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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff | August 12, 1991
The trick for a successful touring performer is to present even the most tired chestnut from the repertoire as if it were springtime fresh and, just as importantly, as if it weren't a chore.That's easier said than done, and the ability to pull it off night after night, city after city, year after year, is what separates the people who make a four-hour marathon breeze by like a 30-minute sitcom from those who make you wish you could get money back from a free concert.And that's why, no matter how many times you've seen Al Jarreau in concert, you have to see him again and again, for he is never the same twice.
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By NATHAN M. PITTS | January 31, 2008
Just announced Al Jarreau -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Feb. 18-19. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com. Toby Keith -- 1st Mariner Arena on Feb. 17. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. All That Remains -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on March 6. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. Victor Wooten -- Recher Theatre in Towson on March 27. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Big in Japan -- The 8x10 on Feb. 14. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Still available Dar Williams -- Avalon Theatre in Easton on Feb. 8. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | August 7, 2003
MY EYES are closed, my smile Texas-wide. I'm on the phone with Al Jarreau, and he's scat-singing. For me. I mention some of my favorite cuts from his classic early albums- We Got By (1975), Glow (1976), Look to the Rainbow (1977) -- and he gives me snippets of each one. You really don't get the full scope on his latest CD, the smooth jazz-pop hybrid All I Got, but Al's voice is still marvelously fluid, un-varnished. He can get down low, soar cloud-high and imitate instruments. One minute, he's a saxo-phone, then a conga drum, a trumpet, a harmonica.
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December 27, 2007
Just announced Aretha Franklin -- Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 20. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Chris Rock -- Lyric Opera House on Feb. 9. Also, Wayne Newton is there Feb. 11, and Jill Scott is there Feb. 26. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Dolly Parton -- George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on March 11. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. The Silver Beats -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Jan. 11. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. The Radiators -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Feb. 27. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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May 30, 2007
Concert Capital Jazz Festival opens Sit under the stars and enjoy the annual Capital Jazz Festival, which begins at 7:30 tonight with music by George Benson, Al Jarreau and Gerald Albright at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $30- $90. Information: 410-547- SEAT or ticketmaster.com. FYI Because of the holiday, the Nielsen TV ratings do not appear today.
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By ALLIE SEMENZA | May 24, 2007
See the kick-off acts at this year's Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia on Wednesday. Performers include jazz greats George Benson, Al Jarreau and Gerald Albright. The concert marks the first day of the five-day festival. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $30-$90. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
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By NATHAN PITTS | January 17, 2008
Just announced Art Garfunkel -- Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Feb. 15-16. 410-783-8000. The Iguanas -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Feb. 13. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com. Chrisette Michele -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Feb. 21. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. Little Feat -- Recher Theatre in Towson on March 7. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com.Still available Al Jarreau -- The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 12. 703-549-7500 or birchmere.com. Blue Man Group -- 1st Mariner Arena on Feb. 15. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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December 27, 2007
Just announced Aretha Franklin -- Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 20. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Chris Rock -- Lyric Opera House on Feb. 9. Also, Wayne Newton is there Feb. 11, and Jill Scott is there Feb. 26. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Dolly Parton -- George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on March 11. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. The Silver Beats -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Jan. 11. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. The Radiators -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Feb. 27. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 30, 2003
You probably thought it was a new Al Jarreau cut when you first heard it. A Quiet Storm gem, soothing and groove-luscious, "Love Calls" by newcomer Kem has been all over urban radio, especially along the East Coast, for months. The artist's elastic vocals and slightly nasal scat bring to mind the distinctive style of the pop-jazz star. "I've allowed more of him to slip into me," Kem says, calling from his cell phone inside a Detroit cafe. "Al Jarreau is definitely an influence." But ultimately Kem, who plays Rams Head Tavern next Thursday, has his own style: a mature fusion of gospel, smooth jazz and late-'70s, early-'80s R&B. Kemistry, his debut on Motown, eschews the synthetic, heavily programmed beats and bass lines you typically hear in today's urban and pop markets.
FEATURES
May 30, 2007
Concert Capital Jazz Festival opens Sit under the stars and enjoy the annual Capital Jazz Festival, which begins at 7:30 tonight with music by George Benson, Al Jarreau and Gerald Albright at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $30- $90. Information: 410-547- SEAT or ticketmaster.com. FYI Because of the holiday, the Nielsen TV ratings do not appear today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By ALLIE SEMENZA | May 24, 2007
See the kick-off acts at this year's Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia on Wednesday. Performers include jazz greats George Benson, Al Jarreau and Gerald Albright. The concert marks the first day of the five-day festival. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $30-$90. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2005
Reports of the death of Henry Grimes were grossly, grossly exaggerated. The rumors were all wrong. But the great jazz bassist of the 1960s has experienced a kind of resurrection. He's alive and well and playing great. He had a formidable reputation when he went missing from the jazz scene around 1972 in San Francisco. He literally went silent for 30 years. "I played around San Francisco for a while," Grimes, now 69, says during a phone conversation. These days he lives in New York City.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 30, 2003
You probably thought it was a new Al Jarreau cut when you first heard it. A Quiet Storm gem, soothing and groove-luscious, "Love Calls" by newcomer Kem has been all over urban radio, especially along the East Coast, for months. The artist's elastic vocals and slightly nasal scat bring to mind the distinctive style of the pop-jazz star. "I've allowed more of him to slip into me," Kem says, calling from his cell phone inside a Detroit cafe. "Al Jarreau is definitely an influence." But ultimately Kem, who plays Rams Head Tavern next Thursday, has his own style: a mature fusion of gospel, smooth jazz and late-'70s, early-'80s R&B. Kemistry, his debut on Motown, eschews the synthetic, heavily programmed beats and bass lines you typically hear in today's urban and pop markets.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison | August 7, 2003
MY EYES are closed, my smile Texas-wide. I'm on the phone with Al Jarreau, and he's scat-singing. For me. I mention some of my favorite cuts from his classic early albums- We Got By (1975), Glow (1976), Look to the Rainbow (1977) -- and he gives me snippets of each one. You really don't get the full scope on his latest CD, the smooth jazz-pop hybrid All I Got, but Al's voice is still marvelously fluid, un-varnished. He can get down low, soar cloud-high and imitate instruments. One minute, he's a saxo-phone, then a conga drum, a trumpet, a harmonica.
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