Director Damien Chazelle talks jazz drumming, the bubble of big band jazz, and the genesis of “Whiplash”
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Director Damien Chazelle talks jazz drumming, the bubble of big band jazz, and the genesis of “Whiplash”

Director Damien Chazelle’s second feature, “Whiplash,” takes a look inside the world of big band jazz through the lens of a 19-year-old drummer and his relationship with his abusive teacher. The 29-year-old Chazelle bears an uncanny resemblance to the star of his film, Andrew, played by Miles Teller: dark haired, lanky, and excited to talk … Continue reading

Led by mandolinist Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers reinvent bluegrass in “How to Grow a Band”
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Led by mandolinist Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers reinvent bluegrass in “How to Grow a Band”

Is it possible to have a successful band when its members may not be musical equals, even if they are all very talented virtuosos? It was a central question in Cameron Crowe’s film “Almost Famous” about the often bickering, fictional band Stillwater, which had a guitarist who had musically surpassed his peers. Since it was … Continue reading

There were never too many notes from solo mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile at the SFJAZZ Centre
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There were never too many notes from solo mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile at the SFJAZZ Centre

In the encore to Chris Thile’s fantastic sold out show at the SFJAZZ Centre on Friday, the refrain went: “I’ll play you a song on the mandolin. There’ll be too many notes, but then again…There ain’t too many folks can play too many notes on the mandolin”. And many notes there were – although never … Continue reading

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Dave Holland Overtone Quartet jazzes up SF

It goes without saying that when a concert involves bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Chris Potter—in collaboration—it’s going to be good. Holland’s rhapsodic syncopated bass lines and Potter’s counterpoint cerebral, dissonant, rich sax are at their best live and always sound amazing, no matter who the two are playing with. They’ve both played with their … Continue reading