Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 22, 2013 0

Vocalist Brianna Rancour-Ibarra & pianist James Francies were featured on the Arena Stage. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano sat in with the young luminaries of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. The collaboration elicited great playing from the (relatively) senior jazz statesman and the younger players alike. For a swinging arrangement of “Streets of Naples,” Lovano’s sax statement was followed by fleet piano work from James Francies. Another highlight: Francies and vocalist Brianna Rancour-Ibarra set the mood with a lovely version of Jimmy Rowles‘s pointillist standard “The Peacocks”; the loving attention they lavished on the tune was decisively endorsed by Lovano’s marvelous solo statement.

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