Oct 282014

WFPK’s favorite “local” performer, Lexingtonian Ben Sollee brings his cello to the Bomhard Theatre on November 1. Essentially a cello-playing singer-songwriter, Sollee has made a considerable career out of hauling his cello on a bicycle and championing various good causes, as well as making music folks like. His latest record is The Hollow Sessions. You can hear him as well on November 2 at Comstock Hall at the School of Music at 3p. Either show is $25.

Here’s Sollee playing “Letting Go”:


Website: www.bensollee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bensollee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bensollee
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Ben+Sollee

Jul 242014

“The Unity Band record and tour was life changing for me, and I really wanted to find a way to keep it going and take it to the next level. One night, I woke up with the tantalizing idea of taking the concept of ‘unity’ even further. With this next project, I envisioned building a platform capable of addressing the entire spectrum of things I have done over the years, from Bright Size Life to Secret Story, from my Group projects to the Orchestrion, and more, all in one place.” – Pat Metheny
The Pat Metheny Unity Group will play the Kentucky Country Day Theater on Sunday, July 27. For Louisville jazz fans, Metheny and any of his several band configurations need no introduction. An all-around jazz master and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical. You will really be able to hear him in the intimate confines of the Kentucky Country Day Theatre, where – as of this post – there were still some 144 seats available. Tickets to the show are $55-$65.

Here’s a promo for the group:


Website: www.patmetheny.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PatMethenyUnityGroup

Jul 192014

The Dreamland venue was established specifically to book acts not otherwise likely to find gigs in Louisville. Naturally,  this includes some of the more exotic jazz combos, which is pretty much the subtagline for the July 23 show, a tour entitled “Washington D.C. Jazz Collective Night” and featuring Aaron Quinn’s Liver Quiver, Sarah Hughes Saxophone Quartet, Brad Linde’s Underwater Ghost and Billy Wolfe’s Composer’s Octet. Various of these groups will play separately and together, mix and match style. This is so far outside this writer’s area of expertise that I’ll just leave it at that. Tickets are $7.

Here’s Sarah Hughes playing with the Brad Linde Quartet:


Website: http://dreamlandislouisville.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Media-Project-at-Dreamland/720969334595217

Jul 012014

The Mercury Ballroom takes a step sideways with their July 4 show. Tagged A Jazz-Americana Celebration With Dave Stryker “Eight Track Project,” the 4th Street venue is braving the iffy market for jazz in Louisville. That being said, Stryker is not a bad choice; he’s been in town several times, most recently in 2011, when he played with the Dick Sisto Trio at the Seelbach Jazz Bar. Then there’s his long history with Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshop, which, conveniently, wraps up on July 4. Tickets are $10 plus $3 fee, students are $8 adv.

Check out the video for Eight Track – “Pusherman/Superfly”:



May 282014

Yesterday was concert announcement Monday on a Tuesday: the latest shows brightly trumpeted include the iconic Seventies and Eighties punk band Black Flag, with original guitarist Greg Glinn, at Headliners on July 15. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
Also announced was Zappa Plays Zappa at the Mercury Ballroom on September 10, plus the veteran DJ Shadow on September 22.

Mar 162014

Tierney Sutton
A banjo-picking buddy of mine recently remarked that the Clifton Center was bringing some really interesting acts to town; the March 20 show is clearly one of those. Five-time Grammy nominee and jazz singer extraordinaire Tierney Sutton will sings selections from her latest album, After Blue, which is a tribute to the great Joni Mitchell. A follower of the Baha’i religion, Sutton’s work with her band is consultative, following the principles of the religion. She’s kept the same band together for twenty years, so she might be on to something. In addition to four consecutive Grammy nominations for “Best jazz Vocal Album,” The Tierney Sutton Band’s recent American Road album was also awarded a nomination for its collaborative arranging. A pro with a long discography and plenty of chops, this should be a show attractive to both jazz fans and Mitchell fans. Tickets runs $21-$27 and are available here

Watch the band at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival:


Website: www.tierneysutton.com/?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tierneysutton?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Tierney+Sutton?

Jan 262014

Tiempo Libre
The Miami-based Cuban jazz group Tiempo Libre - literally, free time – mixes jazz with son in a style called timba. Son is a mashup of Spanish canción, the Spanish guitar and African rhythms and percussion instruments of Bantu origin that found popularity in the Thirties and which spawned, among other styles, salsa. Got all that? It means you go and you can’t stay in your seat. The three-time Grammy-nominated group was classically trained in Cuban conservatorios before heading out into the wider world. You can catch them in the Bomhard Theatre, Kentucky Center, on January 30. Tickets start at $25.

Watch them live:


Website: www.tiempolibre.com.mx
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiempolibrefanpage?
MySpace: https://myspace.com/tiempolibremusic

Dec 122013

Martin Z. Kasdan, Jr. had an interview with jazz cat Craig Tweddell in this week’s LEO. His first album, Away With Words, is getting good national press, according to Kasdan. Tweddell’s band and that of fellow U of L alumnus, guitarist Brandon Coleman, celebrate the release of their new recordings with a show at Willis Music in Jeffersontown on Sunday at 2 p.m. There’s a five dollar ticket..