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:



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:



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..

The Joy Of Sax Redux

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Feb 272011

LMN Jazzin’ columnist Marty Kasdan fussed at his humble editor for failing to note that in this week’s LEO, he had a lengthy phoner with jazz saxophonist Antonio Hart, who played Friday as part of U of L’s Jazz Week. Apologies all around.

Feb 092011

Some days, it’s necessary to dig a little deeper for print news about music in the city. In today’s Gannett Louisville Profit Center, there’s a story by Martha Elson about John Gage’s health problems and the efforts to raise money to help him with them in the Neighborhoods section. (Warning: sl-o-o-o-o-o-w loading). There’s also a story about a new Drummer Superstore opening Saturday on Bardstown Road just west of Bonnycastle. This store is operated by the father and son team that have run the The Music Store, now also called Drummer Superstore, at 1122 Eastern Blvd. in Clarksville since 2001.
Over at ye olde neo LEO, Mat Herron has a long piece on Michael Martin Moore, who’s playing a show at the Rudyard on Friday. Herron also mentions the upcoming Krazy Fest 2011 at Expo 5, set for May 20-22. The current lineup (which is still developing) is here.

Herron also discusses the new Discover Jazz series at ear X-tacy, the first of which will feature trumpeter Ansyn Banks on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.