Thursday, April 2, 2009

Blue Note Tour

THE BLUE NOTE 7 CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF BLUE NOTE RECORDS

ALL-STAR SEPTET FEATURES MUSICAL DIRECTOR BILL CHARLAP WITH NICHOLAS PAYTON, RAVI COLTRANE, STEVE WILSON, PETER BERNSTEIN, PETER WASHINGTON AND LEWIS NASH


The Blue Note 7 tour, which began on January 7 in Yakima, Washington, continues with concerts at universities and concert halls in 50 cities across North America. Last evening, the band played in historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. The tour will culminate in a six-night run in mid-April at Birdland in New York. European dates will also be announced for Fall 2009.

We attended a spirited 3PM business meeting in Worcester, MA (an hour's drive from our home), followed by cocktails and dinner at Sole Proprietor, a popular sea food restaurant. Next stop: Mechanics Hall where we joined hundreds of other jazz fans to listen to The Blue Note 7. Absolutely marvelous in every respect, these outstanding musicians performed works by McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and others. Since the band has been touring for several weeks, this is a spot-on, tight ensemble featuring powerful, indeed thrilling solos, each accorded the enthusiastic approval of the thoroughly delighted audience.

If you live in one of the remaining cities to welcome The Tour, please do not deprive yourself of the opportunity to hear this exceptional group.

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Tomorrow I am off to visit my sister in Rhode Island. We will be spending the next three days doing all the things sisters love to do, including singing together. Lois's voice is strong and true, and she has an uncanny memory for lyrics, singers and songs. I'll be probing her enormous source material. We also intend to go the dogs, literally. I am not a fan of greyhound racing myself, but there is a Rhode Island track which offers thoroughbred horse race simulcasts originating at Florida's Gulf Stream Park and other venues. So we will have lunch and place a few bets. We are sure to win because My Husband The Handicapper is supplying us with his own expert advice and counsel.

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