WASHINGTON — Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a three-run homer, and the Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Jake Burger added his 28th home run of the season for Miami, which climbed back to .500 after losing eight of 10. The Marlins (67-67) entered three games behind San Francisco for the NL’s final wild card.
Braxton Garrett (8-5) and three relievers combined on a three-hitter.
Miami’s Luis Arraez singled twice, raising his major league-leading average to .349. With his 47th multihit game, Arraez tied Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez for third, trailing Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. at 57 and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman at 54.
Washington lost for the fourth time in five games. The Nationals went 17-11 in August, their first winning month this season.
Garrett (8-5) allowed one run and three hits over six innings. The Marlins are 19-7 in the left-hander’s starts this season.
JT Chargois, Steven Okert and A.J. Puk each followed with a hitless inning. Miami pitchers struck out just two, matching their season low of Aug. 16 against Houston. The two strikeouts by Nationals batters was the team’s fewest since Aug. 4 last year at Philadelphia.
Joan Adon (2-1) yielded Josh Bell’s leading off the fifth and hit Burger with a sinkerball. Chisholm drove a curveball into the Nationals’ bullpen in right for a 5-0 lead.
Adon surrendered five runs in five innings. While he only walked one, Adon threw two wild pitches and hit two batters.
Burger homered in the ninth against Joe La Sorsa, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
Miami took the lead on Bryan De La Cruz’s RBI double in the first and added a run on Arraez’s double-play grounder in the fourth.
Washington scored on CJ Abrams’ sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Marlins: OF Jorge Soler (right hip tightness) was out of the lineup for the second day in a row. … X-rays were negative on LHP Andrew Nardi, who left Wednesday’s game against Tampa Bay after taking a line drive off his hand. “That ball was hit very hard and it wasn’t a glancing blow,” manager Skip Schumaker said. “It hit him. The fact we’re not losing him for an IL stint, we feel very lucky.” … RHP Sixto Sánchez (shoulder) had a 20-pitch live batting practice session Thursday and is scheduled to throw again Tuesday.
Nationals: OF Lane Thomas was scratched from the lineup with back tightness. … Washington placed LHP MacKenzie Gore on the bereavement list. … RHP Tanner Rainey recorded two outs Thursday in a rehabilitation assignment appearance for Rochester, the first time he has pitched on back-to-back days since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. … RHP Thaddeus Ward (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Thursday. He is scheduled to pitch again Tuesday.
Marlins: RHP Eury Perez (5-4, 2.68 ERA) is 1-0 with an 0.82 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings in two starts against Washington as a rookie.
Nationals: RHP Jake Irvin (3-5, 4.30) has a 1.45 ERA over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts, each of which resulted in a no-decision.
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra is offering up a gourmet dinner and an evening of auction items and jazz sounds at its Rhapsody Gala on Sept. 15.
The event begins with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club — accompanied by the music of EBT Jazz, also known as the Eric Barchiesi Trio.
Tickets are $135 per person. Guests can RSVP by visiting westmorelandsymphony.org or calling 724-837-1850.
During a live auction, co-chaired by Sheila Kudrick and Karen Kohut, guests will be able to bid on a week-long stay at a vacation home in Riviera Maya, along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, and a safari to the Zula Nyala Game Reserve in South Africa. Other auction offerings include fine wines, jewelry, home accents and spa, restaurant and golf gift certificates.
The gala also will feature gift baskets and silent auction items. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a $500 gift certificate from Larrimor’s designer clothing store in Pittsburgh.
Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, will be emcee..
“The gala is an important part of supporting the symphony as we kick off our 55th season,” said event chairperson Diane Nickoloff. “We look forward to sharing a fun evening with great food, live music, friends, supporters and patrons who all love classical music and want it to continue to thrive for years to come.”
William Z. Friedlander, past president of the symphony orchestra board, is the honorary co-chairperson of the gala.
Subscriptions for the 2023-2024 season and single concert tickets are available at westmorelandsymphony.org.
Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
America’s Band: Polyphia bring guitar pyrotechnics to District Live
Okay, it’s difficult to capture the ecstatic squeal of an electric guitar in words, but you get the idea.
Polyphia are some of the most innovative progenitors of progressive guitar music today and are performing at District Live on Sept. 6.
Polyphia formed in Plano, Texas, in 2010 and features guitar virtuosos Tim Hensen and Scott LePage, as well as the powerful rhythm section of bassist Clay Gober and drummer Clay Aeschliman.
Polyphia built up a loyal fanbase through years of viral Youtube videos that allowed fans to watch the band develop from scrawny guitar shredders to technically dazzling guitar heroes. Their latest video for “Playing God” has wracked up 29 million views, and there is a veritable cottage industry built around music Youtubers reacting to, or attempting to replicate, Polyphia’s mind-blowing guitar riffs.
Polyphia have released four acclaimed albums including their latest, “Remember You Will Die,” which takes the band in adventurous new directions.
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‘We just liked to shred’
Hensen and LePage were lifelong acquaintances, having gone to the same schools since kindergarten.
“I knew he played guitar, and he probably knew I played guitar also,” said LePage over the phone. “We would really only hangout at a mutual friend’s sleepover or something like that. Then in high school we actually started playing guitar with each other one day. It was like, ‘Wow, you’re really good!’ and ‘Wow, you’re really good, too! Here, try this riff I wrote.’ We just started playing each other’s s*** perfectly. We knew the same techniques, so when it came to writing riffs we were very fluent. We never stopped writing music together.”
Although Hensen and LePage were coming from the same heavy metal foundation, their techniques eventually began to develop into different but complementary styles.
“We just liked to shred,” explained LePage. “We like death metal and stuff. Our dad’s played ‘dad guitar’ as we call it. It was easy for us to mend our styles together because it was the same style. But now, as we’ve grown into what we are now, it’s more Tim’s style and my style. I like the leads and solo-y shreddy stuff still, but I’ve expanded on that in a way. I also like writing beats, so I try to mix the two as best I can. The reason I like to do that is because it’s hard to make it tasteful, so it’s more of the challenge of, ‘I probably need to make this cool, if I just did it right.’ Still working on that, but hopefully I’ve done it well up to this point.
“Tim’s style, he gets these chords and puts the lead inside of the chord. He’s got this chord/melody going on. His idea is the whole riff and melody should be able to be played on one guitar, so you should be able to bob your head to the rhythm on the guitar.”
With tongue firmly in cheek, Polyphia refer to themselves as “America’s Band,” having borrowed the title from America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys. They even had custom t-shirts made at the mall while they bought snacks at Annie’s Pretzels.
“We started wearing them on stage, and people wanted the shirt, so we started selling them at the merch table, too,” said LePage.
New album features collaborations, pop and jazz infusions
As Polyphia have developed as musicians, with a dizzying array of sweep picks, hybrid picking, harmonics, and other pretzel-fingered techniques all seemingly happening in tandem, their songwriting has become more accessible.
While their 2014 debut, Muse, featured song after song of triumphant guitar shredding that conveyed the feeling of scaling Mount Olympus and then flying from the peak on the back of an eagle (I mean that in a good way), their latest album, Remember You Will Die, is a more dynamic affair that pulls inspiration from hip hop, New Orleans brass bands, trunk-rattling trap, video game music, J-Pop, metal, and even jazz fusion.
Longtime fans were particularly surprised by the presence of so many vocal features including rappers $not and Lil West, Deftone’s Chino Moreno, and bi-lingual pop singer Sophia Black.
“That was the one idea we had for this record that we really carried through,” said LePage. “We had to do a lot of vocal features. That was the one thing we hadn’t done a lot of yet, because we were still developing a sound that would work with vocals the way we would be comfortable doing.”
For metal heads, the appearance of the hyper-pop track “ABC,” featuring Black, was a shock to the system.
“That was the first approach to a real, full song where the vocal is the talent of the song,” said LePage. “There’s a guitar solo and riffs going on, but they’re background to support the vocals. When I was writing to that song, it was one of the first times I really had in mind, ‘Okay, let’s not go too crazy, and if we do go too crazy it’s going to be to support the melodies going on in the vocals.
“I feel like people were a little surprised to hear ‘ABC.’ They were like, ‘Wow, this is different. It barely sounds like Polyphia.’ We were trying to be versatile with that record because we want to be…not approachable, but I love being able to do whatever we want with records. This was a record where we were like, ‘Let’s just go balls-to-the-wall with it and really do whatever we want.’.”
Polyphia are used to bucking expectations by now. When some fans reacted harshly to a futurebass remix of their song “Light”, called “Lit,” rather than retreat, the band doubled down with their next EP, Most Hated.
“Our audience had definitely changed and it has definitely grown,” said LePage. “We lost some people along the way, but for everyone we lost, we gained multiple.”
“I’m still a metal head,” LePage added. “I just like having a little stuff for everyone.”
LePage promises a whole new show for this tour with crazy effects and songs they have never played live before. Some Polyphia songs are so difficult that even the band has to consider how hard they want to practice before they add them to the set-list.
“These songs take a lot of work and a lot of practice because we’re covering a lot of ground. New techniques that we’re doing like the thumping thing. This is the first record where we really bring that out. We got the nylon guitar stuff now, so that’s a whole different beast. And all of the styles. You can’t just throw them into the set. They have to be planned out and I like to capture the vibe of the set. I don’t just like to put songs in there. ‘Egodeath’ [featuring Steve Vai!] is definitely our unicorn in terms of that. We plan on doing it one day.”
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – On Sunday, Sept. 10, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will host the 3rd Annual Jazz at Congo Square festival, a FREE celebration of New Orleans music, food, culture, and traditions. With live entertainment from 1-7 p.m., the JACS festival will showcase a variety of artists who have contributed tremendously to our city’s local scene and the international music community at-large. Hosted by pianist and music personality professor Jesse McBride, the event will include local food, art, and merchandise vendors, as well as musical artists, including The Congo Square Drum Circle, DJ Redd, Treme Brass Band, Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, and Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
Jazz at Congo Square was created to promote and celebrate the significance of Congo Square, while highlighting why the space is and should remain a historical landmark in New Orleans. The festival will offer space to nonprofit organizations who share a similar mission of preserving New Orleans culture. Over 30 local vendors will be on-site, offering the finest in food, jewelry, and arts and craft items throughout the day.
“We definitely know how to throw a party down here,” says founder Delfeayo Marsalis. “Day or night is always a good time to have a good time! “We’ve had a long, hot summer, so it’s a great time to get outside soon as it cools down. We’re long overdue for a great outside party this summer, and we’re going to do it right.” JACS is a great example of how longstanding traditions that were birthed and developed right in Congo Square can meet with the current needs of the people to rejoice out loud.”
Learn more about the artists and the festival lineup at: www.jazzatcongosquare.org
SALT LAKE CITY – The countdown for KSL Sports 50 greatest Utah Jazz players continues, and coming in at number 39 is forward John Drew.
Leading up to the tip-off of the 50th season in Jazz history, Jake Scott and Ben Anderson have been counting down the top 50 players in franchise history as voted on by fans and the media.
Here’s a look at John Drew’s career with the Jazz.
Jazz 50: Rank No. 39 – John Drew
After selecting Dominique Wilkins with the third overall pick in the 1982 NBA draft, the Jazz traded the future Hall of Famer to the Atlanta Hawks for Drew, Freeman Williams, and cash needed to keep the organization afloat.
Drew, an eight-year NBA veteran with two All-Star appearances under his belt came to the Jazz and helped turn the franchise into one of the league’s perennial playoff teams alongside Adrian Dantley and Darrell Griffith.
Though he spent just three seasons with the team, Drew averaged 18.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 145 appearances including two trips to the postseason.
Unfortunately, Drew’s substance abuse issues led him to miss eight weeks during his first season in Utah and ultimately cost him his NBA career when he was waived by the team after relapsing in 1984.
Despite his short career with the Jazz, Drew ranks seventh all-time in points per game with the organization and eighth overall in PER.
Drew died after complications from bone cancer in 2022 at the age of 67.
See the full list of players named so far here!
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Realistically, the Utah Jazz could fall anywhere from the 7th seed to the 12th seed.
The Jazz Notes podcast predicted that Utah will fall just short of the postseason, securing the 11th seed in the west.
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Lady Gaga is gearing up for her upcoming jazz shows in the Las Vegas Residency which will kick off from later this week.
The Grammy-winner announced her return to Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas for her iconic show, Lady Gaga: Jazz & Piano last month via Instagram.
The show is expected to begin on August 31 and the Bad Romance singer, 37, will perform 12 shows total before wrapping up on October 5.
The Just Dance singer took to her Instagram on Monday to tease fans of the much-anticipated show with an IG post which she captioned as, “I love Las Vegas. Yeah you heard that right [trumpet emoji and double-heart emoji] I’ll see you Thursday [white heart emoji]
Gaga originally kicked off her residency in January 2019, which she performed interchangeably with her pop show Enigma. It ended in May 2022.
The news of her return to jazz came mere hours after she paid an emotional tribute to the late jazz icon Tony Bennett, with whom she released collaborative albums Cheek to Cheek and Love for Sale.
“I will miss my friend forever,” Gaga had written in a post in IG. I will miss singing with him, recording with him, talking with him, being on stage together,” added Gaga about Bennett, who died on July 21 at the age of 96.
“With Tony, I got to live my life in a time warp. Tony & I had this magical power,” she continued. “We transported ourselves to another era, modernised the music together, & gave it all new life as a singing duo. But it wasn’t an act. Our relationship was very real.”
Get ready for five toe-tapping days with 120 concerts in over 12 venues in the nation’s capital. The 19th annual D.C. Jazz Festival returns this Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 3.
WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews the DC Jazz Fest (Part 1)
Get ready for five toe-tapping days with 120 concerts in over 12 venues in the nation’s capital.
The 19th annual D.C. Jazz Festival returns this Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 3.
“If you’re looking for something to do over Labor Day weekend, come to D.C. Jazz Fest,” Sunny Sumter, president and CEO of the festival, told WTOP. “We started in 2004 on a paper napkin. I’ve always got to give a ‘thank you’ shoutout to Charles Fishman and his wife Stephanie Peters, who are the founders. … The mission is to celebrate all things jazz. … Jazz is really a thriving art form in D.C. and I would say that we’ve become one of the most important jazz hubs in the country.”
The festival kicks off on Wednesday at Eaton D.C., the Kennedy Center and Embassy of Sweden.
“Kick it off opening day at Eaton D.C. with the Jazz D.C. All Stars,” Sumter said. “Then, go over to Millennium Stage where you can hang out at the Kennedy Center and listen to Ayodele [Owolabi], who has a beautiful voice, you’ve got to hear her if you haven’t checked her out. Opening night is sold out at the House of Sweden with The String Queens. … We’re presenting Sunna Gunnlaugs, this woman is a phenomenal pianist, very accomplished, she’s so incredibly funny.”
It continues Thursday at The Kennedy Center, The Parks at Walter Reed and The Kreeger Museum.
“You definitely want to go see George V. Johnson, another fantastic vocalist at Millennium Stage, he’ll be doing a free concert,” Sumter said. “There is an outdoor free event featuring Alex Hamburger and Jose Luiz Martins. They happen to be married, but they’ll have their own individual sets at The Parks at Walter Reed in Upper Northwest. Then we have EJB’s East Coast All Stars at The Kreeger Museum. … Everybody in town loves Elijah Balbed.”
Thursday also brings live jazz to Takoma Station Tavern, Rhizome D.C. and the Arena Stage theater.
“Corcoran Holt is bringing Marquis Hill, who plays a phenomenal trumpet, he’ll be blowing it up at Takoma Station Tavern,” Sumter said. “If you’re into avant-garde, more free kind of jazz, you want to check out Lisa Sokolov at Rhizome D.C. … Most important is D.C. Jazz Fest at Arena Stage. … That fantastic show is going to feature Benny Green, George Cables, Jazzmeia Horn, Orrin Evans, Shamie Royston, Hope Udobi, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Kris Funn.”
On Friday, the festival heads over the river for the annual Jazz Hop in Historic Anacostia on Good Hope Road, Southeast.
“It’s really become a part of our jazz festival every year and something that I enjoy going to see,” Sumter said. “This year what’s unique is that we’re partnering with them to do Second Line — those of you that know New Orleans know what I’m talking about — Second Line meets go-go! We’re going to bring together the Brass-a-holics with The JoGo Project, as well as other amazing talent, so it really is a fantastic event and it is free.”
Friday also returns to the Kennedy Center and Union Stage, as well as a Grammy winner at The Anthem.
“We have Millennium Stage back with the Landon Paddock Group — he is a fantastic artist,” Sumter said. “Leigh Pilzer is a fantastic horn player, she brings so much life to the instrument, she is bringing her ensemble to Union Stage. … Then we are presenting Gregory Porter! He’s coming to The Anthem and he is amazing! He’s so amazing that, in England, the first family, it’s their favorite artist. [Prince] William loves Gregory Porter and so do we.”
The main event arrives at The Wharf on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s lineup at The Wharf includes Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Charles Lloyd’s Kindred Spirits, Terri Lyne Carrington New Standards, Omar Sosa Quarteto Americanos, Orrin Evans Quintet with Sy Smith, Julieta Eugenio Trio, Isabelle Olivier, Chase Elodia’s Perennials and Veronneau.
Sunday’s lineup at The Wharf includes Samara Joy, Kenny Garrett and Sounds From the Ancestors, Big Chief Donald Harrison and the Dave Holland Trio featuring Kevin Eubanks and Eric Harland.
“The Wharf is the tentpole weekend,” Sumter said. “There are three outdoor stages, including a youth stage, there is a DJ late into the evening, there is so much music happening. Every aspect of music is covered over these two days, whether you like gospel jazz, rock, bluegrass, big band, salsa, Cuban music. … There’s so much. It really is a representation of why this music is fantastic and important, because there really is something for everybody.”
WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews the DC Jazz Fest (Part 2)
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Melbourne International Jazz Festival has unveiled its 2023 program, with Chaka Khan and Nile Rodgers & Chic leading the announcement. The two legendary artists will kick off the festival with a launch show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday, 21st October, supported by Kaiit and Melbourne crew Horns of Leroy.
Artists like Bumpy, Thndo, and songwriter Rita Satch will appear on the same weekend at Federation Square – which will be holding free performances for the entire opening weekend from Friday, 20th to Sunday, 22nd October.
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Elsewhere, Lisa Simone – the daughter of Nina – will play a show at Hamer Hall in celebration of her mother’s legacy. UK trio GoGo Penguin will make their Australian debut at the Forum, and US group SFJAZZCollective will be heading to Australia for the first time to play a show at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Australian trombonist and composer Shannon Bennett will lead a performance of her Dead Weight show, which will see her team up with 18 other musicians at the Melbourne City Baths, leading the audience through various spaces around the building.
Katie Noon’s Elixir will appear for sets across the week, launching their new album A Small Shy Truth, and other local acts like Vanessa Perica, Jamie Oehlers, Julien Wilson, Ben Vanderwal, Mat Jodrell, and Andrea Keller are all locked in. Chinese-Australia composer Mindy Meng Weng will also team up with composer and pianist Paul Grabowsky AO for a performance at Chapel Off Chapel.
Alongside the music, MIJF will also host panels and in-conversation sessions at Arts Centre Melbourne. See the full program on the website.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival will run from Friday, 20th to Sunday, 29th October.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2023 Lineup
Nile Rodgers & CHIC
Horns of Leroy
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Kojoe and Hikaru Tanaka
Hand to Earth
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Hot 8 Brass Band
Mindy Meng Wang
Paul Grabowsky AO
Marike van Dijk
The Shannon Barnett Quartet
Daniel Gassin Crossover Band
Cookin’ on 3 Burners
The Sugarfoot Ramblers
The Georgia Brooks Swingtet
Jake Amy Trio
The Affia Band
Dates & Venues
Friday, 20th to Sunday, 29th October – Various venues, Melbourne
Tickets are on sale now.
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