New York Times: Jazz Listings for March 20-26

New York Times: Jazz Listings for March 20-26

New York Times: Jazz Listings for March 20-26

★ Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas Quintet (Friday through Sunday) At 87, Mr. Konitz is not just one of jazz’s most venerable alto saxophonists but also one of its most steadfast searchers. Which means he has the right artistic temperament to fall in easily with the trumpeter Dave Douglas and a dynamic rhythm section comprising Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan; 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)

★ Steve Lehman Octet (Friday) The alto saxophonist Steve Lehman is a state-of-the-art musical thinker — a composer of high academic credentials and complex algorithm — but he has a true affinity for postwar jazz modernism, as a benchmark and a literature. His octet, featured on two superb recent albums, features longtime peers like the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the tubaist Jose Davila. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope; 718-622-3300, bqcm.org/tickets. (Chinen)

★ Rudresh Mahanthappa: ‘Bird Calls’ (Tuesday) “Bird Calls” is the audacious new album by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, which takes Charlie Parker as a point of departure, if not a distant lexicographic ancestor. To celebrate the album’s release, Mr. Mahanthappa reconnects with a frontline partner, the sharp young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and an anchor, the agile bassist François Moutin; rounding out the band are the pianist Bobby Avey and the drummer Jordan Perlson. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan; 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)

Barry Altschul and the 3dom Factor (Friday) The drummer Barry Altschul has been a stealth eminence in jazz: known mainly within the avant-garde, and for music he made many years ago. But that’s changing, thanks to work like “The 3dom Factor,” which features the youngish saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who has been one agent of Mr. Altschul’s recent re-emergence, and the veteran bassist Joe Fonda, who has been another. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village; 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)



Jazz releases have Colorado credentials

Jazz releases have Colorado credentials

Jazz releases have Colorado credentials

By Bret Saunders

POSTED:   03/08/2015 12:01:00 AM MST

Several of the more exuberant 2015 jazz releases are packed with Colorado credentials. So much attention is paid to local rock success stories that it's easy to overlook some of the improvisation-minded performances that tend to be more cerebral, and perhaps ultimately more rewarding for the listener.

Rudresh Mahanthappa has gone on to widespread critical acclaim since his Boulder childhood, and the alto saxophonist continues his winning streak of recordings with "Bird Calls" (ACT). The "Bird" in the disc's title is Charlie Parker, an artist whose legacy has to be considered by virtually any serious student of the jazz alto. Mahanthappa doesn't just sail through a collection of well-worn Parker covers, however. Instead, he takes his own new compositions conceived in the spirit of Parker's still-stunning improvisations and filters them through his own sensibility and an energetic quintet.

Mahanthappa still sounds as much like Ornette Coleman and other free players (do I hear a touch of Jimmy Lyons in there, Rudresh?) as he does Parker. "Bird Calls" never lets up, due in no small part to another Colorado musician: drummer Rudy Royston.

Speaking of Parker, alto master Charles McPherson is so adept at capturing his sound that Clint Eastwood hired him as Forest Whitaker's saxophonic stand-in for the 1988 biopic "Bird." McPherson has been releasing music under his own name for 50 years, and on his latest release, "The Journey" (Capri Records) he drafted an all-Denver lineup. The project has its roots in a clinic and performance at East High School, where tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman teaches. That collaboration evolved into this collection, which also features pianist Chip Stephens, bassist Ken Walker and drummer Todd Reid. The Colorado support matches McPherson note for note, and the compositions from Oxman and Stephens sound off proudly alongside standards from Rodgers and Hart as well as Parker himself. As for McPherson, he sounds as timeless as the tradition in which he's immersed. "The Journey" presents itself like one of those hard bop dates hardly anyone makes anymore.

Ce soir à Marciac, Dave Liebman dirige l'orchestre Jim et Cie en Région

Ce soir à Marciac, Dave Liebman dirige l'orchestre Jim et Cie en Région

Ce soir à Marciac, Dave Liebman dirige l'orchestre Jim et Cie en Région

A l'Astrada, un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul. Ce samedi, en première partie d'une soirée 100 % jazz, place à la nouvelle formation de l'orchestre Jim & Cie en Région. Un orchestre constitué de musiciens issus des écoles partenaires de Midi-Pyrénées qui sera dirigé pour la circonstance par le grand Dave Liebman. Une vraie chance pour ces jeunes artistes : avec ses quelque trois cents albums enregistrés sous son nom ou comme accompagnateur, le saxophoniste et compositeur américain appartient tout entier à la légende du jazz. D'un lyrisme lumineux, ce virtuose possède une qualité capitale dont profitent aussi bien le public que ses partenaires : la générosité.

Le quartet d'Antonio Faraò, qui l'a invité, ne saurait s'en plaindre. Nul doute que cette formation, qu'on écoutera en deuxième partie de soirée, trouvera là une raison d'accroître encore cette joie de jouer manifeste dans l'album «Evan» paru en 2013. On pourrait dire tellement de choses sur son leader… Né dans une famille de musiciens, vainqueur du prestigieux concours Martial-Solal en 1998, Antonio Faraò et son piano magique ont illuminé les scènes et les studios les plus réputés, mais le mieux est encore de laisser la parole à un maître : «Je ne suis pas souvent étonné par les enregistrements de musiciens actuels, mais j'ai été sidéré la première fois que j'ai entendu Antonio Faraò (…). Il y a tellement de chaleur, de conviction et de puissance dans son jeu. Antonio n'est pas seulement un pianiste mais un grand pianiste». Signé… Herbie Hancock.

Infos pratiques

Antonio Farao Quartet featuring Dave Liebman, ce jour, à 21 heures, à l'Astrada de Marciac.Dave Liebman (sax), Antonio Farao (piano), Heiri Kanzing (contrebasse), Gene Calderazzo (batterie).

En première partie, l'orchestre Jim & Cie en Région, en résidence à l'Astrada, sous la direction artistique de Dave Liebman.

Tarifs : enfant 11 €, adulte 28 €.

Renseignements et réservations : 0892 690 277 (0,34 €/mn)

www.jazzinmarciac.com

Autour du concert. Samedi 7 et dimanche 8 mars, stage de saxophone animé par Rick Margitza, rencontre avec Dave Liebman.

Music from MSU Jazz Artist in Residence Peter Bernstein

Music from MSU Jazz Artist in Residence Peter Bernstein

Denise Pritchard, WZZM

March 6, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The final jazz artist in residence for the 2014-15 academic year visits the Michigan State University College of Music for a weeklong residency in March made possible by a $1 million endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union.

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein will be at MSU from March 2-8 through the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program. While in Michigan, Bernstein will instruct, perform, and tour with MSU's Jazz Orchestra I during a weeklong residency packed with workshops, master classes, and concerts. He and the top MSU jazz ensemble will also take to the road to visit and perform at music and jazz programs at high schools in Royal Oak, Detroit, Holland, and Spring Lake.

As a jazz guitarist, Bernstein has participated in more than 80 recordings and numerous performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, he has released nine albums and a DVD. While attending the New School, a liberal arts university in New York City, he met legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Bernstein "...is the most impressive guitarist I've heard." Bernstein was a regular member of Lou Donaldson's group throughout the 1990s. "Some people just have it," Donaldson said. "…Most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all." Bernstein's recent release, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls, is an intimate recording that is said to remind one of sitting in the front row at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City.

"I've known Peter for a long time," says Rodney Whitaker, director of MSU jazz studies. "He is the most humble and giving person I know. He is a wonderful mentor to students and was one of Randy Napoleon's teachers in New York."

Napoleon, the newest addition to the MSU Professors of Jazz and assistant professor of jazz guitar, was instrumental in adding Bernstein to the impressive roster of MSUFCU Jazz Artists in Residence.

"Peter Bernstein is the most universally respected and admired jazz guitarist of his generation," says Napoleon. "In his playing, we hear echoes of the celebrated guitarists of the past, with an unmistakable and fresh perspective. He has honed his playing to the essential core of the music; each note is treated with extreme love and importance. We are excited to live with his music for a week, and to absorb a small piece of his taste and brilliance."

Bernstein will perform with Jazz Orchestra I (directed by Whitaker) at the Fairchild Theatre in the MSU Auditorium on Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. The concert will also include performances of Jazz Orchestras II and III. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and are available from the College of Music box office—in person at the Music Building, Room 102, 333 W. Circle Drive or over the phone at (517) 353-5340—online at music.msu.edu, or at the door one hour before the show. Admission is free to students with ID and those under 18 years of age.

Jazz bassist Christian McBride was the first artist in the 2014-15 program line-up with a weeklong residency in early October, followed by trombonist Robin Eubanks in December, and two Michigan jazz icons—Tim Froncek, drummer, and Vincent Bowens, saxophonist Feb. 16-20.

Schedule: Jazz Artist in Residence Peter Bernstein

· Monday, March 2, Blue Monday, 6 p.m., MSUFCU Headquarters, 3777 West Road, East Lansing, MI; Jazz Forum, 8 p.m., Music Practice Building, Room 103

· Tuesday, March 3, working with and rehearsing with MSU College of Music students, 4 p.m., Music Building, Room 120

· Wednesday, March 4, Master class, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Location TBA; Combos, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Recital Hall, Music Building

· Thursday, March 5, School visits, workshop, and performance, King High School, 3200 E. Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Contact: Ronald Perkins, 313-494-7373, x 9095/office; and Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Blvd, Royal Oak, MI, 1:30-8:30 p.m.

· Friday, March 6, Performance with MSU Jazz Orchestra I, II, III, Fairchild Theatre, 150 Auditorium Road. General admission tickets $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and are available from the College of Music box office—in person at the Music Building, Room 102, 333 W. Circle Drive or over the phone at (517) 353-5340—online at music.msu.edu, or at the door one hour before the show. Admission is free to students with ID and those under 18 years of age.

· Saturday, March 7, School visit, workshop, and performance, Spring Lake High School, 16140 148th Ave, Spring Lake, MI, 3:30-8:30 p.m. · Sunday, March 8, School visit, workshop, and performance, Black River High School, 491 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI, 12:30-5:30 p.m

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The final jazz artist in residence for the 2014-15 academic year visits the Michigan State University College of Music for a weeklong residency in March made possible by a $1 million endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union.

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein will be at MSU from March 2-8 through the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program. While in Michigan, Bernstein will instruct, perform, and tour with MSU's Jazz Orchestra I during a weeklong residency packed with workshops, master classes, and concerts. He and the top MSU jazz ensemble will also take to the road to visit and perform at music and jazz programs at high schools in Royal Oak, Detroit, Holland, and Spring Lake.

As a jazz guitarist, Bernstein has participated in more than 80 recordings and numerous performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, he has released nine albums and a DVD. While attending the New School, a liberal arts university in New York City, he met legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Bernstein "...is the most impressive guitarist I've heard." Bernstein was a regular member of Lou Donaldson's group throughout the 1990s. "Some people just have it," Donaldson said. "…Most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all." Bernstein's recent release, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls, is an intimate recording that is said to remind one of sitting in the front row at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City.

"I've known Peter for a long time," says Rodney Whitaker, director of MSU jazz studies. "He is the most humble and giving person I know. He is a wonderful mentor to students and was one of Randy Napoleon's teachers in New York."

Napoleon, the newest addition to the MSU Professors of Jazz and assistant professor of jazz guitar, was instrumental in adding Bernstein to the impressive roster of MSUFCU Jazz Artists in Residence.

"Peter Bernstein is the most universally respected and admired jazz guitarist of his generation," says Napoleon. "In his playing, we hear echoes of the celebrated guitarists of the past, with an unmistakable and fresh perspective. He has honed his playing to the essential core of the music; each note is treated with extreme love and importance. We are excited to live with his music for a week, and to absorb a small piece of his taste and brilliance."

Bernstein will perform with Jazz Orchestra I (directed by Whitaker) at the Fairchild Theatre in the MSU Auditorium on Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. The concert will also include performances of Jazz Orchestras II and III. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and are available from the College of Music box office—in person at the Music Building, Room 102, 333 W. Circle Drive or over the phone at (517) 353-5340—online at music.msu.edu, or at the door one hour before the show. Admission is free to students with ID and those under 18 years of age.

Jazz bassist Christian McBride was the first artist in the 2014-15 program line-up with a weeklong residency in early October, followed by trombonist Robin Eubanks in December, and two Michigan jazz icons—Tim Froncek, drummer, and Vincent Bowens, saxophonist Feb. 16-20.

Schedule: Jazz Artist in Residence Peter Bernstein

· Monday, March 2, Blue Monday, 6 p.m., MSUFCU Headquarters, 3777 West Road, East Lansing, MI; Jazz Forum, 8 p.m., Music Practice Building, Room 103

· Tuesday, March 3, working with and rehearsing with MSU College of Music students, 4 p.m., Music Building, Room 120

· Wednesday, March 4, Master class, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Location TBA; Combos, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Recital Hall, Music Building

· Thursday, March 5, School visits, workshop, and performance, King High School, 3200 E. Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Contact: Ronald Perkins, 313-494-7373, x 9095/office; and Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Blvd, Royal Oak, MI, 1:30-8:30 p.m.

· Friday, March 6, Performance with MSU Jazz Orchestra I, II, III, Fairchild Theatre, 150 Auditorium Road. General admission tickets $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and are available from the College of Music box office—in person at the Music Building, Room 102, 333 W. Circle Drive or over the phone at (517) 353-5340—online at music.msu.edu, or at the door one hour before the show. Admission is free to students with ID and those under 18 years of age.

· Saturday, March 7, School visit, workshop, and performance, Spring Lake High School, 16140 148th Ave, Spring Lake, MI, 3:30-8:30 p.m. · Sunday, March 8, School visit, workshop, and performance, Black River High School, 491 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI, 12:30-5:30 p.m

Ragamala Dance Company and Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa to Perform 'Song of Jasmine' at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Ragamala Dance Company and Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa to Perform 'Song of Jasmine' at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Ragamala Dance Company and Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa to Perform 'Song of Jasmine' at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

By Jaime Prisco 
Mar 05, 2015 01:38 PM EST 

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will present Song of Jasmine, an experiment across the forms of Western jazz and South Indian music by the dance and music ensemble Ragamala Dance Company and saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa. 

Together, Mahanthappa and Ragamala are united and inspired by their shared bicultural identities as Indian-Americans. Song of Jasmine will explore the interconnectedness of three central themes in Indian culture: the spiritual, the sensual and the natural.

Co-directors of the show, mother-daughter team Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, look at important texts and interpret them through dance and music. The duo was guided by the writings of the 9th century Tamil mystic poet Andal's Sacred Saying of the Goddess. Mahanthappa's sound merges South Indian and Western forms with an emphasis on improvisation. The staging of the show is completed by a striking canopy of brand bells and costumes created in India.

This performance marks first-time collaborations for all involved. Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy will perform with three dancers from their company alongside Mahanthappa, who plays with an assembled quintet of versatile jazz and South Indian musicians: Rez Abbasi (electric guitar), Raman Kalyan (South Indian flute), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam/South Indian percussion), and Anjna Swaminathan (South Indian violin). Currently, the piece is touring nationally.

Based in Minneapolis, Ragamala Dance Company is recognized as one of the Indian diaspora's leading dance ensembles in the traditional genre of Bharatanatyam and have toured extensively internationally. Mahanthappa is a leading jazz saxophonist and composer who creates hybrid sounds bridging progressive jazz with South Indian classical music.

The performance at MCA will take place from April 10 to 12 in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Click here to learn more aboutSong of Jasmine or to purchase tickets to the show.