Feb 092014

The end of the month brings a great lineup of artists to U of L. The concerts take place Thursday, February 27-Saturday, March 1 at Comstock Hall at the School of Music, beginning 8:00 p.m. each night. Brazilian guitarist Bruno Mangueira opens on Thursday, the great bassist Christian McBride brings his trio Friday, and trumpeter Sean Jones, an alumnus of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra closes it out Saturday. More details at: http://louisville.edu/music/academics/areas-of-study/jazz/2014-jazz-fest.


Feb 072014

The 2014 edition of Jazzfest includes pop headliners Bruce Springsteen and Phish, and many more, but the jazz side is amply represented by many New Orleans artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Astral Project and many more, plus guests Pharoah Sanders, Gregory Porter, Chick Corea and the list goes on. The official site, with daily schedules, ticket information, etc., is http://www.nojazzfest.com.


Jan 122014

As reported here (July), and in LEO, www.leoweekly.com/music/indefatigable-jamey-aebersold, Jamey Aebersold has been named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. The ceremony will be webcast at 7:30 PM EST on Monday, January 13, 2014. You can follow his induction, along with that of fellow 2014 Jazz masters Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, and Keith Jarrett online at the following url: http://arts.gov/lifetime-honors/nea-jazz-masters/nea-jazz-masters-awards-ceremony-concert-webcast.

Dec 052013

I profiled Guitarist Brandon Coleman in LEO (http://leoweekly.com/music/b-sides-135) and reviewed his album Decisions there (http://leoweekly.com/music/reviews/decisions). He brings his band to the Willis Music Performing Arts Auditorium, at 1850 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy #128, for a CD release show with his friend and fellow University of Louisville School of music alumnus, trumpeter Craig Tweddell’s band. As I write this, I anticipate profiles of Tweddell and a review of his new album, Away With Words will be published in LEO as well. The concert is a matinee, on Sunday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m.. Coleman leans toward fusion, while Tweddell is more of a post-bop player, although these are oversimplifications. I hope they will do some playing together before the concert is over.

Nov 062013

Craig Tweddell Quintet - Away with Words
St. Louis-based Bugles Media has announced the launch of their new record label with the global release of Away With Words, the debut album from Louisville jazz trumpeter Craig Tweddell. The details about the album read like this:

“With a set list of ten swingin’ originals from the pen of the leader, Away With Words boasts a smokin’ quintet blowin’ straight-­ahead jazz with a modern twist. Accompanying the leader is a group of top tier musicians who are no strangers to the Louisville music scene.
“Playing the Fender Rhodes on the album is Todd Hildreth, best know as the leader of Squeeze-­Bot and for his work with The Java Men. On drums and cymbals is Zack Kennedy, who can be found playing all over Louisville with bands like Cabin, Dr. Vitamin, D’Arkestra, and Egret. Holding down the bass chair is Australian native Luke McIntosh of Appalatin fame. And last but not least is the band’s special guest on tenor saxophone, Dave Kana from the Pittsburgh area.
Beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered by Kevin Ratterman at La La Land Recording Studios, Away With Words also contains an impressively designed 12-­page full color booklet making it the total package.”

Head over to https://buglesmedia.com/records-away/ for more information and to buy the record.

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