Jazz and Blues

Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

'Nobody Knows You', Classic in Any Genre

The Empress of The Blues

This iconic hard-luck song was a hit when Bessie Smith recorded it in 1929, and with its timeless message and memorable melody, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” has been a favorite for singers in almost every genre including jazz, blues, folk and rock. Bessie Smith was the most popular female jazz and blues singer of the 1920’s, and the highest paid black entertainer of the day. Known as “The Empress of the Blues”, she often worked with the top tier players in the business, including Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins and James P. Johnson.

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Jazz Caliente
2:20 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto
dafnisonmusic.com

The Cuban-born drummer/percussionist, bandleader and composer Dafnis Prieto appears at the Earshot Jazz Festival next Thursday, October 17 at the Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College for the Arts, with his Si o Si Quartet:  Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Robert Rodriguez (piano) and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Pat Martino, Guitar Hero—Twice in a Lifetime

Pat Martino
wikipedia

Guitarist Pat Martino was a jazz and soul-jazz star since the mid-1960s, recording for the Prestige, Muse, Warner Bros. and Blue Note labels.  In 1980, after operations for a brain aneurysm, he could remember nothing.

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Jazz Caliente
11:31 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Remembering Oscar; Celebrating Latin Grammys

Oscar Castro Neves
oscarcastroneves.com

Oscar Castro Neves  1940-2013

A founding figure in the development of Bossa Nova, Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger Oscar Castro Neves died on September 27. 

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Jazz & Blues
11:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

'Mercury Blues' Still Running after 60 Years

Cars make great musical metaphors, and they’ve inspired some famous blues songs like “Cadillac Boogie”, “Maybelline” and “Mustang Sally”. K.C. Douglas came out with “Mercury Boogie” in 1949, a song that would go on to be a widely covered blues standard, known as “Mercury Blues”. Ford purchased the rights to the song for advertising (“Crazy ‘Bout a Ford Truck”), and it was a #2 hit for country singer Alan Jackson in 1993.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Latin Jazz at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival

Vinicius Cantuária
SFJazz

For the next few weeks on the Jazz Caliente blog, I'll feature previews of the Latin jazz artists appearing at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival, October 1 through November 17.

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genius grant
9:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Jazz Pianist, Composer Vijay Iyer among 2013 Genius Grant Winners

Vijay Iyer
Justin Steyer KPLU

Jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer is among this year's 24 Genius Grant winners. Iyer and 23 others fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Patton's 'Pony Blues' Still Kicking

Charley Patton

Charley Patton was one of the first to play what we might recognize as Delta blues, putting blues into a strong and syncopated rhythm. A powerful singer with an aggressive guitar style, he was also a masterful entertainer, and one of the best-known traveling performers of his time.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Long Life of 'Stop Breaking Down'

Robert Johnson

Eric Clapton called Robert Johnson "the most important blues singer who ever lived."

Saying that Johnson was a superlative guitar player, impassioned singer and masterful lyricist seems barely adequate to convey the importance of the work he accomplished in his 27 years. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Latin Jazz Birthdays: Turre and Lynch

Brian Lynch
Tomoji Hirakata

Today is the birthday of two outstanding jazz artists who have years of experience in the Latin jazz format:

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Kennedy Center HOnors
9:22 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Herbie Hancock to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Lionel Cironneau Associated Press

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock is among four musicians who will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors, along with actress Shirley MacLaine.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the selections Thursday. The honorees also include Billie Joel, Carlos Santana, and opera star Martina Arroyo.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Blues for the 'Big Boss Man'

Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed is one of the most influential bluesmen in history and his songs will always be part of the blues repertoire. "Baby, What You Want Me to Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," “ You Don't Have to Go”, are just some of the songs Reed made popular.

His style was easy-going and non-threatening, which made it accessible to white audiences of the 50’s and 60’s. Perhaps because of that, Reed sold more records than other blues stars like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Local Latin Jazz Lineup

Dani and Debora Gurgel Quarteto
Anita Kalikies yoshis.com

Opportunities to hear some wonderful live Latin music are popping up in the area this month, and also at the Earshot Jazz Festival in October and November.  Here’s a starter list, more will follow in the coming weeks:

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

'The Milk Cow Blues'—Alive and Well 80 Years Later

Sleepy John Estes was a Tennessee-based blues singer of the 1920’s and 30’s. Though not a flashy guitarist, his voice was packed with power, and the songs he wrote have lasted through the years to be sung by Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.

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blues time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

4 Ways to Sing 'The Same Thing'

This deceptively simple blues song is a masterpiece of restraint and execution. Recorded first in 1964, it features the voice of Muddy Waters and the piano of Otis Spann in call-and-response. Buoyed by composer Willie Dixon’s bass, Waters slide guitar speaks only twice in the entire song, with bone-chilling results.

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