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Music feast ahead: Winter Jazzfest 2012

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2012 NYC Winter Jazz Fest

The eighth New York Winter Jazzfest coming up, to deliver over 60 mouthwatering performances in a compact spread of 5 different venues in the West Village. This Friday and Saturday (January 6th and 7th) – all music lovers in the city are going (me too)!

The sheer amount of music will be quite overwhelming, I expect. Imagining that if one would go see a concert once a week every single week of the year, it would still add up to only 52, compared to the 60 on just the two nights… What a way to take a bite out of this thriving music scene here.

I’ve been going through the program for a while (and it’s even kind of educating to do some pre-listening on some of the artists): it looks like it’s quite difficult to construct the absolute best itinerary for the nights – practically all of it has the potential to sound pretty mind blowing.

But as I’ve actually heard quite a many of this year’s performers before at some point, this time time I’m particularly excited about:

Julian Lage Group – (haven’t heard him live yet, but he seems to be a great guitar player and musician) Friday, 7:45pm @ Sullivan Hall

The 5 venues: the Bitter End, Le Poisson Rouge, Kenny's Castaway's, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar

Ben Williams and the Sound Effect – Jaleel Shaw, Matt Stevens, Gerald Clayton, Etienne Charles, Justin Brown. Sounds like a promising bunch Saturday, 12:45 AM @ Sullivan Hall

Justin Brown Group –  curious to see his own group (seen him doing a great job as a sideman on several occasions) Saturday 10:15 pm @ Sullivan Hall

Taylor Eigsti – one of the best young pianists now? Must be a great concert (with Eric Harland and Harish Rhaghavan) Saturday 12:30 AM @ the Bitter End

Tyshawn Sorey Oblique : interesting music! Saturday 01:45 AM @ the Bitter End

Yeah, and then I’m going to try to squeeze in Lionel Loueke (with Mark Guiliana on drums!), Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Wallace Roney (a little bit different generation than most of the Jazzfest, but sounding hip…), Chris Morrissey (with Aaron Parks, Mark Guiliana, Ben Wendel, Nir Felder = such a promising lineup!), Steven Bernstein’s MTO plays Sly (everybody’s raving about them), Ben Allison trio, Joel Harrison String Orchestra…

But most of all, I expect some of the fun to lie in playing it by the ear…

Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Jason Moran and Eric Harland @ the Blue Note

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Jason Moran, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Eric Harland @ Blue Note

Jason Moran, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Eric Harland @ Blue Note

Ha-haa, I guess the names speak for themselves :D. And not just another all-star band, they connected really well. Their last set in the Blue Note, that was a long one – I think they actually played for 2 hours.  I liked a Jason Moran composition a lot. How could I hear that tune again?

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September 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Charles Lloyd featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland @ the Highline Ballroom

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Charles Lloyed @ Highline Ballroom

Charles Lloyd @ the Highline Ballroom

I was really curious about hearing Charles Lloyd again – my first time was in Estonia a couple of years ago during Jazzkaar festival – it was the same band there only with Geri Allen on piano instead of Jason Moran – Eric Harland on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass. I remember it as one of the best concerts I’d ever heard, really profound. This time it was mostly free and rubato, especially the first part of the concert. They played Bloodcount, the Billy Strayhorn tune, originals, finally even playing a really funky R’nB’ish tune. Lot of times it reminded me of Coltrane’s Ballads album. Sounded so organic, full of sound colors and nuance. Charles Lloyd has such a delicate and profound tone.

Eric Harland

Eric Harland

And Eric Harland is just in a class of his own, he sounds like a force of nature, so natural, dynamic, effortless. I got the image of rainfall in my head a lot, listening to him play.
In Estonia they played in a church,  as different a place as it gets from the Highline Ballroom, which seems to be so much about business – an outrageously expensive place to hear music, in my opinion. $35 music cover for one set, $10 food and drink minimum. Was happy to be joining a party of friends there :D.

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July 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm