Scott Joplin's TREEMONISHA an opera in 3 acts
The Town Hall Century of Change series presented Scott Joplin's opera TREEMONISHA with La-Rose Saxon, Eddy Pierce Young, Lisa Polite, Curtis Rayam, Clinton Ingram, Frederick Martell, Andre Solomon-Glover, Raymond Bazemore, John Anthony Melton Sawyer, Michael Lofton, and the Harlem School of the Arts Chorus.
JVC Jazz Festival presents a night of Chesky Jazz Live
The music on this CD comes from the June 24, 1992, concert at Town Hall in New York City, with a host of artists featured. Trumpeter Tom Harrell leads off with two fine originals, the turbulent "Journey to the Center" and the mellow but swinging "Weaver." His supporting cast includes ex-boss Phil Woods on alto sax, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, and pianist Jim McNeely, as well as bassist Peter Washington and drummer Bill Goodwin. Pianist Fred Hersch is next, beginning with a dazzling trio arrangement of Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti's "Nostalgia," with some superb arco cello by Erik Friedlander and powerful percussion from Tom Rainey. A captivating medley of two Hersch originals, "Child's Song" and "Forward Motion," and the humorous "Nostalgia," adding saxophonist Rich Perry, round out his set. Brazilian guitarist and singer Ana Caram, one of Chesky's most-recorded artists during the 1990s, shows why she had such strong appeal to a bossa nova crowd with her set. Woods returns to the stage to join Paquito D'Rivera and his band for a sensational two-clarinet version of "Birk's Works," and more.
Wayne Shorter's first New York concert in five years. Backed by his current septet -- with drums, percussion, electric bass, electric guitar and two keyboard setups joining Mr. Shorter's tenor and soprano saxophones -- performed radically rearranged pieces from his new album, "High Life" (Verve),
A Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson suffered a stroke in 1993 and made a partial comeback. Although his left hand was weakened, the pianist's right hand was powerful as ever, and he was able to mostly cover up his deficiencies. The evenings all-star line-up included: Oscar Peterson (piano); Shirley Horn, The Manhattan Transfer (vocals); Clark Terry (vocals, trumpet); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Roy Hargrove (flugelhorn); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Benny Green (piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown, Neils-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Lewis Nash (drums).
Lead singer, and primary lyricist for the 10,000 maniacs, performed music from her first solo album Tigerlilly. The album that launched her solo career. Tigerlily was a critical and commercial success, spawning her first top-ten hit in the single "Carnival", and achieving top-40 success with subsequent singles "Wonder" and "Jealousy". The album would go on to sell over 5 million copies, and continues to be Merchant’s most successful album to date.
70s Jazz Pioneers Live at the Town Hall
The '70s were a very creative and banner decade for jazz. On March 20, 1998, trumpeter Mark Morganelli celebrated the richness of '70s jazz by organizing a special concert that was held at New York's Town Hall. Morganelli's idea was to feature improvisers who made an impact during the '70s, and those improvisers included trumpeter Randy Brecker, soprano and tenor saxman Dave Liebman, guitarist Pat Martino, pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Al Foster. That concert resulted in this excellent post-bop CD, which finds the '70s jazz pioneers offering acoustic-oriented versions of '70s classics like Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay," Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar," and Chick Corea's "500 Miles High"
Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Armatrading made her first NY appearence in three years. Ann Powers of The New York Times reviewed the concert, "Some singers can make each performance seem like a whispered disclosure, offered in love and trust. Such intimacy comes not from technical perfection but from the careful exploitation of individual quirks, the deployment of range and tone to express personality. Joan Armatrading, the veteran English singer-songwriter who appeared at Town Hall on Wednesday night, is a masterly creator of such artistic confidences."