Lazaro Vega

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  • Birthday 04/30/1960

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  1. Rahsaan Roland Kirk

    Jazz From Blue Lake’s broadcast featuring multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk is heard today at our on-demand page www.bluelake.org/ondemand . From his roots in Ohio, and his first recording for Cincinnati’s King Record label, we explored Kirk’s recording career, ending up in our 5th hour on stage with Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall. Here’s hoping you’ll join us.
  2. Sonny Rollins 1966

    After his May 9, 1966 session for “East Broadway Run Down,” Sonny Rollins didn’t return to the recording studio until 1972, though his touring flourished, especially in Europe. Bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones joined the saxophone colossus, and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard contributed on the epic title piece heard on Jazz From Blue Lake found here today: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  3. Ornette Coleman, May 1968

    On May 7, 1968 Ornette Coleman completed the recording sessions for two Blue Note albums, “New York Is Now” and “Love Call.” With his boyhood friend Dewey Redman on tenor saxophone and a pocketful of original music, Coleman invited John Coltrane’s sidemen, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones, into the studio where “Broad Way Blues,” “Back Home” and “Check Out Time” were recorded, as we heard last night during “The Jazz Retrospective” segments of “Jazz From Blue Lake” which you can hear right now today at our on-demand page www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  4. Last recording I have by him released in 2014 on Tum, duos with Bill Laswell, "Space/Time.Redemption" https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=milford+graves+%26+bill+laswell+%E2%80%93+space+time+redemption+
  5. Lee Morgan Film

    Thought the New Yorker review was fair, and who knew that 1968 meeting between Lee and Clifford Jordan playing "Straight, No Chaser"? Does anyone remember Billy Hart recounting Lee's last night on earth? Found in MP3 form if you scroll down the page. https://ethaniverson.com/interviews/interview-with-billy-hart/
  6. "Ella At Zardi's" finally being released

    Abney and Ella are on screen in "Pete Kelly's Blues." This was supposed to be the first Verve release, but the Cole Porter Songbook came out and 60 years later we get the, 'Oh yeah.....I forgot about that one.....' The crowd, and maybe that's Granz, is kind of treating her like a human jukebox. A few times she sort of shrugs to the band and says something along the lines of 'we're going off the set list.' She'd worked some stuff up, though, as you can hear in the intro to "Why Don't You Do Right?" That's a thought out arrangement. Kind of wish they'd have left her alone to play what she wanted, though everyone is up to winging it.
  7. Gene Ammons

    From the Lester Young Appreciation Society on Facebook, in response to this radio program posting: Jon Wheatley "I experience Gene as a kind of bebop sax version of Louis Armstrong. His music was down-to-earth, sweet, fiery, sincere and never too ornate. Like, jazz for everyman... I believe Gene had hit songs in three decades. My Foolish Heart (50's) Canadian Sunset (60's) and My Way (70's). Remarkable and his career wasn't even that long. " And from Terry Gibbs, "I worked with Gene on the Woody Herman Band. We know how great he was as a Jazz Saxophonist but a lot of you don't know that he was one of the most gentle people you would love to like to hang out with. We are both on a record called "More Moon" that we recorded with Woody. Gene's two choruses that he played on the record is something that would stay in your head if you ever heard it. It was great."
  8. Gene Ammons

    Gene Ammons soulful tenor saxophone rang out over the airwaves of Blue Lake Public Radio last night. In the first part of each hour we featured Ammons music, starting mid-career, 1961, with music from “Brother Jug” and “The Boss Is Back.” Though Dexter Gordon may have been the first to “bop the tenor saxophone,” Gene Ammons was close behind, digging the music of Charlie Parker, yet completely distinctive in playing ballads. You may check this episode of Jazz From Blue Lake out for yourself via www.bluelake.org/ondemand.
  9. Somethin' Holy

    This program is now available from www.bluelake.org/ondemand under "Studio Performances." Ban is deeply influenced by Abdullah Ibrahim. There's some lovely music played in the program, especially the first number, "Dark Blue."
  10. Roscoe Mitchell's "Ride the Wind"

    On a less poetic note, check out Sun Ra's "Heliocentric" and then "Splatter." The low brass/drums sudden forte followed by little instrument sounds, that's a texture you'll find in few other places. "Splatter" develops into something different, crescendos into a sort of Braxton-type composition, but the openings are similar.
  11. "Sound" The new Randy Weston Album coming February 24, 2018

    Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered one.
  12. Roscoe Mitchell's "Ride the Wind"

    Hearing the various versions this is built upon is walking the process. At some point you get to the top of the stairs and time flattens out over the upper floor. Fortunately you'll have the feeling of being lifted higher, somewhere above music's roof. "Ride the Wind."
  13. Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. please join clarinetist Ben Goldberg and keyboardist Michael Coleman as they present “Practitioner,” a concert realization of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s album “Hocus Pocus (Book H of ‘Practitioners’)” in The Underground Concert Series at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. In 1985 Ben Goldberg took a lesson with Steve Lacy where, remembers Goldberg, Lacy, “prescribed some exercises for investigating the basic elements of music. At the end of our meeting he gave me a copy of a new record of his called ‘Hocus Pocus.’” “Hocus Pocus” is an album featuring six etudes for solo soprano saxophone, each titled with a word beginning with the letter “H,” that Steve Lacy described as, “Deliberately made so as to be hard to play,” yet containing many of the characteristic ‘licks’ which comprise the language Lacy used in different kinds of improvisational music. He said, “Each piece is also a portrait of, and an homage to, a distinguished practitioner of a particular art.” Keyboardist Michael Coleman and clarinetist Ben Goldberg studied and recorded Lacy’s compositions over a period of three years and envisioned a kind of dreamlike multidimensional sonic collage which they call “Practitioner.” Pianist, improviser and composer Michael Coleman is a graduate of the Oberlin College where he studied history and jazz piano before moving to Oakland, CA, where he dove into the improvised music scene, working with Scott Amendola, Marcus Shelby, many others, and developing three different bands of his own. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with jazz greats Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992 he’s “shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across genres and styles.” The New York Times wrote Ben’s music, “conveys a feeling of joyous research into basics of polyphony and collective improving, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pull apart.” The Downbeat Critics Poll named him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($10 for students or musicians). For information about www.AdventureMusic.org please call (616) 745-4353. This year’s Underground Concert Series is underwritten in part by The Grand Rapids Therapy Group, providing West Michigan with experienced and innovative family, individual, and couples counseling at 500 Cascade W Pkwy SE #240, Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 591-9000. “Experience the difference.”
  14. Somethin' Holy

    Please join Blue Lake Public Radio this Saturday morning for a special broadcast from the performance studio featuring the duo “Something Holy.” The Transylvanian expatriate pianist Lucian Ban synthesizes a wide range of playing styles, from Abdullah Ibrahim, Keith Jarrett and Cecil Taylor as a pianist to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Ornette Coleman as a composer. He’s joined by Detroit area baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist Alexander Harding, a good friend of former Blue Laker James Carter, in wildly expressive spontaneous musical conversations. Jazz From Blue Lake with your host Lazaro Vega airs Saturday morning from 7 – 10 a.m. over WBLV 90.3/WBLU 88.9 and www.bluelake.org/listen. #BlueLakePublicRadio
  15. Mildred Bailey

    As we begin Women’s History Month please join Blue Lake on-demand for the first female vocalist featured with a national dance band (The Paul Whiteman Orchestra), who then formed the first big band co-led by a woman (with husband Red Norvo). Mildred Bailey was a microphone singer, an intimate new approach that Bing Crosby popularized as “a crooner.” Women singers who favored the mic were known as “canaries.” Bailey was the first, very different than Mamie or Bessie Smith. As you’ll hear today on Jazz From Blue Lake from Blue Lake on-demand, www.bluelake.org/ondemand