LIVE: The Kenny Barron Trio @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, 10/14/11

October 18th, 2011, 4:33 pm by Greg
Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron

“You guys are really amazing,” Kenny Barron enthused, grinning out at the full house that had been enthralled with Barron’s trio for two shining sets. “One of the best audiences in the world!” I can’t speak for the world, but it was certainly one of the biggest crowds A Place For Jazz has ever had: Staffers had to rush out folding chairs to accommodate the rain-drenched audience that kept filing into the Whisperdome in Schenectady well after the 8pm start time. And their enthusiasm for the star of the night was palpable before Barron even played a note.

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LIVE: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra @ Tanglewood, 9/6/09

September 8th, 2009, 4:10 pm by Greg
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Swing, swang, swung…

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra conjugated it pretty much every old way you could possibly want on the final day of the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Mass.

The towering 80-minute performance was primarily crafted from the sturdy building blocks of the vast Thad Jones catalog, which was certainly no surprise since the 16-piece VJO is devoted to carrying on the music and legacy of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

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