By Allegra Heckman and Ityen Aznarez Talent, Oregon. Last week, at the Paschal Winery and Vineyard in Talent, Oregon, the quintet Pearl Django played an intimate 2 sets to a full house of appreciative patrons. The show was part of the Fall concert series produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, an institute that provides opportunities… Read More Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery
By Don Heckman The Siskiyou Music Project is offering a continuing flow of high level talent in the final weeks of its Summer schedule. On SMP’s Sunday night event at the Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon, a packed house enthusiastically greeted the oddly titled but musically memorable jazz quintet Occidental Gypsy. In fact, the title… Read More Live Jazz: Occidental Gypsy at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon
By Don Heckman The full house crowd at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Tuesday night may not have had a great deal of familiarity with Aaron Weinstein, the headline act. But it’s a fair bet that by the end of the gifted young violinist’s 90 minute set, a good portion of the audience felt they had just… Read More Live Jazz: Aaron Weinstein at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Norton Wright Last Saturday night, I had one of those once-in-a-lifetime jazz experiences at the Kennedy Center’s small Terrace Theater as 89-year-old Toots Thielemans, supported by Kenny Werner’s arm, walked gingerly onstage, ensconced himself onto a stool, and then just blew everybody away. Amazingly, his harmonica embouchure is as strong as ever and with… Read More Live Jazz: Toots Thielemans at the Kennedy Center
By Michael Katz The list of violinists who have made a visible imprint on the jazz scene is a short but impressive one: Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Regina Carter come to mind. The briefness of the list is a measure of the virtuosity required to gain a foothold in the public consciousness. Christian… Read More Live Jazz: Christian Howes at Pierre’s Fine Pianos