Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album. On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.
Kris Bowers began classical piano studies as a toddler in Los Angeles. In 2011, he walked away with the top honor at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition—a major career boost for the Juilliard student. He brings his award-winning chops to the Piano Jazz studios for this set of tunes.
For his uncompromising, serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group, they told him. Charles said he would bring Sangam (means "confluence"), his east-west trio with Zakir Hussain on tablas, Eric Harland on drums, and Lloyd on saxophone. Join three musical spirits, flowing together.
As a child, Julian Lage was quickly recognized as a guitar prodigy. He recorded with David Grisman and toured with Gary Burton before he was old enough to drive. Since then he has evolved into a composer with a deep understanding of the scope of American music, expressed on his acclaimed 2011 album, Gladwell. Lage solos on his “Etude #1” and “Alone Together,” and joins Jon Weber for “Just Friends.”
Alto saxophone phenom Grace Kelly has recorded with icons Lee Konitz and Phil Woods and is a seasoned road warrior with tour dates around the world -all before the age of 20! She recently added vocalist to her resume. Kelly duets with host Jon Weber on “The Way You Look Tonight,” and her original tunes: the bouncy “Flying Fish” and the sultry bossa nova vocal, “Gone.”
Three inspirations for guitarist Abbasi are Pakistani vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-97), pianist Andrew Hill, and this Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet. Then guitarist Romero Lubambo and two Brazilian compatriots meet swinging tenor Harry Allen over bossa novas by Jobim. Rez and Paz, back to back, on JazzSet.