Thursday, April 11, 2013

A to Z: Jazz

Today's letter is J so I thought I would dedicate it to jazz and take a look back at some of the jazz concerts I have reviewed. Of course not only will I share my reviews but I will try to find some neat videos to share as well.

My first jazz concert review..

Isaac Bryd Jr and the Judah Tribe (picture above-video below)

Coincidentally my first jazz review was published three years ago. The Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville, Florida had a jazz night that I went to while I was on vacation. The show highlighted some of North Florida's best jazz bands including The Derryk Lawrence Project, The Fusion Band, and Isaac Byrd Jr. and the Judah Tribe.  Local comedian Nick Harvey was the MC. You can read my review here.

Here is Allana Southerland-Prince of The Fussion Band...

Probably one of the best shows I have covered was the Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary concert at the The Kennedy Center. Dee Dee Bridgewater and Christian McBride were incredibele. Throw in the rest and wow! You can read my review here. Below is a taste...

There was John Tesh and his Big Band last summer. You can read my review here. Tesh is a talented musician. Here he is in action with the band...

Diana Krall and her special guest Denzal Sinclaire  was an exceptional night of jazz at Wolf Trap. You can read my review here.

I was really impressed by Sinclaire's voice take a listen...

Diana Krall..

I have covered some artists that blur the lines of jazz as well Norah Jones, Al Di Meola, and the California Guitar Trio to name a few. Bluring the lines of musical categories doesn't bother me, if the musci sounds great it is all good. I even covered a play called Side Man which was about a jazz musician. You can read my review of the award winning production here.

Hope you enjoyed and I will be back tomorrow for the letter K.

1 comment:

Dana said...

I enjoyed your post. I've never been a huge fan of jazz, but I liked the Diana Krall video. I also like one of those cross-overs you mentioned, Norah Jones. Thanks!