Royal jazz

June 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm | In arts | Comments Off on Royal jazz

Another night out for me, and now it’s almost midnight – where’s my blog post for today?

I got to hear Joshua Redman and his new collaborative project, James Farm Band, this evening. The concert, which took place at the Royal Theatre, was part of the TD Victoria International Jazz Fest. The musicians: Joshua Redman (saxophone), Aaron Parks (piano), Matt Penman (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).

It takes some doing to get cooking at the staid old Royal Theatre, but Redman and his band did it.

One of the first pieces they played was Astrolabe, composed by Redman. Picture an old-style ornate theater with plush red curtains and curlicues on the walls, throw in a couple of plaster nudes and an audience that’s almost as stiff in its seats – then unleash some great jazz. Good grief, some of us actually started to move! 😉

All the band members are excellent, and Eric Harland on drums was outstanding. One of his compositions, Voyager, showcased his impressive skills. Matt Penman on bass and Aaron Parks on piano were beautiful and also contributed compositions to tonight’s repertoire.

Finally, I loved Star-crossed, another Redman composition: beautiful, complex piece.

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PS: The jazz fest continues until July 4, with many many acts, performers, bands making music at numerous venues through-out Victoria, including smaller clubs, lounges, and various outdoor venues. See the website for more details, or try the festival’s Facebook page.

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