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Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny play Canteloupe Island

Was reading the New Orleans Jazz Festival line-up this morning, which is filled with a bunch of weird-ass shit having very little to do with jazz:


The Eagles, Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, John Mayer, Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Feist, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Foo Fighters, Bonnie Raitt... Some of those acts I wouldn't mind seeing, but only God knows why they're at the New Orleans jazz festival.

Anyway, I came across this cool video on Herbie's artist page for the site:


I love bassist Dave Holland's facial expression around the 4-min mark; his face finally betrays what he's thinking: "Jesus Herbie, you're on fucking fire, man." Love it. Love that 1980s Yamaha DX-7 synth on stage, too. This must be an older video because Herbie mostly plays on a Yamaha Motif these days, I think.

Pat's solo is pretty inspired, too. What is that solar-panel-looking thing at the bottom of his guitar's body?

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iamom December 17th, 2011
Not sure I understand why you're asking. When they program such a diverse line-up with so many completely mainstream artists, I wouldn't think that they're hurting for attendance, no. But it has unfortunately become a universal reality of most jazz festivals that audiences are not attracted to "pure jazz" anymore. So you can't really run a festival on it and be viable anymore. You have to step into the mainstream at least somewhat.

NOLA may actually be treading the line in a relatively healthy way, but I've never attended the festival so I'm not sure. jdquintette would know, if he happens to see this post. There's a lot of interesting and local jazz acts in their lineup, it's just that the attention-grabbing stuff is pretty straight-up rock, blues and pop, from what I can tell.

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