U of L’s Jazz Week is a sweet deal

Feb 23, 2006 at 2:35 pm

There's no real good explanation as to why there was so little on the consistently-fine UofL Jazz Week in this week's print version of LEO. Maybe if we had more pages.... Alas, we don't, which is really why you're (hopefully) reading about it here.

Getting to it, UofL's Jazz Week — which runs Wednesday through Sunday — is a reasonably longstanding tradition that typically encompasses a wide range of styles and sounds, performances, workshops and lectures. This year pushes that envelope as far as it's been to date.

Witness vocalist Jon Hendricks, one of Jazz Week's featured performers. By singing what were previously recorded instrumental solos, Hendricks helped spur the style known as vocalese in the 1950s. He plays Saturday night.

Also, the fabulous UofL Jazz Faculty Combo — Craig Wagner on guitar, Tyrone Wheeler on bass adn Jason Tiemann on drums — plays 8 p.m. Friday at Comstock Hall, along with trombone player Bill Watrous and Jazz Ensemble I with John LaBarbera.

Check www.jazz.louisville.edu for the full schedule and lineups.