One of the great pleasures of jazz is its capacity for surprise.
The exquisite concert by Sound Prints Saturday at Town Hall — the centerpiece of the Earshot Jazz Festival, which started a week ago Friday and continues through Nov. 11 — was a delightful case in point.
Only a handful of journeymen jazz players consistently win magazine polls of both critics and readers. Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas are longtime members of that club.
Both are coming to the Earshot Jazz Festival in the rarely-seen collaborative group Sound Prints, on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should the highlight of the four-week annual spree.
Lovano and Douglas have carved out a territory that could arguably be called a new mainstream — between roots revivalism and head-exploding experimentalism. No matter how far out they go — into dissonance, free-improvisation, tangential forms or extended instrumental techniques — their music is still blues-drenched, swinging jazz.
Saxophonists Pharaoh Sanders, Joe Lovano and Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Jacky Terrasson are some of the headliners announced this week by Seattle jazz non-profit Earshot Jazz for its annual festival, which runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 11 at various venues around the city. Other shows feature bassist Linda Oh, vocalist Carmen Lundy and…
Sad to report that the great jazz trumpet player Dave Douglas has cancelled his summer tour due to illness. Douglas was scheduled to play at Jazz Alley Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11. Management reports that the dates will probably be rescheduled for later this summer or fall. Get well, Dave!
The Monterey Jazz Festival starts Friday and I’ll be there, posting at least once before filing a full-weekend review Monday for SoundPosts. As always, there’s a great lineup, including the fabulous new vocalist Gregory Porter (see album review here), the Buena Vista Social Club, Joe Lovano with Dave Douglas, George Benson, Dave Holland, Bobby…