Chick Corea And Bela Fleck Work Their Magic At Royce Hall

first_imgChick Corea and Béla Fleck performed some duet magic to an appreciative and attentive crowd at Royce Hall, an romanesque-styled concert hall on UCLA campus. Together, the duo artfully crafted classic, jazz fusion and a little bluegrass with fine syncopated precision that left this reviewer amazed at the sheer virtuosity of the performance.Béla Fleck (named after the great classical composer Béla Bartok) is regarded as one of the all-time great banjo players, with a long and distinguished career. He started in 1979 playing bluegrass, but has branched out to classical and jazz over the years. In 1988, Béla reached worldwide prominence as the founding member of Béla Fleck and Flecktones, winning several grammy awards for bluegrass music. Unlike the bluegrass music of Flats and Scruggs, the Flecktones were able to fuse bluegrass with jazz influences, for a unique and thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.In the early 1960s, Chick Corea started his legendary jazz career with the original jumpin’ jive master –  Cab Calloway – before finding a role as a keyboardist with the bebop deity, Miles Davis.  In the early 1970’s Corea was one of the founding members of Return to Forever, a legendary jazz band that help create jazz fusion music.  Like Fleck, Corea has teamed up with many jazz artists in a long and distinguished career.While the thought of a banjo and piano duet may sound a bit odd, the two seemed very comfortable with each other’s performing styles. Fleck and Corea have collaborated many times in the past, most notably in their 2007 album Enchantment.  This concert was definitely for the serious music listener. The performers dodged and weaved with each other through intricate steps of point and counterpoint, like two prima ballerinas. With each musician playing rhythm and lead simultaneously, it sounded as though four musicians were playing. It was a very rich and moving sound.The two musicians are undoubtedly masters of their trade. At certain times during the performance, Corea would reach inside the piano to play the piano bass strings by hand, yielding a bass line of full rich vibrato. Now that’s pretty innovative!The first set was more classical in nature with references to Chopin, Gershwin and Debussy during the more romantic interludes. Things got a bit more melodic as jazz and bluesgrass crept into the set with a full on crowd pleaser, “Mountain,” to close the first set.There was quite a bit of the clever repartee as both member traded stories and jokes; clearly very comfortable in each other’s presence.  Fleck was especially endearing talking about the birth of his son Juno, and played a wonderful song by the same name. One of the highlights was the Chick Corea song  “Joban Dna Nopia” …take a look and scramble the letters and you get: Banjo and Piano. All in all, this was a wonderful and memorable performance by two masters.–Richard Melamed[Photo Credit: KDHX]last_img read more

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Alaskans Choose Next Governor

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享One of the most influential races for the State of Alaska today will be the bid the for Governor. We’ve previously spoken to the four major candidates about the state’s finances and all agreed: the operating budget has to be cut. Incumbent Sean Parnell insists he has a proven record… And J.R. Myers from the Alaska Constitution Party said it’s time to separate politics from funding… Clift says she’s appalled by stories of the state taking children from their parents or grandparents when it wasn’t necessary. Parnell: “Well I’m actually the only one who has cut it, these last couple years in particular, but before that I cut it through vetoes, record vetoes. These last two years I led the spending reductions by $1B in 2013 and another $1.1B in 2014. We cut the operating budget this year, primarily, but dealing with that unfunded pension liability.” Walker: “That’s where most of the studies are that we’ve been doing, studies upon studies upon studies. I will go through and determine what projects are realistic that we can do and which ones we can’t and I’ll stop the studies of those that make no sense at all. So it’s one of those you have to put all the things on the table and take a look at, but the studies stand out for me.”center_img But Independent challenger Bill Walker says it’s not working… Myers: “A hiring freeze, attrition, some program elimination, but really, politically speaking, the only way you could do it would be across the board cuts, because otherwise you’re going to have too many special interest groups vying for those monies. So if you make across the board cuts, and I think you heard that from several candidates today, that seems to be the most logical response.” Clift: “There are some inefficiencies there and there is some corruption in DHSS that I need to get in there and really work with, and I can’t get into that in any of these debates because we have to talk too fast.” Libertarian Carolyn Clift said education and health are the biggest spending drivers. She wouldn’t cut education, because it’s constitutionally mandated, but she is concerned about health costs…last_img read more

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Jazz might be saying goodbye to their four older veterans

first_img Utah Jazz: Trey Burke named Western Conference rookie of the month Utah Jazz: Plan’s playing out, but plenty of questions heading into offseason Utah Jazz win lottery tiebreaker with Boston Celtics Relatedcenter_img SALT LAKE CITY — Everyone talks about the future of the Utah Jazz with their five lottery picks, all under the age of 24, four of whom are 22 or younger.But what about Utah’s four older veterans, none of whom has a guaranteed contract with the Jazz next year? What is the future of Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams, Brandon Rush and John Lucas?Three of them, Jefferson, Williams and Rush, are unrestricted free agents who can sign with any other NBA team after July 1, while Lucas has a contract with the Jazz that is non-guaranteed for 2014-15.Of the four, Williams seems the most likely to be back with the Jazz next year. Williams, who started 50 of 66 games and averaged 9.1 points and 3.8 rebounds, said he loves playing in Utah and hopes to be here next year.“I’ve said all year long, the way the Jazz organization has treated me, the way the community has treated me, I can’t imagine being anywhere else,’’ Williams said. “Obviously I understand in professional sports things happen, but I’ve made it very clear I would like to return here if possible.’’The other three veterans are unsure about returning, although each was quite positive about his experience in Utah.“I don’t know what the future holds,’’ said Jefferson, who started 78 games and averaged 10.1 ppg. “I really enjoyed my time here — the fans here have been amazing. Obviously if I was going to continue in a rebuilding process, this would probably be my No. 1 choice.”But Jefferson, a 13-year veteran in the NBA, admitted he would like to play for a playoffs-bound team, considering he may not have a lot of years left to play in the league.“When you get to be almost 34 years old, you do want to play in the playoffs,” he said. “If that opportunity doesn’t present itself, then being here in Utah with a great group of guys and a quality coaching staff and the amazing fans … that would be something that would be high on my list.’’Rush, who came over in the trade from Golden State with Jefferson last year, was coming off ACL knee surgery after playing just two games the previous year with the Warriors. Before going to Golden State, Rush had played three years for Indiana where he started more than 100 games in three seasons.“It was an up and down year,’’ Rush said of his time in Utah. “I improved and came back from a knee injury and wanted to show people I could play a little bit.’’However Rush, who only played in 38 games and averaged 2.0 points in 11 minutes per game, acknowledged being a bit frustrated about his lack of playing time.“I didn’t feel I got enough chances,’’ he said. “But RJ and Gordon and Alec were playing well the whole season, so I can see why (coach Corbin) didn’t want to break the rotation and why I couldn’t break into the rotation.’’When asked about whether or not he’d be back in Utah, Rush said, “I’m not going to go there — you don’t know what happens in this league.’’But he hinted about not returning, saying, “Free agent season starts July 1, and I have to wait on the call.’’The 31-year-old Lucas feels he still has a place in the NBA, but he talked more about his upcoming marriage this summer, saying, “I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life. I’m excited and ready for it.’’ He will be married on Aug. 2 in Jamaica.As for his first season in Utah, Lucas said, “I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I always have (32.6 percent). I was learning a different offense, a style than I’m used to playing and I had to adjust to that.’’Lucas, who started six games early in the season while Trey Burke was injured, was known as a team player who always encouraged his teammates during games and was a mentor to the younger point guards, Burke and Diante Garrett.“We went young this year and my whole thing was to keep those guys focused and make sure they didn’t drift off,’’ Lucas said. “This was new to me. I enjoyed it. I got frustrated at times because I wanted to be out there and wanted to play. I sat down with coach Ty and we had a man-to-man talk and I look at it more like, it was my time to help others.’’Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsay praised the veteran players, particularly for their leadership.“Greg and Gail and Steve (Miller) said some words to the team after our last home game and some of the thank-yous were most appropriately directed towards Richard and Marvin,’’ Lindsay said. “We were challenged from a win-loss standpoint, but the group stayed together and worked hard all year long. They followed Ty’s leadership, and Marvin and Richard in particular get that credit.’’And what about next year?“We really appreciate both and under the right circumstances we can see one or both of them coming back,’’ he said. Is Tyrone Corbin gone? Utah Jazz, coach’s agent say no decision made yetlast_img read more

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Mabprachan Thursday Pool League

first_imgMary Lou’s520333424 Results & Standings November 17 (week 5) GB Bar520334414 Old Bill CID510428472 Blue Moonies520335404 Family Inn530241346 Moonies Magnet510432432 Niftys520336394 Pride5500522310 Honeypot5500532210 Diva Sport520334414 Moonies Kitchen540142338 Diva Angels500525500 TeamPWDLFAPts Black Moonies540147288 Pats Bar520333424 Results: Blue Moonies 9 – 6 Mary Lou’s,Diva Sport 6 – 9 Family Inn, Honeypot 11 – 4 Moonies Kitchen, MooniesMagnet 6 – 9 GB Bar, Niftys 9 – 6 Diva Angels, Old Bill CID 3 – 12 BlackMoonies, Pats Bar 3 – 12 Pridelast_img read more

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Real Sociedad renew Mikel Oyarzábal deal until 2024

first_img RELATED STORIES La Real Sociedad renueva a Mikel Oyarzábal hasta 2024 Upd. on 15/08/2018 at 12:50 CEST Oyarzabal arrived at La Real as a 15 year old and made his debut at 18. He is currently 21 years old and a very promising prospect indeed. The club accelerated their offer to him after Athletic Bilbao became interested in him, with 80m euros to burn after Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga. Sport EN 14/08/2018 In a statement Sociedad said he has shown his “commitment and loyalty again for the club he arrived at as a boy of 15”.  IN SPORT.ES Real Sociedad announced on Tuesday the contract renewal of striker Mikel Oyarzabal for two more seasons, until 2024. Sergio Ramos fires back at final failure Jurgen Klopplast_img read more

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13 years swimming 13km across Galway Bay As Annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay…

first_imgUnlucky 13, or lucky for some as the annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this June. The swim was officially launched on Saturday 2nd June with the first official time trial at Blackrock in Salthill. The swim which is now sold out will see close to 130 swimmers taking part this year it is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims. Starting from Auginish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres….if you swim straight. This year there will be 65 solo swimmers and 65 relay swimmers taking part in teams of 2,3 and 4 swimmers. Since the swim began 13 years ago, 569 people have swum the Bay and this year again it will be a mixture of swimmers who have completed the swim every year and complete novices.Safety is a priority for the swim, each year the event reaches out to the maritime community in the west to support the swim through boat support.Each swimmer needs a boat to follow and track their swim, organisers are again this year asking any boat owner to get in contact with the hope they can volunteer their services on the day.“The most suitable boat is a 5.0m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with a 50HP engine or equivalent and we are again asking people to help support the swimmers in this years swim across the Bay,” explained David O’Donnell of Cancer Care West.Last year’s swim raised €108,000 for Cancer Care West and we are hoping to beat that this year. The monies raised will help fund the expansion of our support services for cancer patients including a counselling service for children and a dedicated gym rehabilitation space for cancer patients.The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim will take place on Saturday July 21st. People are invited to go down to Blackrock diving tower, Salthill to welcome the swimmers home from 12 Noon.More details on: http://www.galwaybayswim.com/ or on www.facebook.com/galwaybayswimprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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