Leading up to our April 30th International Jazz Day concert at MIST, Jazz For Curious Listeners is focusing on the global influence of jazz with NYC’s premiere jazz musicians rooted in cross-cultural collaboration. Shipp plays a wide variety of instruments and styles, most which are based in or around jazz, which he refers to as the “big tent” in the international music world.
A comparative discussion and demonstration of what it means (and how it sounds) to be ‘swinging’ in the contexts of jazz, traditional Irish music, South American musics, and music from northern Africa, including both recorded examples and live examples played by percussionist James Shipp on the vibraphone, the Irish bodhran, the Brazilian pandeiro, the Peruvian cajon, and the Moroccan Qraqeb.
Brooklyn-based James Shipp is a vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer/songwriter in the creative music scene of New York City. As a multi-instrumentalist and cultural explorer, he enjoys constantly performing in new, exciting, and dispirate musical situations. As a bandleader, he enjoys blurring the lines between jazz, Brazilian music, UK folk, and open improvisation in his duo with trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, his Brazilian band Choro Dragão, and his eclectic song-focused Irish project, Nós Novo, James studied jazz vibraphone in his conservatory days, and has since expanded into playing percussion for Afro-Brazilian and Celtic groups, as well as with several of New York’s top genre-blurring singer-songwriters and modern large ensembles.
James has performed with numerous masters of the jazz world and beyond, including vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry, saxophonists Paquito D‘Rivera, Anat Cohen, and Jane Ira Bloom, and tabla legend Ustad Zakir Hussain. In the fall of 2011, James was asked to take part in developing the percussive accompaniments to the songs of Sting’s forthcoming musical, ‘The Last Ship.’
Join us for a unique demonstration and discussion on the threads between Brazilian, Caribbean, and Celtic traditions and rhythms- not a combination you find every day!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jazz at The Players
Bill Kirchner, Carol Fredette, Marc Copland
Location: The Players ,16 Gramery Park South
$20 | Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-475-6116
Join us for an exquisite evening of chamber-jazz organized by soprano saxophonist Bill Kirchner, playing alongside two long-time associates. This promises to be a unique evening of improvised music in the best jazz tradition.
“Bill Kirchner is one of those rare musicians who is able to synthesize an awareness of the past with his own voice, taking jazz in new directions that are firmly based on tradition.” – Benny Carter
“Carol Fredette is everything you need in a jazz singer. She thinks, swings and phrases like a creative instrumentalist, yet her way with words captures the essence of a lyric” – Dan Morgenstern, author, jazz historian, critic
On Marc Copland “A quiet giant of his instrument…the stuff of legend” – All About Jazz.com
Thursday, April 18, 2013
NJMH and Stanford Live Presents Jazz Talks @ The Cantor
The Savory Collection Side B: The Great Bands
Location: The Cantor Arts Center @ Stanford University
Free | For more information: museum.stanford.edu
Loren Schoenberg, artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, shares treasures from the Savory Collection, an archive of recently unearthed, rare recordings made during the swing era. “Side B”, the lecture of a series of three, includes live recordings of the great bands of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Chick Webb.