Jazz and Style have frequently intertwined throughout different eras, but let us be the first to say that the time has come again — it is “cool” to be a jazz musician. Style is something that we sometimes take for granted, but artists like Kenneth Whalum, Christian Scott, Jamire Williams, and others are taking it back to the days of Miles, Trane, and Bird with their unique personas, musical tastes, and physical appearances. Check out saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III featured in the Style section of the Washington Post for his musical stylings.
Check out the indelible Kris Bowers performing as part of the Monk in Motion series at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center tomorrow 1/28/12. Between his all-star band (Casey Benjamin, Kenneth Whalum III, Burniss Travis, and Joe Saylor) and a special guest list that encompasses some of his frequent collaborators (Jose James, Taylor McFerrin, MIke Cottone & Jehbreal Muhammad), Bowers continues to represent a major impact on the scene.
Check out Kris Bowers this Thursday 12/1 with an all-star group of musicians backing him up at the Jazz Gallery. The group will consist of Bowers on piano, Godwin Louis on alto sax, Kenneth Whalum III on tenor sax, Burniss Earl Travis on bass, Joe Saylor on drums, and some surprise special guests in the roster as well.
Last weekend, Robert Glasper & The Experiment played a special show at Kenny’s Castaways in New York. To spice things up a bit, the group covered the beautiful ballad “Twice” from the Swedish electronic R&B group Little Dragon.
Whalum comes by the saxophone honestly; his uncle is famed jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum who opened for Whitney Houston for several years. Moreover, his 80 year old great-uncle is Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, a renowned saxophonist in the St. Louis Jazz scene. The story goes that Kenneth went into middle school wanting to play the drums, but the band director knew better and put him straight on the saxophone. We owe the band director of Kirby Middle School a big thank you for that.