Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

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On Thursday, the musical week gets started with tenor saxophonist Houston Person finishing up his two-night stand at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, supported by pianist Jeff Jenkins, bassist Ken Walker and drummer Paul Romaine. And if you listen to his current High Note CD, Rain or Shine recorded in June 2017, you know that he still delivers his signature, blues-filled sound with both warmth and authority. There’s a reason why Person comes back to town with some frequency. His sets on Thursday are at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

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“Come rain or come shine,” 83-year-old tenor saxophonist Houston Person still delivers a sound that covers the listener with warmth and soul. That’s the lesson contained in the saxophonist’s newest disc on HighNote Records appropriately titled Rain or Shine.

I Dig Jazz

The simplest way to describe pianist Eddie Palmieri is that he is a true Latin all-star with true jazz sensibilities. After Palmieri’s parents moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland, the pianist was born in Spanish Harlem on December 15, 1936. Growing up in the Bronx, Palmieri spent time with a variety of bands through the 1950s (led by Johnny Segui and Tito Rodriguez) and created his own group, La Perfecta, in 1961. That band recorded its first album in 1962 and some 50 more Palmieri discs have followed right up to Sabiduria (Knowledge) released in 2017.

Litchfield Jazz Festival

In the 2014 DownBeat “Critics Poll,” singer Cécile McLorin Salvant exploded on the jazz scene. Just a year or so after the release of her first American album, WomanChild on Mack Avenue, the Miami-born singer, who moved to Aix-en-Provence, France in 2007 to study at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, emerged not only as the rising-star female vocalist but also as the top overall female vocalist on the scene (and the rising-star jazz artist as well).

All About Jazz

On Saturday night, vocalist Gregory Porter and his signature hat hit the stage at the University of Denver’s Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff. Since 2010, Porter has exploded on the scene with two early discs on Motéma and several more on Blue Note. Those albums that so well captured the Los Angeles, California-born singer’s deep and engaging voice which also captured two Grammys® for Porter, who surrounds himself with strong players.

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