#jazzlives: listeners tweet from across the U.S.

Audiences for live jazz from East Coast to West, North border to South, all points between and some beyond are using Twitter and the hashtag #jazzlives to buzz about bands and venues they like. A campaign begun to encourage “anecdotal evidence” that demonstrates a vibrant listenership for America’s indigenous music has resulted in hundreds of brief messages — some with links to photos of crowds, video and podcasts. No final count yet; this weekend could be big with jazz fests at Tanglewood, Detroit, Chicago, LA, Philly, Aspen, Vail, etc. And this experiment isn’t statistically relevant, just a volunteer shout-out. But people all over have big ears and broad tastes, as their little tweets demonstrate. Count yourself in by tweeting (Twitter accounts are free), using #jazzlives — as individuals have in the following samples —

FYI, code: RT designates a “re-tweet,” someone passing an already-posted tweet along as their own. Multiple hashtags allow a variety of searches for tweets on Twitter. FB means the tweet has also been posted at Facebook.
East Coast:

themikewest Jose James at Bohemian Caverns last night (9/3). Why isn’t this guy the toast of the jazz world?#jazzlives [Washington DC]

luckyoldsouls Phil Giordano Jazz Orchestra at O’Reillys, Frankford & Lehigh. Big band #jazzlives #fb [Philadelphia]

bgporter Emilio Teubal & La Balteuband, downtown Westfield, nj #jazzlives http://tinyurl.com/n773f4

FHNSAB Saw Charlie Hunter +Eric Kalb +Eric Biondo +Curtis Fowlkes at Rose Live Music in Brooklyn 8/30/09, presented by Search & Restore #jazzlives

gjudd1 Giacomo Gates 8/23 Westport CT #jazzlives

thestevelehman Great concert with Craig Taborn tonight at The Stone  in front of a small but enthusiastic audience of about 40 people. #jazzlives


checkoutjazz Surman, Abercrombie, Gress, DeJohnette @ Birdland . Yum. #jazzlives [NYC]

jasondcrane Just saw Pat Metheny at the Surman show #jazzlives [Birdland, NYC]
amycervini Going to hear Richard Roland sing at Cornelia Street tonight. #jazzlives [NYC]

BluesLibrarian Listened: James Carter – Heaven on Earth. Nice soloing from Adam Rogers on guitar employing different tones throughout #jazz #jazzlives [NYC]

isitlive Blogged: Spent last night at Smalls #jazzlives [NYC]

cdbjazz saw michael blake at 55 bar  with dred scott trio. awesome #jazzlives [NYC]

noelweichbrodt by the way, #jazzlives at Minton’s in Harlem, where you can still bring your horn and sit in for a solo or two. [NYC]

MVJohnson #jazzlives Moodswing Orchestra, Monday after midnight at Nublu. Nice groove, great cover of “When Doves Cry.” [NYC]

fullyaltered At Rose. Mark Giuliana birthday show.@timlefebvre, Nir Felder, others. http://twitpic.com/ga4ua#jazzlives (is this jazz? who cares…) #fb [NYC]
biocultural13 #jazzlives boogied down and got blown away at robert glasper’s album release party last night…still feeling it!! [NYC]

SarahBaird Does it count as “hearing live jazz” if I’m playing piano and singing through a jazz standards real book? YES! #jazzlives [NYC]
jphilipbooth Seamus Blake (tenor) @Smalls/NYC w Lage Lund(gtr) Dave Kikoski(p) brilliant Bill Stewart(d) & Matt Clohesy(b) streaming video NOW #jazzlives [Tampa, Florida]
RVAjazz New @ombakmusic material is great. Ornette’s “Lonely Woman” and Radiohead’s “15 Step” among others. Crowd goes wild! #jazzlives #rva [Richmond, Virginia]


waywardtweet Video and photos from Charlie Parker graveside sax salute in Kansas City. http://bit.ly/TFrT9#jazzlives

joshuatorrey Eponymous @ zorba’s, champaign il, Kenny Drew Jr. @ the iron post, urbana il #jazzlives

bebopified Two wonderful sets from the Amina Figarova Sextet tonight at the Dakota #jazzlives [Minneapolis]

jazzman23 at Sauce in Minne watching fat kid play at a new venue! #jazzlives

kcwebjazz #jazzlives Attended the Yardbird feast and jam session, 3pm 8-30 at the Mutual Musicians Foundation in KC. Some cool YOUNG players there!

kcJazzAmbass members of the KCJA attended the Charlie Parker grave site celebration this past Sunday. What a great musical tribute! #jazzlives

jazzinstitute Mike Reed Trio, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Dee Alexander Quartet, Ira Sullivan…not a bad evening of music so far! #jazzlives [Chicago]

sbpaul It’ a big band blowout: New Order, tight, (mostly) young players, blazing at Blue Room, KC #jazz #jazzlives#kc

JazzNews #jazzlives – Ahmad Alaadeen Leads Sax Salute in Charlie Parker tribute: http://bit.ly/PQiod [St. Louis]

New Orleans

dfrankow Saw Dave Hofgren at the Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar.http://www.davehjazz.com#jazzlives

BostonBrahmin August 28th: George Porter Jr, Johhny Vidacovich and Anders Osborne, Maple Leaf, NOLA.#jazzlives

BasinStRecords http://twitpic.com/fxrtt – Everyone on feet at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse #JazzLives

West Coast:

ArtBrownstone Os Malandros at Lucid, awesome brazilian music and packed dance floor, Rerun at the Faire Gallery in Seattle, killing jazz #jazzlives

chrisbarton saw some fiery (and not so fiery) stuff from John Scofield and Corea Clarke and White at the Hollywood Bowl. Review coming soon #jazzlives [Los Angeles]

SonyHolland #jazzlives Getting ready for the West Coast Jazz Party. Live jazz all weekend long…[Los Angeles]

RainaL Wish I could have seen @CoreaCrew last night with Stevie Wonder. Wow! #jazzlives! [Los Angeles]

jazzobserver Listening to Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy make wonderful sounds at Yoshi’s Oakland… #jazzlives

yoshiyoungblood Getting a little misty eyed over the DDBE’s encore of J5’s “I’ll Be There” @yoshisjazz #jazzlives #R.I.P. MJ

PaulWeitz #jazzlives Charlie Os. Tish Oney John Chiodinni (g), Roy Macurdy (d), Chris Conner (b) http://yfrog.com/1634ztj [Los Angeles]

Outside the U.S.

euskir RT @LimboFest: Guillermo Klein, Santiago Vázquez, Gaby Kerpel, Pablo Dacal http://bit.ly/xCILG #music #musica#limbofest #Jazzlives  [Argentina]

ElementsOfJazz RT @JazzTweeter: Ornette Coleman and Bunky Green were absolutely great at “Jazz à la Villette” Festival this evening in Paris #jazzlives

reneeyoxon Sat in with Elise Letourneau and Tim Bedner tonight at Café Paradiso. I like it there, they know what I drink. #jazzlives [Ottawa]

ericdolphy Guitarist Tommy Halferty @ the Pendulum in Dublin. #jazzlives

bestofbristol Went to a great open jam last night at the Colston Yard. There are some seriously good musicians in Bristol y’know #jazzlives

DrummersArms Sunny Murray trio live at the Vortex Dalston. Fantastic music and a monologue Inc. a tale about Elvin Jones. #jazzlives


Please tweet, but about LIVE JAZZ only (live-on-radio or online counts) and no advance promotion. Musicians, to spread your reputation and support the campaign, tell your audiences at the ends of sets, “If you liked what you heard, Tweet about us, write where you heard us, use #jazzlives.” More updates (and reports from the Chicago Jazz Festival) to follow, and as always your comments are welcome. 

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