Jan 262014

Tiempo Libre
Tiempo Libre is a Miami-based band of Cuban-born musicians who received Grammy nominations for their 2005 and 2006 albums, Arroz con Mango and Lo Que Esperabas. They are known for their Timba style, which represents a synthesis of traditional; and contemporary styles of music, including jazz. They play on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8:00 PM , at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater. Ticket information is available by phone, 502-584-7777 and online, www.kentuckycenter.org/BoxOffice.

Nov 202013

Vibraphonist Dick Sisto and pianist Steve Allee return to the Clifton Center for a series of four concerts, in the same setting as the first, with audience members joining the musicians on stage. On November 24, the musicians will feature the spiritual music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The concert will also celebrate the release of the quartet’s new CD. Ticket information at www.cliftoncenter.tix.com

Nov 192013

Bombino is a hypnotic guitarist and singer from Niger, and a member of the Tuareg Tribe. I really enjoyed him at the 2012 New Orleans jazz & Heritage Fest, where his insistent music was appropriately showcased in the Blues Tent. He brings his band to The New Vintage, the site of the old Uncle Pleasant’s (2126 South Preston St., phone: 502-749-4050) on Friday, November 22. Louisville’s Jubalson opens. Tickets are $10 adv/$15 Dos

Here’s a clip from a concert at Agadez, Niger:


Website: www.bombinomusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bombino.official‎
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Bombino‎
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BombinoOfficial‎

Nov 182013

Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro is a very talented ukelele player, whose renditions of songs ranging from The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to many original compositions. Not a jazzer, perhaps, but he plays with the virtuosity of an accomplished jazz artist. He returns to Louisville on Friday, November 22 at the Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway; tickets at the Kentucky Center Box Office, 501 West Main Street, by phone at 502-584-7777, or online at www.kentuckycenter.org

Here’s his take on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”:


Website: jakeshimabukuro.com/‎
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakeshimabukuromusic
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/jakeshimabukuro
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Jake+Shimabukuro‎
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeShimabukuro‎

Nov 062013

Guitarist Jeff Sherman gets headliner status rather than dinner music backlighting when he brings his quartet to the Rudyard Kipling on Sunday, November 10, for a matinee at 3:00 PM. His comrades in arms are Hunt Butler on tenor and flute, Bruce Morrow on drums, and Mark McCulloch on bass. The Rud is at 422 W Oak Street in Old Louisville. This is another in the monthly concert series presented by the Louisville Jazz Society, on whose Board I serve, and discounts are available for members. http://louisvillejazz.org

Oct 032013

Olmsted Parks Conservancy presents the thirteenth annual Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 2-7 PM in the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park.

The headliner for 2013 will be Unit West: Tim Whalen – tenor sax, Kris Eans – trumpet, Steve Snyder – Hammond B-3 organ, and Mike Hyman – drums. Also on the bill is Everett Greene , a fine singer from Indianapolis will sing, accompanied by Todd Hildreth, Tyrone Wheeler and Jonathan Higgins . The blues segment of the concert will come from Lexington’s Tee Dee Young . Big Rock is a gorgeous area, and this event is always fun for both serious music fans as well as picnickers and families.

Oct 032013

Laurence Hobgood

Pianist Laurence Hobgood and his friend, saxophonist Ernie Watts , return to Kentucky Country Day on October 8 for an evening of sophisticated modern jazz, with Louisville’s own Liberation Prophecy opening. The ensemble also includes Marquis Hill – trumpet, Jared Schonig – drums, and Clark Sommers – bass. Tickets are $15, $10 for Louisville Jazz Society members, $5 for students. For more show information, check http://kcd.org/theater or cal 502-423-0440. For background information, please see my preview and review of the 2012 concert, at http://www.louisvillemusicnews.net/webmanager/index.php?WEB_CAT_ID=50&storyid=7656&headline=Jazzin&issueid=278 and http://www.louisvillemusicnews.net/webmanager/index.php?WEB_CAT_ID=50&storyid=7716&headline=Jazzin&issueid=279. KCD is located at 4100 Springdale Rd.

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