Music Tonight: August’s It’s Commonly Jazz concert series concludes this evening at Eden Park's Seasongood Pavilion with a performance by widely acclaimed tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield Jr. and his band the Unusual Suspects. Between stints in other artists’ groups (including Christian McBride and Terell Stafford) and session work on several Grammy-nominated recordings, Warfield has a solid career as band leader and solo artist, scoring numerous accolades, awards and kudos for his work. The Pennsylvania native has been lauded for his firm grasp on traditional Jazz ideals and his ability to bring something new and contemporary to the sound. Tonight’s free performance is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. (it’s recommended you arrive at 6 p.m. — Warfield has a gig playing two sets in Indianapolis later tonight). Here’s a clip of Warfield playing live with his organ-led combo (a different lineup than what’s in town this evening); check out a more recent concert review from All About Jazz here.—-
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 25
On this day in 2001, R&B/Pop star Aaliyah died after the plane she was on, returning from a video shoot in the Bahamas, crashed. Debuting at 15, the singer was always noted for her beyond-her-years talent. She was just 22 when she died a multiplatinum superstar who was seemingly just getting started, so, while perhaps not with the intensity of deified artists like Tupac, in many people’s mind, she is still fondly revered.
The internet is overflowing with tributes to Aaliyah today, the 10th anniversary of her passing. But, aside from possible tributes on individual live (or current) programs, MTV’s family of networks doesn’t appear to be able to stop its quality programming like Teen Mom and Basketball Wives for any sort of special or even just block of videos marking the anniversary.
Here’s our nod to the tragic lost potential in the form of The Gossip’s cover of the song “Are You That Somebody?,” showing the star’s influence stretches well beyond Hip Hop and R&B.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a birthday today include pioneering Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter (1933); KISS bass player Gene Simmons (1949); Judas Priest singer and Metal god Rob Halford (1951); genius songwriter Elvis Costello (1955); Public Enemy’s Terminator X (1966) and legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918).
Here’s a double-shot tribute in honor of DJ Terminator X’s (born Norman Rogers) 45th birthday and what would have been Bernstein’s 93rd (he died in 1990 from pneumonia after battling lung problems for years).