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Telluride Jazz Festival

It’s that time of year when festivals are in full bloom. Just this week, for example, there are two jazz festivals on the schedule, both of which run Friday through Sunday. The first is the long running jazz celebration in Telluride whose guest of honor this year is saxophonist Ernie Watts. In addition to the multi-faceted Watts and his quartet, there are strong jazz sounds from guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio and Hammond B-3 master Joey DeFrancesco.

Joe Smith

Two very different pianists are visiting town and performing at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, this week. The first is Freddy Cole, who, of course, is best known for his deep and smoky vocals. But like his famed, older brother Nat “King” Cole, Freddy is also a pianist of substance who landed in New York in 1951 and went to Julliard before gaining a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

travis broxton

If you check out DownBeat’s 63rd “Critics Poll” in the August issue of the magazine, you’ll discover that Pat Bianchi occupies the number two spot among rising-star organ players according to the 141 critics participating in the noted annual survey.


In 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) established the Jazz Masters award, recognizing living individuals for their contribution to the music. In 2011, the NEA added a twist by recognizing not an individual but a family – the Marsalis clan from New Orleans that includes pianist Ellis, the father of the family, trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer/vibraphonist Jason.

Jazz Notes 7-2-2015 by Norman Provizer