Jazz Beat: Pat Metheny, Ivan Lins, Clint Eastwood ...

Download deal offered to fans of guitarist Metheny.

Those purchasing the live double-CD set from guitarist Pat Metheny's trio (including bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart), due from Warner Bros. in the fall, will have the opportunity to download a third CD's worth of Metheny music from the Internet via a mechanism yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more details. ...

Artists including the late saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., singer Dianne Reeves, ex-Police-man Sting and soul/R&B artist Chaka Khan perform the music of Brazilian star Ivan Lins on A Love Affair, coming out on Telarc in the fall. ...

"Space Cowboys," a sci-fi spoof from director and jazz pianist Clint Eastwood that will hit screens next month, has some juicy tunes on its soundtrack: Saxophonist Joshua Redman performs "Hit the Road Jack," "The Second Time Around" (with strings) and "The Best Is Yet To Come"; pianist Brad Mehldau does Neil Young's "Old Man," Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" and The Who's "My Generation"; organist Larry Goldings and sax funkster Maceo Parker play "Last Night"; and Willie Nelson sings "Still Crazy ... " and "Young at Heart." Country singer Chad Brock's version of "Take It to the Limit" will be available for downloading. The movie stars Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland. ...

Singer/pianist Diana Krall, trumpeter Boney James and singer Roberta Flack are among the list of artists who will be appearing at the Bermuda Jazz Festival on Sept. 15–16. Guitarist Norman Brown, Spyro Gyra, keyboardist Marcus Johnson, and local artists Mahogany and Sondra will also perform at the island's Royal Naval Dockyard on a stage built over water. ...

A CD purportedly containing the first recorded solos of alto sax genius Eric Dolphy will come out via Capitol Records in early August. The Original Ellington Suite, a previously unreleased Pacific Jazz album, is a 1958 date by the Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring guitarist John Pisano, cellist Nate Gershman, bassist Hal Gaylor and drummer Hamilton. They play "In a Mellow Tone," "Azure," "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and other Ellington staples. ...

Capitol also will release Chet Baker Quartet Live, Vol. 1, which contains two live performances: one in L.A. in 1953 and the other in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1954. The L.A. set, featuring the tunes "All the Things You Are," "Maid in Mexico," "My Funny Valentine," "Isn't It Romantic?" and "This Time the Dream's on Me," has never been released. The other show, recorded in 1954 at the University of Michigan, was previously issued as the Pacific Jazz album Jazz at Ann Arbor. Baker's quartet consisted of pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Carson Smith and drummers Larry Bunker and Bob Neel. The Chico Hamilton and Baker CDs are produced by Michael Cuscuna. ...

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is among the list of performers and patrons the Los Angeles Jazz Society will honor at the 18th annual Tribute and Award Dinner on Sept. 10. The other honorees include saxophonist Teddy Edwards, drummer Lee Young, saxophonist Ann Patterson, drummer Kevin Kanner and former Abell Fine Pianos owner David L. Abell, for his longtime support of the Los Angeles Jazz community. ...

Violinist Regina Carter, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and alto man Richie Cole will get the Jazzthere Festival in Oakland, Calif., off to a rip-roaring start July 28. The three-day affair also features sax man Teddy Edwards, piano thunderer McCoy Tyner and the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Grover Mitchell. Performances are at the Convention Center, except for some free shows that are at the City Center Stage. For more information, check the fest's Web site (www.oaklandjazzthere.org/schedule.html). ...

Miya Masaoka — virtuoso of the 21-string koto — will host an Improv Summit at the Stanford Jazz Festival in Palo Alto, Calif., on July 22. For more information, check its Web site (www.stanfordjazz.org) ... Sparkling pianist Kenny Barron will finally see the release of his Live at Bradley's CD, from Verve. He recorded the disc at the defunct club in 1996. ...

Grand Slam — a quartet featuring guitarist Jim Hall, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer Lewis Nash and bassist George Mraz — will release Live in Boston this fall on Telarc. Tunes will include Lovano's tribute to late drummer Ed Blackwell, "Blackwell's Message." ...

Todd Barkan, the irascible producer who ran the legendary San Francisco Keystone Korner club from 1972–83, has been named creative director of 32 Records, the repackaging specialist that has had huge success with its "Jazz for ..." series (Jazz for a Lazy Day, Jazz for the Open Road, Jazz for Those Peaceful Moments, etc.). Barkan lately has been producing CDs for Fantasy, Concord and other labels. ...

Writer and critic Howard Mandel's critically acclaimed book "Future Jazz" — which analyzes the state of the art since the '70s via intimate portraits of artists ranging from David Murray to Wynton Marsalis to Geri Allen — will be available in paperback in mid-August from Oxford University Press. ...

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is the new artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in Los Angeles. The institute is now part of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Blanchard, whose latest CD is Wandering Moon (Sony Classical), has lately been an in-demand film composer. He recently scored "Love & Basketball" and Spike Lee's next film, "Bamboozled." At the Monk Institute, a two-year scholarship program, Blanchard will oversee the Jazz Performance Ensemble and provide direction in other creative areas. ...

Saxophonist Buddy Collette, 78, received the Los Angeles Jazz Mentorship Program's Living Museum Award on June 24, following the performance of his 18-piece band at the program's Jazz and Blues Festival with guitarist Al Viola. The next day, the American Civil Liberties Union honored Collette for his years of teaching and performing music solely for the organization. He was then honored a third time on June 30 by the L.A. County Museum for his scores to several Charles Eames films, including the 1961 "Eames Contract Storage." Recently, Collette came out with his autobiography, "The Jazz Generations: A Life in American Music and Society," which traces the saxophonist's lengthy career. The L.A. native played with saxophonist Benny Carter, Count Basie and saxophonist Eli "Lucky" Thompson, as well as Duke Ellington, an experience that he said was like being in another world. ...

Ontario's Guelph Jazz Festival recently announced its lineup, which includes saxophonists David Murray and Jane Bunnett as well as pianists Matthew Shipp, Jon Jang, and Myra Melford. From Sept. 6–10, the festival will take place at seven venues and will include workshops, a colloquium and more than 20 performances. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report