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13,218 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 637 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 11).

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May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Jazz at Lincoln Center: Voices of Freedom - Mar. 26

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Betty Carter Billie Holiday Abbey Lincoln Nina Simone

A celebration of four iconic figures presented by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. At intervals three singers would join the ensemble during a performance of some fifty minutes. Trombonist Chris Crenshaw assumed the role of MD and 'scriptwriter', the orchestra's personnel remarkably stable over a decade and more. 

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This was the orchestra's first performance at the prestigious New York City concert hall since February 2020, a venue Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO like to call 'The House of Swing'. Live streaming to upwards of seven hundred online patrons, Melanie Charles was the first of three vocalists to join the band. Backlash Blues as sung by Nina Simone, arranged for Ms Charles by trumpeter Marcus Printup, with Ted Nash, tenor sax, featuring in an exchange with Printup. 

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Betty Carter's Droppin' Things (arr. Crenshaw) brought Ashley Pezzotti to the stage. Emotive, bold, Ms Pezzotti is likely to be able to handle operatic material. The third of the evening's vocalists, Shenel Johns, sang Freedom Day, as performed by Abbey Lincoln on Max Roach's We Insist! album. Ms Johns impressed, big time! 


The band (all chairs occupied by stellar musicians) didn't get much of an opportunity to stretch out, but, what a band! A muted Marsalis momentarily growled, Victor Goines did have a blow, and drummer Obed Calvaire, surrounded by reams of sheet music, briefly broke free to craft a fine solo. Wynton Marsalis, the driving force behind the LCJO, arranged Strange Fruit for our three vocalists. It proved to be an uplifting experience as Marsalis' arrangement, perhaps inspired by Mingus' Fables of Faubus, presented an interesting reading of Billie Holiday's historic song. Russell
                                   
Melanie CharlesShenel JohnsAshley Pezzotti (vocals); LCJO: Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Ryan Kisor (trumpets); Walter Blanding, Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Paul Nedzela, Victor Goines (reeds); Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason (trombones); Dan Nimmer (piano); Carlos Henriquez (double bass); Obed Calvaire (drums)

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