On July 16th, 2014 there was a live radio show in Leiden, Scheltema from Radio Sleutelstad Fm. There were a lot of bands performing an evening of music. I had the fortune to play with two amazing peeps: Frans Heemskerk … Continue reading
With my private instructor Joanne Brackeen I’ve been working on phrasing this semester. And, how do instrumentalists and vocalists speak their melodies. In earlier blogs I’ve mentioned that I like to approach music as a language, and if you can … Continue reading
Tonight I went to Kenny Garret with my friend Gabriela. This amazing saxophonist has been in the scene for over 40 years and he played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Freddie Hubbard Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and even Miles Davis.
Kenny was presenting his latest cd ‘seeds from the underground’ in the Regatta bar in Boston. With this cd he gives a very impressionistic view on straight-ahead jazz, acoustic and honest. The titles of the songs say a lot: ‘Hey, Chick’ a reference to Chick Corea, then ‘Chucho’s Mambo’ referring to Chucho Valdez. Brother Brown, J’ouvert which is an homage to Sonny Rollins. It seems that all of Garretts favorite musicians are being honored 🙂 …
The concert was amazing, and guided us through the tunes building a climax to the end. A lot of power though… There was one song Kenny started singing… and creating a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere, the pianist was chanting together with the soprano sax improvisation… I must say; it was magic from the beginning to the end. In this little movie you get an impression.