August 21 - 27, 2006


August 21 - 27, 2006




August 23

Randy Weston

Oscar Peterson – Birdland $75-$100
Randy Weston – Damrosch Park FREE

Attack of the octogenarian ivory godz: tonight is a rare opportunity to witness two of the most masterful musicians to ever sit behind a piano - Oscar Peterson and Randy Weston. Both artists, who started out in music during the 1940s swing to bop transition, were initially R&B and boogie woogie-based pianists. Peterson quickly became a disciple of Art Tatum and Weston of Thelonius Monk. Peterson, who cemented is finger-filled virtuosic style in the early 1950s classic trios consisting of Ray Brown and Barnie Kessel/Herb Ellis, also loaned his dizzying tickle to Billy Holiday, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Gene Krupa, and just about anyone else you can think of during the decade following World War II. Randy Weston, who eventually became known for his unusual chording and dynamic compositions as a trio-leader in the same era, was less busy and more dissonant than Peterson. Whereas Peterson and his style have remained static, and true to their bop-era form, Weston, who lived in Morocco for much of the 1960s, has continued to create sounds as rootless as his lifestyle, exploring many African-based forms. It’s a true shame that Peterson is an incredibly exploitative and class-specific $75/$100 ticket… because Weston’s show is absolutely free. Speaking of which, octogenarian brass legend Clark Terry is also doing a free show at Riverside Park.... Men you just don’t meet every day.


Giant, Tides, Industries of the Blind – Union Pool
Herbert, Skye – Irving Plaza $25/$30
Jazzmobile: Clark Terry – Riverside Park 7PM FREE
Kurtis Blow – Jackie Robinson Park 7PM FREE
Lan Xang – The Stone 10PM $10
MAP: Tatsuya Nakatani, Mary Halvorson & Rebuen Radding, Eye Contact: Matt Heyner, Matt Lavelle & Ryan Sawyer – Tonic 8PM $8
Revenge of the Book Eaters Benefit: Sufjan Stevens, Jon Stewart, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, John Roderick, Sarah Vowell - Beacon Theater $38.50
Sarah Wilson New Works – The Stone 8PM $10
Slavic Soul Party! – Spiegeltent 10PM $15
Steely Dan & Michael McDonald – PNC Bank Arts Center $65 - $95
The Shins, J. Mascis, Sam Jayne - McCarren Park Pool $35
The Toasters - Skyport Marina $20







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