Thursday, July 16, 2009

Maryland (well, closer to DC actually) Summer Jazz Events

JN&P thanks to Jeff Antoniuk, sax player extraordinaire and jazz educator, for the following information about some jazz workshops-linked-with-festivals down DC way. Hey, Baltimore, it's only a short drive to any of these so go, enjoy, and support live jazz in our region!

Maryland Summer Jazz Festival is just around the corner!

In addition to being one of the mid-Atlantic's most popular and highest rated adult jazz camps, we are growing as a festival too. This year we have four headliner concerts, each with different music and performers.

I'd love to see you at one or more of them. It would be great to reconnect and I know you'll enjoy the concerts. We have some major names from around North America, including some local legends joining us on stage. Write down the dates, and I hope to see you soon!

July 21 Kick Off Concert at Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007
Featuring international trumpet sensation Ingrid Jensen with Jeff Antoniuk & the Jazz Update
at the nations premiere jazz club in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Hear originals by Jensen and
Antoniuk and covers by Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and other greats.
Shows: 8 and 10:00 PM
Tickets: $25 plus tax and minimum.
Tickets are available from - THIS GIG WILL SELL OUT!

July 23 Free Outdoor Concert in Rockville Town Square
Co-sponsored by the City of Rockville, a free family oriented community concert
Featuring the Maryland Summer Jazz Quintet with some of the hottest jazz players
in the Mid Atlantic Region: drummer Frank Russo, bassist James King, Keyboard
player Jon Ozment and trumpeter Tim Stanley with saxophonist and band leader
Jeff Antoniuk. They’ll cover great tunes by Brubeck, Golson and Zawinul!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

July 24 Double Dose of Jazz at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Attend the All Stars Concert or the Student concert or both with one ticket!
Featuring vocalist Alison Crockett, bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Tony Martucci
with pianist Wade Beach, Antoniuk and Jensen. Hear inspired originals by Tom Baldwin
along with pieces by Oliver Nelson, Luiz Bonfa and Sonny Rollins and others! Our MC
is popular WPFW jazz radio host Candy Shannon.
7:00 PM Student Concert
8:15 PM All Stars Concert
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door (if available), $5 for children 12 and under
Tickets are available in advance from

July 31 Double Dose of Jazz at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Attend the All Stars Concert or the Student concert or both with one ticket!
Features guitarist Tim Miller, trumpeter Tom Williams and bassist James King with Antoniuk,
Crockett and Martucci. Look forward to tunes by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Chick Corea
and many more!”
7:00 PM Student Concert
8:15 PM All Stars Concert
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door (if available), $5 for children 12 and under
Tickets are available in advance from
Don’t know which concert to attend? Come to all four or mix it up. Every concert is different with different players and tunes featured!
See the Faculty Page of for artist biographies.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Updates from KCSM

Well, things are moving with light speed at "The Mother Ship" in San Mateo--KCSM Jazz 91. A new blog and a new Jazz Forum to invite listener inputs. KCSM is also on Twitter and Facebook!! So--Jazz Notes and Phrases will wind down its feeble efforts to post something often and drop back to the occasional "Something Important To Say About Jazz" mode of operation. I won't take down this blog--other social media go only so far now that blogs are common--but for the most part I'll do day-to-day updates on the Jazz 91 blog or forum.

I'm working on a piece centered on the wonderful interview Lee Thomas did the other day with violinist/composer Regina Carter. Wow, what a musician and what a wise, warm person!! So stay tuned!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fantastic interview with Jazz West's Wayne Saroyan on KCSM today!!

I was fortunate enough to catch Chris Cortez' terrific interview with Wayne Saroyan, webmaster and spiritual guide for Jazz West, the go-to website to get up-to-date jazz news from the Bay Area. I'm adding Wayne's blog to my blogroll!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Three Generations of Jazz Piano at Yoshi's

What a night it must have been at Yoshi's last night!! Here's a photo gallery of the evening, courtesy of Ronald Davis, showing not only the terrific trio of pianists, Denny Zeitlin, Jon Jang, and Taylor Eigsti but several of KCSM Jazz 91's great announcers--and the station manager Marilyn Lawrence! Thanks again to the artists and to Yoshi's for helping close the funding gap for KCSM!

A New Website Devoted to Supporting Live Jazz

While the Jazz Ambassadors are all devoted to keeping KCSM on the air and commercial-free, we never lose sight of the importance of supporting live jazz performances. Our man in Columbia, SC, JA Milton Cooley, just sent me this link to a website down his way that's all about live jazz. And note the modest level of support requested from viewers--$5. I'll add Skipp Pearson's site to the blog list on Notes and Phrases. Thanks, Milton!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Does Anybody REALLY Listen to "The Radio" Any More?

That's right; "the radio;" when I was a kid (A. T. or ante televisio), "the radio" was a thing--a box, sometimes small, sometimes big enough to be part of the living room decor--and what you were able to listen to was worth paying attention to.

I've been cruising the blogosphere looking for stories about what role radio plays in our lives today. It's pretty depressing out there--concepts like "drive-time radio," those dismal broadcasts that try to perk up unhappy drivers with colorless commodified music-by-the-yard and mindless chatter, between bulletins about the latest traffic snarls and fender-benders--and commercials, commercials, COMMERCIALS!!! (On "commodity music," this poor schlumpf takes a long, long time to conclude that the answer to "free music" is...commercials! Arrrgggh!!)

This low-grade moronic programming tells us a lot about how much of radio isn't worth anybody's time. And of course so-called "talk radio" is so uniformly bad-nasty I don't have anything printable to say about that crud. Every once in a while, though, I run across an item that captures the magic of what radio can still mean--to the person behind the mike and to her listeners, as they still make a magic connection through a microphone, a transmitter (or webcast), and a loudspeaker or a set of ear-buds. Alas, like the Alabama blogger's eulogy for his personal radio hero Bert Bank (and Major Bank was quite a guy!!) these stories are often about the "used-to bees," which my granny kept reminding me "aren't flying any more." And the writer has moved on into TV--he gives the weather reports on a network TV station in Birmingham Alabama now. A big step down from those magic nights on WTBC that he writes about on his blog!!

The reason for this long lead-in is to remind you that radio worth listening to is alive and well out there--and now thanks to the World Wide Web, you don't need to be concerned becausf it's a 250-watt AM station--you can listen anywhere, any time, and "the radio" can be your laptop, your iTunes player or other MP3-ready portable device.

For my money (literally and figuratively), KCSM Jazz 91 is THE premier radio station worth listening to today. And we should really all pay at least a small admission fee to keep hearing their incomparable jazz collection played just for us.

KCSM needs our financial support to keep that web stream of great jazz flowing all over the world. So--take a few minutes now to "turn your dial" to, enjoy, and then pay your admission to this Great Jazz Music Hall of the World!! Thanks--you'll get your money's worth, I gare-ON-tee!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

KCSM Benefit at Yoshi's in Oakland: Recollections of Dr. Denny Zeitlin

The world's finest jazz radio station, KCSM Jazz 91 in San Mateo, CA unfortunately fell short of its spring fundrasing goal. Personally I think the drive did surprisingly well considering the current economic climate--but the station also needs more financial support from listeners because of budget cuts at its host college and other factors.

Fortunately, Yoshi's--Oakland--one of the great jazz venues--is graciously hosting a fund-raiser for KCSM on June 30 to help close the funding gap. And what a program!! Three of today's greatest jazz pianists--(Dr.) Denny Zeitlin, Jon Jang, and Taylor Eigsti, are generously giving a benefit performance (two shows, 8 and 10 p.m.) to help out!!

The co-appearance of these amazing jazz talents provides a great example of the universality of jazz. Jang has woven both cultural and musical threads from his Chinese heritage into his music; Eigsti has adapted modern recording techniques to enrich his jazz performances; and Zeitlin continues to excite audiences with new musical insights that may well spring from his deep understanding of the role of creativity in the human psyche.

I have a special fondness for Denny Zeitlin. He and I are both alumni of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, graduating at about the same time. I got reacquainted with him after he moved to UC San Francisco for his psychiatric residency and, later, a faculty position. I vividly and warmly recall Denny playing jazz piano to soothe strung-out, psychically lost young people who had taken refuge in a space he created at UCSF in the late 1960s. The facility required no registration, had no bureaucratic barriers, and those who came were free to leave at any time. It was just a safe place for these waifs to escape the chaos of Haight-Ashbury for a little while. I was deeply moved by what this haven revealed about the extent of Dr. Zeitlin's unselfish caring for these young adventurers as they tried to cope with the turbulence of those long-ago days.

These three wonderful musicians also show how jazz appeals to us no matter our ages. Zeitlin (and I!) are in our eighth decades of life; Jang is a generation behind us and Eigsti is in his twenties.

I salute these gifted musicians for their generosity, their willingness to use their gifts to attract support for KCSM. I thank Yoshi's for hosting the event. And I encourage all jazz lovers who can possibly do so to attend this never-to-be-repeated event. But...that's the way jazz is, isn't it? Always fresh, always new.