1/18/14

Library of Congress Interview - Gretchen Parlato and Gerald Clayton

Tomorrow's Sunday Time Warp is ready to go, which means my interview and feature with vocalist Gretchen Parlato has been written and mixed. Here's hoping you'll tune in from 1-3 pm tomorrow on 88.9 FM in South Florida or online at WDNA.org. I thought folks might enjoy the usually excellent work from Larry Applebaum of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Larry has a fine blog, Let's Cool One, and here, he interviews two standouts among the younger musicians working in jazz -- Parlato and pianist Gerald Clayton. Enjoy.



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1/16/14

Video Jukebox - Gretchen Parlato

After a decade in New York and three highly-regarded studio albums, near the end of 2013 Gretchen Parlato released her fourth album, Live in NYC.  Coming up this weekend, Parlato is the featured guest on Segment3 during the Sunday Time Warp on 88.9 FM WDNA.  For now, you'll just have to make due with this collection of performances from the past few years, with Parlato and a couple of configurations of her bands, as well as collaborations with Alan Hampton, Lionel Loueke, and Esperanza Spalding.



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1/15/14

Action Figure Theater - Episode 1 - The King Annoys The Dark Knight



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WDNA Jazz Encounters - 1/17 with the Christian Howes Quartet

  
For more information, visit WDNA.org

Performing Friday, 1/17 at 8:00 pm 
at the WDNA Jazz Gallery, 2921 Coral Way

Christian Howes, violin
Chuck Bergeron, bass
John Yarling, drums
Brian Murphy, piano  

In 2013, Christian Howes was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes' "2012 Expanded Critics Poll". In August 2011, Christian was ranked as the #1 "Rising Star" violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. He was a nominee for the Jazz Journalists Association's "Violinist Of The Year" in 2011. In 2012, he received the Residency Partnership from Chamber Music America for his work in outreach with orchestral education programs. He regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Says All About Jazz, "as a jazz violinist he has no peer." The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian "arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz." According to the Chicago Reader, "Not since Jean Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz-tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority."

Young musicians are invited to play in an informal setting with the common purpose of establishing relationships around music.  Nicole Yarling leads the session.  It's a great deal of fun, so bring your instruments and be ready to play.

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Listener's Notes - Lenny for Gayageum (or Guitar)

Luna Lee plays the traditional Korean stringed instrument the gayageum, and she's come to feature her playing by releasing a series of videos of her covering all different manner of music -- including her versions of notable works for guitar.  Jimi Hendrix is a favorite of hers, but I'll share her version of a Stevie Ray Vaughan classic, "Lenny."  I've also included an early performance of the tune from SRV himself, in case you want to compare the different senses of melody, phrasing, harmony, and time. Happy listening!





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1/14/14

Reader's Notes - By The Numbers

Accept my apologies if you've seen these websites before, but in my recent wanderings around the Internet, I came across a few sites that struck me as cool.  I'm trusting that if you follow Passing Notes, you might find them fun as well.

For music lovers in particular, we have Setlist.fm, which keeps track of the songs played by particular musical artists in live settings over the years.  Can't remember which song Phish played to close out its December 30, 1993 show in Portland, Maine?  That would be Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times." Want to know which song Medeski Martin and Wood are most likely to play in concert?  That would be Chubb Sub.  As a crowdsouced site, it's not perfect and it's not complete, but you can certainly learn a lot from checking out, say, how Miles Davis evolved as a live performer over the years.  Go to Setlist.fm.

In the much bigger picture, you can observe real time numbers of real world statistics at Worldometers, which tracks numbers like population, government and economics, society and media, the environment, food and water, and many other totals.  Some numbers move fast, some move slow. By the time you read this blog entry, for instance, it will be one of almost 3 million posted for today alone.  Sigh.  Go to Worldometers.info.

And finally, for those of you who are so Internet savvy as to have your own domain name, you can check out the value of the domain name itself at 13review.com.  The value of the domain name most people use to get to this website, markehayes.net, registers at the bottom of the barrel with a value of $8.95, about what I pay to have it registered every year.  So I have that.  Milesdavis.com is worth $480.  Money.com is a whopping $138 million.  Who knows what you or your stuff is worth in the world of domain names?  Go to 13review.com.

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1/13/14

Listener's Notes - 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards and Concert



We have just a few moments to spare here, but if you've got a few hours this evening and some free ears, you might enjoy the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert -- streaming right over the old-fashioned internet.  Follow this link!





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Sunday Time Warp - Playlist 1/12/14

Song, Artist, Album














Long Day Blues, Jack McDuff, Another Real Good'Un
Future Fun, Mark Lettieri, Future Fun
Sand Steppin', Martin Brew, The Document II
Proceed II,The Roots with Roy Ayers, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool
Binky, Snarky Puppy, audio rip from groundUP performance

Neutron Star, Ben Allison, The Stars Look Very Different Today
Swiss Cheese D,Ben Allison, The Stars Look Very Different Today
DAVE, Ben Allison, The Stars Look Very Different Today
Dr Zaius, Ben Allison, The Stars Look Very Different Today

TV Blues, James Blood Ulmer, Music from the New York Underground
When The World Gets Small, Gov't Mule with Steve Winwood, Shout!
I Ain't Drunk (I'm Just Drinking), Albert Collins, Cold Snap
The Wicked Messenger, The Black Keys, I'm Not There (music from the motion picture)
Evil (Is Goin' On), Howlin' Wolf, The Best of Howlin Wolf

Power Patriot, Garage A Trois, Power Patriot
Mojuba, The Souljazz Orchestra, Freedom No Go Die
Chili Mac, Preston Love, Preston Love's Omaha Bar-B-Q
Lemon Meringue, Fishbone, Give A Monkey Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe
Freedom Jazz Dance, String Cheese Incident, audio rip from live performance

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1/12/14