MY 6Oth YEAR
I must say that this anniversary year was something else. With trips to Australia (performing with McCoy Tyner and Mike Nock); fulfilling a life long dream by visiting the Sahara desert (Mauritania); and doing a bunch of recordings and new books along with several Coltrane tributes and workshops as it was also his anniversary year. On Sept. 23, we celebrated Trane’s 81st birthday at
Following is a link to You Tube to see the group performing "Expression" from Symphony Space:
JAZZ ICON SERIES: A new set of DVDs has come out with an incredible one of Trane featuring three performances, among them is the best live Trane on video from
DARK MAGUS by Gregory Davis: Not quite a kiss and tell book, there is no question that Miles Davis’ son is a bit peeved about being cut out of the will (which he eventually rectified.) I remember when he was around the band during my time having just become a Muslim with a different name, etc. We never talked. But I must say that the way he describes Miles is VERY accurate in a lot of truly personal ways. It’s too much to get into here, but suffice to say, the book is not a bad read.
WARNING:I have been receiving this notice below from the “IRS” incessantly in the last weeks. Of course, when you click on it asks for your social and credit card. I called the IRS and as expected, they never e mail anyone, only by phone or letter. Be warned-do not fall for this:
“After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $249.30.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to
To access the form for your tax refund, please click here
Internal Revenue Service
Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time.
Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.
Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service
Joe Zawinul: What a life this guy had and what an effect. A case could be made that Joe was the man responsible for the whole world music thing, pioneered with Weather Report and continued with his music of the last 20 years. As well, a case could be made that he is one of the founders of fusion-think “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Jive Samba” “In A Silent Way”, etc., not to mention the verifiable hit, “Birdland”. And finally, yet another case could be made that Joe was THE man who made the synthesizer a viable instrument for improvised music more than just a pop ornament. What a pioneer-what a presence-and by the way, what a unique and intense personality.
RONAN GUILFOYLE:: Familiar readers know who Ronan is, the Irish bass player with whom I have played for twenty years and has written chamber pieces for me and others ranging from duos, to string quartets to orchestral settings. He is the author of a book on rhythm that is fast becoming a classic (title needed) covering the topics of metric modulation, subdivision and odd meter. He continues his research into rhythm and especially being able to teach this most elusive subject. Recommended is this article and in fact his whole site:
While you are at it, check the godfather of this stuff, Steve Coleman:
And on you tube, myself with Ronan and the incredible Jim Black from the 55 Bar in
SONNY ROLLINS AT CARNEGIE HALL:Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a Carnegie Hall performance opposite Coltrane in 1957, Newk appeared with Christian McBride and Roy Haynes playing the same tunes he did at that concert: “Sonny Moon for Two,” “ Some Enchanted Evening” and “Mac the Knife.” The trio was great and Sonny at 77 was his usual communicative self both musically and personally to the sold out crowd. He still comes up with it as all the masters do, on the spot real time improvisation. In any case, with Roy Haynes (82 years young) what could be bad?
BEYOND THE CORNER AT BIRDLAND with Mike Stern, Anthony Jackson and my group (Vic Juris, Marko Marcinko, Tony Marino):.We had a ball playing the music from the recording (Shrapnel Records) which happens to coincide with the release of the “Complete On the Corner Sessions” by Miles which is definitely getting a lot of publicity. There is no question that playing in this style demands a different set of chops and conception, as it is musically dominated by open ended vamps and fairly steady, predictable beat patterns. It‘s easy and tempting to play clichés and stay on the same emotional plane, but if one really demands more of himself and the group, improvisational magic can be achieved as is the case in any style of jazz. And if a group has a chance to play the music for awhile, magic is bound to happen.
This is hilarious-the Spinal Tap version of jazz-British of course!
James Brown and Pavarotti-yes, it’s true and happening!!
James Brown and Pavarotti-yes, it’s true and happening!!
October:Tour of Germany with Juergen Friedrich Trio featuring John Hebert (bass) and Tony Moreno (drums); Italian tour with the Cues Trio featuring Roberto Tarenzi(piano), Paolo Benedettini(bass) and Tony Arco(drums); clinics and performance with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra playing the Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration “Porgy and Bess” at the Jazz
DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP(VIc Juris, Tony Marino, Marko Marcinko):
Fall Tour 2007
Oct.27th 8pm Chris's Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA. (215)-568-3131
Oct. 28th The New Haven Lounge, Baltimore, MD. 1552 Havenwood Rd.
WEST COAST LEG;
Oct 30th Anthropology Jazz- San Diego, CA.
Oct 31th through Nov 3rd 8pm & 9:30pm The Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helmes Blvd.,Culver City, CA www.thejazzbakery.com
Nov.4th 4:30pm concert The Jazz School 2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA www.thejazzschool.com
Nov.5th 8pm Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA (925)-439-0200 for more info
Nov 8th 9pm Cachaca Jazz 35 west 8th St. Greenwich Village, NYC (212)-388-9099