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Bill Frisell and the 858 Quartet

Oct. 10 • Emery Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, October 8, 2012
In discussions about the world’s greatest guitarists, one name often unconscionably overlooked is that of avant Jazz six-stringer Bill Frisell. For the past three and a half decades, Frisell has created textural environments that are visceral and pastoral, actively engaging and passively contemplative, utilizing guitar skills that border on genius.  

Jeff Coffin

Oct. 10 • Greaves Concert Hall (NKU)

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Though Jazz is the music saxophonist Jeff Coffin is most closely identified, his experience and passion extends well beyond the genre.    

Free Jazz, Free Living

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Games aren’t always won by the most talented, the high-flying slam-dunking, ankle-breaking, one-on-one sensations with all the speed, power and hops of the greatest phenoms with the multi-million dollar free agent deals. No, sometimes, more often than you might think, the difference maker is one of the old-heads coming off a perfectly timed screen heading along the baseline just as the pass arrives to meet him at the three-point line as he steps back and fires quickly, instinctively, because he just knows every beat in this measure.   

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

June 29 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, June 25, 2012
Any band with decent musical aptitude and a passion for the days of sheet music stores, phosphates and the Charleston can churn out covers of songs gleaned from thrift shop 78s and attract a sizable, loyal audience. The real gift is taking that Hot Jazz/Country Blues/Ragtime/Western Swing inspiration and translating it into original and completely contemporary songs; Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three possess that gift.   

Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet featuring Victor Goines

June 25-26 • Blue Wisp Jazz Club

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Remember Gummo Marx? The stage-shy businessman was rarely recognized as a sibling of the anarchic Marx Brothers, and in some ways, that paradigm holds equally true for Delfeayo Marsalis. Eclipsed by his more famous brothers — staunchly traditional trumpeter Wynton and garrulous saxophonist Branford — the gifted trombonist has released only a quartet of albums under his own name during the past 20 years.   

The Gold Rush

Gold Shoes is ready for platinum sales and legions of fans … and might just get it

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 15, 2012
People about to change the world rarely look like people about to change the world. Take Gold Shoes — central casting didn’t assemble a new millennium Monkees to storm the music world with calculated precision. Gold Shoes is comprised of oddly yet perfectly meshed parts.   


May 7 • Blue Wisp Jazz Club

0 Comments · Monday, April 30, 2012
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate and trumpeter Brian Newman and girlfriend Angie Pontani, one of biggest players in the world of modern burlesque, are doing a trio of Ohio shows this week as “Burlesque-a-Pades,” featuring Jazz from Newman and his quintet and dancing from Pontani and friends.   

Smooth Moves

Another decade, another location for longtime Jazz club The Blue Wisp

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Blue Wisp Jazz Club is both a local and national legend — a Jazz club that’s been operating for more than 30 years. Steve Schmidt, longtime Wisp musician, says that the recipe for such long-standing success is “the dedication of all the people involved..."  

Ernie Krivda

March 30 • Blue Wisp Jazz Club

0 Comments · Monday, March 26, 2012
 A list of brilliantly influential saxophone players would fill a small city phone book, but one of the most overlooked beyond true Jazz aficionados is Ernie Krivda. Krivda’s latest album, last year’s Blues for Pekar, has been ecstatically received. The album pays tribute to the late underground cartoon icon/respected Jazz critic/contentious David Letterman guest Harvey Pekar, who hailed Krivda as “one of the best Jazz tenor sax men in the world.”