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suzyq
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posted: 6/15/2005 at 12:33:22 AM ET
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Just got back from 100 Years and a Day: Doc Cheatham Centennial Jazz Party.

Trumpets:

Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Warren Vache, Randy Sandke, Jimmy Owens and Theodore Croker

With:

Howard Alden - Guitar
Chuck Folds - Piano
Jim Galloway - Soprano Saxophone
Jimmy Heath - Tenor Saxophone
Earl May - Bass
Benny Powell - Trombone
Catherine Russell - Vocal
George Wein - Piano
Frank Wee - Tennor Saxophone
Jackie Williams - Drums and
Phil Schaap - Host.

Got the ticket through TDF and thought it would be fun and a change from classical music - and it was. Chuck Folds was my favorite, can he make the piano sing, I like the natural sound of the guitar, but Howard Alden had his plugged into the sound system and it changed the quality of it's sound so much that it was hard to tell when he was playing. These guys have been around for a long time, most are in their 80's, maybe one or two in their 60's. The guitar player and singer were the youngest.

On the 15th I'll be going again this time it's called Piano Masters Salute Piano Legends celebrating Ellington, Evans, Hancock and Monk. We all know who Ellington is, but the others I don't know any more than I new who the players were tonite (6/14). But who cares, this is entertaining and fun - hope those of you who live in the New York area get a chance to attend some
of these events.

maintube
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posted: 6/15/2005 at 1:29:17 AM ET
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Not sure about Evans, but I would guess that Hancock is Herbie and Monk is Thelonius.

I thought Clark Terry was dead. Glad to see he still has his chops.

suzyq
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posted: 6/15/2005 at 9:52:07 AM ET
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Hi Maintube,

Clark Terry came on stage in a wheel chair and than escorted to center stage and a chair was provided for him. The first thing he said was that "the golden years sucked" - he can still hang in there with the best of them and everyone, audience included cheered him on. Thanks for the info.

imnidiot
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posted: 6/15/2005 at 5:46:33 PM ET
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Nice review suzyq. I've heard of many of those musicians, but we in these small towns don't get to see many of these legends.

I am a fragment of my imagination

trumpet guru
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posted: 6/15/2005 at 10:01:27 PM ET
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the Evans would be Bill:

http://www.billevanswebpages.com/

sounds like a great line-up.

GOOOOOOROOOOOO

suzyq
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posted: 6/16/2005 at 12:27:50 AM ET
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Tonite (Wed.6/15/05) was called Piano Masters Salute Piano Legends -Celebrating Ellington, Eveans, Hancock & Monk

The players were Geri Allen, Kenny Barron,Uri Caine and Randy Weston.

I don't know what style of Jazz this is, but I have to say it's not for me. The only recognizble part of Ellington's Caravan was the first few notes after that it was totally unrecognizable. Geri Allen was the best pianist of all who played. She really made the piano sing. The others were ok.

I preferred the Tuseday nites performance - it's really a matter of what you like to hear, I like jazz, just not the kind played tonite. From the posts I can tell that many of you would have loved tonite. Maybe you'll be able to come to New York before this series ends or come next year. There are always discount tickets available.

trumpet guru
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posted: 6/16/2005 at 12:39:48 AM ET
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I remember feeling that way about some jazz at first too. . . . . Wynton Marsalis: "Black Codes from the Underground" comes to mind.

I had the same kind of reaction to a lot of 20th Century classical music too. Eventually, as I understood more of what they were doing, I came to love all kinds of stuff that put me off at first.

I envy you either way. Such choices at your fingertips.





GOOOOOOROOOOOO

suzyq
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posted: 6/16/2005 at 9:55:51 AM ET
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Hi Trumpet

When it comes to classical music I really dislike Contempory Music - sounds like thunderclaps, pots and pans clanking together. I do like some Stravinsky, and Prokoieve (forgive the spelling.

Hope you get to see these musciains perform in person one day.

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