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Good Night, Lucille (A Tribute to B.B. King)

Posted in Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , on Sunday, 17 May 2015, by Stan

What can be said when the man who has arguably defined and popularized an entire musical genre for eight decades passes on? How will Blues past be remembered now that its King has gone on to join those that have gone before him – names like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Lightnin’ Hopkins? What will the future hold for the Blues? Yes, I know Blues is in good hands, especially when you see and hear groups like The Homemade Jamz Blues Band. But it feels as though Blues has lost its leader.

Riley B. King left us on Thursday night. I heard it on the news the next morning. Although I knew he had to cancel some shows last year due to health issues, I figured he and Lucille would be back on the stage after a couple of months.

During his life, countless awards and honors have deservedly been bestowed upon King. B.B. was also a spokesman in the fight against diabetes, which he had been battling for the last two decades or so. But that didn’t stop him from performing. In fact, his love of performing is what kept him going for so long. He was still giving concerts right up until last year.

King was able to incorporate Rock and Roll, Jazz, traditional Blues, Swing, and Pop into his unique style. While doing so, he influenced innumerable artists from across the musical landscape. Artists from the world of Jazz, Country, R&B, Rock and Roll, Blues, Rock, Pop, and more have all drawn on King’s stylings and recordings for their own projects.

Over the course of a career that has spanned nearly 75 years, King has recorded almost 60 albums. It was a song he cut with The Crusaders called “Better Not Look Down” that lead to a long resurgence in his career. After hearing it, I gained even more respect for this man whose music was now spanning several generations.

I’ve heard B.B.’s recording of  “Lucille” several times on SirusXM radio channel 70. Fittingly, the station is called BB King’s Bluesville. This song is a perfect example of why Blues is one of the best mediums for storytelling. Just listen to the lyrics. Bet it answers a lot of questions you’ve had about B.B.’s life. Then play it again. This time listen to Lucille embellish the story. Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

I would guess that Lucille will either go on to a museum or be buried with King. It just would not seem right for anyone else to play that guitar.

Lucille

 

My first introduction to the music of B.B. King was via a song he released in 1962 called “Mashing the Popeye”. My parents had – and still have – a recording of this on a 45rpm. Remember those? My parents played this song quite often in our house. Not only did this song stay in my mind since I first heard it as a toddler, something about it stuck in my subconscious as well: the sound of a baritone saxophone. At that young age I had no idea what a baritone sax was. It wasn’t until junior high school that I actually got to play the instrument that made those sounds I was hearing on that record.

 

Mashing the Popeye

 

While looking up the links for “Lucille” and “Mashing the Popeye”, this next clip unexpectedly popped up on the YouTube player. It is concert footage I was surprised and extremely pleased to find. Why? Because I was at the Beverly Theatre during that concert. That was the night I got to meet Mr. King in person. As if meeting Mr. King in person was not enough, several other celebrities were in the audience and a few were called up on stage. (You’ll have to see the clip; no spoilers here).

 

James Brown and B.B. King – One Special Night – Legends in Concert

 

After 89 years, Riley King’s life has reached the coda. Rest in peace, Mr. King. And thank you for your musical and personal legacy. Thank you for the countless people whose lives you have made an impression upon.

Jazz Around the World – 1 May – California, United States

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 1 May 2014, by Stan

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Welcome back to the United States. Unfortunately, here ends the Jazz Around the World tour. I’d like to thank you for joining me on this unique journey. I hope you enjoyed the music as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you. One of my dreams is to put together a real Jazz Around the World tour, hitting all of the major Jazz festivals and some of the smaller clubs.

If your flight does not leave right away, we have one more artist who wants to play for you.

Bassist Joshua Crumbly was only thirteen years old when he played along with his dad, saxophonist Ronnie Crumbly on the CD Like Father, Like Son. Fast-forward to 2014: Josh, a native Californian, is currently touring with Terence Blanchard. A recent graduate of The Julliard School, Crumbly is one of the young lions; definitely one to watch.

 

Trio performance at The Julliard School – “Stablemates”

 

With Beka Gochiashvili – Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation”

 

Bass solo with Terrance Blanchard in St. Louis

 

Map of CaliforniaThank you again for joining me for Jazz Around the World. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today!

Jazz Around the World – 29 April – China

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 29 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to China. We will be staying in Shanghai for both performances. Today we will be treated to performances by Shanghai Jazz and also singer Jasmine Chen.

We’ll get things started today with Shanghai Jazz, but before we do, a little clarification is in order: Shanghai Jazz is not the name of the group; it is the name of album – Shanghai Jazz: Musical Seductions from China’s Age of Decadence. The release features more than twenty young Chinese musicians that are at the cutting edge of a resurgence of Jazz in China. Here, then, are a couple of selections from their latest project:

 

The Old Tea House – Shanghai Shuffle/High Society

 

The Love You Can’t Get

 

 

Coming to the stage now is Jasmine Chen. Ms Chen has a gift for singing both in Chinese and English. Her abilities cover both sides of the world of Jazz in China; she sings classic Jazz tunes with her own Chinese lyrics, and she also reinterprets traditional Chinese folks songs in a Jazz setting. Let’s welcome Ms Jasmine Chen:

 

Summer Samba

 

Give Me A Kiss (With Five Below)

 

Take Five

(You may need to turn up the sound for this one)

 

 

Map of ChinaThank you for joining us here in China. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Japan.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 28 April – Philippines

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 28 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to the Philippines. Our lineup today features two greats from different eras.

First we will hear from pianist Roberto Delprado Yulo Enriquez, better known as Bobby Enriquez. Though he is usually associated with the piano, he did play about a dozen other instruments. During his set you will see how he got the nickname “The Wildman”. I was lucky enough to see him perform at the Playboy Jazz Festival back in its infancy. And yes, the nickname fits. Please welcome Bobby Enriquez:

 

Classical Gas

 

Kapantay Ay Langit

 

The Shadow of Your Smile

 

Live at the Village Vanguard with the Ritchie Cole Quintet – “Hi Fly”

 

Next, we’ll hear from Ms Charmaine Clamor. Charmaine can be found gigging around the Los Angeles area…when she is not out touring the world garnering numerous accolades. She is truly becoming a world-class artist. Her sultry voice and impeccable style is winning – and breaking – hearts everywhere. Her brand of music is something she calls ‘Jazzipino’. You have to hear it to understand how she makes Jazzipino work.

We are in for a real treat today: I believe Charmaine will sing for us in three different languages during her set. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms Charmaine Clamor:

 

My Funny Brown Pinay

 

My Harana

 

It Don’t Mean a Thing

 

With Selaelo Selota – “Lolita”

 

Dahil Sa Yo

 

Map of the PhilippinesThank you for joining us here in the Philippines. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: China.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 27 April – Australia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on Sunday, 27 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to Australia. We’re scheduled today to have a couple of artists stop by and play for us. Plus, we’ll hear from a native of neighboring New Zealand who now makes her home here. In fact, she will open our performances today.

Introducing Maree Steinway:

 

Live – “Bye Bye Blackbird”

 

Live – “Comes Love”

 

Next, we travel back in time a bit to hear the man known as the grandfather of Australian Jazz, Graeme Bell and His Australian Jazz Band:

 

Black and Tan Fantasy

 

Our last group is the Australian Jazz Quintet. We will enjoy two selections from them:

 

Samba de Orfeu

 

Sol Fuego

 

Map of AustraliaThank you for joining us here in Australia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: The Philippines.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 26 April – India

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, 26 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to India. Performing for us today is none other than violinist/composer/conductor Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, better known as Dr. L. Subramaniam. To friends and family, he is known as simply, “Mani”.

Dr. L. Subramaniam is another artist whose music came to my attention in the late 1970s/early 1980s. He has gained international fame both for his recordings and the global concerts he has put together. He has over 200 recordings under his belt. Also impressive is his collection of different types of violins. And that Dr. title in front of his name? That’s legitimate; he was a registered General Practitioner before he decided to pursue music full time.

 

Please welcome Dr. L. Subramaniam:

 

Motherland

 

From a concert in Moscow – “Time Must Be Changed”

 

With Herbie Hancock – “Inner Peace”

 

Live at Chowdaiah Hall, Bangalore – “Spanish Wave”

 

Live at The Gateway of India. Part of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival . With Jean-Luc Ponty and Billy Cobham – “Conversations”

 

 

Map of IndiaThank you for joining us here in India. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Australia.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 25 April – Azerbaijan

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on Friday, 25 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to Azerbaijan. We are extremely fortunate today to have royalty in the house.

We have two musicians waiting to perform for you today; both are extremely fluent in expressing their culture through Jazz. Both are well known for their mastery of a style of music known as mugam, a complex, ancient style of music found in Central Asia, the Middle East and Turkey.

To open our concert today, please welcome saxophonist/composer Rain Alladin oglu Sultanov:

 

Baki Xatireleri


Trail of my Dream

 

City of Jazz

 

Footprints

 

 

Coming to the stage now is a lady known internationally as The Princess of Jazz. After recording the “Dance of Fire” album with her, guitarist Al DiMeola said, “Her music has much more meaning for me than just straight ahead Jazz because what I hear is her culture. I hear Azerbaijan.” Welcome, none other than singer/pianist/composer Aziza Mustafa Zadeh:

 

The Princess of Jazz (Sorry, I don’t read Azeri yet so I don’t know what the real title of this song is)

 

Always

 

Dance of Fire

 

It Ain’t Necessarily So

 

 

Map of AzerbaijanThank you for joining us here in Azerbaijan. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: India.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 24 April – Georgia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, 24 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to the country of Georgia. Today we will drop in on pianist Beka Gochiashvili. Beka is taking the Jazz world by storm. This young artist has already compiled quite a resume…and has the attention of some heavyweights in the Jazz arena. Keep your eye on this young lion.

Let’s sit back and enjoy the keys of Beka Gochiashvili.

 

 

Bye Bye Blackbird

 

Cantaloupe Island

 

With Stanley Clarke Trio (Stanley Clarke and Lenny White) – Live at the Blue Note (No title provided)

 

Un Gran Abrazo (Written by Beka for Chick Corea)

 

Impromptu jam session with Chick Cora after rehearsal at Lincoln Center

 

Duo with Beka Gochiashvili and Gadi Lehavi

 

 

Map of GeorgiaThank you for joining us here in Georgia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Train Station for the next leg of our tour. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Azerbaijan.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 23 April – Bulgaria

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, 23 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to Bulgaria. Today we visit with pianist Milcho Leviev. The list of musicians he has performed with is staggering.

In addition to the ‘concert’, on our schedule today is an interview which includes a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, one of Leviev’s favorite pieces, plus a duet with the interviewer.

On a personal note, at a music convention I was privileged to have listened up close and personal to someone playing a Bösendorfer grand piano. I was quite impressed by its deep, reverberant sound. It was like being inside a concert hall. With a group of the caliber of Free Flight, it was a stroke of genius that Leviev plays a Bösendorfer on their self-titled album. Let’s welcome Mr. Milcho Leviev:

 

With Eastern Eye – an excerpt from “Bulgarian Boogie”

 

Concert in Roman Stadium in Plovdiv

 

Encounters 2

 

With Free Flight on The Tonight Show

 

Joe (To Joe Farrell)

 

 

Map of BulgariaThank you for joining us here in Bulgaria. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Port of the Internet for a cruise across the Black Sea. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Georgia.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 22 April – Russia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, by Stan

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Welcome to Russia. Russia is a huge country and there are many artists from which to chose. Therefore we will be staying a while longer so we can listen to all of the musicians that will be playing for you today.

You may have noticed that our cover photo for the Jazz Around the World tour is from right here in Russia; St. Petersburg to be exact. My time here was much too short but it certainly was refreshing to see that Jazz hall during my visit; a firm reminder that Jazz truly is an international language.

Starting things off today will be pianist Ivan Farmakovsky. Ivan, as a student, entered several international competitions, eventually winning a prize in 1997 at the Europe Jazz Contest in Belgium. He was discovered by saxman Igor Butman, whom we will hear from later. Let’s bring to the stage Ivan Farmakovsky:

 

Soul Inside Out

 

Autumn Waltz

 

The Way Home

 

 

Coming to the stage now is singer Sophie Milman. Sophie is a relative newcomer, having only released her first album in 2004. But it didn’t take long for her talents to be recognized. She won a Juno award in 2008. Welcome now, Sophie Milman:

 

La Vie En Rose

 

No More Blues

 

 

Next is guitarist/composer Roman Miroshnichenko. Roman is a frequent performer in Jazz festivals around the world and has collaborated and performed with many of the world’s best musicians. Let’s welcome Roman Miroshnichenko:

 

Summer Night in Gagra

 

With Daniel Kramer – A blues (no title provided)

 

With Charlie Bisharat, Mario Olivares, Dominique DiPiazza, and Over Serrano – “Unforgiven”

 

 

To close out our festival tonight, let’s bring to the stage tenor saxophonist Igor Butman. Many A-listers of the Jazz world have performed with Igor. His command of several different styles is very impressinve. If a poll was taken to find out who is Russia’s greatest Jazz musician, Igor would top the results. Please welcome, Mr. Igor Butman:

 

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

 

Nostalgia

 

Some Skunk Funk

 

Map of RussiaThank you for joining us here in Russia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Bulgaria.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.