Anthology San Diego – Nicole Henry

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Last night, I attended a Nicole Henry jazz performance at a local jazz venue. It was a weekday night and the venue wasn’t nearly as crowded as the last time I was there.

Her performance and the band’s performance were both great. Nicole has a great voice and vocal range. I’m not much of a music critic nor have I had any musical training, but it seems like I’m liking jazz a lot more now than I did before.

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Sunday in the Park with OSCAR®

The San Diego Symphony performed a free concert today at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Luckily, I just happen to be near the pavilion when the symphony was getting ready. They performed famous songs from movies (OSCAR as in the OSCAR awards).

Although, I had only seen a handful of the movies, they did play a few theme songs written by the great composer John Williams including the theme from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Harry Potter. They also played the theme songs from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wizard of Oz, Ten Commandments (to celebrate the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a few more.

San Diego Symphony at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Date of photograph: Aug 19, 2007

Anthology San Diego – Larry Coryell

A few weeks ago, a few friends and I visited Anthology. Anthology is a new jazz bar/restaurant located in Little Italy and across the street from my new home.

Larry Coryell – A Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing, and a true pioneer of Rock/Jazz Fusion.

While we were there, we saw Larry Coryell and his band . For one song, his wife took the stage to sing a Tracy Chapman song. His set went for about 1 1/2 hours as we ate and shared a bottle of wine. Although I’ve never been a jazz fan, this style of music was really great. We had a table in the front row only a few feet from the stage and a three course meal, which was also extremely good.

While I continue to wait for my friend to make me a CD of various Jazz samples so I can get a better understanding, here’s a sample of Larry Coryell’s music.