All tagged Jazz

Ellis

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Tonight, Chicago's jazz community staged a benefit concert at the University of Chicago's Logan Center to help Ellis cover medical and rehab bills. That community loves her so much that the organizers had to turn away musicians who wanted to participate in the 2.5 hour concert.

Freddy Cole

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I love seeing our jazz treasures.  The years of performing and experimenting are often on display, as they were during Cole's set.  Accompanied by a bass player, drummer, and guitarist, Cole lead a very subtle, but powerful quartet, playing a number of selections from the American Songbook, as well as a tune by Sonny Boy Williamson, which reflects the influence of the blues that pervades the entire effort.  

Hersch

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2017 Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Fred Hersch brought his trio to the Logan Center last night. For me, the standout was drummer Eric McPherson, who was the master of the subtlety, as exemplified by his use of brushes and the gentle tap here and there.  

Provocative

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Carrington and company performed selections from her tribute to Duke Ellington's Money Jungle, now 50-plus years old.  I was particularly impressed by saxophonist Mark Shin's guttural tone.  The notes had an edge that was more out there than one might have expected.  

Strings

Tonight we have Here and Now, a trio compromised of Tomeka Reid on cello, Mazz Swift on violin, and Sylvia Bolognesi on bass.  When I read list of instruments, I can only wonder whether this will sound like a Hayden string piece.