Sep 24, 2009
Going from headliner to artistic director, Terri Lyne Carrington’s involvement with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has reached its apex. A native of Medford, a Boston suburb, her deep musical network and knowledge make her an ideal choice to lead BeanTown as it expands its scope and moves towards becoming one of the nation's premier jazz festivals.
She is no stranger to
multitasking. She has received Grammy nominations both as a
performer (for her solo album,
Real Life Story) and as a producer (for the Dianne Reeves album, That Day). Her
extensive touring career of over 20 years includes stints with
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al
Jarreau, and others. Among the acts she has recorded with are Diana
Krall, John Scofield, George Duke, and James Moody. She appeared on
Hancock’s Grammy winning CD Gershwin’s World, and Shorter’s
High Life. Her most recent CD as a band leader is the
celebrity-studded More to Say.
"This festival is a testament to Boston's reputation as a music hub and its dedication to jazz and producing and nurturing great artists," the noted drummer said in a written statement. "As a native and recent returnee to the area, I'm thrilled for this chance to give back to the community by throwing a big party for Boston. I hope people come out to fraternize with their neighbors, enjoy the delicious food, and hear some incredible music."
I spoke with Ms. Carrington last week, and so Podcast 160 is a shout out to the BeanTown Jazz Festival and Ms. Carrington, including musical selections from:
Friday Night Headliners:
David Sanborn – “Slam!” from Closeup. His blues roots go back to Woodstock in 1969. Yes, Sanborn was a member of the Butterfield Blues Band horn section, making him perhaps the only current jazz headliner to perform that weekend. Headlining on Friday night, Sanborn is capable of some terrific R&B soloing. Check out this scorching Marcus Miller composition, with Miller taking the bass and keyboards, with Sanborn on sax, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar.
Kevin Mahogany – “Route 66” from You Got What It Takes.. Possessed of one of the great bass voices in jazz, Mahoganey should make quite an impression singing the blues Friday night. Here he is on a classic uptempo number.
Amina Claudine Myers appearing with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra – “Spiritual” from Dream Keeper. A Haden composition dedicated to Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers and Malcolm X is given a large ensemble performance, under the baton of Carla Bley. Solos on this number are by Ray Anderson (trombone), Branford Marsalis (sax), Charlie Haden (bass) and Ms. Myers is on vocals. Other standouts on the cut are Tom Harrell on trumpet, Paul Motian on drums and Joe Lovano on sax.
Saturday Acts include:
Donald Harrison – “Dancehall” from Nouveau Swing. A graduate of Art Blaey’s Jazz Messengers, Harrison produces great post-bop with a touch of New Orleans soul. This comes from one of my favorite Harrison release, with Christian McBride on bass, Carl Allen on drums, and Albert Wonsey on piano.
Joe Louis Walker – “Uhhh!” from The Preacher and the President. A 1998 release on jazz label Verve, the San Francisco native shows his debt to Delta and Chicago Blues with some down home playing.
Terri Lyne Carrington – “No Not One (For Helen)” from More to Say. Her latest release is full of guest artists from Christian McBride to Everette Harp to Nancy Wilson. This track is a large group Afro-Cuban stomp of a number, featuring pianist Danilo Perez.