A couple of live shows that deserve mention
Within the past week, my wife were fortunate to attend a couple of live shows that I though I would recommend. YMMV and the music may not be your cup of tea, but they were both outstanding if you enjoy what I would call progressive jazz.
First, last Friday, we had the pleasure of seeing Kyle Eastwood at the Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs California Art Museum. He is the son of Clint Eastwood but that has nothing to do with his talent although I am sure his father's love of jazz passed to him. He is a fabulous bass player and one thing I noticed in his live performance as well as his recordings was that he does not overemphasize his performance at the expense of the music. I have noticed alot of bass players overly emphasize themselves (re:Brian Bromberg's recordings, which I still appreciate). The main thing however is Eastwood spent a great deal of time in Paris and London and stacked his band with some amazing young talent on trumpet, sax and keyboards. Check out his website at www.kyleeastwood.com and see for yourself.
The next act we saw was Jamie Cullum at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA......FABULOUS show....a full 2 hours and what a showman. Hard to describe his talent other than check him out. His show ranged from a Hendrix cover to Cullum on solo guitar singing James Taylor's Fire and Rain to his orinial music. EXCELLENT. If you have not heard of Jamie Cullum, this kid is going to change the face of jazz to a younger, hipper music. I saw people there from 15-85 years old....and the youngsters were swinging to some old standards! Kind of exciting to see young people getting hip to something besides 50 Cent.......not that there's anything wrong with that!
The surprise of the Cullum evening however was his opening act, Josh Ritter. The new Bob Dylan maybe???? His joy on stage was matched only by the incredible lyrics and music of his original tunes. Check him out.....not jazz in the least but if you like Dylan-esque type music, this kid is the first I've heard in the past 20 years to do his own thing and not come off as a copycat if you know what I mean. (his best songs were Kathleen and Good Man in my opinion)