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JazzTimes October 2019

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Exclusive Content Read in-depth reviews of the top summer jazz festivals—Newport, Concord, Umbria, San Jose—and dig Michael J. West’s re-examination of the underrated trumpeter Donald Byrd’s catalog in our biweekly JazzTimes 10 list. Plus album reviews, photo galleries, and much more. JT Blog Gregory Porter has become a podcast producer with the debut of The Hang, a 10-episode series on Apple Podcasts and YouTube featuring his conversations with a wide assortment of guests, including actor/pianist Jeff Goldblum, singer Annie Lennox, filmmaker Amma Asante, and actress/filmmaker Charlotte Gainsbourg. Audio & Video Videos from Andrew Munsey, Olli Hirvonen, and Svetlana with Wycliffe Gordon; tracks by Erroll Garner and the New Mastersounds KEN FRANCKLING (GARY BARTZ/CHARLES TOLLIVER), MARK ROBBINS (GREGORY PORTER), CLARA PEREIRA (ANDREW MUNSEY)…

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newport, for the first time

I have a confession to make: Before this year, I’d never been to the Newport Jazz Festival. Growing up in and around Boston with a jazz-fan dad, I was certainly aware of the festival and its long history. I listened to classic albums recorded live at Newport. Every year our local public television station would show highlights of the past year’s fest, and I’d tune in. There was plenty to marvel at, most memorably the twin architectural wonders that were Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks. But the closest I got to the action was on a TV screen. Later, when I was working for various music publications that covered jazz, I could easily have gone to Newport, but I didn’t. This was the era of Michael Dorf’s What Is Jazz? Festival and other…

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Earshot Jazz Festival 10/4-11/6 | Seattle, WA The 31st edition of the Earshot Jazz Festival will take over Seattle, with more than 50 events planned across the city. Performances by internationally known artists, such as Cécile McLorin Salvant and Chick Corea (the latter in a trio backed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra), will take place alongside sets from musicians with local roots. earshot.org Stockholm Jazz Festival 10/11-10/20 | Stockholm, Sweden Sweden’s 10-day jazz extravaganza takes place at over 60 venues in Stockholm. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension are among those who will join some of Scandinavia’s most accomplished musicians at one of Europe’s best-loved festivals. stockholmjazz.se Exit Zero Jazz Festival 11/7-11/10 | Cape May, NJ Twice a year, in the spring and fall, music and energy fill the streets of Cape May during…

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when billie holiday came to boston

Boston’s Kenmore Square is the conflux of streets that have long seemed to come together for one central purpose: to sweep passersby in the direction of Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox Nine, which is just over a rise that crosses the Mass Pike. Just before reaching that rise, there is a nondescript Pizzeria Uno housed in the Hotel Buckminster, an oblong building resembling a shoebox with curved ends. On the side of the street that most often remains in shade, heading toward Boston University, one finds a tiny placard informing those who elect to look—and I never have seen anyone do so—that this eatery used to be the jazz club Storyville. Opened in 1950, it was run by the promoter George Wein, and it enjoyed a bustling presence in…

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“there for the rest of your life”

The most competitive instrument in jazz is piano. It is not easy for new jazz pianists to get on the radar in the United States. If they live in Italy and work mostly in Europe, it is much harder. Therefore make a note of this name: Giovanni Guidi. He is not exactly new. In 2006, when he was 21, he was artist-in-residence at the Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia, Italy’s biggest annual jazz event. That same year he released his debut recording, Tomorrow Never Knows, on Venus. He already sounded like Giovanni Guidi. The music has his dark left-hand chords and his jagged percussiveness. It has his poetic right-hand single-note lyricism. It has his rarefied harmonic sensibility. Most impressively, it has his control of narrative tension. On the opening track, “Sleep…

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trombone crazy she be

Jennifer Wharton lives and breathes trombone. She even admits to having a dress adorned with them. The bass trombonist, born and raised in Northern California but a fixture on the NYC music scene, has been linked to the instrument since she was in middle school. Although she’s made her living performing in the pit bands of many successful Broadway musicals, Wharton has always kept one foot in the jazz world. She’s been a secret weapon in various big bands, including the critically acclaimed Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. After many years playing in the back row (literally), Wharton has finally moved forward and released her debut album as a leader, Bonegasm, on Sunnyside, produced by her husband and fellow trombonist John Fedchock. Rather than feature herself as the sole lead…