the joe lovano dozen

In anticipation of Saturday’s concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts by Grammy winning saxophonist, composer, bandleader and all around jazz man Joe Lovano, we offer this ‘get acquainted package’ – a 12 pack of essential Lovano recordings. The first six come from Lovano’s immensely prolific catalog on Blue Note Records. The rest are collaborative projects where Lovano’s presence on saxes and woodwinds are no less profound. Together they form the foundation of one of the most creatively fruitful jazz careers of our generation.

Out in front. Six critic’s picks from Joe Lovano’s expansive Blue Note Records discography.

+ Joe Lovano with Gunther Schuller: Rush Hour (1995) – Drawing on material by Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus and himself, Lovano teams with conductor and Third Stream pioneer Schuller for a variety of orchestral and chamber adventures.

+ Joe Lovano Trio: Trio Fascination – Edition One (1998) – A sumptuous sampler of trio tunes, from the hushed soul of Ghost of a Chance to the spacious swing of 4 on the Floor – all cut with the extraordinary bassist Dave Holland and the late, great Elvin Jones on drums.

+ Joe Lovano Nonet: 52nd Street Dreams (2000) – Utilizing an effortlessly warm and spirited tenor sax sound, Lovano fires up his Grammy winning nonet for a repertoire that leaps from Miles Davis to George Gershwin with spry arrangements by Willie “Face” Smith.

+ Joe Lovano Street Band: Viva Caruso (2002) – Jazz meets Pagliacci? A tropical tenor sax take on Santa Lucia? Such are the delights when Lovano tackles the repertoire of opera icon Enrico Caruso for a toast “from one great Italian tenor to another.”

+ Joe Lovano and Hank Jones: Kids (2007) – The ageless Hank Jones almost steals the show here. But Lovano creates intimate and animated dialogue with the pianist on this live recording of tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Thelonious Monk and more.

+ Joe Lovano Us Five: Folk Art (2009) – A novel quintet lineup of piano, bass and two drummers ignites some of Lovano’s most satisfying compositions. Substitute bassist Cameron Brown for Us Five all-star Esperanza Spalding and you have the band that plays the Singletary on Saturday.

 On the side. Six sterling recordings featuring Lovano in a supporting and/or collaborative role.

+ John Scofield Quartet: Time On My Hands (1990) – Arguably the finest of Lovano’s recordings with guitarist Scofield (well, 1991’s Meant To Be and 1993’s What We Do were pretty cool, too). Bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Jack DeJohnette round out the fun.

+ ScoLoHoFo: Oh! (2003) – A wonderfully intimate all-star summit featuring Scofield, Lovano, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Al Foster. The gentle bluesy sparring of Lovano and Scofield on Right About Now typlifies the album’s grand sense of fun.

+ Pat Martino: Think Tank (2003) – Cut six months after Oh!, Think Tank mounts muscular swing from underrated guitar great Martino with help from Lovano, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash.

+ Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano: I Have the Room Above Her (2005) – Drummer Motian’s long running trio with Lovano and guitarist Frisell has never sounded more spacious, warm and mysteriously atmospheric than on this sublime ECM recording.

+ Marc Johnson: Shades of Jade (2005) – Another great ECM outing with bassist Johnson fronting a band that again pairs Lovano with Scofield. But the gorgeous, hushed exchanges between tenor sax and pianist Eliane Elias on Apareceu turns Jade to gold.

+ McCoy Tyner: Quartet (2007) – A live recording led by piano titan Tyner. Hearing Lovano, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Tain Watts navigate the outageously majestic turns of the ‘70s Tyner masterwork Sama Layuca is pure joy.

New route for Macys parade

The Record (Bergen County, NJ) November 24, 2009

The Record (Bergen County, NJ) 11-24-2009 New route for Macys parade Date: 11-24-2009, Tuesday Section: NEWS Column: DID YOU KNOW For the first time since it stepped off in 1924, the Macys Thanksgiving Parade will not march along Broadway. Organizers had to find a new route when Broadway became a pedestrian zone, which prohibits floats and other vehicles.

First called the Macys Christmas Parade, the extravaganza started on 145th Street and made its way six miles down to Herald Square. For the first few years, animals from the Central Park Zoo were featured. site macys printable coupons

By 1927, Macys volunteers towed the first helium-filled balloons, which included Felix the Cat and were released at the end of the parade. They burst on the sharp edges of the New York skyline, so they were made stronger the following year. go to web site macys printable coupons

Since then, colossal replicas of cartoon and action characters have floated through skyscrapers, annually delighting 3 million spectators lining the streets.

A new sailor Mickey Mouse will appear this year, 75 years after his debut.

Floats were introduced in 1969 and are still made in a former Tootsie Roll factory in Hoboken. The floats, which can be up to 40 feet tall, fold up for the trip through the Holland Tunnel on Wednesday evening and are reassembled during the night on the Manhattan side.

The parade route was shortened in 1946 the first year it was televised locally to the popular Broadway path. It went on national television the following year and has since built an audience of 44 million viewers.

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