Nonesuch Events for the Long Weekend of August 30–September 2
The 34th edition of the Detroit Jazz Fest gets under way today, taking over several city blocks in downtown Detroit, offering educational activities, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, and more. Joshua Redman and his quartet—pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson—help to close out this annual Labor Day tradition on Monday, hitting the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage at 6:45 PM. Dan Coleman conducts an orchestra in selections from Redman’s latest album, Walking Shadows, as he did on the album.
Redman, a regular fixture at the Newport Jazz Festival, returned there earlier this month to perform with the quartet. NPR Music captured some of the magic, including two tracks from the Quartet’s set: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess and Blonde Redhead’s "Doll Is Mine.”
“The sight of saxophonist Joshua Redman raising his foot at the apex of a gritty solo has become common to Newport Jazz crowds—and always entirely welcome too,” writes NPR’s Patrick Jarenwattananon.
You can listen to the Newport songs at npr.org.
John Adams conducts the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an all-Adams program at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Saturday afternoon. The program, which premiered last night, features his 1986 piece Short Ride in a Fast Machine, the Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz, and the Australian premiere of his 2009 piece City Noir with saxophonist Timothy McAllister.
Last weekend, Adams made his Australian conducting debut at the Sydney Opera House last week, leading Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Josefowicz in the Violin Concerto and McAllister in the world premiere of his Saxophone Concerto.
"The Violin Concerto (1993) is one of his masterpieces," writes The Australian's Murray Black in his review. "Hearing it in Sydney, conducted by the composer and performed by one of its finest advocates, violinist Leila Josefowicz, was a privilege." McAllister was "outstanding."
The Sydney Morning Herald's Harriet Cunningham says McAllister "gave an astonishing performance" in the Saxophone Concerto, and "Josefowicz's performance was utterly compelling, one minute floating unearthly songlines across the atmospheric accompaniment, and then next battering her way through a busy orchestral stomp with tough charisma."
Carolina Chocolate Drops continue their North American tour with two dates in New England this weekend: at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, on Saturday, and on the main stage at the Rhythm & Roots Festival, taking place in Charlestown, Rhode Island’s Ninigret Park, on Sunday.
Emmylou Harris heads up to Canada to perform once again at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on Christie Lake in Dundas, Ontario, on Saturday. The event serves to celebrate the importance of Canada’s Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement. Harris rejoins Rodney Crowell to resume their Old Yellow Moon tour next weekend.
Lianne La Havas performs a headline set at Jamie Oliver and Alex James’s Big Feastival at James’s farm in Kingham, UK, on Saturday. Amidst pop-up restaurants, top chef demos, and cooking classes, she takes the main stage, offering selections from her recent Nonesuch debut, Is Your Love Big Enough?.
Audra McDonald can be seen on PBS stations across the United States tonight at 10 PM ET in a new, expanded edition of her Live From Lincoln Center special, “Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home,” which first aired in May. The episode, capturing McDonald, the series host, in her performance at Lincoln Center’s annual gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, showcases songs from a wide range of musical theater composers featured on her new album, Go Back Home. Tonight's 90-minute edition includes additional songs from the concert, such as “My Buddy” by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson, “Moonshine Lullaby” from Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, “Stars and the Moon” from Jason Robert’s Songs for a New World, and “Virtue” and “Married Love” by Michael John LaChiusa.
McDonald spoke with WBUR's The Artery blog about the new album in advance of her recent performance with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood. You can read that interview wbur.org.
Youssou N’Dour, who was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm earlier this week, is the subject of a new documentary, Youssou N’Dour: Voice of Africa, which airs in the UK on BBC Four tonight. The film is part of the station’s World Music Season, which also includes a rebroadcast of N’Dour’s 2003 BBC Session, airing tonight as well. For details, visit bbc.co.uk.