LIVE: Transart Jazz in the Valley Festival @ Waryas Park, 8/18/13

September 5th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Gary Bartz

Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Gary Bartz

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The 13th annual Transart Jazz in the Valley festival was held for the second year in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park. This year’s festival was a single-day affair held on two stages with one stage free to the public with local jazz performers.

The main stage this year featured the stylings of poet-vocalist Karen D. Taylor paying tribute to performance poet Jayne Cortez. St. Louis-based vocalist Denise Thimes belted out the blues with an all-star backup band featuring the master horn player Houston Person on tenor sax. Bassist Paul West, pianist Danny Mixon and drummer Winard Harper rounded out the top-notch rhythm section.

Trumpeter Maurice Brown – of the Tedeschi Trucks Band – brought a thoroughly contemporary sound to the festival with his R&B and hip-hop influenced brand of jazz. The other horn in his band was none other than rising star Marcus Strickland.

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Les McCann cancelled

July 6th, 2009, 9:49 pm by Greg

So, the Jamie Foxx show at the Times Union Center wasn’t the only concert cancellation announced this week.

On a considerably sadder note for Nippertown music fans, the Les McCann/Javon Jackson show won’t be rolling into The Egg on Saturday, August 15, either.

Yes, the handwriting was probably on the wall, since the McCann/Jackson band was originally slated as the opening act for the always reliable, but rarely transcendent Robert Cray Band. Cray’s band dropped off the bill a while back, and The Egg valiantly tried the save the date for the 73-year-old keyboardist-vocalist McCann and saxman Jackson, who was in mighty fine form at the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC just a couple of weeks ago.

‘Twas not to be, however.

Refunds are available at The Egg box office.

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