Wed, 28 May 2014
The first major jazz event of the summer is on its way.
OK, the summer solstice doesn’t start the season until June 21st, but for my money, Memorial Day starts off the summer season, and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival will start on May 30th and run until June 8th. Good enough for me.
And the Festival is more than good enough for jazz fans. For 10 days and nights, the idyllic Vermont town will host major artists like Tony Bennett, Regina Carter and Benny Golson; up and coming acts like Julian Lage, Dawn of Midi, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Warren Wolf; plus a slew of films, discussions, workshops and educational performances. Add to all that a pair of outdoor tented shows right on the shores of Lake Champlain with funkmaster Maceo Parker and local legends Belizbha, and you’ve got yourself a time.
I had the pleasure of discussing the events with Linda Little, the Managing Director of the Festival. Linda earned a B.M. in Jazz Performance Studies from Berklee College of Music. Her longstanding commitment to jazz presentation started while at Berklee where she formed the college’s first jazz record label and established a 10-week jazz concert series with Lyme Properties. She performed extensively as a professional saxophonist throughout the United States, England and Japan. Prior to joining the Jazz Festival, Linda was Managing Director of Kingdom County Productions, bringing world-class performing arts to one of the most isolated areas of Vermont.
Podcast 429 is our preview of the Festival, including musical selections from artists performing during the 10 days of music, such as:
Regina Carter -"I'm Going Home" from Southern Comfort.
Benny Golson - "Killer Joe" from Meet the Jazztet.
Dawn of Midi - "Nix" from Dysnomia
Warren Wolf - "Grant Central" from Wolfgang
Cecile McLorin Salvant - "You Bring Out the Savage in Me" from WomanChild.
Jerry Bergonzi - "Of a Feather" from By Any Other Name.
Direct download: Podcast_429_-_Previewing_Burlngton_Discover_Jazz_Festival.mp3
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Wed, 28 May 2014
JazzCorner.com is honored to join Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in presenting the live webcast of Grammy® Nominated Recording Artist Cecile McLorin Salvant today, May 28 at 9pm/London - 10pm/Paris - 4pm/NY at live.jazzcorner.com. The webcast will be on demand until June 1, 2014. It will also be streamed on JazzCorner's Facebook page (click on the Livestream tab) and at Ronnie Scott's page.
Ms. McLorin Salvant may have the deepest roots of any singer of her generation. She knows the sounds and styles of modern jazz but also possesses complete command of the classic blues and early American vocal tradition. She has studied the entire recorded legacy of the great Bessie Smith (1894-1937), often called the Empress of the Blues, and also has deep familiarity with Valaida Snow, Bert Williams and other early masters of American music. For her, these musicians are exponents of living traditions that she has drawn into the orbit of her own work.
However, McLorin Salvant can't be pinned down as a jazz traditionalist. Alongside fellow Monk Competition winner Jacky Terrasson, she has recorded works by John Lennon/Yoko Ono and Erik Satie, and can sing in French, Spanish or English as the mood and situation warrant. Knowledgeable jazz fans will identify the influence and inspiration from some of the most distinctive modern jazz stylists, such as Betty Carter, Carmen McRae and Abbey Lincoln. She is also currently continuing her studies of the classical and baroque tradition. In short, McLorin Salvant is a seeker and a creative spirit who is determined to push ahead, even while she shows an extraordinary command of the tradition that has preceded her.
Her debut album on Mack Avenue, WomanChild, was selected as one of “A Few of My Favorite Things” in my year end podcast for 2013.
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