Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ny Times Jazz previews...

Ron Carter Trio Featuring Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone / Tom Harrell: Jazz Meets Classical: Debussy & Ravel (Tuesday) Ron Carter, one of jazz’s most highly regarded bassists, has led this chamberlike group — with Mulgrew Miller, an earthy but modern-spirited pianist, and Russell Malone, a quietly dazzling guitarist — for a number of years, with elegant results. And speaking of elegance, it’s one quality you might reasonably expect from the other ensemble on the bill, led by the trumpeter Tom Harrell and featuring reworkings of music by a pair of French impressionist composers. Part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 414-5994,; $30 in advance, $35 day of show, with a $10 minimum at tables. (Chinen)

Dave Holland Quintet (Monday) The sinewy athleticism and deep sonority of Dave Holland’s bass playing have figured prominently in jazz since the late 1960s, when he was recruited by a restless Miles Davis. Mr. Holland’s career as a bandleader, which began soon afterward, has always been about smart experimentalism with a forward thrust. The best recent illustration has been this explosive but sure-footed quintet, which currently includes Chris Potter on saxophones, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibraphone and Nate Smith on drums. Part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 414-5994,; $25 in advance, $30 day of show, with a $10 minimum at tables. (Chinen)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meshell Ndegeocello / NY Times review...

Meshell Ndegeocello outlined a catalog of social and natural disasters at one point in her sold-out show at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday night. “You turn on the telly and every other story/Is tellin’ you somebody died,” she sang in her deep-shadow vocal register, a notch or two above a murmur. The tune was “Sign o’ the Times,” by Prince, rearranged for upright bass, pinging keyboards and hazy rhythm. The overhaul affected everything but melody and lyrics, amplifying the bitterness in the song (more at

Monday, June 13, 2011

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is in the photo gallery

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Brian Wilson / Village Voice interview

You've talked about listening to "Rhapsody in Blue" as a child, and last year you released your album of Gershwin standards. What is it about Gershwin's music that has proven so impactful throughout your life?

Well, his harmonies I like a lot. I learned a lot about music from him.

What specifically in the harmonies is so resonant with you?

His violins.

Your love of Gershwin certainly answers the question from "When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)": "Will I dig the same things that turned me on as a kid?" What else from your childhood do you still love today?

Chuck Berry. Phil Spector.
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Tickets for June 11, 12, & 13 are available here.

Brian Wilson, The Roots, Chaka Khan Get Jazzy For Inaugural Blue Note Fest

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Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell / NY Times review

NY Times review here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Gregory Porter / Ny Times

This Sunday he headlines “Jazz Meets Soul,” a concert at the Highline Ballroom, as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Next month he’ll play a smattering of dates in Europe, where he has something of a following. His debut, “Water,” on the Motéma label, was in the running for Best Jazz Vocal Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. (more at

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Win Duncan Sheik tickets

Next week, Duncan Sheik will release his new album Covers 80s. The album features covers of some of the most memorable 80′s hits from Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears to New Order and the Smiths. Duncan will be playing a special, intimate concert at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Wednesday June 8th and we want YOU to be there!
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McCoy Tyner Trio & Savion Glover