Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Video: FP reports from Monterey Jazz

Festival Preview's Dan Ruby reports from the grounds of the Monterey Jazz Festival. After the rain let up Saturday morning, MJF musicians and attendees had clear skies for the rest of the 50th anniversary weekend. Among those featured: Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Terence Blanchard, Nnenna Freelon and more.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Jason Moran

There's definitely a method to Jason Moran's ivory-jumping madness, but it's hard to figure out exactly what it is. The pianist, hailed by the New York Times as "one of jazz's greatest new artists," and his ensemble, the Bandwagon, jump from bluesy-numbers to ballads, all marching to some abstract beat, but they keep that secret shrouded under skippy chords and ambushing rhythms, which makes for less boredom, and therefore more listening. Thus, Moran's strategy makes him even more suitable for his exploration of a 1959 concert given the master of planned unexpectedness, Thelonious Monk, at this year's SF Jazz Festival.

Personnel (w/the Bandwagon): Jason Moran (pianist), Nasheet Waits (drums), Tarus Mateen (bass), Marvin Sewell (guitar)

Upcoming: San Francisco Jazz Festival October 17-November 30, Earshot Jazz Festival October 19- November 4

Some Advice From Jason About What It's Like To Be Jazz Musician

Video by SESAC1

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 19- November 4, Seattle WA
Various Venues

The Earshot Jazz Festival has been described as "Seattle's most important annual jazz event," and this year's edition will no doubt add tons of critical weight to that assessment. There will be over 50 performances spread throughout Seattle during the festival's run this year, in addition to films, master classes, panel discussions, and other goodies to go along with the music. It's fine if none of these features seems to be a novel idea considering the fact that we're talking about a jazz festival-- Earshot simply does things bigger and better than about 95% of jazz festivals in the U.S. today.

Headliners: Ahmad Jamal, John Zorn, Cedar Walton, Toots Thielemans, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jean-Michel Pilc

Jay Thomas & The East/West Jazz Alliance Performing At The 2006 Festival

Video by PonyBoyRecords