Rene Marie is an artist familiar to many of our listeners because she used to live and perform in Richmond. In the years since she moved away, she has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and with each new release has become more assured of her own artistic vision. Her most recent recordings have veered away from the standard songs that populate most jazz albums, instead focusing on her own songs. It came as something of a surprise that her new recording was a tribute album. It’s called “I Wanna Be Evil – With Love to Eartha Kitt.”
Articles by Peter Solomon
I spoke with Kevin Harding, the guitarist from Quatro na Bossa, about the band’s latest release, “Bossa Nossa.” The background behind the selections is interesting and tells a lot about the history of 20th century Brazilian music, touching on Luis Bonfa, Dorival Caymmi, Joao Gilberto, Joao Donato and other important Brazilian innovators.
Saxophonist James Gates has just released a new cd called “Gates Wide Open.” Gates is a native Richmonder who has played with many jazz greats, including Walter Bishop, Jr. and Art Blakey. He currently runs the jazz program at Virginia State University but hasn’t let his performing career slide.
He’s playing a CD release party tonight (5/14) at Capitol Ale House, part of the Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Concert series.
Glows in the Dark is a band led by Richmond-based guitarist and composer Scott Burton. The band has the instrumentation of a typical jazz quintet, but the music is anything but typical. The repertoire ranges from cinematic grooves inspired by soundtracks of horror flicks, crime films and kung-fu movies to more abstract avant-garde textures.
Whether performing with his group Reckless Abandon, running the stage or emceeing at one of the many concerts he worked at or hosting his long-running program Out o' the Blue Radio Revue here on WCVE Public Radio, Page Wilson had a huge impact on the Central Virginia Music Scene. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of coverage in the local press and on TV news about Page’s death, but by far the most eloquent tribute I have come across is the show produced by Steve Clark on Saturday’s the Sound of Swing.
Richmond guitarist Scott Burton, who leads the experimental jazz group Glows in the Dark, has composed some soundtrack music for a forthcoming documentary called Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s. (Think cheaply made Italian versions of Dirty Harry, The French Connection and The Godfather and you’ll get the idea).
In October of 2010, Richmond’s No BS! Brass Band released a new self-titled CD. They were also featured in the line-up of the 3rd Richmond Folk Festival. In the past, there have been traditional New Orleans Brass Bands festured at the annual event.
No BS! is a band that has come up with a completely original take on brass band music – an approach that has much more in common with rock and roll than with traditional jazz. Listen to the interview below.