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Teatro Angela Peralta Concert To Pay Tribute to Jazz Legends


By Salomón Maawad

A tribute concert on December 28 at the Teatro Ángela Peralta will present the music of jazz legends, including Clifford Brown, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

Clifford Brown was a trumpeter who was a major link in the evolution from bop to hard bop in ’50s jazz. Brown’s death in a car accident at the age of 25 was one of the great tragedies in jazz history. He accomplished a great deal during his short life, starting on the trumpet at age 15 and by age 18 playing regularly in 1940s Philadelphia. He had a fat, warm tone; a bop-ish style; and a mature improvising approach. His melodic ballads were as inventive as his rapid jams.

Bill Evans is often considered the king of the modern jazz pianists. He forged a gentle style of his own from the 1950s on, borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel.

He brought a new introverted, relaxed, lyrical, European classical sensibility into jazz. Many young conservatory-trained pianists follow his chord voicing to the letter on stages everywhere. Bespectacled, shy, soft-spoken, and vulnerable, Evans was not a good fit with the rough-and-tumble music business. In part to shield himself from the outside world, he turned to drugs—first heroin, and later, cocaine—which undoubtedly shortened his life.

Miles Davis was the epitome of cool, an eternally-evolving trumpeter who repeatedly changed the course of jazz between the 1950s and 1990s. Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, he played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate.

To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-’40s to the early ’90s, because he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in that period’s music. He often led the way in those changes, both with his own performances and recordings and by choosing sidemen and collaborators who forged new directions. It can even be argued that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn’t there to push it forward.

John Coltrane was hands-down the most influential jazz musician of the late twentieth century, one of the greatest saxophonists of all time and a pioneer of jazz without limits.

Despite a relatively brief career, saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. Since Coltrane was a protean player who changed his style radically over the course of his career, there has been much confusion in his discography and in the appreciation of his playing. A critical divide remains between the adherents of his earlier more conventional work and those of his later more experimental work. No one, however, questions Coltrane’s almost religious commitment to jazz or doubts his significance in the history of jazz music.

Don’t miss a chance to hear the best of these legendary artists in a beautiful theater setting.



“The Great Legends of Jazz”

By Salomón Maawad

Jazz Quartet

Fri, Dec 28, 7pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro

400 pesos luneta

300 palco


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