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For exactly a year I have listened to jazz with very different ears. The change happened unexpectedly at last year’s Ottawa Jazz Festival when I saw drummer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band play a set on the main stage. I...
I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to tell you that I may have seen the perfect jazz trio this evening. Nope, not gonna do it. That’s a can of worms that we’ll keep shut for, like, ever. But it sure is hard not to think...
As I write this post, pianist Bob James and alto saxophonist David Sanborn are on the main stage at the Ottawa Jazz Festival along with drummer Steve Gadd (whom many consider the greatest living drummer) and rock solid bass player Scott Colley. They...
Saturday night at the Ottawa Jazz Festival I got to escape the rain and duck into the National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage to check out pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. I had planned all along to check him out, but the cool, dry environment was...
Night #2 here at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and what a night! Right now Willie Nelson is doing an enthusiastic call and response with the lively crowd here in Confederation Park. His opening act was the Ottawa-based jazz singer...
News stories tagged with "jazz"
Jun 01, 2007 — A new musical theatre work debuts in Burlington this weekend. Ostentatious Poverty mingles idioms from jazz, economic theory and the theatre. It's part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Vermont jazz artist Patricia Julien composed the music. Todd Moe spoke with writer/director Rachel Perlmeter, who says it's a jazz-play, an economical quartet. She says the show samples notions of chaos in economics and music, improvisation and game theory, language and noise. Go to full article
Mar 27, 2007 — Pianist Larry Ham grew up in Millbrook, a small town near Poughkeepsie. Piano lessons as a child led to a love of music, specifically jazz. He graduated from the Crane School of Music, and since 1985 has worked as a composer and arranger in New York City. He works with some of the top names in jazz and is gaining recognition as a band leader. He's performed at jazz festivals and concerts across the globe, including Washington D.C., Ottawa, Finland, Japan and West Africa. Todd Moe spoke with Larry Ham about his career and new CD, Carousel which includes seven of his original compositions. Go to full article
Nov 30, 2006 — The jazz duo A Fine Line is live in the studio, and we meet Massena wood carver, Ron Riley. Adirondack artists hold weekly workshops for teens, we talk with piano teachers and students at a fall festival, and it's a poetry masterclass on Giving Voice. Go to full article
Apr 07, 2006 — There's great jazz for a great cause tonight in Potsdam. The Phil Neisser Trio performs at the Cactus Grill, on Raymond Street, from 10 to midnight. It's a benefit for Building Blocks Day Care Center in Potsdam. Todd Moe talks with Phil Neisser. Go to full article
Aug 11, 2005 — Jazz guitarist-composer Paul Meyers returns to his musical roots this weekend. Meyers lives and teaches guitar in Jersey City. He's performed around the world with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, David Sanchez, the Woody Herman Orchestra and others. He spent his teen years in Potsdam. His parents are musicians and he started guitar lessons at the Crane School of Music in the mid 70's. He told Todd Moe that's where he fell in love with jazz. Go to full article
Aug 09, 2005 — In a few weeks when college professors return from their summer break, they'll probably share stories of the places they traveled, family reunions or how well their garden grew...typical summer stuff. But two North Country professors will have a new CD and a full summer of performances to talk about. Bill Vitek teaches philosophy at Clarkson University in Potsdam and Dan Gagliardi teaches mathematics at St. Lawrence University in Canton. Their new CD of jazz standards, A Fine Line, has just been released. They stopped by the studio a few days ago to talk about the new disc and the music they love, and began by talking about the title of the CD. Go to full article
by Joel Hurd
Feb 10, 2005 — North Country Public Radio is media sponsor for a concert by the Pat Metheny Group, Monday evening, February 14th at 7:30 pm in SUNY Potsdams Maxcy Hall. Metheny is a world-acclaimed guitarist, who has won 16 Grammy Awards. Todd Moe talks with NCPR's Joel Hurd, who will give a pre-concert lecture in Maxcy Hall, Room 104, at 6:30 pm. Go to full article
by Joel Hurd
Feb 21, 2003 — This Saturday evening the Lowville Library Winter Concert Series continues with a concert by one of the fastest rising and commercially successful jazz duos in the country. Joel Hurd has a preview. Go to full article
Jul 18, 2002 — The Village of Morristown is combining the best in art and music this weekend with its Jazz and Arts Festival Saturday from noon to 8 pm. Morristown town historian Lorraine Bogardus says a full slate of regional jazz performers and lecturers is planned, along with displays from local artists and artisans. Go to full article
Jul 11, 2002 — Grammy winner and founding member of the Manhattan Transfer, Laurel Masse, visits the North Country this weekend for three concerts. Todd Moe chats with Laurel about jazz and her concert tour this summer. Go to full article