Flute, Sax and Jazz--There''s otherwordly flute music in Big Sur, and jazz everywhere you turn.
Thursday, August 6, 1998
Flutist, dancer, percussionist, world traveler, graduate of Juilliard, and Broadway musical performer: Big Sur/Half Moon Bay resident Viviana Guzm n is a multi-dimensional woman on the go. She just returned a month ago from a tour that took her and guitarist Richard Patterson to Sicily, Istanbul, Morocco, Spain, Italy and the Madeira Islands of Portugal, and she''s about to depart again to Arizona and New York City, but not before she puts on a performance in Big Sur this Saturday at Loma Vista. With her will be Patterson; Jayson Fann, percussion; Geoff Brown, didgeridoo; and Alana Cane, who will dance to the exotic original and arranged world music that comes from Guzm n''s travels and those of her musical partners.
"We put everything in a jar and mix it up," she says, "and come up with our own creation."
On her 1997 released CD Planet Flute, the Chilean-born dark-haired beauty who grew up "all over" evokes many moods from around the globe. In the introduction of the first cut "Seventh Veil," I felt as though I had been transported to a Tibetan temple where incense burned and monks bowed at the altar. The opening strains of the bass flute are hypnotic; then a flamenco guitar picks up the pace, adding a flurry of notes that carry you off to Morocco. The percussion and didgeridoo (played on the CD by John Villa from Big Sur) join to evoke a playful dance. Throughout the 13-song recording, you will find African, Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Australian influences, brought together for a satisfying listen that will inspire travel inside of your mind and movement of the feet in the form of dance.
The program being presented in Big Sur includes dancer Cane for the added visual effect close at hand, while the Big Sur mountains and redwoods sit at a distance.
Viviana Gunm n and friends, Saturday, 6pm, outdoors at Loma Vista, one mile south of Pfeiffer State Park on Highway 1, $4, 667-2450.
Tenor sax legend Red Holloway comes to Carmel Saturday with local musicians Bob Phillips, piano; Michael Marcus, bass; Andy Weiss, drums; and Babatunde, percussion, backing him up.
After last week''s disappointment with the postponement of the appearance of young New York altoist Greg Osby, we are more than compensated by the presence of Holloway, whose career spans 55 years! The Chicago-raised multi-instrumentalist''s first professional gig was with bassist Gene Wright, who later became a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. His early experiences following military service included gigs with Yusef Lateef and Dexter Gordon, but he found himself pigeonholed in the blues following a tour with vocalist Roosevelt Sykes and subsequent gigs with Willie Dixon, Junior Parker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, John Mayall and B.B. King. Not bad if you want to be a blues wailer.
His blues trail didn''t stop him from picking up gigs in the Chicago area with jazz notables Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Red Rodney, Lester Young, and Joe Williams, among others. Although he was adept at both genres, it was in jazz where he achieved widespread fame through his association with organist "Brother" Jack McDuff during the ''60s. Guitarist George Benson also came to prominence in this band that toured the States and Europe.
Holloway later moved to L.A. where he became talent buyer for the famed Parisian Room from 1969-1984. During that period, he also toured widely and formed a partnership with altoist Sonny Stitt and later on with trumpeter Clark Terry. His latest recording is In The Red on High Note Records.
Red Holloway, Saturday, 7:30pm, The Jazz Store, $25, reservations at 624-6432.
Sunday''s Concert By The Bay with Fourplay and trumpeter Chris Botti is sold out, so don''t go crying in your beer if you didn''t get tickets early. This is a wake-up call for all you procrastinators out there. When bands like Fourplay, with Larry Carlton, guitar (taking over for Lee Ritenour who is busy on solo projects and his own record label); Bob James, piano; Nathan East, bass; and Harvey Mason, drums, come to our normally complacent shores, you''ve got to pay attention and make your move. So with that in mind, I thought I would give you some ample warning for upcoming Sandy Shore Productions events, plus a few out-of-towners that are incredibly hot and worth making a drive north if you are a jazz fan.
South African-born soulful jazz singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler (who has been compared to George Benson) and smooth jazz guitarist Jeff Golub (who played for years with Rod Stewart) and his band Avenue Blue comes to the Monterey Plaza Hotel''s outdoor deck Sunday, Aug. 23. Tickets are $30 general, $40 reserved seating.
Coming up Sunday, Oct. 11, is the Second Annual Indian Summer Music Festival held at Seascape Resort in Aptos, a beautiful setting by the ocean with a five-band lineup to include flutist Tim Weisberg, Steve Reid''s Bamboo Forest, Spyro Gyra, Laura Chandler, and Keiko Matsui. Tickets just went on sale last week for this show and both shows'' tickets are available through SSP''s concert hotline at 649-1223, Do Re Mi Music in The Barnyard and Monterey, all BASS outlets (Wherehouse Records locally) and on the internet at www.smoothjazz.com.
Up in the Bay Area, Jazz In Flight presents the 9th Annual Eddie Moore Jazz Festival held at Yoshi''s at Jack London Square. Action goes on all week long beginning Monday, Aug. 10, with John Santos and Machete with special guest Omar Sosa ($15); Tuesday, Andrew Cyrille Trio with flutist James Newton ($18), and Wednesday, Jack DeJohnette and Lester Bowie Duo ($25). Although publicist Ken Schubert says he expects Wednesday''s show to sell out--and with good reason since drummer DeJohnette and trumpeter Bowie are giants in mainly avant-garde jazz, but have played with everyone in wide-ranging styles--it''s the Thursday through Sunday shows with the Art Ensemble of Chicago ($30, $50 Gold Circle) that highlight the festival. The innovative proponents of free jazz who showed how to use space and dynamics creatively, and how to mix free form passages with arranged sections, are celebrating their 33rd year together as a group. Recognized as the best acoustic jazz group this year in Down Beat''s Critic''s Poll, they continue to produce high quality, meaningful work. There are two shows each night at 8pm and 10pm. Tickets through BASS, TicketWeb or through Yoshi''s at (510)238-9200.
Also at Yoshi''s, Oscar Peterson Quartet performs August 21-23, one show nightly, 8pm, $100 includes champagne. Whoa! Tickets are going fast for the legendary pianist''s performances. Call above number to reserve.
Tickets went on sale July 24 for the 16th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival which runs October 29-November 8. For information, call (415)788-SFJF (7353), or I''ll cover in more depth in an upcoming column.
Meanwhile, news from the local musicians scene has it that the wonderful and talented guitarist Joe Lucido, one of the area''s best guitarists in a wide range of styles, has departed from the Thursday-night jam at Whitey''s Place. Owner Jeff White says he felt the almost three-year run for Lucido was great, but that things were getting stale. So he asked Johnny Love--from the Buddy Garland Show--to take over. The new format will focus on entertainment that non-musicians can appreciate, with a mix of full bands, soloists, and a slot for jammers to get up and mix it up with others. Sign-ups start at 8:30pm, music at 9pm. Call 646-8383 for more info.