Yep, pretty much sums it up: but lest we forget how cold the winter was, so really this isn’t too shabby! Hope you all are doing well. This far I’ve had a fairly busy couple months so I apologize that my correspondences haven’t been timely. However, we do have some great music coming up over the next several months so strap in and get your date books out!

First of all I need to say that our last show was astoundingly attended. We had a lot of people come through, check out the sounds happening on stage, and at the end of the night the musicians got to go home with some decent bread for their efforts. So a sincere thank you to all who came and helped make last show by far one of our most successful nights. If you weren’t there, you missed your chance to see People Of The Way play a killer debut set that showed us all that no matter how long you’ve been doing it or playing together as long as you remain authentic to your sound you can craft beauty. Kamchatka was also outstanding with their own twist on the wide spectrum of jazz they covered. For a group whose members are constantly shifting, they pulled off a superb block of tunes and made it sound as if this band was on their 25th anniversary tour. A great night all around. Now, let’s keep the good train rolling!

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The weather is once again on our side: No more cold or snow, it’s all sunshine and good times from here on out. And what better way to celebrate than going out to see some excellent , local jazz. We’ve got some really interesting groups scheduled to perform in the coming months but first let’s talk about when last we met.

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Apparently, Is This Jazz? at AS220 has been nominated for best jazz night in the Providence Phoenix's Best of 2014!!! Thank you to all the great people who have performed, attended, helped out, and supported this series of mine. Clearly whatever it is that we’re all doing is working!

Please follow the link and submit your vote for us to win, to show Providence that presenting great, original jazz is important to our community and deserves this achievement. Also, look down the list and send some votes around, I know a few names on that list and they earned the accolades as much as we have.

You are allowed to vote ONCE EVERY DAY. So if you have a free few seconds please navigate to the link below and vote for ITJ to win this year’s award. We’ve had a lot of incredible local talent playing their original material on the AS220 stage and we want to show rhody that this is excatly the sort of thing this city needs!


Digging through YouTube today I found this lesser known gem featuring the guitar maestro Jim Hall. Interesting colors with the varying instrumentation, sparse at times but the essentail elements are all there, making it a cool study in how much music you can make with so few timbres. Good listen for a fine Sunday!


from live album CD ”Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958”

00:00 01 - Gotta Dance (J.Giuffre)
02:19 02 - Four Brothers (J.Giuffre)
05:01 03 - Two Kind of Blues (J.Giuffre) 
09:46 04 - Pony Express (Western Suite) (J.Giuffre)
15:15 05 - Down Home (J.Giuffre)
20:49 06 - The Lonely Time (J.Giuffre)
24:07 07 - That’s The Way It Is (J.Giuffre)
29:39 08 - Waltz (B.Brookmeyer)
33:22 09 - Pony Express (Western Suite) (J.Giuffre)
38:02 10 - The Train And The River (J.Giuffre)

*01, 02, 03
Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bs)
Jim Hall (g)
Ralph Peña (b) 
recorded Live at Stars of Jazz KABC TV Show, Hollywood,
January 7, 1957. 

*04, 05
Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts)
Jim Hall (g)
Bob Brookmeyer (tr)
recorded Live at Stars of Jazz KABC TV Show, Hollywood,
October 27, 1958 

*06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bs)
Jim Hall (g)
Bob Brookmeyer (tr, p) 
recorded Live at the Newport Jazz Festival, July 4, 1958.