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Saturday, July 14th

what’s new

Nate Wooley (trumpet), Michael Foster (tenor saxophone), Brandon Lopez (bass), Ben Bennett (percussion), live, New York, 6/21/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 26th

How many bands have not one but two MacArthur-certified “geniuses”?

Vijay Iyer Sextet (Vijay Iyer, keyboards, compositions [2013 MacArthur Fellow]; Tyshawn Sorey, drums [2017 MacArthur Fellow]; Stephan Crump, bass; Steve Lehman, alto saxophone; Graham Haynes, cornet and flugelhorn; Mark Shim, tenor saxophone), live, Ojai, Calif., 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 5th

timeless

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; Lee Morgan, trumpet; Benny Golson, tenor saxophone; Bobby Timmons, piano; Jymie Merritt, bass), “Moanin'” (B. Timmons), live, Belgium (Brussels), 1959

 

Wednesday, February 28th

trumpet festival
day three

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (WLS, trumpet, compositions; Anthony Davis, piano; John Lindberg, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums), “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days,” live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park Conservatory)

Tuesday, February 27th

trumpet festival
day two

Marcos Balter (1974-), Landscape of Fear (2015); Ryan Muncy (soprano saxophone) & Peter Evans (piccolo trumpet), live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, February 26th

trumpet festival
day one

Nate Wooley Quartet (NW, trumpet, compositions; Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone;  Brandon Lopez, bass; Dre Hocevar, drums), live, New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Garfield Park Conservatory)

Wednesday, January 24th

sounds of New York

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, compositions; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, New York (Rye Bar, Brooklyn), 2016

 

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Improvised music is like basketball: a great player makes everybody better.

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 22nd

voices I miss

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame), tenor saxophonist, 1923-2012

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988

 

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“Take the ‘A’ Train” (B. Strayhorn) with Joanie Pallatto (vocals), Bettye Reynolds (vocals), Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), John Young (piano), George Freeman (guitar), Larry Gray (bass), Michael Adams (drums), live, Chicago, 1999

 

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my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-one years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, Von Freeman and John Young played at our—Suzanne’s and my—wedding. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (as Suzanne walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-). Years later, John told me: “When I marry ’em, they stay married.”

Tuesday, December 5th

more

Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Tokyo, 1985

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago)

Howard Finster, 1916-2001

Monday, December 4th

more

Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Montreal, 1985

 

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lagniappe

reading table

“Living here is like a joke without a punch line.”

—Bulgarian bar owner, quoted in New York Times Book Review, 12/3/17, review of Border: Journey to the Edge of Europe

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