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  1. Big Ears Festival

    I'm in. Only sure of being there Thursday and Friday, but I waited for daily passes to go on sale and got the weekend pass anyway, just in case. I do have to be back in NC Saturday morning. Did anybody find a breakfast spot they might prefer to Tupelo Honey for a potential pre-concert get together on Friday?
  2. Lisle Atkinson: 1940-2019

  3. Big Ears Festival

    They made their own map and emailed it, hope it translates:
  4. Big Ears Festival

    I have marked up a Google Map indicating many venues in red. It's too large for direct posting here. If anyone wants to provide the steps to host and link it instead or message me an email to send it to, I'd be happy to share it.
  5. Big Ears Festival

    Very disappointed that Wadada solo now overlaps Evan Parker after schedule revisions.
  6. Big Ears Festival

    Reservations for 6 (wild guess) made for 11:00 am Friday and 10:45 Saturday and Sunday at Tupelo Honey in the name of Organissimo Forum. My early thoughts: Friday 12 Fleck 1 Messthetics or David Torn 2 Larry Grenadier 3:30 Halvorson 5:30 Towner 7 Parker Schlippenbach 8 maybe Spiritualized 9:00 Absint 11:00 Fire 12:00 maybe Jlin Saturday 12:30 Columbia Icefield 2: maybe short visit to Berne 2:30 Wadada 4: maybe short visit to Avishai Cohen 4:30 Evan Parker 5:30 Carla Bley in progress 6:30 Thumbscrew (Halvorson) or Bela 7:30 Dejohnette 9:30 Makaya McCraven 11:00 Bill Frisell in progress 12:00 Sons of Kemet Sunday 1:00 Vijay and Craig 1:30-2:00 Richard Thompson 3:30 Nik Bartsch's Ronin 4-4:30 Bill Frisell 5-5:30 Gabriel Kahane or Brooklyn Rider 6:00 Wadada 7:00 Sun of Goldfinger (Berne) 8:00 AEOC 9:30 Maybe Harold Budd in progress
  7. Big Ears Festival

    Parker-Schlippenbach wins out over Rhiannon Giddens in the most unfortunate conflict. Overlaps mean I will see little if any of Carla Bley and Rob Mazurek.
  8. Big Ears Festival

    I'm driving in so that gives me some extra flexibility. By the way, when they ask who we want in 2020, let's mention Henry Threadgill. This year they have one I mentioned and two I would have if I thought about it! BFrank, are you interested a breakfast gathering around 10:45 each day at Tupelo Honey?
  9. Big Ears Festival

    I took a mystery hotel deal from Hotwire for Knoxville North listed at $42 each for Friday and Saturday nights and got Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville I-75 6712 Central Ave. Pike, Knoxville, TN 37912 total with tax and fees 106.56 for 2 nights.
  10. Big Ears Festival

    When we know who's in, I'll try to make resevations.
  11. Big Ears Festival

    Maybe something like 10:45 am daily at Tupelo Honey? I haven't been there but the web info looks pretty good. I'm planning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  12. Big Ears Festival

    I'm very likely for Friday and Saturday, would love to add Sunday if I can. Having stood out in a cold rain last year while VIP ticket holders walked by to see Jason Moran and Milford Graves, I'll give some thought to the upgrade. I did get to see the end of that set, but missed a lot. The amount of musical options available makes it a whirlwind experience. If you plan to meet up with anyone there, best to arrange for text messaging in advance. I did meet Chuck Nessa and his wife but missed connecting with the other two Organissimo attendees.
  13. Big Ears Festival

    I stayed in a Motel 6 about 5 miles north, you won't be in your room much and breakfast is cheaper away from downtown.
  14. Prestige is back.

    Having seen her live at the Coltrane Jazz Festival, I'm now a fan. Yes, she is harsher and less sultry than Betty on the Betty tunes she does, and it took me a while to warm up. She added in some lyrics about police brutality to Willow Weep For Me, and the stridency was right on target. That was the moment that everything clicked, she was winning the audience over even before I jumped on board, then the crowd stood almost immediately for Lift Every Voice and Sing, which medleyed into Moanin' as on the CD. I had listened on Spotify, but bought the CD there. She has a lot of technical facility for her scat passages, and I thought she made them work musically. Maybe 5 percent of the time Jeanne Lee is a better comparison than Betty, she can go a little avant. Remember that approximately 100% of the human race is less sultry than Betty Carter and you might join me in appreciating that a younger generation musician thinks she's an influence worth idolizing.
  15. Randy Weston - Thoughts and tributes

    Diane Reeves broke the news during her concert and sang a tribute, a Randy Weston composition I was unfamiliar with. I became familiar with him from the Carnival album, where he spoke the words "a great loss of the twentieth century" before playing a heartfelt solo piano tribute to Duke Ellington. One only needs to adjust the century to have a fitting tribute to Randy himself.