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North Wales Pioneer (UK) reviews Llandudno Weekend where Greg Abate performed

Jazz fans descended on Llandudno for weekend of live entertainment

Jazz festival hailed as a ‘great success’ as the annual event returned to Llandudno this year.

The event from July 28 to 30 saw a number of jazz acts take to the stage to wow the crowds at Bodafon Park with a range of live music.

Llandudno’s Quaynotes Quartet, with artists such as Alan Barnes, Dave Newton and Greg Abate, were among the line up.

Festival director Geoff Burke said: “The Llandudno Jazz Festival was a great success on every level with excellent numbers attending and some great artists performing both in the main Jazz Marquee as well as the upper Fringe shows. Fans from near and far expressed their appreciation and already we are getting requests for tickets for 2018.

“The whole weekend went brilliantly even the weather was decent enough except for a wet spell on Friday afternoon.”

Trumpeter, composer, recording artist and singer Neil Yates once again put together the jazz line up.

He said: “The weekend was a big success. There was a great relaxed atmosphere all weekend and even the weather was fairly kind to us!”

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3/31: Women in Jazz: Monika Herzig and Ingrid Jensen

The grand finale of the 2017 Women’s History Month will be Monika Herzig’s all female quintet featuring trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen. Ingrid is one of the featured performers on the upcoming second volume of Monika Herzig’s “The Whole World in Her Hands” on Whaling City Sound.

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Dave Liebman on Phil Woods: “This is a special one…”

“…because my family has been living in Phil’s corner of the Poconos for 30 years and though we were not buddy/buddy, we had interaction. He passed like he lived…completely on his own terms. Lucid and clear yesterday, we reminisced about Cleanhead Vinson, Johnny Hodges, etc., with his unusual special brand of jazz humor right till the end, making a brave decision to call the whole thing off.
I can tell you a few things about Phil:
-When you played next to him you couldn’t hear yourself.  That’s what comes with years of playing and insisting on acoustic when plausible.
-His solo on Billy Joel’s hit tune (“Just the Way You Are”) is probably the most famous “jazz,” tinged solo in pop-music history, proving that bebop can prevail anywhere, anytime.
-When you say, “lead alto” in a big band setting, there is only one; he set the mold with his sound and phrasing.
-He, along with Cannonball and a few others took Bird to a logical extension, paving the way for Trane to go further.
-Married and had a family with Bird’s wife;  followed by the fantastic lady Jill Goodwin.
-His sense of humor and prose writing abilities were special, always with great insight, and a healthy dose of sarcasm pertaining to the state of the world and life in general, peppered with keen insights into the people he dealt with. Basically Phil couldn’t and wouldn’t abide by any bullshit…calling it like it is and was.
-Along with a few other local heroes they started an ongoing jazz festival, a summer camp, and involvement with local high schools out here in our hood.
-Phil was the epitome of a jazz warrior; ON THE ROAD when it was his time.
-The maestro could play clarinet, good piano, and write for any combination.
-His summer workshop in the early 60’s near New Hope, PA was a forerunner of what I for one do every summer.
Phil did his job. He brought light, sanity and wisdom to us all.
Rest in peace.” ~Dave Liebman
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