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Concert Review: Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival

There are any number of Northern California jazz festivals that have been around longer than the one in Healdsburg, but none save the granddaddy of them all in Monterey has a history thicker with interconnected relationships. The Wine Country web emanates from festival founder and guiding spirit Jessica Felix, whose longstanding friendships with jazz artists … Read More “Concert Review: Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival”

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Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2019

There had never been anything like it before at Spoleto Festival USA—four consecutive days of 100-degree heat—and nothing like it before in Charleston, S.C., where temperatures that torrid had not previously been recorded in May. Fortunately, two of the three outdoor headliners in Spoleto’s jazz lineup skirted the worst of the heat wave: bassist and … Read More “Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2019”

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Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando El Tiempo

Tough as it is to believe Carla Bley is now 80 years old, it’s not hard at all to hear that her questing spirit is undiminished on this album of new work. With saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow-her go-to musical partners of 20 years-by her side, Bley continues to navigate through knotty chord … Read More “Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando El Tiempo”

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