF2011. With Vinicius Cantuaria.
Guy is quadrupling on laptop, sampler, piano and trumpet.
Thus far, this set by Vinicius Cantuaria is all about space and how much of it can exist without the song falling apart.
Feels like the crowd is holding its breath.
I wish I could tweet you the afternoon sunlight and the cool air and the swaying crowd.
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.
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.
Sammy Figueroa wears his sunglasses at night. So he can…so he can…
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.
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.
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.
Heading over to see @vijayiyer in a few minutes. I think that may do it for me tonight.
There is a brain-melting buzzing noise coming from the PA at Vijay Iyer’s set. Hope someone figures that out quickly.
God I adore Stephan Crump.
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…
@vijayiyer trio now playing Threadgill’s “Little Pocket-Sized Demons.”