SFJAZZ also presents Ahmad Jamal on June 13!
“He performs for us at Davies Symphony Hall with a seamless quartet whose grooving sound is flavored by the New Orleans style of drummer Herlin Riley and bassist Reginald Veal and the polyrhythmic pop of Puerto Rican-born percussionist Manolo Badrena.”
Hear Blue Moon on iTunes.
Take a look at our New Releases in the catalog and get 20% off purchases at our webstore until May 18! The coupon code at checkout is MAY14.
Actually there are four! Here’s Catherine’s discography on iTunes.
Coming to the US on Jazz Village in July!
Catherine Russell comes to California next month! Jazz and swing fans, mark your calendars!
June 22 at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz
June 23 at Yoshi’s San Francisco
June 26 at Los Gatos Jazz on the Plazz
Check out a fun clip from her sold-out Dizzy’s Club series!
“…Eastwood’s band at The Blue Note was tight, top-notch and obviously loving playing together. Eastwood’s playing is strong and supple, featuring a wide vibrato that almost makes him sound like he’s playing a fretless instrument at times—shades of David Sylvian and Japan…
Debra Devi: Can you tell me about the Gibson bass you designed?
Kyle Eastwood: It’s not really a Gibson per se, it was designed by Bunny Brunel and myself and a guy at the Gibson Custom shop made five or six prototypes, two of which I kept and customized some more myself. It’s still the bass I use – I shaped the neck so it’s skinnier under the higher strings and it’s just balanced ergonomically the way I like. I try a lot of other basses but never seem to find one I like quite as well…
Debra: How did you get into African influences?
Kyle Eastwood: I’ve been exposed to a lot of African music living in France and I did some research into South African music when I was writing music for the film Invictus. And living in France I’ve had the chance to travel a lot through North Africa. There are also a lot of Senegalese musicians in France – I haven’t been to Senegal but I’ve gotten to hear a lot of Senegalese music…
Debra: Any jazz influences that come to mind for this album?
Kyle Eastwood: I’m drawn to Charles Mingus and other jazz payers from the fifties and sixties. He’s a great role model for me as a bassist who was also a bandleader and composer. Art Blakely’s groups, too, from the late fifties, early sixties I’ve always liked that sound, and writing for a group with two horns, like mine. Without having to actually travel around with a big band! [laughs]
I grew up listening to sixties and seventies funk and really digging it. That’s the stuff that made me want to pick up the bass. I started teaching myself those songs…”
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