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May 24-30, 2004
Diana Krall CD Universe Top Ten Jazz Chart
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Joe Lovano
1Diana KrallGirl In The Other RoomPurchase from CD Universe
2Jamie CullumTwentysomethingPurchase from CD Universe
3Tim DonahueMadmen And SinnersPurchase from CD Universe
4Joe LovanoI'm All For YouPurchase from CD Universe
5Tomasz StankoSuspended NightPurchase from CD Universe
6Frank WessFrank Wess QuartetPurchase from CD Universe
7Norah JonesFeels Like HomePurchase from CD Universe
8John ScofieldEnRoute (Import)Purchase from CD Universe
9James MoodyMoody And The Brass FiguresPurchase from CD Universe
10Red GarlandRed AlonePurchase from CD Universe

Jazz Birthdays    This week's jazz artists birthdays include:

May 24    Charles Earland (organ, synthesizer), 1941-1999
May 24    Archie Shepp (sax), 1937    [
May 25    Marshall Allen (flute, sax), 1924
May 25    Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, sax ), 1917-1994
May 25    Phil Ranelin (trombone), 1939
May 25    Wallace Roney (trumpet), 1960
May 26    Shorty Baker (trumpet), 1914-1966
May 26    Miles Davis (trumpet, composer, leader), 1926-1991
May 26    Lew Tabackin (flute, sax), 1940
May 27    A. Spencer Barefield (guitar, piano), 1953
May 27    Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals), 1950    [live review]
May 27    Ramsey Lewis (piano), 1935
May 27    Albert Nicholas (clarinet, reeds), 1900-1973
May 27    Niels-Henning ěrsted-Pedersen (bass), 1946
May 27    Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano), 1963
May 27    Bud Shank (flute, alto sax), 1926
May 28    Russ Freeman (piano), 1926-2002
May 28    Andy Kirk (tuba, leader, sax), 1898-1992
May 28    Tommy Ladnier (trumpet, cornet), 1900-1939
May 29    Freddie Redd (piano, composer), 1928
May 29    Kenny Washington (drums), 1958
May 29    Eugene Wright (bass), 1923
May 30    Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn, leader), 1935
May 30    Dave McKenna (piano), 1930

This week's new jazz releases:

Kenny Barron Chris Potter Mulgrew Miller
Kenny BarronImagesSunny SideMay 25
Benny CarterMusic MasterProper BoxMay 25
Billy CobhamMagic (1978)Sony Int'lMay 25
Benny Goodman1944-1945Classics Jazz (France)May 18
Buddy DefrancoComplete Mr. Clarinet SessionsJazz FactoryMay 25
Buddy Morrow & His OrchestraBig Band Buddy: Studio & Live 1945-57JasmineMay 25
Chris PotterLift: Live At The Village VanguardSunnysideMay 25
Chuck Owen & The Jazz SurgeHere We AreSea BreezeMay 25
Dave BrubeckPrivate Brubeck RemembersTelarcMay 25
Gerry MulliganComplete 1953 Studio MastersJazz FactoryMay 25
Glenn MillerFabulous Glenn MillerCastleMay 25
Horace SilverSerenade To A Soul SisterToshibaMay 25
Houston PersonBroken Windows, Empty HallwaysPrestigeMay 25
Jan GarberMelody From The SkyASV/Living EraMay 25
Johnny "Hammond" SmithOpus de FunkPrestigeMay 25
Johnny HolidayJohnny Holiday SingsContemporaryMay 25
Miles DavisFormative YearsCastleMay 25
Mulgrew MillerLive At Yoshi's, Vol. 1Max JazzMay 25
Roy EldridgeLittle Jazz: Trumpet GiantProper BoxMay 25
Shirley ScottTrio Classics, Vol. 1PrestigeMay 25
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks OrchestraTribute To A Generation: A Salute To The Big BandsSmithsonian FolkwaysMay 25
Spyro GyraDeep EndHeads UpMay 25
Stan GetzMy Foolish Heart: Live At The Left BankSindromeMay 25
Boulevard Big BandTake Only For PainSea BreezeMay 25
Tony WilliamsBelieve It (Bonus tracks)Sony Int'lMay 25
Various ArtistsBands That Can Boogie WoogieJasmineMay 25
Various ArtistsCTI Master Collection, Vol. 2Sony Int'lMay 25
Various ArtistsEssential Jazz, Vol. 2Sony Int'lMay 25
Various ArtistsAll That Smooth JazzWEA Int'lMay 25
Various ArtistsSensuous Smooth Jazz GuitarShanachieMay 25
Nat King Cole24 Exitos En Castellano (Import)MediterraneoMay 28

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Jazz Las Vegas Jazz Events Calendar

16th Annual Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fundraiser    Tuesday, May 25
Featured are vocalists Bill Acosta, Clint Holmes, Frankie Randall, and the
Cunninghams. Musicians who will front the CCSN All-Star Jazz Band include Johnny Pate, Jimmy Wilkins, Vincent Falcone, Bill Fayne, Dehner Franks and Dr. Tom Ferguson, who worked with Joe Williams to found the scholarship fund in 1989. Guest conductor and songwriter is Artie Butler. Artie composed "Here's To Life," the title track from a great Joe Williams album. 8 p.m. $30. Main showroom of the The Orleans. 702.365.7075

jazzNotes: See Cunninghams with the Count Basie Orchestra

Jazz on the Lake    Saturday, May 29
Casino MonteLargo continues their free Saturday night concerts this week with The Brothers Ali. Performances are held at the base of the steps to MonteLago Village.6-9:00 p.m. Lake Las Vegas Resort, 1600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy., Henderson, NV 702.564.7400

Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra    Saturday, May 29
The son of a greatly loved and missed Latin legend will be performing at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza. 8-10 p.m. $15. Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Avenue 702.229.6328

Jazz Under The Stars #1    Sunday, May 30
The Sax Pack featuring Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Praful from the Netherlands. 7 p.m. Tickets $45 for adults, $15 ages 13-18, children under 12 free. Spring Mountain State Park. 702.228.3780.

Jazz 'Round Town    Every Monday it's Mike Gurcillo & the Las Vegas Lab Band at Murphy's Pub (458-5516).Jazz and standards nightly, 7p-1am, at Cafe Di Amore (433-4967). Monday through Wednesday jazz pianist Dennis Mellen is at City Lights Bistro (222-4350). Kool & the Gang trumpeter/vocalist Skip Martin guests on Tuesday at the Bistro. Noon-6pm Kinda Dixie Jazz Band play the East Lounge at the Gold Coast (367-7111). At Osaka (616-3788) on Monday is the Geoff Neuman Trio with Masashi Tanaka and John Matteson. At the Sahara's Casbar Lounge (737-2111) through May 30th is David Van Such.

Playing at the Jazzed Cafe (233-2859) on Tuesday is Jimmy Strong (piano, violin, vocals). Thursday it's Raj Rathor Quartet featuring Diana Smith. The Kevin Lyons Trio on Friday, Bobby Howard Quartet Saturday, and Ken Mathis Duo on Sunday completes the Jazzed Cafe schedule.

The Gene Redden Quartet at Fitzgeralds (388-2462) Wednesday from 5-7pm. Oasis Jazz Club with Darrin Michaels Wednesday at Curve (785-5525) inside the Aladdin's London Club. Brewed Awakening (457-7050) from 11am-12:30 pm on Thursdays has a Gypsy Jazz Tribute to Django Reinhardt featuring guitarists Rick Chavez and Vincent Cortese. Smooth Jazz with rotating artists Thur-Tues at Joey Bistro & Bar (739-3132). At Capozzoli's on Thursday, Friday and Sunday is Lou Martinez. On Saturdays the Italian restaurant features Jerry Tiffe.

Central Park West (258-1919) has Ron Knight on Friday, with Michael Anthony Henegan performing Saturday. Drummer Irv Kluger All Stars play Pogo's Tavern (646-9735) every Friday. Dick Fazio is on piano. Santa Fe Station (658-4900) Charcoal Room features Late Night Jazz and Dining on Fridays. Lou Martinez, Dennis Mellen and Conrad Csogi are at Cafe Nicolle (870-7675) Friday and Saturday. The Stirling Club (784-4607) at Turnberry Place has live jazz with Nicholas Brooks and the Playas. Also on Friday & Saturday, Diane Ellis and Alan Cole sing jazz ballads and standards at the Chianti Cafe (450-3232).

Sundays from 12-3pm it's the Oasis Jazz Brunch at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (312-5247). Jazz bands also perform at 9:30pm. Sunday Jazz Brunch from 11am to 2pm at The Saloon (388-4116) features the Bobby Geno Band. On Sunday nights, the Hurricane hosts their Jazz Jam. Live jazz with former members of the Blue Note house band at the Heights Saloon (878-5433). Open to all players.

'Nuff Said    Now it's your turn. If you have any information you would like to see in this JazzBeat column send an e-mail to info@jazzinternet.com. We especially welcome club listings. Telephone numbers are supplied for all venues. Please call to verify events.

Keep on jazzin' in Las Vegas and beyond. -- Bion

Jazz Beyond the Neon

29th Anniversary Jazz Festival

29th Anniversary Jazz Festival - May 29, San Diego, CA
The Smooth Jazz 98.1 Anniversary Jazz Festival will be held in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. In addition to nearly 30 participating clubs, bars and restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, three main stages will encompass over three city blocks - between 4th & Island and 7th & Island. Headlining the event is Dave Koz. Other musicians include David Sandborn, Fourplay, and Peter White. 1-10 p.m. $35 General Admission. For further information visit
KIFM Smooth Jazz 98.1 or call 619.543.1401

Jazz n' Blues Reviews

Bridgewater Dee-lights Las Vegas Audience    live review by R.J. Bianchino

Dee Dee Bridgewater

She's sassy, sexy, and scats more like Sarah Vaughn than Ella, who she paid tribute to in her 1997 two Grammy winner "Dear Ella." She's Dee Dee Bridgewater and this diva's been living in Las Vegas (Henderson) for four years now. Those in attendance at the June 7th Saturday Jazz In The Park concert at the Government Center Amphitheater were in for a very special treat. It was Dee Dee's first appearance in front of her new hometown audience. Many in the crowd have her CDs but, like myself, have never seen her perform live. To do so is indeed special.

Much of Bridgewater's JazzSet (which, incidently, is a syndicated show she hosts on NPR) consisted of selections from her current CD "This Is New" tributing the German composer Kurt Weill. Songs included the title tune "This Is New," "Bilboa Song," "I'm A Stranger Here Myself," "Speak Low," and "September Song." Also heard was "Song For My Father" which she dedicated to all the fathers in the audience, and "Filthy McNasty," both from "Love & Peace: A Tribute To Horace Silver."

Prior to beginning the set Dee Dee gave us an idea of what we might expect to hear, but said she may not sing anything from the "Dear Ella" album. However, near concert's end she detoured from the set list and did a request. Surprising the audience, Dee Dee walked to the edge of the stage on her left and sang a beautiful rendition of "You Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" a capella! That said and done, she dug in her heels for two great closers.

The night ended with a very bluesy, and sexy, "Dr. Feelgood/Rock Me Baby." And the last number, "Stormy Monday" was more like a "Sassy Monday" and included audience participation with the guys versus the girls. There was no doubt as to which gender won. Dee Dee Bridgewater tonight was "all women" and a songbird at her creative peak.

BluesBeat Nevada

SpellCasters at the Sand Dollar Last week our "blues teaser" was the 9th anniversary of Blue Cherry & Friends at the Double Down Saloon. This week brings blues lovers another celebration with the Sand Dollar 15th Anniversary Party. The legendary Las Vegas blues club will feature three of our favorite bands - SpellCasters, the Moanin' Blacksnakes and the Ruffnecks.

For further information on this event, and more coverage of the Las Vegas Blues scene, visit BluesBeat Nevada.

Archie Shepp Biography
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Purchase Archie Shepp CDs b. 24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Archie Shepp was raised in Philadelphia. While studying dramatic literature at college he began playing on various instruments including the alto saxophone. His first professional engagement was on clarinet and he later played tenor saxophone with R&B bands. Settling in New York he tried to find work as an actor but was obliged to make a living in music, playing in Latin bands. He also played jazz with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Don Cherry, John Tchicai and others during the early 60s. With Cherry and Tchicai he was co-leader of the New York Contemporary Five. Shepp's musically questing nature drew him into the orbit of John Coltrane, with whom he established a fruitful musical relationship. Through Coltrane, Shepp was introduced to Bob Thiele of Impulse! Records and began recording under his own name for the label. Shepp's collaborations with Coltrane included an appearance at the 1965 Down Beat Festival in Chicago. That same year he appeared at the Newport Festival and had a play staged in New York. Although closely associated with the free jazz movement of the 60s, Shepp's music always included elements that were identifiably rooted in earlier forms of jazz and blues and he was very conscious of the importance of the music's roots. In an article in Down Beat, he wrote of the avant garde, "It is not a movement, but a state of mind. It is a thorough denial of technological precision and a reaffirmation of das Volk." With his name and reputation established by 1965, Shepp embarked upon a period of successful tours and recordings. He was busily writing music and occasionally stage plays, many of which carried evidence of his political convictions and concern over civil rights issues. At the end of the 60s he played at the Pan African Festival in Algiers, recorded several albums during a brief stop-over in Paris, then returned to the USA, where he became deeply involved in education, teaching music and literature, and was eventually appointed an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts. Over the next decade Shepp expanded his repertoire, incorporating aspects of jazz far removed from his earlier freeform preferences, amongst them R&B, rock, blues and bop. Some of his recordings from the late 70s and early 80s give an indication of his range: they include improvised duo albums with Max Roach, sets of spirituals and blues with Horace Parlan and tribute albums to Charlie Parker and Sidney Bechet. In the 80s Shepp had matured into an all-round jazz player, impossible to pigeonhole but capable of appealing to a wide audience through the heart and the mind. Although he has added the soprano saxophone to his instrumental arsenal, Shepp still concentrates on tenor, playing with a richly passionate tone and developing commanding solos shot through with vigorous declamatory phrases that emphasize his dramatic approach.

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