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Countdown: Where To Go & What To Hear In NEO May 16-22

Terence Blanchard

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IMAGINE A WORLD . . . where Terence Blanchard at Severance Hall and a significant album release and anniversary are in the roundup column instead of the Tuesday feature slot.

If you heard a portentous announcer voice in your head as you read that, well, it’s that kind of Met Gala of a blockbuster week on the NEO scene. Throw in Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project’s not-jazz but jazz-adjacent Re:Sound festival and you have a week that will get your ears in shape for the peak summer music season.

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‘Nine Lives,’ Chris Coles’ Magnum Opus, Gets New Life

Chris Coles

After my freelance music gig for a newspaper in Erie, Pennsylvania had vanished in 2020 and I had moved to Cleveland, I resolved to document the local jazz scene, one that was all but ignored by media outlets in northeast Ohio. Good people making interesting music is catnip to a culture reporter, and I found a subject right away.

This was Chris Coles whose “Nine Lives” project became the first post in my documentary project covering the local scene. That was November 2021. Now, 30 months later “Nine Lives” is back for a performance Friday at Tri-C. And just like a familiar melody that is transformed by a master improvisor, Coles’ magnum opus returns reimagined as a new work.

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Countdown: Where To Go & What To Hear In NEO May 9-15

Tommy Lehman

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It’s Thursday and the Countdown is back on its normal schedule. Order has been restored. The concert lineup was thinned a bit by the cancellation of the Christian Sands gig at The Treelawn, but just look at the variety of offerings below: a big band session with vocalist, hard-blowing sextet and a free improv legend. Who says the NEO scene is one-dimensional?

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Dan Weiss’ Trio Even Odds Is A Sure-Thing Bet

Miguel Zenon, Matt Mitchell, Dan Weiss photo by Stephanie Ahn-Weiss

Rock, paper, scissors is perhaps the most elementary game ever devised. Yet within its narrow structure it offers endless strategic possibilities. Little wonder that the three hand gestures form the cover image of Even Odds, Dan Weiss’ terrific new release on Cygnus Records. Put it on your Bandcamp Friday wishlist and listen to the music at Even Odds’ two shows at BOP STOP Saturday night.

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Countdown: Where To Go & What To Hear In NEO April 30 – May 8

Keigo Hirakawa

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What’s this, a Countdown on Tuesday? Where’s the featured preview? To answer the second question first, a preview is coming, but the featured artist, Dan Weiss, wasn’t available to talk until Wednesday. So I’m flipping the script–or the cadence in this case–and giving you two extra days of events here. Good thing, too, because the week is loaded. As always, many thanks to Jim Szabo for publishing the Northeast Ohio Jazz Calendar, essentially the source document for this department. While I’m thinking of Jim, it seems his Down by the Cuyahoga radio program is now available as a stream that you can access here. This is great news for those of us olds in the In Bed By Nine club. That said, charter members should make an exception when it comes to live music. Why not start with one of the events below?

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