Eddie Roberts Honors Grant Green In Denver With Special “Green Is Beautiful” Run [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Load remaining images This weekend, resident guitarist extraordinaire of The New Mastersounds, Mr. Eddie Roberts, honored jazz guitarist Grant Green with his tribute to the pioneering musician dubbed “Green Is Beautiful” after Green’s 1970 release by the same name. Roberts invited other friends to join him in celebrating Green’s work, tapping Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) on drums, Chris Spies on keys, Alex Scott on bass, and Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit) on sax to round out the crew, with Thievery Corporation’s Jeff Franca sitting in on bongos following his own performance at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday night. On the heels of 4/20, the name of the tribute might have seemed tongue-in-cheek to some, but together, the collection of enviable musicians went above and beyond in showcasing the beauty of Grant Green’s music.Roberts’ “Green Is Beautiful” tribute first debuted in September of last year as part of the line-up for Bear Creek Bayou in New Orleans. After its success in the fall, Roberts brought the project home to Denver and, in addition to rotating in new musicians to share in commemorating the frequently unsung jazz guitarist of Blue Note Records, expanded it to two nights, hitting Cervantes’ Other Side this past Friday and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox on Saturday. In seeing the group perform, it’s immediately apparent that this is a passion project for Roberts. His love of Grant and his work is undeniable, shining through both in his meticulous playing and stage banter. It’s charming to see the acclaimed guitarist so excited to share Grant’s music with others, readily dropping bits of knowledge and instructing listeners to carefully pay attention to specific elements of certain songs.For Friday’s performance at Cervantes’ Other Side, the setlist primarily focused on Green’s work from the late 60’s and 70’s during which Green’s style was reinvented with a more funk-inflected sound, all of which are perfectly suited for an ensemble featuring members of the New Mastersounds and Soulive. From the first songs, “Upshot” off Green’s 1969 release Carryin’ On and “The Selma March” off 1965’s His Majesty, King Funk, the band was in proper form, easily settling into the slinky, laid-back grooves of both numbers. “Latona” was a slow burner from Big John Patton’s Let ‘Em Roll (featuring Green on guitar), gradually building throughout with Eddie Roberts’ mercurial guitar dancing over the song’s latin base and kept together by Alan Evans’ tight work behind the kit (eliciting Roberts to note that Evans “is the only drummer that I’ve heard play this right” outside of Otis “Candy” Finch on the original album).“Farid” was another number that stood out, as the group was clearly enjoying themselves (“I’ll have to add this to every set I ever play,” said Roberts laughing after the number), with the song steadily propelled forward by Alex Scott on bass and Evans’ cascading drum rolls, ultimately culminating in a drum solo for Evans where he let loose to show off his chops. It was followed by a stellar rendition of “Windjammer,” a buoyant and pulsating tune for which Roberts’ explosive guitar stylings led the way.After a break, during which special guest DJ Marcos Boricua returned with his funk-focused vinyl-spinning after kicking things off for the night, “Green Is Beautiful” picked up right where they had left off, this time with the addition of Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation. Their first song, “Hey Western Union Man,” kept the crowd dancing after Boricua’s intermission music came to an end, with Nick Gerlach and Chris Spies building the melodic, groovy track to its climax. Gerlach again lent his expertise on sax in building up the next song, “Fancy Free,” working in and out of Roberts’ whorling guitar licks.During “Ain’t It Funky,” the title of the song rang true, with Chris Spies fiery stand-out performance behind the keys leading into a brief drum break giving Franca and Evans a moment to shine on percussion with one another’s company. The drums taking the spotlight recurred again in “Walk In The Night,” with the dark, grinding drums eventually dropping in volume to allow a dramatic return to the song’s main theme showcasing Eddie Roberts’ pristine and decisive guitar. Perhaps one of the crowd’s favorites of the night was “Day In The Life,” a nostalgic and happy-go-lucky carried by Eddie’s energetic playing.Friday night’s show at Cervantes’ was a stellar showcasing of both Grant Green’s work and the immense talent of those playing throughout the night. The audience members lucky enough to be in attendance at these intimate shows witnessed something special on Friday and Saturday night, something that we can hope will continue to be shared with the world with more future performances of Eddie Roberts’ “Green Is Beautiful” tribute. You can check out galleries of photos from Friday night’s performance at Cervantes courtesy of Gary Sheer (first gallery) and of Saturday night’s performance at Ophelia’s courtesy of Alan Westman (second gallery).last_img read more

STS9 Details NYE Run With Mark Farina, TOKiMONSTA, Wave Spell Improv Set, & Return Of Pnuma

first_imgThis winter, STS9 will return to Denver, Colorado’s Fillmore Auditorium to ring in the new year. Recently, the band has detailed their support for their upcoming four-night New Year’s Eve run, which spans from December 28th to December 31st.On Friday, December 28th, STS9 will be supported by Pnuma Live, no doubt a reference to at least some of the members of the Pnuma Trio, the Southeast-born, fan-favorite livetronica project that extensively toured the U.S. from 2005 to 2010. Originally named just Pnuma, since STS9 has announced this supporting act, fans have been heavily speculating about the composition of this supporting act, which will undoubtedly feature some combination of Pnuma Trio’s Alex Botwin, Ben Hazlegrove, or Lane Shaw.The following night, on December 29th, producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA will serve as support for STS9. The jamtronica favorites will follow up their December 29th at the Fillmore showing with at Denver’s intimate downtown music venue, Summit Music Hall, on December 30th. For this special performance, the band will offer up a special improvisational performance dubbed ‘Wave Spell’, which draws its name from the band’s recently released improvisation-focused album as well the group’s debut Belden Town, CA music festival in August. Finally, to ring in 2019, STS9 will be joined by Mark Farina and Mushroom Jazz for their New Year’s Eve proper performance, which will find the band returning to the Fillmore Auditorium on December 31st.For more information or for ticketing, head to STS9’s website here.last_img read more

Release Date Set for Big Screen Adaptation of Fences

first_imgDenzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fences'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Fences has already won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony, but could an Oscar be next? Denzel Washington’s big screen adaptation of the August Wilson play has been scheduled for a launch by Paramount on December 16, right in the middle of “awards season.” According to Deadline, the film will be released wide to movie theaters on Christmas Day.Tee film stars Washington and his former Broadway co-stars Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby. Both Washington and Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 Main Stem revival; James Earl Jones led the 1987 original production.Fences is one of the 10 plays in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, focusing on the African-American experience in the 20th century. The play, which takes place in the 1950s, centers on Troy Maxson (Washington), a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players. As he faces off against the racial barrier at work and his own disappointments, Troy also grapples with his son Cory over the teenager’s hope for a football scholarship and with his wife, Rose (Davis), who confronts Troy over a child he has fathered with another woman. View Commentslast_img read more

Women Wednesdays: Nurse’s marathon world record denied for wearing pants

first_imgRunner Jessica Anderson wanted to set the world record as the fastest woman to run a marathon dressed as a nurse. Anderson is a nurse, and has worked at the Royal London Hospital for nearly seven years. When she crossed the finish line of the London Marathon—wearing her scrubs—in three hours, eight minutes and 22 seconds, she beat the previous world record for a woman running a marathon in a nurse costume by 32 seconds. Nurse’s marathon world record denied because she wore pants Anderson was thrilled, until she learned that Guinness World Record rejected her application because she was wearing her scrubs “with trousers.” Guinness informed Anderson that a nurse’s uniform must include a blue or white dress; a pinafore apron and a traditional nurse’s cap and that the outfit she wore too closely resembled the dress requirements for a doctor’s uniform. Guinness World Records has since pledge to look into, and possibly update, it’s costume policy.last_img read more

The USPS a contender in financial disruption

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jim GhiglieriAmong the contenders in the race to disrupt the financial service industry is the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Recently, the USPS issued a report talking through the different ways it may go about achieving this new opportunity, and one of those ways was to collaborate with community financial institutions (FIs). Of course, the organization has plenty of experience to potentially stand on its own two feet. It already is the largest single provider of paper money orders.It appears the audience they are most interested in courting is the unbanked and underserved, a segment that has become increasingly valuable to traditional FIs, as well. It certainly is a sizable market and one likely to offer unmatched loyalty and word-of-mouth marketing when trusting relationships are indeed solidified.“With well priced and carefully conceived products, these customers can be profitable,” Bank Director’s Joan Susie tells the Financial Brand. “Large banks, nonbank financial services companies and a few community bank pioneers are quickly realizing there is an even better reason than CRA credits to bank new immigrants and other underserved populations.” continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU, White House staff talk tax reform, more

first_imgNAFCU’s Dan Berger and Carrie Hunt met in turn with key White House staff Thursday to share credit unions’ views and concerns related to coming work in Congress and the administration on tax reform, regulatory relief, strengthening the economy and jobs growth.Berger, NAFCU’s president and CEO, and Hunt, executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, held successive meetings with Special Assistant to the President for Tax and Retirement Policy Shahira Knight, who is also part of the National Economic Council; and Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison George Sifakis. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

National Public Health Week spotlights COVID-19 response

first_img(WBNG) — National Public Health Week comes around once every year, but officials at the Broome County Health Department say this is no normal year. They say with the Covid-19 crisis in full swing the Clinics Division has taken an all hands on deck approach to work toward stopping the spread. This means working to track the movements of individuals who may have been exposed to the disease. “We’ve pulled in staff members from different divisions bringing them up to speed to be able to help support our response,” said Susan Medina, Director of Clinics at the Broome County Heath Department. “We identify cases that are positive, they investigate that and identify any close contacts,” Medina said. “Then we can set them up and contact them and explain what quarantine means and what that will mean for them.” “We had to be vigilant in responding to the ever evolving situation and the information and guidance and making sure we deployed that guidance to the public as we needed to,” she said. “we look at the community as our patient so we really have to have that broad spectrum approach to stop the spread.” “We’re all trying to do what’s right for the community and we are all change agents,” she said “We just need people to stick together, while staying apart.” Acting Deputy Director Mary McFadden says this means sometimes dealing with information that is changing by the minute. In an ever changing and ever evolving pandemic McFadden says the Health Department has one request for the public that they serve every day: last_img read more

Baseball Draft vs. Football Draft

first_imgWhat a difference there is in the two draft systems!  All of us have witnessed the pomp and circumstance of the NFL draft.  It is a media “darling”.  The baseball draft was also on ESPN, but I doubt whether many of you tuned in to watch.  When the NFL is drafting, almost every team takes their full allotted time before they make their pick.  They seem to want to draw all the suspense they can out of their 15 or so minutes on the clock.  On the other hand, when a baseball team’s name comes up, the Commissioner hardly has time to get to his mic before the name is released.One difference, of course, is that the baseball draft is open to high school graduates while in the football draft  you must have played some college football before you are eligible.  That means that most of the football names are much better known; there has been weeks of hype on TV as to who the top drafts are going to be.  In the case of baseball, most of the work is done by a very dedicated, but virtually unknown, group of scouts.  They work the various high school and college games all over the United States and in many foreign lands.  Football, on the other hand, is going after players whose names have been on an ESPN list for at least 6 months before the draft ever starts.It doesn’t really matter in which draft your name is selected because the end salary is very similar if you are good enough to make the big time.last_img read more

Liverpool reveal ‘unique’ plan for Premier League Trophy presentation

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool are to stage a “unique” Premier League trophy presentation at Anfield on Wednesday, July 22 .The Reds will get their hands on their winners’ medals and lift a first league title in 30 years live on Sky Sports after the game less than a week from now.No fans will be in attendance for the historic occasion but Liverpool appear to be building a podium in the famous Kop stand for the presentation to take place, while it’s being rumoured that a lights show and pyrotechnics will also be utilised. Mike Keegan from the Daily Mail says the Premier League have stated the special ceremony has been “designed to acknowledge the club’s supporters, who are absent from the stadium” and that the players have been involved in putting it together.As per BBC, Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish is slated to an attend and hand out medals to Jurgen Klopp’s side.Despite suffering a knee injury in the recent win over Brighton, Klopp has confirmed captain Jordan Henderson will still lift the Premier League trophy – a year after proudly holding the Champions League trophy aloft in Madrid. Read Also: Serie A: Juventus suffer title setback in thrilling Sassuolo drawLiverpool will receive 40 medals to hand out, with the rule being that those who have made five or more appearances are entitled to a medal and take priority before the remaining prizes are handed out to backroom staff.But believing that everyone has played their part in the title triumph, Klopp has said all players will get a medal – even if he has to produce them or give up his. Loading…last_img read more

Smith avoids late-race obstacle at I-90

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeHARTFORD, S.D. (July 25) – The biggest Saturday night obstacle at I-90 Speedway for Colin Smith was a car exiting to the pits with just two laps to go in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.The close call came as Elijah Johnson left the track via the backstretch exit as Smith was about to lap him. Smith picked up his fourth win while Jeff Edgington crossed in second. The first-year I-90 Speedway driver has now finished in the top two in each of his last six starts.last_img read more