August 30, 1992 |
* * * * Dr. Michael White, "New Year's at the Village Vanguard," Antilles. Clarinetist White again reaches back to the songbooks of such early jazz greats as Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet in this sparkling live set recorded in January at New York's venerable jazz club. This outing sings, sparked by the presence of such players as White, his pal Wynton Marsalis and trumpeter Wendell Brunious, all of whom know the critical importance in this music of melody over chord progressions.
March 24, 1989 |
"At the Catfish Hotel," to be seen at midnight tonight on the Bravo Channel, was presumably designed as a nostalgic glance at the formative years of jazz. Recorded at the Columns Hotel in New Orleans, it was produced and directed by Jim Gabour. Although Curt Jerde, who plays tuba and was the musical director, is credited with historical research, there is almost nothing to be learned from the script. The story of the New Orleans funeral is told as if we hadn't heard it a thousand times before.
July 1, 1991 |
In its continuing crusade to perpetuate New Orleans jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band--with its mix of young and old players--provided a convincing case at UCLA's Wadsworth Hall for the past and present value of this collectively improvised music. This particular ensemble, perhaps the best of the various Preservation Hall groups, featured on Friday night a number of top musicians, particularly in the front line of horns, with leader Wendell Brunious a standout on trumpet.
September 6, 1994 |
After a palace revolution earlier this year that ousted Chuck Conklin, the founding artistic director of the Los Angeles Classic Jazz Festival, there was speculation about the new philosophy guiding the four-day event's musical makeup. The incoming director, trumpeter Bob Allen, plays in Chris Kelly's Black and White Jazz Band, and the rumors were of a shift back from mainstream toward a preponderance of traditional groups.
February 25, 1995 |
Mardi Gras came to Cerritos on Thursday as the PreservationHall Jazz Band closed its show at the Center for the Performing Arts with an invigorating parade through the aisles to the hearty strains of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Favors were thrown from the stage to the audience, and at least 100 attendees joined the march, including one well-prepared soul sporting the traditional parasol.
July 10, 1995 |
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is changing. The New Orleans-based septet, which performed Friday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, has always been able to deliver a sumptuous spread of 1920s and '30s jazz, Crescent City-style. But these days its members also slip in an occasional modernism in the form of, say, a be-bop-era lick tucked deftly into a rollicking, authentic two-beat feel. Heresy, some purists might shout.