Thursday, July 26, 2007

Jazz Thursdays on Restaurant Row

The line-up has been announced. I put in links where I could find them. Judging by the sound samples, the second one is the must-see. But I'm sure they'll all be great.

Thursday August 9thAnnette Aguilar & StringBeans - (sounds okay)

Talented percussionist Annette Aguilar and her Latin Brazilian Jazz Band blend Afro-Cuban and Afro Brazilian rhythms with harp, guitar, violin, piano and bass creating the unique StringBeans sound. StringBeans offers new renditions of Latin Jazz classics and powerful original compositions presenting music of the Americas and the Caribbean in a highly original style. Members of The StringBeans band have performed with music legends such as Tito Puente, Ruben Blades, James Brown, Tony Bennett and The Grateful Dead.
Annette Aguilar and StringBeans were honored twice for selection as "Latin Ambassadors" by the U.S. State Department and the Kennedy Center. The ensembles CDs, Special Friends and No Cheap Dates have received extensive radio airplay and outstanding critical acclaim.

Thursday August 16thValery Ponomarev & Universal Language (sounds great)

Trumpet master Valery Ponomarev emerged on the international jazz scene when he defected from Russia to join the late great drummer Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Valery has gone on to record and perform with such top stars as drummer Max Roach, pianists Kenny Barron and Larry Willis, trombonist Curtis Fuller, saxophonists Benny Golson, Bobby Watson, Paquito D'Rivera and with the Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington Orchestras.
As leader of his own group, Universal Language, Valery offers treasured Jazz classics from the "Great American Songbook". The ensemble features crowd-pleasing favorites by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and McCoy Tyner. Universal Language audiences will enjoy Valery's own soulful original compositions as part of this great repertoire.
Valery Ponomarev has appeared on CNN, PBS, National Geographic Today and Japanese, Brazilian, and European television. He is also a top educator teaching at the New School in New York City, Long Island University and in master classes around the world.

Thursday August 23rdJack Jeffers and The New York Classics (sounds great)

Jack Jeffers, The New York Classics leader and a versatile tuba and bass trombone player has spent his career in big bands with some of the best including Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and Clark Terry. The trademark low brass punch of the New York Classics knocks out audiences all over the Big Apple.
As a composer and arranger he melds Ellington elegance and bayou-funk, John Phillip Sousa, Harlem and the samba. Stereophile reviews state "They just don't come any cooler�the arrangements are fabulous�unbelievably dynamic with layer upon layer of sound".
Jeffers doesn't call his band Classics for nothing. You will recognize pieces such as Ellington's "Mood Indigo", Mingus's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and Jobim's "Corcovado". Jazz performed by The Classics on a hot summer night couldn't get any cooler.