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Free Bird: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Takes Flight Over Manhattan

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Charlie+Parker+PNG-289x300 Manhattan’s own Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, produced by the City Parks Foundation, celebrates its 20th anniversary with free concerts in Marcus Garvey Park — on Friday, Aug. 24, “Bird with Strings,” revisiting saxophonist Parker’s project of 1949 and ’50, and Saturday, Aug. 25, four acts including Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth band and Rene Marie’s [&hellip
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Sketches of Newport

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

CA-Jack DeJohnette The late composer-arranger Gil Evans’ music finally, gloriously, reached the Newport Jazz Festival, 58 years after the fest began. Drummer Jack DeJohnette celebrated his 70th birthday onstage there, as vigorous and inquisitive as a 40-year-old. Guitarist Bill Frisell jammed with the Bad Plus, duoed with violinist Jenny Scheinman and led a lyrical quintet interpreting John [&hellip
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Live Jazz Performers Release Albums

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

There’s no guarantee that jazzers performing live in New York City in the next couple of weeks are going to evoke their recent records. So much the better. Live, expect surprises. On their albums, here’s what some artists with gigs coming right up are doing: Nate Radley, a punctilious guitarist, is at Barbes in Brooklyn [&hellip
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Trombonist Craig Harris Salutes the Dwyer Cultural Center

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CA-Jazz-Craig_Harris About 45 people heard the rambunctious nonet led by high-energy trombonist Craig Harris in a cozy basement studio at the Dwyer Cultural Center on June 25. It was the last “Musical Monday” of the band’s seven-month, once-a-week gig, because the Dwyer, on 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, is cutting hours [&hellip
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The Jazz Journalists Association Honor the Finest in Jazz Entertainment

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

jazz5 Bestowing awards on what matters If you were to have walked into the Blue Note at 4 p.m. on June 20, you’d have heard guitar wiz Gabriel Marin improvising microtonal figures with a Middle Eastern tinge on double-necked guitar, electric bassist John Ferrara by his side. You could have grabbed a bottle of Brother Thelonious [&hellip
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Thriving Vision Festival Reaches Out to Brooklyn

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A festival of avant-garde visions by Howard Mandel The old-school avant-garde is now! The 17th annual Vision Festival is a seven-night, 37-event assertion by proudly unfettered improvisers that the 50-year-old principles of high energy and exploratory alternatives to traditional and “commercial” jazz still thrive. Real estate realities have pushed this Fest from its East Village [&hellip
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Moves Like Morton

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

jazz Marcus Roberts sets his own rules Jazz musicians pushing beyond the standard deviations advance the art form, and pianist Marcus Roberts stands out among many excellent current keyboard players with a thrust all his own. Performing the 1920s classics of Jelly Roll Morton faithfully yet also revised at Jazz at Lincoln Center May 11 and [&hellip
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