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Jazz is NOT dead


Dana.

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Did anyone else go to the 2010 NYC Winter Jazzfest this weekend? For $35, I got to see the following last night at venues within a two-block radius:

 

Gretchen Parlato

Linda Oh

Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran

Vijay Iyer Trio

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

 

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I remember just 8 years ago when I could see Jenny Scheinman,

Vijay Iyer Trio, Will Bernard, Todd Sickafoose and Ambrose Akinmusire every other night for free at the local pub. What a difference moving to NY has made for them.

 Find 600 of my jazz piano arrangements and tutorials for educational purposes at patreon.com/HarryLikas Harry was the Technical Editor of Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and helped develop "The Jazz Piano Book."

 

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I thought Vijay was good, though I wasn't blown away. I'm also not that familiar with his music, so I may have been at a disadvantage in that regard. He played "Galang," the M.I.A. cover, for the first time in public, and it killed. He said the end of the song gives him tendonitis.
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Yeah, I think some of his (Iyer's) stuff is kind of hyper-intellectual, so it can be hard to relate to. I like it best when he breaks through that. I love his take on "Galang" on his last album, so it'd be cool to see where he takes it live. Thanks for the report.

Turn up the speaker

Hop, flop, squawk

It's a keeper

-Captain Beefheart, Ice Cream for Crow

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I should've done a little gear report... Taylor Eigsti played Rhodes on a RD-700GX with Gretchen and Ambrose. The RD sounded quite good. Vijay and Jason both played a Yamaha grand (same piano/venue).
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NYC Winter Jazzfest occupied the center of Greenwich Village on Friday and Saturday nights, holding down five clubs in a two-block radius, imposing its thoughtful ruckus on the normal Bleecker Street weekend: Long Island girls in microminis, corner dope dealers, 40-year-old boys taking in the Jets-Bengals game at a sports bar and then communing with Skynyrd covers over at the Back Fence.

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/arts/music/11jazzfest.html?ref=music

 Find 600 of my jazz piano arrangements and tutorials for educational purposes at patreon.com/HarryLikas Harry was the Technical Editor of Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and helped develop "The Jazz Piano Book."

 

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