Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #70

Contents

WHAT’S YOUR JAZZ?

ABAKA AND DOWD CROWNED AT IRNE’S

TWO WORLDS IN ONE

NO.1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY SWEETENS HBO

EMMETT TILL STORY AT BERKLEE

CROWLEY FILM REVIEWS

MESMORIZING EARTH /SOLID SOLOIST

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

McCORD’s BASH

UP-COMING EVENTS


WHAT’S YOUR JAZZ?

by Kay Bourne

(pictured: Frank Wilkins)

613 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #70New to Boston, jazz music lover PAULINE BILSKY heard countless stories of this city’s past as a jazz mecca. The 20′s. The 30′s. The 40′s. The fabled history was intriguing, yet, looking around it seemed to her, the story isn’t over by a long shot.

To promote the notion that Boston sports an admirable number of outstanding jazz performances nowadays, she and some like minded individuals put together JAZZBoston! The non-profit gets the word out about opportunities to hear the music. “We spread the word to keep jazz going,” she says of its mission. “We build audiences for jazz and we foster and expand opportunities for jazz musicians.”

Their big effort is the annual JAZZ WEEK, which this year runs from APRIL 25 through MAY 3. With a theme of “What’s Your Jazz?” to underline the fact that there’s something going on for just about any taste, Jazz Boston has put together a calendar of events scheduled during this time period. To those nostalgic for the past glories of Boston as a jazz happy town, it may come as a pleasant surprise that Jazz Week lists some 200 events, only a very few of which the organization itself puts on. For a complete view of the goings on you can go online to www.jazzboston.org.

“I think it’s great that the jazz community has come together to make a big statement with jazz,” comments jazz music publicist notable SUE AUCLAIR who represented the Newport Jazz Festival among hundreds of events in the region for more than 20 years. “Ever since the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival stopped happening, the Boston jazz scene has been splintered. Now, JazzBoston seems to be unifying all the sources of live music and creating a wonderful week-long celebration.”

To dip into the cornucopia of opportunities, the opening Saturday, APRIL 25, features, among some 16 events, big name CYRUS CHESTNUT at Scullers Jazz Club; “Blues After Hours” – the 4th annul musical tribute to MAI CRAMER at the Regent Theater in Arlington; a “Salute to Duke” with MARK HARVEY and the AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA at Newton South High School Auditorium, a lively event co-hosted by HavanaClub and SalsaBoston, “Jazz Meets Salsa”, that includes dance lessons so everyone can get out on the floor.

There are a host of free events during Jazz Week from panels to performances from discussions with the legendary GUNTHER SCHULLER to a chamber jazz trio featuring outstanding vocalist DOMINIQUE EADE at the Malden Public Library and on to the marvelous KURTIS RIVERS QUARTET which plays at the VFW Post in Dorchester on Sunday evenings. The Volvo Ocean Race at Fan Pier has joined in as well with three evening jazz concerts on Boston Harbor.

One of the Jazz Boston events is a series of six talks at the Boston Public Library which kicks off with musicologist EMMETT PRICE III, chair of the African American Studies Dept. at Northeastern University, a musician in his own right and the author of some highly regarded books about hip hop and other black music styles. With “Jazzin’ The Generations: How Life’s Lessons Can Be Shared Through Jazz” Professor Price leads an interactive discussion on how jazz conveys the principles of leadership and citizenship and reveals the importance of tradition. That Monday, 12:30 talk is followed in the next days by the screening of the much touted jazz film, the Boston premiere of “Music Inn,” a vocal showcase led by master pianist FRANK WILKINS, a celebration of Duke Ellington’s 100th birthday, an introduction to jazz for the very young, and a talk about the globalization of jazz education.

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