Monday, February 4, 2008

Jazz Is World Music

Jean-Michel Pilc was born in Paris and moved to New York City in 1995. Glawischnig was born in Graz, Austria. He played with Ray Barretto, the son of Puerto Rican immigrants, and then with David Sanchez, who grew up in Puerto Rico. Glawischnig's exceptional new CD, Panorama, features Sanchez, Puerto Rican native Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo (born in Caracas, Venezuela), and Antonio Sanchez (Mexico City). Hoenig has also been a member of Kenny Werner's trio with bassist Johannes Weidenmueller (Heidelberg, Germany).

Tonight and tomorrow at the Dakota: Monty Alexander, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Last week: Toumani Diabate (Mali), Hugh Masakela (Johannesburg, South Africa). Coming up: NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, who has spent much of his life in Africa.

Photo: NASA's "Blue Marble."


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