Jazz Fest 2013 (Slideshow)
The NUVO Street Team set up shop at the Jazz Kitchen on Saturday, September 21 to celebrate the completion of another massively successful week of Indy Jazz Fest! With smooth sounds, smooth drinks, delicious food and perfect weather, we couldn't have asked for much more!
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JazzFest closed Sept. 21 with 14 hours of community programs.
Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold conducted a spirited improvisation master class. Historian/author David Williams guided drummer and club owner Al Coleman, trumpet player Clifford Ratliff, pianist Carl Hines and guitarist Steve Weakley to reveal the influence of Crispus Attucks High School teachers on their successful jazz careers spanning the past half century.
Indianapolis-based jazz groups bringing their distinctive styles included headliners Adam Thompson, Sophie Faught, Jared Thompson, Sunset Stomp, Monika Herzig and Ratliff at Yats.
Appearing at the Jazz Kitchen were Farrelly Markiewicz Quartet, Unity, Bill Lancton MG6, Trilogy and Zach Lapidus in what many named "the best Herbie Hancock Tribute band."
Perhaps the most touching, awe-inspiring moment during the 11-day festival was when Everett Green invited Brenda Williams back on stage and the two improvised an endearing duet.
Reflections from various stops along the JazzFest 2013 music trail:
Zach Lapidus Trio inaugurated the first live performances at Brugge with an atmospheric program, bringing 40+ into communion with each other on the upper terrace framed by softly floating clouds against powder-blue sky. Lapidus on keys, Jesse Wittman on bass and Greg Artry on drums spun off from recognizable tunes to doodle their way through low-key concurrent conversations, moving to chatty whimsy or introspective commentary. Listening to each other filtered through their own thoughts about where they want to be going, they took us along if we're so inclined or let us wander if that was preferred. [see Beer Buzz column for more about Pub Creep].
At Butler's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, clarinetist Shawn Goodman and pianist Gary Walters extended standard charts through their engaging relationship. Four of the eight pieces were from the new CD Not Your Benny's Goodman including Wayne Shorter's dreamy, bluesy "Infant Eyes;" Sarah Vaughn's sultry swing version of George and Ira Gershwin's "Embraceable You;" JohnBlackburn's and Karl Suessdorf's "Moonlight in Vermont,"a tempo-changing journey into the reaches of land-and-sky-scape; and Thad Jones' airborne "A Child is Born."Having first heard "Chaz Carter" on Walters' solo piano album Moments in Time, the addition of Goodman's clarinet created an aural pas de deux, reaching into the soul of Walters' tribute to the late bebop saxophonist/clarinetist Chuck Carter. The program continued to cross genres and decades withFreddie Hubbard's colorful "Little Sunflower," Richard Rodgers' and Lorenz Hart's confessional "It Never Entered My Mind,"and the whimsical, meandering "Dear Old Stockholm,"nicely up-tempo from the Miles Davis cover as I recalled it.
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane met an enthusiastic reception at his Jazz Kitchen debut with hyperkinetic drummer Jonathan Blake, soul-searching bassist Dezron Douglas and deliberately-passionate pianist David Virelles.
Plumbing the expansive vocabulary of post-bop jazz with its jumbling notes ordering themselves into tricky rhythms and complicated harmonies, the foursome viscerally enjoyed each others' meandering improvisations. Yet much as these forays engaged, particularly through Coltrane's robust playing, what enthralled was Coltrane's homage to his mother, Alice Coltrane, with Charlie Haden's "For Turiya." Veering from the haunting rendition on his newest album, Blending Times, Coltrane's live arrangement brought the four players to another level of ethereal spirituality – the silences seep in, memory enfolds.
– Rita Kohn
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