Friday, November 14, 2008

A Day Off

I enjoyed a day off from work today to recoup from minor surgery. The time passed quickly and painlessly thanks to the iPod and the music of Charlie "Bird" Parker, Dave Brubeck, J.R. Monterose, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.

I have enjoyed exploring bassist William Parker's album "Corn Meal Dance." I typically don't enjoy vocals but if you listen for Parker everything else seems to melt away.

Today's post is short -- for obvious reasons. I hope to still attend Nachito Herrera's gig tomorrow night at the Dakota. Review will follow.

Enjoy it all.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nachito Herrera

Ignacia "Nachito" Herrera headlines the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday night. Herrera is an experienced latin jazz specialist with prior training under Rubén González, Jorge Gomez Labraña, and Frank Fernández. Herrera is the past musical director at the "Tropicana" in Cuba. More recently he was a member of the Cubanismo as lead pianist, arranger, and musical director.

Here is what the Star Tribune had to say:

“Hotter than the burning tip of a contraband Cuban cigar. Stronger than a straight shot of Havana rum. As exciting as a World Series game, with ‘El Duque’ on the mound. Explosive. Crowd pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.”- Tom Surrowicz, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Herrera opens at the Dakota at 8:00 pm each night. Cover is $15.00. I hope to see you all there Saturday night.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Inaugural Edition of Jazz Ramblings

Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of Jazz Ramblings. I hope you will find something of benefit from this new blog. It certainly is not written by an expert but will provide a fresh, new perspective from a relative newcomer to the jazz scene. My experiences have been shaped through exposure to jazz in the Midwest, Southern California, and Copenhagen.

Your comments, thoughts, and criticisms are welcome.