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CHICK COREA & HERBIE HANCOCK
-March 14th, 2015 – Paramount Theater. Two legendary jazz pianists join once again to tour together and make a stop in Seattle to play the Paramount Theater. Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock stunned jazz audiences in 1978 when, in the midst of jazz-rock’s enormous popularity, they toured as an acoustic piano duet. That spirited tour produced two classic albums: Corea Hancock and An Evening with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock: In Concert. Corea and Hancock have never again recorded together as a duet.
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RICK BRAUN-CAN YOU FEEL IT As Braun cranks up the machine in advance of his 16th release, Can You Feel It, he says, “I’m grateful that people still want to hear what I have to say [musically]. That’s beautiful and miraculous.”
“When I started working on this album, which was about a year in the making, there were two goals that I had in mind. I wanted it to be really organic and have a lot of my friends playing on it. Young players—like Third Richardson, who is one of the best drummers in the world and Nathaniel Kearney Jr., an extraordinary bassist—melding together with the old faithful; guys like Nate Phillips [bass] and Randy Jacobs [guitar]. It’s a return to the sound and style of Beat Street, which essentially was a tribute to my years playing in War. I took out all of the sequencing with one exception and made the record like a garage band using great live players. It was a lot of fun making the record. It’s energetic and earthy. We hit it hard—kind of like Tower of Power—capturing the energetic, funky horn band sound. I wanted lots of horn section parts on the album,” explains Braun.
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MINDI ABAIR - JAZZ ALLEY, Feb 12 – Feb 15.
This year Mindi’s performances include The Boneshakers with Randy Jacobs and Sweetpea Atkinson, original members of the band Was (Not Was) with the worldwide hit “Walk the Dinosaur.” Sweetpea Atkinson will be releasing his new album on Blue Note in March of 2015. Mindi joined The Boneshakers on stage for the first time at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival in June 2014. The sparks from Randy Jacobs’ fiery guitar, Sweetpea Atkinson’s bluesy R&B vocals and Mindi’s gritty rockin’ sax created a special blending of musical styles garnering rave reviews and a newfound magic!
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