Jazz Beat: Woody Herman, Horace Parlan, Satoko Fujii ...

Box sets from clarinetist and pianist out on Mosaic Records.

Deluxe packager Mosaic Records has released two new box sets that provide a glimpse into the dramatic stylistic innovations that occurred in jazz after World War II as swing bands gave way to small combos. The Complete

Capitol Recordings of Woody Herman, a six-disc set, features the Second and

Third Thundering Herd years between 1948 and 1956. These bands include the "Four Brothers" — saxophonists Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and Serge Chaloff. The other set, The Complete Blue Note Horace Parlan Sessions, is a five-CD package that looks at the hard-bop pianist's first record dates in the early 1960s. Horace Parlan, who was a fixture in bassist Charles Mingus' band for two years starting in 1957, made his first record for Blue Note, Movin' and Groovin', in 1960. This set contains all his sessions for the label and features players such as guitarist Grant Green and saxophonists Booker Ervin and Stanley Turrentine. ...

Japanese composer Satoko Fujii combines her Japanese jazz orchestra, East, with her American one, West, for a double CD called Double Take, on East Works. Fujii, a nominee for Best Composer at Saturday's Jazz Journalist Awards, releases the set on July 11. Her American orchestra has in its section New York players such as slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, saxophonist Chris Speed and drummer Aaron Alexander. ...

One blues legend out, another in: Buddy Guy will replace John Lee Hooker for the July 7 Living Legends of Blues II show at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Hooker canceled after his doctor advised him not to travel. ...

Clarinet ace Don Byron has just completed his third studio date for Blue Note, and not surprisingly for the musical adventurer, it's a sharp departure from his last project, which was a fairly straight-ahead jazz affair. On the still-untitled forthcoming album, Byron explores the concept of modern art songs, from operatic pieces to modern show tunes to R&B classics. An interesting array of singers join Byron, including Cassandra Wilson, Canadian cabaret sensation Patricia O'Callahan and art-jazz vocalists Mark Ledford and Dean Bowman. The material ranges from Wilson's interpretation of Steven Sondheim's "The Ladies Who Lunch" to a duet with Ledford and O'Callahan on Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'" to Byron's instrumental reworking of Puccini's famous aria, "Nessun Dorma." Release date is Oct. 10. ...

Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell performs in San Francisco on June 24 with some Indian music masters: sarodist Aashish Khan, flutist

Ronu Majumdar and percussionist Swapan Chaudhuri. The show is at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. For information, call (415) 978-2787....

Saxophonist Joe Lovano is ready to hit the studio to record Trio Fascination, Edition Two for Blue Note. Edition One from 1998 featured one trio — Lovano with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Elvin Jones — but the forthcoming disc will offer four radically different trios. Joining Lovano will be bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Idris Muhammad, saxophonist Billy Drewes and drummer

Joey Baron, pianist Kenny Werner and harmonica player Toots Thielemans and trumpeter Dave Douglas and bassist Mark Dresser. Look for an early spring release. ...

Also in the studio for Blue Note — a studio in the French countryside — is Jacky Terrasson. The half-French pianist is recording an album of, appropriately enough, French songs. The disc will feature some up-and-coming French jazzers plus established French jazzer Bireli Lagrene on guitar and

COLOR="#003163">Stefon Harris, a vibist from the good ol' U.S.A. ...

Crossover jazz monsters Medeski Martin & Wood recently completed their second studio album for Blue Note, recorded at their newly constructed studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., dubbed "Shacklyn." Joining the trio on select cuts is an eclectic group of guests including Sun Ra veteran Marshall Allen on saxophone, Marc Ribot on guitar and DJ Logic on turntables. The CD may be out in the fall. ...

The Montreal Jazz Festival's free outdoor schedule has been announced: 350 free shows on 14 stages on and around the Place des Arts/Complexe

Desjardins esplanade. The festival runs June 29–July 9, and the outdoor musical crossfire includes ska, Cuban, klezmer, '30s swing, flamenco and blues, often in the same concert series. Artists include serious American klezmer combo Brave Old World (June 30), Morocco's Mel M'Rabet synthesizing Andalusian and Arab music (July 1) and former Lou Reed bassist Yossi Fine's Ex-Centric Sound System (July 6). Seven genuine Louisiana-bred bands, including Rockie Charles (June 29–30), The New Birth Brass Band (July 3–4) and the Sweet Petunias (July 8) lay down grooves from the Louisiana stage. The jazziest series goes on at the Contact stage, including two-night stands by pianist Andy Milne's Cosmic Dapp Theory (July 2–3) and the Jazz Mandolin Project (July 8–9). For more information: (www.montrealjazzfestival.worldlinx.com). ...

"The Jazz Age in Paris: 1914–1920," a traveling Smithsonian

Institution exhibition, documents the surge of Americans to the "City of

Lights" in the World War I era with historical photographs, videos, posters, artifacts and music. The exhibition is at the Boulder (Colo.)

Public Library through July 13 and will hit most states. The show includes a videotaped interview with the legendary Josephine Baker that also shows her infamous wild dance at the Folies-Bergere club. Other video highlights include clips of Sidney Bechet, a New Orleans native known for his stunning clarinet and saxophone solos. Two audio stations will deliver vintage jazz recordings. Artists' personal memoirs, such as letters and scrapbooks, also will be on display. For more information, visit the exhibition's Web site at

— sonicnet.com staff report