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2008 Detroit Jazzfest

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XM 70 (Real Jazz) played two hours worth of the Jazz Fest today. I caught about 30 minutes and it was great.

Wish I could have gone.
 

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I was there Saturday, Sunday and today. Just got back home.

Some Highlights:

The Latin Jazz All Stars feature Steve Turre (trombone), Ray Vega (trumpet), Arturo O'Farrill (piano), Dave Valentin (flute), Yunior Terry (bass), Pete Escovedo (timbales) --Shelia E's dad, Phoenix Rivera (drums), and Chembo Corniel (percussion).

Special guest Kenny Burrell

Dr. Barry Harris
Benny Golson
Lewis Nash
Jimmy Heath
Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band
Hot Club of Detroit

Honorable mention goes to the crazy Brazilian band Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey--the only band that could play "Twenty First Century Schizoid Man" and Carmen.

The biggest surprise was that the streets were full of...people. Yes, people! It is first time I've been in Detroit in over twenty years and seen the downtown streets in use, teeming with people.
 

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No detroit for me... did make it out to the opening of the Chicago Jazzfest, though. Sonny Rollins was fucking ahhhMAZING.
 

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More highlights:


Christian McBride Band
Christian (bass) Geoffrey keezer (piano) Ron Blake (sax) Terreon Gully (drums)

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Ravi Coltrane's Tribute to Alice with Charlie Haden (bass), Jack DeJohnnette (drums), Geri Allen (piano) Brandee Younger (harp) Ravi (sax). Ravi is John Coltrane's son. Alice was John's wife and Ravi's mother. Alice (deceased) during her career played harp and piano.

Stanley Jordan Trio

Kenny Garrett Quartet

Roy Hargrove Quintet

Brian Bromberg w/Randy Brecker and Jeff Lorber
 

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I missed Roy Hargrove?!?!
 

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^Roy Hargrove jammed all over the festival! He blew the doors down with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. See him live if you can.
 

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The Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend was also great:

  • Sonny Rollins - with two Chicagoans guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Kobie Watkins
  • Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring trumper Brian Lynch, altoist Donald Harrison and trombonist Conrad Herwig
  • After-fest jam session with Ira Sullivan, Kobie Watkins and Brian Lynch
  • Sean Jones Quintet
  • Tribute to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music featuring Amina Claudine Myers, Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith and Thurman Barker
  • Eight Bold Souls featurning artist-in-residence Ed Wilkerson and special guest vocalist Dee Alexander
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater's tribute to Betty Carter featuring pianinst Mulgrew Miller
  • Vijay Iyer Quintet playing a specially-commissioned price
  • Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy
  • Gerald Wilson and his Orchestra playing a specially commissioned piece
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet
 

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Originally Posted by ld111134
The Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend was also great:
  • Sonny Rollins - with two Chicagoans guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Kobie Watkins
  • Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring trumper Brian Lynch, altoist Donald Harrison and trombonist Conrad Herwig
  • After-fest jam session with Ira Sullivan, Kobie Watkins and Brian Lynch
  • Sean Jones Quintet
  • Tribute to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music featuring Amina Claudine Myers, Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith and Thurman Barker
  • Eight Bold Souls featurning artist-in-residence Ed Wilkerson and special guest vocalist Dee Alexander
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater's tribute to Betty Carter featuring pianinst Mulgrew Miller
  • Vijay Iyer Quintet playing a specially-commissioned price
  • Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy
  • Gerald Wilson and his Orchestra playing a specially commissioned piece
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet
Sublime. Did you see Mulgrew Miller perform?
 

mr monty

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Originally Posted by ld111134
The Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend was also great:

  • Sonny Rollins - with two Chicagoans guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Kobie Watkins
  • Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring trumper Brian Lynch, altoist Donald Harrison and trombonist Conrad Herwig
  • After-fest jam session with Ira Sullivan, Kobie Watkins and Brian Lynch
  • Sean Jones Quintet
  • Tribute to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music featuring Amina Claudine Myers, Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith and Thurman Barker
  • Eight Bold Souls featurning artist-in-residence Ed Wilkerson and special guest vocalist Dee Alexander
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater's tribute to Betty Carter featuring pianinst Mulgrew Miller
  • Vijay Iyer Quintet playing a specially-commissioned price
  • Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy
  • Gerald Wilson and his Orchestra playing a specially commissioned piece
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet

Did you get to hear Dee Alexander? She is one awesome jazz vocalist, one of the best in the world. The sad thing, she is almost unknown outside of Chicago.
She sings alot at the Velvet Lounge.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=211863018
 

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Originally Posted by mr monty
Did you get to hear Dee Alexander? She is one awesome jazz vocalist, one of the best in the world. The sad thing, she is almost unknown outside of Chicago.
She sings alot at the Velvet Lounge.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=211863018


Mulgrew Miller played a wonderful set with bassist Ira Coleman and drummer Winard Harper backing the lovely, sexy and immesely talented Dee Dee Bridgewater in a literally breathtaking tribute to Betty Carter. They especially rocked an uptempo version of Betty's signature tune, "Tight" and they closed with a stunning verson of Nina Simone's "Four Women" which brought down the house.

Dee Alexander was also amazing - she preformed with Ed Wilkerson's Eight Bold Souls (). The band is based here in Chicago (in fact, bassist Harrison Bankhead regularly backs Dee). Dee sings every Wednesday at the new, bigger and much better Jazz Showcase. I've also seen Dee at the Green Mill (a few months ago she nudged me with a big grin after I nodded off during her backing trio's warm-up tune) and Pop's for Champagne
 

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