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BDJ Festival, days 8-10: the wrap

June 16, 2009
And on the seventh day, the sousaphone rested.

And on the seventh day... (the sousaphone rested.)

Well maybe it says enough about the last three days of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival that I didn’t have time to jump in here and share an update until now, two days after it has ended.

Every day was filled with tents and stages, artists and good friends, and dancing to the sounds of the area’s best street performers and school-aged bands and ensembles.

Each night rang with music from the festival’s headliners and the wide variety of acts in neighborhood clubs, cafés and streetside patios.

Reggae, gypsy swing, close harmony, experimental, big band, little band, funk, African drumming, a Fela Kuti tribute, and gospel singing…we didn’t miss anything.

Impossible to pick out the best of the lot from the last three days: was it the Branford Marsalis concert last Friday evening, where we were

Corey Harris

Corey Harris

introduced to his brilliant new 18-year old (!) drummer? The after-party at the Thai restaurant with the area’s hottest Afro-Cuban jam band? Maybe it was the inspiring City Park sidewalk drawing contest, and deep reggae groove at the Waterfront Tent on Saturday night. Or Anat Cohen’s off-the-charts performance on opening night. Or, the gospel singers on the Marketplace Sunday afternoon, followed by the sweet swing of Django stylings at the local coffee house.

Really impossible.

I can tell you I didn’t see and hear everything I wanted to during the Festival’s 10 days: on Saturday night I made the call to stay in the Tent and ride out the rain with   Pato Banton’s positive jah vibes, instead of walking up the hill to hear Pink Martini singing at the Flynn

Lettuce @ the Waterfront Tent

Lettuce @ the Waterfront Tent

Theatre. That meant I also missed Martini’s hot opening act, the innovative, quirky, and unconventionally ingenious Sneakin’ Out. Great fun! Or so I heard. They played typewriters. Apparently really well. I do regret missing that.

It was a strong Festival with a lot of high points: planned, many unplanned, and several that weren’t even directly related to the Festival. (The banjo happening at the Firehouse Gallery – unbelievable.)

The only act that didn’t quite measure up artistically was still entertaining. Saxophonist/vocalist/songwriter Grace Kelly lit up the FlynnSpace last Tuesday night with her charm and natural stage presence, even if her music didn’t reach that same level of accomplishment. It’s a tough one to criticize. She’s 17, and the fact that she’s leading her own group at festivals around the world is a notable achievement in itself. But a little less time touring and more time practicing, developing a unique voice, and becoming a stronger player and singer will ultimately be the key to making sure that Grace makes the transition from teen phenom to adult contender in the next crucial couple of years. She can do it, she has everything and more it takes to be great. Even time is on her side, and how many artists can say that?

Yesterday downtown I saw the Festival banners coming down, posters being scraped off the inside of shop windows, and the energy on the Marketplace had already been transformed from the creative crackle of the past week to the usual hum of more typical touristy summer activity.

That just means it’s time to start planning for Discover Jazz Festival 2010!

(Congratulations to the Festival staff, sponsors, partners, the volunteer crew, and ALL of the musicians and artists who made this year’s Festival such a rich experience.)

playlist #73 (6/1/2009)-Festival previews, jazz poetry, new world music

June 2, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #73 – 6/1/09 – Previews of the Discover Jazz and Waterfront Festivals; classic jazz poetry, and new world music.
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Jack Kerouac: History of Bop / Readings on the Beat Generation / WordBeat 90044 – (USA)
Will Bernard w/Andy Hess, John Medeski & Stanton Moore: Gonzo / Blue Plate Special / Palmetto 2008 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival on Tue. 6/9, 10pm: * … ernard.php *
The Funkees: Akula Owu Onyeara (Don’t Beat the Madman) / Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues, 1970-1976 / Sound Way 9 – (NIGERIA)
Utia: Danza Ritual / Eterno Navegar / World Village 498024 – (BRAZIL)
Kronos Quartet: Tanburi Cemil Bey / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (SAN FRANCISCO/TURKEY) *NEW*
Buddy Guy featuring Eric Clapton: Every Time I Sing The Blues / Skindeep / Silvertone 734316 – (USA) * At the Burlington Waterfront Festival w/Bettye Lavette on Thu. 7/9: *
Langston Hughes: The Story of the Blues / The Voice of Langston Hughes / Smithsonian Folkways 47001 – (USA)
Tiris: El Leil, El Leil (The night, the night) / Sandtracks / Sandblast 1 – (MALI)
Anat Cohen & The Anzic Orchestra: Cry Me A River / Noir / Anzic 1201 – (USA/ISRAEL) * Opening the Discover Jazz Festival this Friday night w/Esperanza Spalding: … alding.php *
Esperanza Spalding: Ponta de Areia / Esperanza / Heads Up Int’l 3140 – (USA/BRAZIL)
Blue Asia: La Yeu Cua Tung Yeu-Samba de Janeiro / Hotel Vietnam / King Record Co. 961 – (JAPAN)
Sarazino: Ecos de Radio Iguana / Ya Foy! / Cumbancha Discovery / (N/A) – (ALGERIA/MONTREAL) * NEW – preview: to be released in August *
The Baileys: Rocky Road to Dublin / A Song For Ireland / Toucan Cove 1105 – (IRELAND) *NEW*
Alicia Villareal: Insensible A Ti / Orgullo de Mujer / Universal B0006605 – (MEXICO)
Oreka Tx with Mongolian musicians: Lauhazka / Nomadak Tx / World Village 469085 – (SPAIN/MONGOLIA/MOROCCO) *NEW*
Pato Banton & The Mystic Roots Band: Stay Positive / Positive Vibrations / PB 2007 – (UK/JAMAICA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival World Music Tent on Sat. June 13th @ 5: … ulture.php *
Anat Cohen: J Blues / Notes From the Village / Anzic 1302 – (USA/ISRAEL) / * Opening the Discover Jazz Festival this Friday night w/Esperanza Spalding: … alding.php *
Hayden Carruth: “Sure” Said Benny Goodman / Hayden Carruth, A Listener’s Guide / Copper Canyon Press 3 – (USA)
The Russ Spiegel Orchestra: Number One / Transplants / Ruzztone Music 1001 – (USA) *NEW*
Johnny Mercer: Strip Polka / Those Were Our Songs / Capitol 535774 – (USA)
Sandra Sandia: La Marisol / Sandra Sandia / 2008 – (USA)
Kimi Djabaté: Fatu / Karam / Cumbancha Discovery – (GUINEA-BISSAU) * NEW – preview: to be released in July *
Constance Amiot: L’étourderie / Fairytale / Tôt Ou Tard 2007 – (FRANCE)
Al Young: Lester Leaps In / In Their Own Voices / WordBeat 72408 – (USA)
Grace Kelly: I’ll Remember April / Mood Changes / PAZZ 16 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival on Tue. 6/9, at 8:30pm: … ekelly.php *

playlist #72 (5/25/2009)-memorial day, summertime, and mucho new music

May 25, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #72 – 5/25/09 – Memorial Day with Count Basie, Sammy Kaye, and Count Basie. Listening to international versions of “Summertime”, and lots of new music.
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / – (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Count Basie & His Orchestra: For the Good of Your Country / I’m Beginning to See the Light / Columbia 14539 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
Hazmat Modine: Yesterday Morning (“Summertime”) / The Womexizer 07 / Womex 7 – (USA)
Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra featuring Jerry Stuart: This is the Army, Mr. Jones / Remember Pearl Harbor / RCA 63816 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra: Remember Pearl Harbor / Remember Pearl Harbor / RCA 63816 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
Gabriel Allegria: Summertime / Nuevo Mundo / Saponegro 2007 – (PERU)
Cristina Branco: Secret Sensus / Decca 3225 – (PORTUGAL)
Novalima (EarthRise “Bedouin Breakdown” Mix): Se Me Van / Coba Coba Remixed / Cumbancha 11 – (PERU) *NEW (SNEAK PREVIEW) – to be released on 6/16*
Alicia Villareal: Ladron / Soy Lo Prhobido / Universal 440 014 824 – (MEXICO)
Kronos Quartet feat. Ljova: Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me (Trad. Iraqi song) / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (IRAQ/SAN FRANCISCO) *NEW*
Chen Jie-bing: Eve’s Night / Spirit on Two Strings (vol. 1) / Wind Records 1001 – (CHINA)
East West: Summertime / East West / EW 1080 – (JAPAN/SAN DIEGO) *NEW*
Café Tacuba: El Aparato / Re / WEA 967842 – (MEXICO)
Otra: Con Otra in New Orleans / Todo Pa’La Gente / Otra 2004 – (N’AWLINS)
Jake Shimabukuro: Spain /Live / Hitchike Records 1109 – (USA) *NEW* – *NEW* – In Burlington on 6/21 at Higher Ground:
Omara Portuondo & Richard Bona: Drume Negrita / Gracias World Village 479021 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Café de L’Art: Kapaboteakiemata vol. 5 / Eros Music 2952 – (GREECE)
Pato Banton & The Mystic Roots Band: Niceness / Positive Vibrations / PB 2007 – (UK/JAMAICA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival World Music Tent on Sat. June 13th @ 5: … ulture.php *
Pink Martini: Tempo Perdido / Hey Eugene! / Heinz Records 3 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival (Flynn Main Stage) on Sat. June 13th @ 8: … artini.php *
Grace Kelly: It Might As Well Be Spring / Mood Changes / Pazz Productions 16 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival on Sat. June 13th @ 8:30: … -kelly.php *
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Weyu Lárigi Weyu (Day By Day) / Hear Globally / Cumbancha 91 – (BELIZE) *NEW COLLECTION*
Roswell Rudd & Toumani Diabaté: Sena et Mariam (“Summertime”) / MALICool / Soundscape 3008 – (MALI/USA)
Ofra Haza: Im Nin’ Alu (Trad. Yemenite Song) / Shaday / Sire 25816 – (ISRAEL)
Danielle Martineau: Le Quadrille des Homards / Les Secrets du Vent / DAMA 401 – (CANADA)
Maria de Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE) *NEW*
Gangbé Brass Band: Un été à Vodelée (A Summer in Vodelée) / Assiko / Contre Jour 21 – (BENIN)
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra w/Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, & The Modernaires: When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Remember Pearl Harbor / RCA 63816 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*

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