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Tel Aviv Jazz Fest announces roster
The 22nd edition of the Tel Aviv Jazz
festival will take place at its perennial berth, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque,
between February 15 and February 18.
The program offers a mix of
“lighter” entertainment, such as highly animated vocalist Dee Alexander,
alongside more arts-oriented shows the likes of Chicago-based flutist Nicole
Mitchell who will bring her Indigo Trio to the festival.
There will be
more frontier-pushing endeavor from the Windy City in the form of percussionist
Hamid Drake. Drake has appeared in Israel several times over the last few years
and the festival offers an opportunity to see him reunite with Israeli avant
garde jazz saxophonist Albert Beger with whom Drake recorded the two-volume
Evolving Silence album along with fellow Chicagoan bassist William
There’s more jazz from its natural homeland with pianist George
Colligan’s trio, including bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Donald Edwards,
while trumpeter Steven Bernstein will front a septet in a performance of
material from his Diaspora Soul CD which he put out on John Zorn’s renowned
Tzadik Records label in 1999 – from his four CD Diaspora
Elsewhere in the Israeli section, singer Ayelet Rose Giotlieb
will showcase her On the Roadside album, with a sextet that includes guitarist
Udi Horev and double bass player Ora Bopaszon-Horev, with crooner-pianist Alon
Olearchik making a guest appearance. Other Israeli slots of note include
baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket and his quintet, Ofer Peled’s ethnojazz sextet
and the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Efrat Gosh.For more
information about the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival: www.cinema.co.il and 03-6060800. •
Barry Davis ‘King’s Speech’ tops BAFTA nominations
LONDON (AP) – Colin Firth and
Nathalie Portman could replicate their best actor Golden Globe success at
BAFTAs, after they were both nominated Tuesday for Britain’s top film
Their respective films, The King’s Speech and Black Swan led the
way, with the study of king George VI’s battle with his stammer receiving 14
nominations and the ballet thriller earning 12.
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, follows with nine nominations, while director Danny
Boyle’s rock-climbing drama 127 Hours and True Grit, the Coen brothers’ film,
are in eight categories.
The Social Network, the movie about the founding
of Facebook which won the most Golden Globes on Sunday, including best picture,
is up for six gongs.
The Fighter, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Toy
Story 3 each received three nominations.
The awards ceremony, hosted by
TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross, takes place at the Royal Opera House in
London on February 13.Beatles museum opens in Buenos Aires
Argentina (AP) – A brick from The Cavern Club, a check for 11 pounds signed by
Ringo Starr, an “authentic” Beatles wig. These and thousands of other objects
related to the “Fab Four” are luring Beatles fans to a new museum in Buenos
The museum is the product of the particular “Beatlemania”
obsession of Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant who became a fan at the
age of 10 when he got their Rubber Soul record.
Vazquez scooped up all
the memorabilia he could find in Buenos Aires about history’s most famous rock
band, an obsession that grew until he made it into Guinness World Records in
2001 as having the planet’s largest collection.