Kenny Burrell, Octogenarian

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Kenny Burrell has joined the parade of major jazz artists entering octogenarianism and performing at a high level. The guitarist is of a generation of Detroit musicians including Tommy Flanagan, Pepper Adams, Elvin Jones, Roland Hanna and Louis Hayes that made a significant impact on jazz. Burrell's 80th birthday was a week ago. He is preparing for a concert next weekend. Here's more from a Scott Zimberg profile of the guitarist in The Los Angeles Times: Part of what's kept Burrell … [Read more...]

And Don’t Forget João Gilberto

The great Brazilian bossa nova pioneer turned 80 in June and will be giving a concert in Rio de Janeiro on November 15, Brazil's Republic Day. For details, go here. If you don't read Portuguese, just enjoy the graphics and his singing in the background. Then watch this video of Gilberto performing one of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest hits, accompanied by the composer. Maybe 80 really is the new 60. … [Read more...]