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Archive for May, 2013


DAVE BRUBECK: THE MAN WHO CHANGED TIME

DAVE BRUBECK, pianist, composer, educator, Jazz Grand Master, icon was feted in Manhattan’s Cathedral Chuch of St,. John the Divine May 11, 2013.  (Dave passed the preceding December.)  the echoey edifice, the largest Gothic structure in the world is in the never-ending process of being built the old-fashioned way, by hand hewn stone.  myriad artists –28 in all– crossed the nave to honor Maestro Brubeck, plus his four musician male offspring, Darius, piano, Chris, electric bass guitar and bass trombone, Dan, drums, and Matthew, cello.  speakers included widow and librettist Iola, daughter Cathy, producer George Wein and manager and conductor Russell Gloyd.  Mark Ruffin hosted.

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RYAN TRUESDELL’S GIL EVANS CENTENNIAL PROJECT REDUX

the celebration of Gil Evans’ 100th in 2012 continued into 2013.  conductor  Ryan Truesdell brought the large 16-piece ensemble into Jazz Standard for an encore presentation  (see my previous comments).  it was a tripartite week.  the first two days were given over to Evans’ Claude Thornhill sojourn.  next came the albums such as “Individualism,” concluding with the last day’s dedication of the Miles Davis collaborations.  i was present in the middle.

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