Lazaro Vega

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  • Birthday 04/30/1960

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  • Location Spring Lake, MI

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  1. RIP Lucky Peterson

    That tribute to Jimmy Smith record features Archie Shepp on a few numbers, tenor and voice. Holla.
  2. "Now Found: Henry Grimes" tonight on Night Lights

    Sweet. Talk about second acts! March 8, 2005 Grimes and Marshall Allen brought their "Spaceship on the Highway" by Blue Lake Public Radio's studios here at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the Manistee National Forest and improvised/interviewed for an hour on the air. Allen played a shiny new alto, clarinet and EWI while Grimes was content with Olive Oil, his green lacquered bass William Parker bequeathed for the comeback. All improvisations. November 29, 2006 Henry and Margret returned with brass man Roy Campbell (trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet) for an hour of improvisation and conversation, this time including an unforgettable reading of Ayler's "Universal Indians." Some time in 2010 Grimes dropped by one last time with his "Renaissance Man Tour" which featured his first public violin playing since he put down the instrument years ago, as well as solo bass improvisations and poetry reading. Great, great moments. So generous with his music.
  3. Tal Farlow

    Thank you sir. Love those David Stone Martin covers.
  4. Jazz in Grand Rapids and west Michigan

    Yes, it was a very listenable concert: tippin'!
  5. Jazz in Grand Rapids and west Michigan

    Friday is the 100th anniversary of drummer/bandleader Art Blakey's birth (yes, his recordings are featured on Friday night's Jazz From Blue Lake, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. over 88.9 and 90.3 FM, streaming live from www.bluelake.org/listen). Then, on the 27th, Detroiter Sean Dobbins joins guitarist Joshua Breakstone and bassist Marion Hayden for their tribute to Art Blakey at LaFontsee Galleries in the Underground Concert Series produced by www.adventuremusic.org. Drum on!
  6. John Coltrane - Blue World

    Thanks for posting Chinen's review.
  7. The Blue Lake Public Radio Jazz Datebook is attached. www.bluelake.org/radio Jazz Datebook October 3, 2019.docx
  8. James Carter chimes in? Man, his debut on Blue Note recorded live at Newport was our on-air funder premium so my boss suggested I get him saying a few words about Blue Lake that we could use on the air. Two hours later! Man, what a conversation! His memory is astonishing. The Blue Lake part is up under "Interviews" at www.bluelake.org/ondemand. This last year the concert series I'm "curating" in Grand Rapids, MI, featured Detroit/Aretha drummer Gayelynn McKinney with saxophonist Dave McMurray (who's "In A Sentimental Mood" was in that tough tenor mold), and their keyboardist Gerard Gibbs (University of Michigan grad) played Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" during sound check at the most perfect tempo. When he wasn't in gig mode and just playing with feel, damn man -- nothing to show off there but pure time. He's on James new one playing organ. The album is Django melodies, but, you know, "Melodie Au Crepuscule" gets a Bill Withers "Use Me" background. I really don't care because it all comes out James in the end, and at his best, when he's lit, it's the whole story. He and Scott Robinson are saxophone nerds to the tenth power, and fountains of insight. Robinson's coming to GR this year to play duets with Chicago drummer Jack Mouse, free duets. Click the link?! Jazz Spam: www.adventuremusic.org Looking forward to the Tough Tenors. Do you have those sides they recorded at Minton's?
  9. Where did you pick this up from? Amazon, etc?
  10. John Coltrane - Blue World

    His rhythmic approach on the head to "Like Sonny" is very different, more staccato, than on previous versions I've heard, or when he quotes at length while on tour with Miles in 1960. The title piece is a variation on "Out of This World" which he played the shit out of on that earlier Impulse album and digs in quickly here. It's interesting to hear him at this stage, with "A Love Supreme" and "Crescent" surrounding it, playing his own material from earlier. Nice long bass intro to "Traneing In," though it sounds like Elvin had to put down a smoke to get into tempo with everyone when it was time for the ensemble to enter.
  11. Deb Bowman - Fast Heart

    ELEW pops up and plays beautifully on "Crazy He Calls Me."
  12. Leslie Odom, Jr. - Under Pressure

    Quincy Davis played drums on his first album and pointed out he was asked not to play his cymbals, other than the hi-hat, on the entire date.
  13. The Chicago music scene in the 60s/70s

    Eleanor is 16 now and going to Homecoming this weekend. The recent concert by Roscoe and The Art Ensemble for their 50th Anniversary at The Chicago Jazz Festival found the ensemble expanded to include a string section, two contemporary classical operatic voices, 3 basses, 4 or 5 percussionists, two trumpets and trombone, a poet/electronics person, all in the service of expanding the stylistic reach of the music in the same organic, amoeba-like flow that the best of the AEC is known for, except...it was planned. Very well planned and well rehearsed and executed with a level of professionalism that did not interfere with the music's spontaneity and spirit. I mean, it was wider than anything I'd ever heard. It seemed a logical extension of the AEC's early promise of "anything is possible" and found a way to expand their methodology to reach that; and brings to mind what Bowie said about the music being "young."
  14. Last evening's Jazz From Blue Lake broadcast, featuring recordings by Joe Henderson in the first part of the hours, is available today from www.bluelake.org/ondemand. The 3rd hour, "Out on Blue Lake," features Alex Harding in tribute to Cecil Taylor; the Julius Hemphill Sextet; Hamiet Bluiett's Blueblack, and the new Art Ensemble of Chicago recording taped at Ann Arbor's Edge Fest.