Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Great Live Jazz in Northampton at the Iron Horse and Calvin Theatre

Paul Lieberman Tuesday, May 10th 7PM Iron Horse 
Paul's new CD looks at Brazilian music and Jazz as twin children of Mother Africa sent off to grow up in distant parts of the world and in addition to tonight's illustrious band also features Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jaimoe (drummer/co-founder of The Allman Brothers) and Guggenheim Fellow & legendary bassist Rufus Reid. Paul toured with Airto & Flora Purim for two years, lived in Brazil for four, and has performed/recorded with Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius and many others. Duduka & Nilson (drums and bass) are two of NY's greatest Brazilian musicians, and Northampton’s own Joel Martin (piano), creator of Jazzical®, has done everything from performing with the NY Phil to musical direction of the Cab Calloway Orchestra and the Boys Choir of Harlem. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, Inc.

Karrin Allyson- Sunday May 22nd 7PM Iron Horse
May 2011 marks a milestone for multiple Grammy nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson and Concord Jazz — the release of Round Midnight, the thirteenth album in a series dating back to her 1992 debut album “I Didn’t Know About You.” THIRTEEN ALBUMS!!! — That’s worth shouting about. And that’s just what music lovers and critics around the world have been doing — shouting Allyson’s name from the rooftops, marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician, who moves with such ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonius and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb. 

Gretchen Parlato- Thursday, June 2nd 7PM Iron Horse
Gretchen Parlato has been turning heads ever since she won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute International Vocal Competition. Her sultry, intriguing voice and unique, rhythmically agile phrasing came with inescapable centripetal force; the more intimate and understated she sang, the more she drew listeners in. Since then she has toured worldwide to sold out audiences with BBC Radio proclaiming, "Star over London...A star is born!" Her originality captivates musicians as well, prompting invitations to appear on over 50 recordings with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Terri Lynn Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. Her breathtaking performances have been captured on television in Europe and Japan and she has become a sought after clinician on vocal styling. This show features Taylor Eigsti, piano, Harish Raghavan, bass, and Justin Brown, drums.

Mahavishnu Project- Saturday, June 11th 10PM Iron Horse
In 2001, this incendiary unit from New York City began performing their unique renditions of classic Mahavishnu Orchestra while remaining true to the cutting edge improvs of the original band, and to John McLaughlin’s stunning compositions. They have received the seal of approval from Maestro McLaughlin himself and all of Mahavishnu's original members.

Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers Sunday, June 19th 7PM Iron Horse
Heralded as a sonic innovator since his seminal work for ECM Records in the mid-eighties, Grammy winning, perennial Best Jazz Guitarist award recipient Bill Frisell has developed a rich body of work over the past two decades, guaranteeing him a place in the history books alongside his heroes Jim Hall and Jimi Hendrix.Since the turn of the Millennium, Bill Frisell has become renowned for his cinematically eclectic interpretations of blues, country and folk forms, having long gravitated away from the uncompromising eighties-era Downtown scene led by composer John Zorn. A departure of sorts, the album Beautiful Dreamers features Frisell's two year old working trio of violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston. Far more dynamic on stage, Frisell's meticulously crafted studio albums often sound overly reserved in comparison with his live shows.

Return To Forever IV Friday, June 24th 8PM Calvin Theatre
Expect to be thrilled. Return to Forever, jazz-rock’s venerable pioneering outfit, has a dynamic new lineup that is quite possibly the most spectacular incarnation of one of the most influential bands of all time. The quintet arrangement is an unprecedented and energizing new venture for Return to Forever, which had a seismic impact on jazz in the 1970s, selling out arenas with high-energy electric music. Chick Corea (keyboards), Stanley Clarke (bass) and Lenny White (drums) add guitar legend Frank Gambale and former Mahavishnu Orchestra member Jean-Luc Ponty (violin). The twin elements of Gambale’s sweep-picking melodic inventiveness and Ponty’s relentless explorations will add unanticipated new dimensions to RTF’s signature sound.

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Dunn Friday, July 15th 7 PM Iron Horse
Both Duran and Bunnett are famed for their innovative take on contemporary Latin jazz and Cuban style. On their debut duet album Rhapsody Cubana they go back to the roots with an exploration of Cuban classical music, a style little known in North America and Europe but deeply appreciated in Cuba and Latin America. With Hilario's ever-fluent and dazzlingly accomplished piano playing and Jane's melodic contributions on soprano saxophone and flute, they are full of passion and melody, and that's the essence of Cuban music.

Bad Plus Saturday, June 25th 7PM Iron Horse
For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. Rolling Stone called their amalgam of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde "about as badass as highbrow gets," while The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock." Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends. While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock, electronic and classical idioms. Their belief in a band ethos and "avant-garde populism" has placed them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, resulting in ever-growing audiences throughout the world.

Tickets for all shows are available at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686, and online at

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