The Michigan Daily Thursday, September 25, 1980 Page 7
Old meets new at
By MARK COLEMAN
The best of the old and new in
jazz-it's not the official theme (there
isn't one) of the third annual Eclipse
Jazz Festival but it could well be. This
weekend's lineup contains an exciting
cross-section of the musical field, con-
trasting traditional standard bearers
like Stephane Grappelli and Sara
Vaughn with modern innovators such
as Anthony Braxton in an accessible
The festival should get off to a
pleasing start on Friday as veteran
French violinist Stephane Grappelli
and the American ensemble Oregon
ill oben the festivities at Hill
auditorium. Widely recognized for his
groundbreaking work in the thirties
with Django Reinhardt, Grappelli has
endured well and is still a sprightly,
satisfying performer. His show is a
must for those who think Jean-Luc Pon-
ty defines the jazz violin. Following
Grappelli will be Oregon, four
musicians who fuse Eastern and
Western influences in unpredictable,
vancement of Creative Musicians and
has collaborated with a wide range of
progressive musicians. Both respected
and reviled for his boldly experimental
approach Ito musical structures and
notation as well as his wildly unique
playing, Braxton is the current master
of the solo performance and for the ad-
venturous listener the East Quad show
could be the highlight of the festival.
BUT THE LAST night's performance
should be the best. Opening Sunday's
show at Hill will be vocalist ex-
trodinaire Sarah Vaughn, considered
by some critics the best singer alive, in
any style. Sarah brings a wealth of ex--
perience to jazz, classical pop or gospel
songs, and retains the same thrilling
purity and range she exhibited with
Charlie Parker and Billy Eckstine.
Sarah's appearance in Ann Arbor is an
extremely rare event and one that sim-
ply shouldn't be missed-by anyone.
Bringing the festival to what should
be a fitting climax is alto saxophonist
Arthur Blythe. One of the most distin-
ctive voices to rise on the jazz scene in
the ann arbor film cooperative
MURMUR OF THE HEART
MICHIGAN THEATRE 4-7 & 10
A critically acclaimed look at'adolescence which
skillfully and tastefully handles the theme of moth-
er-son incest. Written and directed by Louis Malle
(Pretty Baby). French with subtitles.
Please note the change in time and location:
10:15 P.M. ONLY. AUD. A., Angell hall.
Stanley Kubrick's gorgeous film of Thackeray's 19th
century picaresque novel-a rendering of the past
as brilliant as 2001's look at the fpture. 35 mm.
One of the most exciting and innovative musicians to emerge on the jazz
scene in recent years, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe brings his excellent
quartet to the third annual Eclipse Jazz Festival. Arthur will perform his
unique blend of traditional and' modern jazz this Sunday night at Hill
THE SORROW AND THE PITY
TONIGHT at 7:00 ONLY
Marcel Ophuls has put together an extraordinary film essay. Newsreels,
Nazi propaganda, and contemporary interviews combine to examine the
moral dilemna of occupied France in WWII. A revealifig instructive and deeply
felt documentary. "It overwhelmed me with a knowledge of our world that
one is tempted to overlook but which must be revealed ard dealt with."
-strongly recommended by Bill.
Admission to each film: $2.00
SIR ARNE'S TREASURE, originally scheduled for tonight, has
Sat, Sun $1.50 til 1:30 VILLAGE7VOICE
Thurs., Fri-7:20, 9:20
Sat, Sun-1:10, 3:10, 5:20,
INDIVIDUAL THEATRES ENDS TONIGHT;
5th Ave. of liberty 761-9700 "CALIGULA"
at 7:00, 9:45
Possessor of perhaps the finest singing voice in the world, Sarah Vaughn
heads the line-up for this weekend's Eclipse Jazz Festival. Sarah will per-
form Sunday evening at 8 p.m., at Hill auditorium.
often spontaneous compositions. Ralph
Towner (guitar, piano), Colin Walcott
(sitar, tabla, percussion), Glen Moore
(bass) and Paul Mcandless (reeds)
have all earned outstanding individual
reputations and together they weave a
unique spell, combining jazz, and
classical strains with free-flowing
SATURDAY NIGHT'S show (also at
Hill) showcases two tenor saxophonists
from opposite ends of the jazz spec-
trum. Stanley Turrentine, like trumpet
player Donald Byrd, has purveyed his
background in the early sixties "soul"
jazz tradition into a commercially suc-
cessful amalgamation of electric jazz
and black popular music. Best known'
for his lush ballad treatments, Turren-
tine can still blow bebop and blues when
he puts his mind to it.
Violently contrasting Turrentine is
Chico Freedman, whose difference in
direction is illustrated by his past
playing credits: Sun Ra, Elvin Jones
and Jack Dejohnette. As well as tenor,
the Chicago-born Freedman is adept on
flute, soprano sax and bass clarinet.
Despite his avant garde reputation,
Chico Freedman's compositions and
0 playing retain many traditional
elements for a total style that is both
musipally challenging and satisfying.
Sunday afternoon brings the
notoriously innovative saxophonist An-
thony Braxton to the RC auditorium in
East Quad for a solo performance. He is
one of the foremost members of the
Chicago-based Association for the Ad-
the last few years, "Black Arthur" is
one of the pioneers of a daring new style
that blends'hdventurous "avant-garde"
approaches with more traditional for-
mats and familiar material for an
arresting, though always! melodic ex-
perience. Accompanying Blythe will be
the impeccable rhythm section of
drummer Steve McCall and bassist
Fred Hopkins, from the trio "Air."
Sunday night sums up what is so
fascinating About this year's program;
the juxtaposition of the jazz
traditionalists and the ground breaking
vanguard on the same bill. It's a
weekend with the potential to both ex-
pand and entertain any musical taste.
There are plenty of good seats left
(available at the Union box office,
Schoolkid's and Discount Records) so
there's no excuse for anyone-dilletan-
te or experienced listener-to miss
what could be the best jazz festival yet.
Sat, Sun-1:05, 3:10, 5:25, 7:30,9:35
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