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This week our journey through jazz takes us to the City of Atlanta, GA where we are preparing for one of the best & biggest free jazz festivals in the world – meaning that it doesn’t cost anything, not that it’s focused solely on the genre of “free jazz”. . . on the contrary, there is quite an eclectic line-up which will surely appeal to all tastes.
So, to whet your appetite, this episode features all the artists performing in Piedmont Park on Saturday, May 29th . . . starting with bass legends Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller (who are both performing in this year’s festival) and Victor Wooten with a funky update of the Miles Davis classic “Tutu”, followed by some unreleased music composed and performed by local Atlanta jazz artist’s Jay Norem & Keith White in the style of Monk, as well as a live Brazilian influenced performance by Steven Charles . . . moving on to an exciting new album from Trombone Shorty, and a peek at some of his earlier work . . . continuing with the Latin jazz groove of Esperanza Spalding, and a collaboration with Stanley Clarke . . . you’ll hear the funky side of Miles with Marcus, followed by a reunion jam with Marcus Miller and David Sanborn on a Tower Of Power classic, as well as something modern and expressive from Christian Scott . . . and ending with the positive and soulful vibe of Julie Dexter.
So, if you've been wondering whether or not you want to attend this year's Atlanta Jazz Festival, this podcast (as well as next week's edition) will enable you to hear all the artist before you decide if you want to attend, and who you would like to see. This is just a taste however, for the full banquet and ultimate Atlanta experience . . . go to the park on Memorial Day weekend to hear it all live! I’ll see you there . . . but first – listen to the show, and enjoy the ride!
Artist – “Track” – Album – Year – (Label)
S.M.V. – “Tutu” – Thunder - 2008 - (Heads Up)
Jay Norem & Keith White Quartet - “Of Course It Was Me” – unreleased - 2010
Steven Charles - “Black Orpheus” – unreleased -
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Ave. – “I
Don’t Know” - Orleans & Claiborne – 2005 – (Treme
Trombone Shorty – “Backatown” – Backatown - 2010 – (Verve Forecast)
Esperanza Spalding - “I Know You Know” - Esperanza - 2008 – (Heads Up)
Stanley Clarke - “All Over Again” - The Toys of Men - 2007 – (Heads Up)
Miles Davis - “Full Nelson” - Tutu - 1986 - (Warner Bros / Wea)
Marcus Miller – “What Is Hip?” – Marcus – 2008 – (Concord Records)
Christian Scott - “Rumor “ - Live at Newport - 2008 – (Concord Jazz)
Julie Dexter - “Faith” - Dexterity - 2002 – (Ketch a Vibe)
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