Ed Palermo Big Band on Tour

English: The Ed Palermo Big Band in 2004
English: The Ed Palermo Big Band in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Ed Palermo:

July 31, 2014 | Sellersville, PA
Sellersville Theater – 24 West Temple Ave – Sellersville, PA
PREVIEW/ARTICLE: “Frank Zappa disciple Palermo brings big band to Sellersville” by Fern Brodkin, The Mercury

August 2, 2014 | Marlboro, NY
The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY (845) 236 7970

August 29, 2014 | New York, NY
Iridium – 1650 Broadway – New York, NY 10019 (212) 582-2121
(Ed & band perform Zodd Zundgren, a mash-up concert of Todd Rundgren‘s and Frank Zappa’s music)

August 30, 2014 | New York, NY
Iridium – 1650 Broadway – New York, NY 10019 (212) 582-2121
(Ed & band perform Zodd Zundgren, a mash-up concert of Todd Rundgren’s and Frank Zappa’s music)

October 4, 2014 | Marlboro, NY
The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY (845) 236 7970

December 6, 2014 | Marlboro, NY
The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY (845) 236 7970

AMN Picks of the Week: Stemeseder, Gray, Webber / Matthew Barnson / Dead Neanderthals and Machinefabriek / Darius Jones

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Elias Stemeseder / Devin Gray / Anna Webber – Jagged Sphere (2014)
Matthew Barnson – Sibyl Tones (2014)
Dead Neanderthals and Machinefabriek – DNMF (2014)
Darius Jones – The Oversoul Manual (2014)

Chicago Jazz Festival Update

Highlights from the Chicago Jazz Festival:

Thursday, August 28

Claudia Cassidy Theater

12:15 – 1:15 PM – Keefe Jackson’s Likely So
1:45 – 2:45 PM – David Boykin Expanse

At 12:15 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, Keefe Jackson’s Likely So, a beguiling ensemble of seven reed players, will perform Jackson’s alluring compositions. They will be followed by a special 10-member edition of gusty tenor saxophonist David Boykin’s Expanse, performing a suite written for Sun Ra.


Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall

4:00 – 6:00 PM – Sun Ra Panel Discussion

As part of the festival’s centennial Sun Ra celebration, a panel of Arkestra experts will discuss the cosmic hero’s legacy from 4-6 p.m. at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall (430 S. Michigan Ave.).


Millennium ParkJay Pritzker Pavilion – Final Made in Chicago Concert

6:30 PM – Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera

“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera,” will be performed at 6:30 PM in Millennium Park. Saxophonist Dawkins, longtime leader of the New Horizons Ensemble, will be joined by distinguished players from Chicago, South Africa and London in recognition of the role musicians played in energizing the anti-apartheid movement.

At the heart of the work, the phenomenal Chicago singer Dee Alexander will embody the activist spirits of Winnie Mandela, the South African President’s first wife, Winnie Mandela, and Graça Machel , his widow – both remarkable women.


Friday, August 29

Millennium Park
Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)

1:10 – 2:05 PM – Joshua Abrams Quartet


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

7:10 – 8:10 PM – Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret
8:30 – 9:30 PM – Terence Blanchard w/ Ravi Coltrane & Lionel Loueke

Another Chicago product, piano virtuoso Myra Melford , will perform pieces from a new work, Language of Dreams, with her five-piece band Snowy Egret, including internationally renown cornetist Ron Miles.

And then trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who is equally admired for his jazz compositions and film scores, will lead a thrilling group including saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke. They’ll perform pieces from Blanchard’s experimental gem, Magnetic, while also continuing the 2014 celebration of Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary.


Saturday, August 30

Millennium Park
Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)

3:30 – 4:30 PM – Corey Wilkes Quintet


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Chicago Underground Duo
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet

Chicago Underground Duo the ever-expansive, electronically expressive twosome of cornetist Rob Mazurek and percussionist Chad Taylor; and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the most influential guitarist of his generation, heading up a top flight quartet including Aaron Parks, Orlando LeFleming and Colin Stranahan.


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:00 – 5:50 PM – Ari Brown Quintet
6:00 – 6:55 PM – Gary Burton
7:10 – 8:10 PM – Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream feat. Esperanza Spalding
8:30 – 9:30 PM – Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn, Eric Harland: PRISM

At the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the great AACM tenor saxophonist Ari Brown will play in support of his excellent recent release, Groove Awakening, beginning at 5 p.m. He’ll lead his longstanding quartet, including his brother Kirk on piano.

Next up is arguably the greatest vibraphonist of not just this era, but several before it, Gary Burton. The four-mallet innovator, who has played with a glittering roster of greats, will lead a new quartet including guitar virtuoso Julian Lage and pianist Vadim Neselovskyi.

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Tom Harrell will follow Burton, also with a relatively new band, Colors of a Dream, featuring Grammy-winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

And if the first three bands don’t provide enough excitement for one evening, the great double bassist Dave Holland’s new fusion-style band, Prism, will push things over the top. The sonic attack unit features guitarist Kevin Eubanks, former music director of the Tonight Show, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Eric Harland.


Sunday, August 31

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)

12:30 – 1:30 PM – Tomeka Reid Quartet
2:00 – 3:00 PM – Sun Rooms

The Tomeka Reid Quartet, led by the brilliant Chicago cellist and featuring New York guitarist Mary Halvorson, will perform at 12:30 PM at the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion, followed by Sun Rooms, a miraculous vibraphone trio including Jason Adasiewicz, Nate McBride and Mike Reed.


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

8:30 – 9:30 PM – Sun Ra Arkestra

And then come’s this year’s climactic finale, the Sun Ra Arkestra, which with its chants, glittery outfits, Egyptian dancers and other cosmic trappings is as great a show band as it is a musical unit. But for all its frolics, Sun Ra wrote music for the ages: as beautiful and swinging as it is probing and mysterious. Led by saxophonist Marshall Allen, this special edition of the band will celebrate its return to Chicago with current and past members in what is sure to be a riotous centennial salute.

Newsbits: Open Sound Group Release / Paul Dolden / Darius Jones / Anthony Pirog

AUM Fidelity
AUM Fidelity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Graham Dunning‘s Open Sound Group has just released after 30 x 12 (for C. Reider), a collaboration with sound artist C. Reider. After 30 x 12 (for C. Reider) by Daniel Barbiero is a gestural composition for double bass and optional electronics.

Paul Dolden‘s new Starkland release Who Has the Biggest Sound?, due out on July 29th, will use Dolby 5.1 surround audio DVD with images.

AUM Fidelity presents The Oversoul Manual, the fourth installation of Darius Jones‘ Man’ish Boy epic on Tuesday, October 14th.

Anthony Pirog will release his debut recording, Palo Colorado Dream, featuring drummer Ches Smith & Michael Formanek, on October 14th, 2014, from Cuneiform Records.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2014 Week 4: Pierrot Lunaire and Drunken Moon

From Pittsburgh New Music Net:

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble closes out its 2014 season with a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire in combination with Kieren MacMillan’s Drunken Moon. The final installment in my series of video previews for the season features Kevin Noe and cellist Norbert Lewandowski in a very thoughtful discussion of why Pierrot continues to be such a compelling work and beyond that, how Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble seeks to contextualize contemporary music in order to facilitate deeper understanding and appreciation for the audience. The final concerts take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at City Theatre. Be sure to catch them.