The Sant’ Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, which this year is inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, takes place this month on Sardinia. The English language version of the festival’s website doesn’t seem to be working yet, but the original festival website has a programme of events in Italian (you can also download it here). This is a brief rundown:
August 23: ZU (Special guest Peter Brotzmann)
Stephen O’Malley, Massimo Pupillo, Bobby Previte Trio
My Name Is Albert Ayler (film)
‘Songs of Albert Ayler’ directed by Charles Gayle
‘Bells of Sant’ Anna’ directed by Alan Silva
Charles Gayle (solo piano)
‘Seeds of Djuke’ directed by On Ka’a Davis
Bobby Few Trio
Archie Shepp Quartet
Evan Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Harrison Bankhead and Hamid Drake
Speaking in Tongues (film)
David Murray - Milford Graves Duo
’Suite Ayler’ - Dee Alexander Quartet
‘Angel and Ghost: The Ayler Tapes’ - Paolo Botti (solo guitar)
New Music Observatory 2010: Lawrence D. ‘Butch’ Morris: ‘Conduction No. 192 - Possible Universe’
Appunti Per Un’Orestriade Africana (film)
‘We Insist! Freedom Now Suite’ directed by Ernest Dawkins
I did have a look round for reviews of the First Annual Albert Ayler Festival which took place on Roosevelt Island in New York on July 10th, but all I could find was a drawing.
Moving into the 21st century, I was quite taken by a series of videos on youtube, although I think the connection to Albert is a bit tenuous. Basically it’s a bloke playing a saxophone while a woman reads a book and is in six parts. The book is Les Treize Morts d’Albert Ayler and the only information I could find about the ‘event’ was the brief description on youtube:
“Lettre aux morts de Michael Guinzburg, extrait du roman collectif « Les treize morts d'Albert Ayler», avec Garance Clavel & Akosh Szelevényi, dans le cadre des « lectures de roman noir en musique », le 4 juillet 2010, au Théâtre de verdure, jardin du musée du quai Branly, Paris.”
I have no idea why (maybe because everything sounds better in French, maybe it’s the mirror in the background, maybe it’s the butterfly, or maybe I’m just hankering after the ‘bee-loud glade’) but I did find it quite mesmerising. Here’s the first part.
News of the site
Last month, thanks to Pierre Crépon, I put a lot things on the site. This month, there’s just one. Again it comes courtesy of Pierre, but I also have to thank Pedro Mendes from Brazil for providing the original scans. It’s an article from Cadence magazine from April 1976 in two parts. The first is a brief biography of Albert written by fellow Clevelander, Jon Goldman (who was responsible for the La Cave recordings on Holy Ghost) which gives a different slant to the oft-told tale. The second part is an overview by Martin Davidson of the Ayler records which were available in 1976. As usual, I disagreed with a lot of his views, but he does rate Don Ayler very highly, so that’s good. It’s in the Articles section of the Archive and can be accessed here:
Albert Ayler Life and Recordings
A Dual Retrospect by Jon Goldman and Martin Davidson
And, although this should be up above in the News section, it is a bit early (Richard Koloda just sent me an email), and I thought I’d just mention it in relation to the Jon Goldman article. Mark Ribot’s Spiritual Unity group is playing at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday, 18th March, 2011. So, it may take a little time, but eventually the prophet does get recognized in his own land - any chance of a statue?
And finally, just in case you read right down to the bottom of this page and think of doing a Ronald Reagan impression, I’ve had to split this year in two. So this year’s news from January to June is now in the Archive.
September 1 2010
Hold the Front Page!
Or, to be more accurate, can you come back a bit later? I always update the site on the first of the month and I didn’t want to miss this one, but I do have something really rather special on the way - some previously unpublished photographs of the Spirits Rejoice session. Guy Kopelowicz was at New York’s Judson Hall in September 1965 and wrote a series of articles on the new jazz for the French magazine, Jazz Hot, and he also took some photographs. Some of the photos have been published elsewhere, but Guy recently came across the negatives (which he thought he’d lost forever) and there are fifteen in total, some of which will be published on this site for the first time. So, many thanks to Guy for letting me do this, and as soon as I get them (hopefully in the next few days) I’ll put them in the Archives and do another quick update of this page.
Still can’t find any reviews of the First Annual Albert Ayler Festival which took place on Roosevelt Island, New York in July but Roy Morris passed on an email from Joe Rigby, who played at the festival and had the following to say:
“The fest. went well. I played with Andrew Lamb and Daniel Carter in a trio saxophone thing for about 15 minutes, that was good.( I played sopranino). Later in my solo slot, I played quotes of "Ghosts" on Baritone, and played "Body & Soul" on tenor. The people seemed to enjoy it. It was cloudy and overcast all day.... when my solo slot came it got sunny.... go figure!!!”
Since the Sant’ Anna Arresi Ayler-themed festival only ended a couple of days ago I suppose it’s too early to expect to find reviews, photos, videos, etc. - although I thought these days everyone was supposed to be carrying cameras in their phones and posting stuff immediately on youtube and the like (can’t think the entire audience was composed of miserable buggers like me).
My Name Is Albert Ayler
Kasper Collin’s film is due to appear at the 14th Miami Jazz Film Festival which runs from September 30th to October 4th. There’s also a February 8th date for next year at the California State University listed on the film’s website - but still no news of a DVD release. I sent an email the other day asking if there was any sign of the DVD but received no reply. Does anybody know what’s going on?
Finally, Henry Grimes continues to amaze the world, and in September will be appearing here:
Friday through Sunday, Sept. 3rd-5th, music from 9:3O p.m: Henry Grimes, Edward "Kidd" Jordan, and many master Chicago musicians, including Tatsu Aoki (Fri.), Harrison Bankhead (Sat. & Sun.), Avreeayl Ra (Sat.), Isaiah Spencer (Sun.), Chad Taylor (Fri.), Mars Williams (Sat.), Francis Wong (Fri.), and more surprise guests, in Chicago Jazz Festival after-sets at the great Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge, 67 East Cermak Rd., Chicago, music from 9:3O p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8th, 1O-11 p.m: Henry Grimes solo radio broadcast with Lazaro Vega over WBLV-FM, 9O.3 / WBLU-FM, 89.9, Blue Lake Public Radio, Twin Lake, Michigan.
Friday, Sept. 1Oth, 11:3O p.m: Henry Grimes w/ Jane Bunnett & Andrew Cyrille, Guelph Jazz Festival at St. George's Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1, Canada.
Sunday, Sept. 12th, 1O:3O a.m!: Marc Ribot Trio w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Guelph Jazz Festival, at Guelph Youth Music Center, 75 Cardigan St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 3G7, Canada.
Monday, Sept. 13th, 8 p.m: Henry Grimes w/ Jane Bunnett & Andrew Cyrille at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6R 2G5, Canada.
Tuesday, Sept. 14th, 12:3O p.m: Henry Grimes master class at Humber College, 3199 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario M8V 1K8, Canada.
Wednesday, Sept. 15th, early evening: Henry Grimes visit to the Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 142O3.,A historic club where Albert and Gene Ammons, William "Count" Basie, Art Blakey, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, James Moody, Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, Sonny Stitt, and many more have played in the past while on the road.
Thursday, Sept. 16th, 1O a.m(?): Henry Grimes master class, Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, 45O Masten Ave, Buffalo, NY 142O9.
Thursday, Sept. 16th, 8 p.m: Henry Grimes (solo bass, solo violin, poetry) in the church sanctuary at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 142O2.
Friday, Sept. 24th, 7 p.m: Henry Grimes and Marilyn Crispell, Rubin Museum of Art, 15O West 17th St., New York City., "Harlem in the Himalayas" series.
And if you can’t make any of those:
Tuesday, Sept. 21st: Official release date of Henry Grimes and Rashied Ali's CD "Spirits Aloft," recorded in concert at Rutgers / Camden in Feb., 'O9, on Porter Records (PR-4O49),