What a fabulous day of music this was – world-class artists and all free under partly sunny skies! This was the Second Annual South Beach Jazz Festival and the music was fantastic!
(Note: Apologies to the wonderful artists – I put this aside and came back to it four months later so half is a real review and the rest is only photos.)
The Lullaby Project is the first recording by Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble. Felipe is a Brazilian jazz musician (saxophone) and composer who is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
If you click on the link to The Lullaby Project above, you can read more about the project and contribute to it as well. I have had the privilege of seeing Felipe perform and know how good he is. I hope you will consider contributing to the worthy project as well.
I am biased when it comes to Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson; she is a friend, a cousin of a life-long friend, and a great singer. Still, I say without reservation that she is a consummate entertainer who is worth your time to see. She performed her brand of jazz/blues/soul music recently at The Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter.
I have seen Mike perform with a variety of musicians, from Eric Johnson with whom he recorded an incredible album in 2014 to numerous session musicians.
I thought I knew what to expect from Victor Wooten, the amazing bass player who coaxes notes from the strings that I have rarely heard from other bassists. I was wrong – Victor delivered a show that was mind-bending and better than any show of his I had seen. The sold-out audience at Regattabar was the lucky recipient of this goodness.
On this evening, the night after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the French band Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars appeared at Regattabar. They began the show with a moment of silence for the victims and also had a candle of remembrance burning on stage.
Dedicated to the gypsy jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt, Dorado bears a resemblance to Django (could it be what looks to be a false mustache that does it?).
I would be less than honest if I said anything less than “Al DiMeola is one of my favorite musicians, jazz or otherwise”, and his performance last night at the Berklee Performance Center supported that opinion.
Al made a triumphant return to his former stomping grounds (I suppose I can’t call it an alma mater since he never graduated) on Halloween for the last show of his US Elegant Gypsy & More 2015 tour.