Lazaro Vega

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  1. Sunday, April 28th at 3 p.m. please join the Adventure Music team for our finale concert of the 2018-19 season as we welcome Detroit born baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Alex Harding and his Organ Nation to LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. With Jim Alfredson on B-3 organ and Djallo Djakate on drums, Alex Harding and Organ Nation is the first organ concert presented in The Underground Concert Series.

     

    According to Sunnyside Records, “Harding got to into music early as a child in Detroit. His ever supportive parents allowed him a drum kit, drumming becoming a passion that he pursued until he heard saxophone great Grover Washington, Jr., which led him to switch to tenor sax. In a twist of fate, Northwestern High School band director Ernest Rogers assigned Harding to the baritone sax chair when James Carter joined the band. It took a little time for Harding to grow attached to the horn and he continued his study with Motown baritone saxophone player, Beans Bows.

     

    “Having moved to New York City in 1993, Harding became a regular on the local jazz scene, including stints in ensembles with this heroes Hamiet Bluiett and Julius Hemphill.”

     

    In the 2018 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, Alexander Harding was given the “Rising Star” award in the Baritone Saxophone category. For more on Alex Harding, please see http://www.alexharding.net/html/about.php .

     

    Our previously scheduled guest, J.D. Allen, is not be available for this concert.

     

    For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.

     


  2. Sunday, March 31st at 3 p.m. Chicago saxophonist and bass clarinetist Geof Bradfield returns to The Underground Series with his “Yes and…music for nine improvisers” featuring a roll call of top Chicago and New York jazz musicians in a new multi-movement work which Howard Reich described in the Chicago Tribune as “…music [that] finds continuity in the tonal glow of the ensemble playing, the subtlety of instrumental voicing, and the harmonic sophistication of everything these musicians have to offer.”

     

    The Chicago composer/woodwind virtuoso/bandleader Geof Bradfield’s “Yes, and…Music For Nine Improvisers” features Nick Mazzarella: alto saxophone; Western Michigan University graduate John Wojciechowski: flutes and tenor saxophone; Russ Johnson and Tito Carrillo: trumpets; Joel Adams: trombone; Clark Sommers: bass; Scott Hesse: guitar and the great Dana Hall: drums, cymbals, and percussion. See www.delmark.com for their recording.

     

    For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.

     


  3. For the 96th anniversary of Dexter Gordon’s birth his widow, Maxine Gordon, gave a reading and discussion of her new book “Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon” at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Blue Lake Public Radio celebrated by featuring the innovative tenor saxophonist’s recordings in the first part of the hour on Jazz From Blue Lake with Lazaro Vega, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. last night. You can find that program under Daily Shows then click Jazz From Blue Lake here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand

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  4. Sunday, February 24th at 3 p.m. the renowned jazz musician and multi-genre drummer GayeLynn McKinney of Detroit brings her family’s legacy of music education to Grand Rapids behind the release of her new album “McKinFolk, The New Begining” (Detroit Music Factory). Aretha Franklin’s drummer since 2016, and leader of the Grammy nominated all female jazz group Straight Ahead, McKinney is the daughter of renowned jazz educator and pianist Harold McKinney. This Grand Rapids area concert follows saxophonist Dave McMurray’s 2018 debut album on the fabled Blue Note Record label, as well as Gayelynn McKinney’s new album featuring Geri Allen and James Carter. For Black History Month this concert includes a band with first call Detroit jazz musicians Allen Dennard on trumpet, Ibrahim Jones on bass and Gerrard Gibbs on piano.  For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.

     

     

     

    Blue Lake Public Radio's conversation with GayeLynn McKinney is now available under "Interviews" from http://www.bluelake.org/ondemand

     

    And check out this article/review on Dave McMurray. http://downbeat.com/news/detail/mcmurray-was?fbclid=IwAR0Mm2m0nb6BjUg1Gnyh4adTOBJllXf843SBnIJjk56KE3RD0B_wWxpk7oc

     

     

     

     


  5. Thank you John and David. We tell our smart speaker to play Blue Lake Public Radio. Or app. Or pre-set. Jazz From Blue Lake airs Monday through Thursday 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and Friday from 10 p.m. to noon the following Saturday morning (eastern time zone); then from midnight Sunday to 7 a.m. Sunday morning and again Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Those are the blocks. If you want to stream an mp3 of "Jazz From Blue Lake," each hour of the previous night's show is found under "Daily Shows" at www.bluelake.org/ondemand. The live material John speaks of, including recent in studio performances by John Lindberg with Teiku, and Josh Berman with The Bridge, and the young saxophonist Peter Formanek, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan school of music, with Teiku as well as a compelling duet performance with pianist Josh Harlow, are also found at the on-demand page under "Studio Performances." Lots of links there. Jazz From Blue Lake streams live nightly starting at 10 p.m. eastern from www.bluelake.org/listen. Night watch.

     


  6. On Wednesday, November 21, The Bridge, a transatlantic network backing public concerts in Chicago and the Great Lakes, brought an improvising trio to Blue Lake Public Radio’s Dave Myers Performance Studio for an hour long session of live music and conversation. Featuring Chicago’s Josh Berman on cornet and France’s Didier Petit, cello, and Edward Perraud, drums and percussion, the trio setting was a bit different than much of their tour, so the program found the music opening up as time went by. Tonight at midnight eastern time (same as NYC), we’ll hear the broadcast as part of Jazz From Blue Lake, the week night 5 hour jazz radio program that begins at 10 p.m. eastern every Monday through Friday. To stream the program live please click www.bluelake.org/listen. If you can’t make that time, there is an MP3 version of the broadcast available at our on-demand page, under “Studio Performances,” found here:www.bluelake.org/ondemand. 

    Thanks to everyone for this creative opportunity. Here’s hoping you have time to listen and remember The Bridge #15.

    Lazaro Vega
    Jazz Director
    Blue Lake Public Radio
    Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
    300 East Crystal Lake Road
    Twin Lake MI 49457 USA

    www.bluelake.org/radio


  7. So, in early August Blue Lake Public Radio aired these Grant Green recordings from Resonance, the second one, especially, is from around the time he was in Detroit kicking his habit, and I knew from conversations with the audience that he played around Grand Rapids at that time, but I couldn't remember the bar. So I just said he played at The Lime Light. Got a call from a listener who corrected me -- it was The Golden Globe Lounge on South Division in Grand Rapids, next to the Play House which was once The Blue Note and was right across the street from the Pussy Wussy. Had a nice talk with this gentleman. Turns out we were both at Grover Washington Jr.'s Grand Rapids concert in the 1970's (I was 16 or 17 and since it was at a college, I could go). He said, in a positive way, "Grover played me to sleep! I'd done a double shift and came right over to the concert!" That soul jazz vibe was a good fit for that crowd then. Also, in the past, I had a call from Wilbur Ware's son who lived in GR and said his Dad was here often and played around these clubs, too. 

     

     


  8. Hey, thanks for bringing this up. Bob Stewart, the lone jazz programmer in Iowa, won in this category, which is called The Bobby Jackson Award. Thank you so much for thinking about me. The hub bub around this nomination has done a world of good. During the summer I'm teaching a class to Blue Lake summer school for the arts  and can't get away in August. 28 campers every two weeks. Teaching the "Radio Elective," that is, how to program an hour long radio show of classical, jazz or broad way music. 

    I may try and get to New York this January. 

    fwiw I was  recently interviewed for Ron Wynn’s column, “Giant Steps,” published by The Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society. Here’s the link: http://jazzblues.org/giant-steps-by-ron-wynn-junejuly-edition-part-ii/

     

     

     


  9. Since 1954 the Newport Jazz Festival has welcomed some of the music’s greatest performers to one of New England’s premier resort communities, and fortunately for jazz fans, many of those great festival sets were recorded down through the years, as you can hear on Jazz From Blue Lake found here: www.bluelak.org/ondemand. Please join us for the music of Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, among others, recorded at Newport. (photo by Kevin R. Mason) #BlueLakePublicRadio