Musically Minded Academy in the Rockridge section of Oakland kicks off its In the Moment concert series this weekend. Here’s the lowdown.
Jim Bennett of KCSM’s “In the Moment” presents a new concert series at Musically Minded Academy, dedicated to continuing the legacy of jazz as a living art form.
At least once each month, we’ll present a tribute to a particular artist, such as Sarah Vaughn, Max Roach or Jackie McLean, as presented by some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. The series is curated by Musically Minded’s new Pro Concert Series Artistic Director Jim Bennett. Jim will collaborate with each artist in presenting these tributes, which will sometimes take the form of presenting a seminal recording in the history of jazz.
In the case of an album performance, there will be a short first set, featuring a mix of what our performers normally present. This will be followed by a brief intermission and then a short discussion with Jim and the artist about the importance and historical or personal importance of the featured recording. We’ll also take a few questions from the audience.
The recording will be played in its entirety, not as a mere recreation, but with the goal of bringing the music alive for a new audience. In the tribute concerts, there will be one long set, with commentary interspersed throughout. Each concert will be recorded for broadcast on KCSM, and each audience member who makes an extra contribution to the musicians will be thanked on the air for that program.
Saturday: “A Modern Interpretation of Sarah Vaughn” with Valerie Troutt Quartet featuring Maya Kronfeld
June 13: “RUMInations on Love: a game of lost & found” with Lisa Engelken Quartet
July 11: “Tribute to Billy Higgins” with Billy Higgins Legacy Band featuring Myron Cohen
August 1: “Wayne Shorter’s ‘Native Dancer’” with Anne Sajdera Sextet
September 12: “Clifford Brown and Max Roach’s ‘Study In Brown’ and Eric Dolphy’s ‘Far Cry,’” with Darren Johnston
October 3: “Art Blakey’s ‘Album Of The Year’” with Oaktown Jazz Workshop
November 14: “Laura Nyro’s ‘Eli and the Thirteenth Confession’” with Polyanna Bush
December 5: “Tribute to Billy Cobham” with Alan Hall and Rata-tet
January 9: “Tribute to Michel Legrand with Jackie Ryan and Larry Dunlap
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