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Arthur Kell Speculation Quartet (courtesy ArthurKell.com)
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

Arthur Kell Speculation Quartet

Jazz lovers will want to see and hear the Arthur Kell Speculation Quartet. With the opening sounds tonight at the fabulous Smalls Jazz Club set in Manhattan’s West Village, one sensed the culmination of 50 years of evolution of fusion first expressed by Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter.

Django Wall Art. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

Conrad Herwig and The Latin Side All-Stars

Trombonist/composer Conrad Herwig and the Latin side all-stars ascended the stage to deliver their first musical offering. Splendid charts, extended improvisation, artistic interaction, virtuoso performances, a tight horn section, and a solid rhythm section immediately lit the room. A powerhouse of Latin rhythmic fire by drummer Robby Ameen and percussionist Mauricio Herrera on congas ignited an astounding sojourn.

The Marcus Roberts trio, American Symphony.org
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

This American Symphony Orchestra masterfully employed a sumptuous mix of 19th century symphonic intones and swing band idioms, commanding energetic themes, instrumental soloists as jazz tradition demands, rich tone colors, and moments of sublime beauty with lush strings, harp, flute, cello solos, and Ellington’s beautiful melodies.

Billy Stritch. Photo from BillyStritch.com copy
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Billy Stritch’s Birthday Bash

Sound, lighting, ambiance, and music, were marvelous this evening for Billy’s Stritch’s Birthday Bash at the wonderful Birdland’s Theater. Stritch was classically debonair, elegant, handsome, and looking sharp in his light blue suit, crisp white shirt, and jacket adorned with a pocket handkerchief. He mentioned something about “ age 59”, but I heard a fellow audience member call out “27”.

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