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Stresa

The WXXI Travel Club landed in Milan Sunday morning, jazzed and tired after an overnight flight from New York.  A bus carried us through hills, vineyards, and quarries to the resort town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, a few miles from the Swiss border.  Here was everything already loved and familiar; emerald woods, sapphire waters, hills, fragrant gardens.  I’ve heard the Finger Lak

Meteorology

Beautiful Dreamers CD cover

It seemed tentative at first. There was a bit of tuning. Then Bill Frisell started something more substantial on guitar. Eyvind Kang added colors with the violin and Rudy Royston accented on drums. Now and then, Bill or Eyvind would crouch down and fiddle with knobs on the electronics boxes on the floor.

Next stop, Italy . . .

Watch this space for pictures and highlights.

It's Real Music - The New Jazz Standards

I love hearing singers shape and personalize songs generally associated with The Great American Songbook. The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer among others. Night club jazz ala Frank Sinatra. 

Problem with June 11th Lyric Opera of Chicago

Astute opera fans may have notice that a portion of Un Ballo in Maschera was missing last Saturday 6/11.  We've just received this notification from the distributor.

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis awarded the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize for Music and Dance

Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will be awarded the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize for Music and Dance on June 28th at the 51st annual awards ceremony at the Gartner Auditorium at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Stephane Shakes the Big Tent

Stephane Wrembel Trio plus One at the Rochester International Jazz Fest

Born in Paris, raised in the rich landscapes where Impressionists first painted, Stephane Wrembel blends many influences with his Django Reinhardt guitar stylings. The greatest influence seems to be his own dedication to the music.

The Producer Gives Back

John Nugent play the Eastman Theater

Open the doors and they will come. Eastman Theater was near to capacity on Sunday, for a celebration a long time in coming. After producing 2,499 shows, John Nugent took the stage himself for his 2,500.

Burning Down The House

The Meters meet Fela? Ethiopian soul? Staten Island funk? Words fall short when you try to describe The Budos Band, and as great as they sound on record, it's the kind of stuff that begs to be heard live.

Lucky Peterson and the Magic Stage

Early on in his first performance at Harro East, Saturday in the Rochester Jazz Festival, multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson took to the keys, alternating between Hammond B-3, the Yamaha, vocal accents, actual vocals, and the art of facial expression. Sometimes doing a combination of them at the same time. A most captivating performance.