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playlist #161 (6/6/11)-the jazz fest edition

June 6, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #161 – Featuring the great jazz artists of Vermont, and many playing at this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Bonerama: Epistrophy / Bringing it Home / MTP 1101 – (N’AWLINS) * playing 6/9 at the Waterfront Groove Tent
Catherine Russell: All The Cats Join In / Inside This Heart of Mine / World Village 468092 – (USA) * playing 6/8 at the Flynn Space
Ray Vega: Smile, You’re In Beirut / Squeeze Squeeze / Palmetto    2097 – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/5 at the Flynn Space
Will Patton Ensemble: Charanga / Flow / King’s Hill Music 511 – (MADE IN VT) * playing 8/10, 8p-midnight at Leunig’s
Roberta Gambarini: Centerpiece / Easy To Love / Kindred Rhythm 1122 – (ITALY) * playing 6/11 on the Flynn Main Stage
Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Yellow are Crowds of Flowers, ii / the image of your body / Cryptogramophone 131 – (USA) * playing 6/9 at the Flynn Space
Poncho Sanchez: Cantaloupe Island / Psychedelic Blues / Concord Picante 31526 – (MEXICO / USA) * playing 6/10 on the Flynn Main Stage
Jay Clayton: Sunshower / In and Out of Love / Sunnyside 12602 – (USA) * playing 6/7 at the Flynn Space
Les Doigts de L’Homme: I’ve Found a New Baby / 1910 / Alma Records 61312 – (FRANCE) * playing 6/12 at the Flynn Space
PoJazz: Things to Pray to in Vermont / Last Days: Live at the Black Door / (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT) * playing tonight (6/6) at half lounge, 7:30pm
Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / Queen City Hot Club / (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/3 at Leunigs
Sheila Jordan: The Zoo / Jazz Child / High Note 7029 – (USA) * playing 6/7 at the Flynn Space
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Only Of A Season / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin 82561 – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/5 at the Flynn Space
Jennifer Hartswick: Gentle Rain / True / Rubber Jungle Records 7 – (MADE IN VT) * with her quartet at Red Square, 7pm on 6/7
Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Knocking From The Inside / The Whole Tree Gone / Firehouse 12 04-01-012 – (USA) * playing 6/9 at the Flynn Space
Poncho Sanchez: Silver’s Serenade / Psychedelic Blues / Concord Picante 31526 – (MEXICO / USA) * playing 6/10 on the Flynn Main Stage
JD Allen: The Pilot’s Compass / Vctory! / Sunnyside 1280 – (USA) * playing tonight (6/6 on the Flynn Main Stage
Vorcza: A Call for all Demons / Corner of the Morning / (self-produced) 2005 – (MADE IN VT) * playing 6/8 at Red Square, 8pm
Catherine Russell: Slow as Molasses / Inside This Heart of Mine / World Village 468092 – (USA) * playing 6/8 at the Flynn Space
Les Doigts de L’Homme: Les Doigts dans La Prise / Les Doigts dans La Prise / Cristal Records 2008 – (FRANCE) * playing 6/12 at the Flynn Space
Guagua: Riff / Tres / 2009 (MADE IN VT) *playing 6/7 at Radio Bean, 6pm

playlist #139 (12/13/10)-listening to 2010, pt. 2

December 13, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #139 – The second of four shows dedicated to some of the best international music of 2010
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Mi Herencia Latina / Viva La Tradición / Concord Picante 32263 – (NY CITY, USA) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Tropical Latin Album *
Angélique Kidjo: Kelele / Õÿö / (demo) – (BENIN) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Contemporary World Music Album *
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Scary Politicians / Revelation / Megawave 342 – (JAMAICA) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Reggae Album *
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba featuring Harouna Samake: Torin Torin / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience-Out Here Records 1 – (MALI) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Traditional World Music Album *
Anadolu University Folkdance Ensemble: Adiyaman / Turkey-Traditional Music / ARC Music 2301 – (TURKEY)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder 7068 – (CAPE BRETON)
Soulive: Day Tripper / Rubber Soulive / Royal Family Records 1003 – (BUFFALO, USA)
Los Illusionistas: Colegiala / The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru / Barbès Records 28 – (PERU)
Mayte Martin: Al Sur de Los Limones & En Aquel Tiempo / Al Cantar A Manuel / World Village 46087 – (SPAIN)
Trio Zamora: Vacilon / The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina / Ahi-Nama 1068 – (CUBA)
Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabaté & Friends: Mali Cuba / Afrocubism / World Circuit 525993 – (CUBA/AFRICA)
Red Baraat: Tunak Tunak Tun / Chaal Baby / Sin Records 110 – (NY CITY, USA)
Joan Soriano: Mi Último Llanto / El Duque de la Bachata / iASO 5 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)         4:47
Dota und Die Stadtpiraten: Ohrsteckermädchen / Bis Auf Den Grund / Kleingeld Prinzessin Records 12708 – (GERMANY)
Manicato: Familia / Familia / 2010 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA)
Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / Queen City Hot Club / (demo) – (MADE IN VT)
Michele Choinière: La Bergère / La Violette / – (MADE IN VT)
Guagua: Subterranean Subterfuge / Tres / – (MADE IN VT)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & the Quintette of the Hot Club of France / – (MADE IN VT)
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: It’s a New York Thing / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin 82561 – (MADE IN VT)
Julio Boom y Ikano MC: El Boom Boom / El Boom Boom / TUMI 159 – (CUBA)
The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder & Lila Downs: El Relampago / San Patricio / Hear Music 31321 – (IRELAND/USA/MEXICO)

playlist #117 (6/21/10)-the world cup of music

June 22, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #117 – …the show that’s like a World Cup, for your ears!
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Sonny Rollins: St. Thomas / Saxophone Colossus / Prestige 1501 –  (USA)
Kali: L’Histoire du Zouk / Caribbean Party / Putumayo 132 – (MARTINIQUE)
The New Islanders: Caribbean Cruise / Music of the Caribbean / Intersound 8906 – (TRINIDAD)
Sunshiners (covering John Lennon): Woman / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter A Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
Emad Sayyah: Balla Tghanni Ya Mourkos / Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2278 – (LEBANON) *NEW*
Celia Cruz: Celia’s Oye Como Va / Siempre Vivré / Sony 489544 – (CUBA)
Mario Grigorov: Cuban Soil, Cuban Sun / Paris to Cuba / Warm & Genuine Records 1 – (BULGARIA)
Toots and the Maytals (covering Phish): Back On The Train / Dub Like An Antelope / Red Hillz Music 2009 – (JAMAICA)
Madagascar Slim: Good Life / Good Life Good Living / MS 1 – (MADAGASCAR)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Golem!: Tell Her You Love Her / Citizen Boris / JDub 113 – (USA)
Razia: Yoyoyo / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Staff Benda Bilili: Je t’aime / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Long-ge: Playing Mahjong / Blues Around The World / Putumayo 253 – (TAIWAN)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder Records 7068 – (CAPE BRETON) *NEW*
Chuck Bernstein: Delta Berimbau Blues / Delta Berimbau Blues / CMB Records 102844 – (USA)
Gil Scott Heron: New York Is Killing Me / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Pelham Gardens / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin Records 82561 –  (USA) *NEW*
Fela Kuti: No Agreement / The Best of the Black President / Universal 3145431972 – (NIGERIA)
Alicia Villareal: No, Oh, Oh / Se Cruza / Universal 2264 – (MEXICO)
The Hot Club of San Francisco: Spivy / Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (USA)
La Macanita: Adiós Tristeza / The Rough Guide to Flamenco / Rough Guide 1189 – (SPAIN)
Señor Coconut: Firecracker / Yellow Fever! / Nacional Records 54124 – (CHILE)
Black Uhuru: Hey Joe / Now! Dub / Mesa 79022 – (JAMAICA)
Novalima: Coba Guarango (Toni Economides Remix) / Coba Coba Remixed / Cumbancha 11 – (PERU)

the new old place

May 30, 2010

Jeremy Hill

Destination: Monty’s Old Brick Tavern in Williston

Purpose: Check out the place under its new ownership and enjoy a sweet Sunday afternoon of music with Ray Vega (trumpet/fluglehorn), Jeremy Hill (bass) and Joe Capps (guitar).

Monty’s reopened as Monty’s around a year ago, after two or so years being run as the breakfast-and-lunch only “Old Brick Café”. A couple of unremarkable experiences there under its former name were enough to keep me away for a while, and I hadn’t made it back in there until today. Glad I did.

It was a little on the early side for dinner, so a glass of Malbec and a couple of selections from the $3 appetizer menu just hit the spot. The mini flatbread was deliciously crisp and melty and very hot when delivered, while the hummus plate offered a generous selection of raw vegetables, perfectly firm kalamata olives, and pita corners. The rounded scoop of hummus in the middle of the plate had good flavor though it was crumbly and served fridge-cold. OK, not great. However, as a BIG contrast to previous experiences there, the service was timely, attentive, and very pleasant.

Musically, too, Monty’s has come into its own in supporting local music including the Sunday afternoon jazz series. Today’s lineup was Ray Vega (trumpet/fluglehorn), Joe Capps, guitar, and bassist Jeremy Hill. They swung through classics including Bye Bye Blackbird, and Things Ain’t What They Used To Be in a leisurely first set that made a lovely accompaniment to the incoming fading sunlight from late afternoon into early evening.

These are all players you’ll have a chance to see again (in different ensemble pairings) over the next couple of weeks as the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival gets into full swing downtown. Look for them, you’ll love the music. And when you’re ready to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon of music and good food, I recommend taking a little drive outside of Burlington (maybe on a Sunday afternoon?) and visiting Monty’s.

jazz lives here

June 5, 2009
Mayor Bob Kiss and the proclamation

Mayor Bob Kiss and the proclamation

Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss wrapped up his introduction with three little words: “Jazz lives here!”

In fact it will live, radiate, and virtually define the personality of the city for the next ten days.

Tonight’s opening reception (per tradition, held at Halvorson’s on the upper end of Church street) overflowed from the porch to the patio, and from the patio backflowing into the hallway to the dining room. On the covered stage in the corner of the patio, the Anthony Santor Trio (Anthony with Gabe Jarrett and Shane Hardiman) serenaded the surge of folks who had come for the event. In his introduction, the Mayor proclaimed June as “Jazz Appreciation Week” in Burlington. Get set, we’re on the way now!

After the festival reception I stopped in at the Davis Center nearby to check out the new UVM Jazz Collective, formed by trumpeter Ray Vega with other jazz faculty. It wasn’t officially a Festival event, but the association is inevitable. Especially since so many of the players are also Festival regulars. I hope Vega becomes one of them or better yet, starts playing around town more often even when it’s not Festival season, now that he’s been here a year and life is settling in for him and his family.

The show was hot! And the format was really refreshing, as the lineup changed with every tune. Quartet, Nonet, Quintet, the personnel and textures were as versatile and subtly shifting as the colorful lighting that flanked the stage.

the Collective

the Collective

One of the many highlights came in the first set in Monk’s Evidence, as Tom Cleary walked in the giant’s footsteps and spun out some very, very nice, complex lines. Any Monk fan would have been thrilled by that one.

Late night here so I’ll sign off for now and save some energy to get to the Festival tomorrow and share some more thoughts. Tomorrow is the first in the “Meet the Artist” series with artist-in-residence, jazz critic Bob Blumenthal. That’s at 5:30, and then the double billing Festival opener with Esperanza Spalding and Anat Cohen starts at 8 on the Main Stage.

Sleep, what?

No time!

See you tomorrow. Oh. It is tomorrow.

the week, past and future

May 30, 2009
Rupa Marya (of 'Rupa & The Aprilfishes')

Rupa Marya (of 'Rupa & The Aprilfishes')

I’m listening to New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins right now sharing his favorite BBQ recipes, on The Splendid Table. His band’s called The BBQ Swingers, and he’s known for setting up a grill near the stage to encourage spontaneous acts of audience participation in charred food. No bottles and cans allowed in the park, but what about ribs & slaw? Sounds great to me!

Seems like there’s been a lot of music in the news recently:

  • This morning NPR recognized Benny Goodman’s 100th birthday anniversary – including some discussion with Anat Cohen, who’s transcribing many of Benny’s solos AND appearing at this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, later this week. (More on that in a minute).
  • NPR arts reporter and producer Felix Contreras shared an overview of today’s new Latin music scene, by way of three new releases: Luz del Ritmo, from Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs; Coba Coba, from the Afro-Peruvian groovemasters Novalima; and the lead singer from Yerba Buena, CuCu Diamantes’ debut solo effort CuCu Land , singing in a Dominican-flavored vernacular she calls “urban tropical”
  • About a week ago Fresh Air reprised an interview with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, engineers of the distinct ‘Philly sound’ with classics like If You Don’t Know Me By Now
  • On The Story, Dick Gordon talked to Rupa Marya about the music that lives at the intersection of her two professions: as a singer/songwriter, and medical doctor
  • …and a couple of days ago I when woke up to BBC World Update I heard a really interesting story about a cellist and his ventures into experimental music. I wasn’t able to find more info about it at the BBC site. Too bad, I wanted to share the link here. Maybe you’ll have better luck – look for it in the BBC World Update on Thursday (5/28) morning.

Taking a look ahead, it’s going to be a really busy week with all of the music coming up around town. Monday promises my first experience on the Green at Shelburne Museum, with

Byrne's tour poster

Byrne's tour poster

David Byrne. The program description says “songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno”, and that probably means a generous dose of music from their new collaboration, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Is it too much to hope that we might also get the rare treat of hearing some things (“the Jezebel Spirit” – please? Please!?) from some of their earlier work together, like the landmark electro-adventure, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts?

On Thursday evening, after the opening reception for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, I’ll be hurrying over to UVM to catch the debut concert with trumpeter Ray Vega and his new Jazz Ensemble.

And Friday, well, that’s the start of the blur of sounds and experiences that typically characterize the time during the annual Discover Jazz Festival. As much as I usually know what I’ll be seeing and doing during the Festival, there’s often just as much that happens unexpectedly. Some of the most memorable encounters in past festivals have been the ones that weren’t planned. Like last year’s spontaneous jam session on Church Street, which started with a couple of players and picked up momentum with more and more folks stopping by, onlookers stepping aside to make way for the multiplying empty cases and trunks that accumulated in a cluttered ring around the jam. They made some noise that day!

The planned parts this week include the double-bill with Esperanza Spalding and Anat Cohen on Friday night, lots of live music and bands on Church Street and in City Park; Big Joe Burrell Day; and Belizbeha & the Country Horns next Saturday.

Stay tuned, updates coming here through the week. And by all means leave a comment here if you’re inspired to mention your own experiences or thoughts about live music this summer.

We’re just getting started, you know.

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