AARP: Top Jazz Artists To See Live

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Thursday April 20, 2017


Jazz Greats To See Live
By: John Murph

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by catching one of these acts! The feature includes Terrence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Hudson: DeJohnette, Scofield, Medeski & Grenadier, Chucho Valdés, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves & more!

Terence Blanchard:
“The esteemed trumpeter and composer continues his mesmeric marriage of music, motions and the imaginary with the release of the soundtrack from The Comedian, starring Robert DeNiro — and, more impressively, Champion, an opera about Emile Griffith, a welterweight boxer who dealt with racism and homophobia in the 1960s.

Regina Carter:
“If you’re a lover of modern jazz violin, you can’t go wrong with Regina Carter, the pioneering woman who became both the first African American and first nonclassical musician to play Italy’s coveted Niccolò Paganini violin. On her new disc, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, she celebrates the centennial legacy of Ella Fitzgerald, bringing an invigorating modernity that’s steeped firmly in the now.”

Terri Lyne Carrington:
“Whether she’s playing behind such icons as Wayne Shorter or Herbie Hancock or leading her own scintillating ensembles — such as the trio with pianist Geri Allen and bassist Esperanza Spalding, or her latest combo, Social Science — this incredibly versatile drummer, composer, bandleader and educator continually brings fresh ideas to jazz without forgoing its multifacted legacy.”

Hudson: DeJohnette, Scofield, Medeski & Grenadier:
“Power groups are often iffy endeavors because oftentimes mammoth-sized egos and lackluster chemistry kill the vibe. Nevertheless, this formidable foursome — drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Larry Grenadier and keyboardist John Medeski — proved it had a winning rapport at the 2014 Woodstock Jazz Festival. Now, on its forthcoming eponymously titled debut (out June 9), Hudson displays its sparkling ingenuity while covering songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Robbie Robertson.”

Dave Holland:
“Without question, he’s one of the finest bassist, composers and bandleaders around. This year, he can add being an NEA Jazz Master to his stellar 50-plus years career, which catapulted in the 1960s when he played with such masters as Miles Davis and Stan Getz. Now leading his new ensemble, AZIZA, this stately jazz veteran continues to push conventional envelopes.”

Chucho Valdés:
“For a real treat, check out this five-time Grammy winner in concert: The influential Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and bandleader composes mesmerizing blends of technically precise European classical music with the improvisational fire of American bebop and Afro-Latin rhythms.”

Dianne Reeves:
“After winning her fifth Grammy for the 2014 disc Beautiful Life, the majestic singer and superb storyteller is set to release a new live album based on her performance at the world-renowned Marciac Jazz Festival in France.”

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