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Jazz Pianist Finds Inspiration in the Music of Africa

By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

Mr. Weston was a pleasure to talk to during our brief phone interview. Here are some nice quotes I jotted down that didn’t make it into the piece:

On his recently-deceased friend, trombonist Benny Powell: “When Benny played trombone, he spoke with a human voice. He came from that New Orleans, Louis Armstrong tradition. He was a master of the blues. Simplicity, beauty, honesty.”

“I’m only a disciple of all these people who took music and made it more beautiful going another way.”

“Your heart is your drum and your voice is your sound.”

Also, WBGO recorded the whole concert — and you can listen to it for free, anytime!

Jazz Notes: Artie Shaw Orchestra, Diane Moser, Lionel Loueke and More

By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

The title (almost) says it all: the Artie Shaw “ghost band” plays in NJ, Diane Moser at Caldwell College, Lionel Loueke with Jason Moran at the Jazz Standard, and two NJ university jazz performances, one led by Charles Tolliver (pictured).

Helio Alves Will Make a Trip To Market, To Play Jazz, Tonight

By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

Also included this week: Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band, the Princeton Jazz Festival and Chris Potter at the Vanguard.

It has been an eventful week leading up to Wayne Shorter’s much-anticipated concert at Town Hall tomorrow night, his first NYC appearance since 2008.

I wrote a preview that ran in the Star-Ledger on Friday, so there’s that, but the beauty of the internet is that there’s oh so much more! Read the rest of this entry »

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