Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Mix Things Up During 2nd Night In Denver

first_imgOn Saturday night, John Medeski, John Scofield, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood came together for the second of two nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, marking the quartet’s first performances since their headlining performances on this year’s Jam Cruise. The quartet of jazz legends has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first collaborative album, A Go Go, which was released on April 7th, 1998, and followed up by 2006’s Out Louder, 2011’s In Case The World Changes Its Mind, and 2014’s Juice.Prior to Saturday’s performance, as excited fans flocked to the venue for doors, the entire block the Ogden Theatre sits on lost power. With an uncertain and delayed start time, the line outside the venue winded two blocks past the entrance, as fans eagerly and hopefully waited to see the four jazz legends. Right before the clock struck 9, the Ogden Theatre posted via their social media outlets that the doors were opening and the show would start promptly at 9:30, despite an original start time an hour earlier.For their Saturday performance, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood offered up a diverse show with both funky, on-your-feet grooves and ambient spacey-jazz, making up for any lost time that the electrical power outage may have caused. The show featured a mixture of repeats from the night prior and material that Denver hasn’t been graced with in quite some time.The show started with “Boozer” off the quartet’s debut studio album, A Go Go. The jazz masters took this first number deep, with Scofield and Medeski trading off eclectic solos that kept getting higher and higher, as Martin and Wood held down the backbone of the rhythm section like true masters of their trade. The band was feeling loose and limber, and the heavy improvisational jam that followed was just what they needed to settle into the beyond sold-out venue, as Wood led the way on the upright bass. Continuing in the theme of celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, “Southern Pacific” came next. With John Scofield leading the way with a twangy guitar intro, the band dropped into a concentrated groove, before John Medeski absolutely stole the show with climactic solos on the Hammond organ.It was time to mix things up, and the quartet unleashed “Little Walter Rides Again”, off 2006’s Out Louder, with a loud applause of approval from the roaring crowd. The funky feel-good tune led by Billy Martin’s infectious hits behind the kit gave way to a deep exploratory space for Medeski and Scofield to once again mesh the conventional stylistics of jazz, funk, and blues, pushing each other to up the ante as the jam grew. Chris Wood stepped up to the front of the stage with his upright bass standing taller than him and laid down an aggressive solo before Medeski and Scofield slowly landed back in the central theme of the song.Moving on, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood offered up their first cover of the night, an upbeat take on Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” followed by the avant-garde Medeski, Martin & Wood number, “Partido Alto”. The band brought the first set to a close with A Go Go’s “Jeep on 35”, a composed and relaxed song that allowed the four all-stars to show off their talent as singular, working organism.Following a brief set break, the four wizards returned for set two with Chris Wood leading the way with a heavy bass groove to start off “Legalize It” off of Out Louder. Appropriate for the Mile High City, Scofield executed some tasty licks before Medeski brought it all home on the organ. Scofield led the quartet into the funk-infused “Chank” before dropping into “A Go Go”, the namesake of the band’s first album together. Starting with a steady Billy Martin beat on the drums, Scofield was firing off on all cylinders, feeling right at home with his three musical brethren he’s been exploring sonic textures with for twenty years now.“Miles Behind” came next, which was a high-speed journey that, at points, felt like riding a rollercoaster. The avant-garde jazz song gave Martin the freedom to dive into deep sonic explorations on the drums and cowbell, with Medeski tickling away at the keys. Scofield did what he does best, offering up a thoughtful solo to bring it all home. A cover of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” followed, which appeared on their 2014 release, Juice. The dubby take on the classic-rock song was seemingly appropriate given the “Legalize It” that started off set two and allowed Medeski to take full reigns and shine.Medeski, Martin & Wood’s “Fuck You Guys” brought the second set to a close, another structured and composed tune that allowed the musical monsters one last time to exhibit their extreme cohesiveness. Coming back for an encore, John Scofield proclaimed that they would play one last tune off of their debut studio album, treating fans to “Green Tea”, a smooth and tasty treat to end such a high-energy show.Setlist: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 3/31/2018Set 1: Boozer> Improv> Southern Pacific, Little Walter Rides Again, I Got A Woman>Partido Alto, Jeep On 35Set 2: Legalize It, Chank> A Go Go, Miles Behind, Sunshine Of Your Love, Fuck You GuysEncore: Green Tealast_img read more

Govt urged to close Papuan ports, airports to prevent COVID-19 spread

first_imgRead also: More than 12,000 flights canceled in two months over virus fears, says Angkasa Pura IThe Papua provincial administration declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, ordering all civil servants to work from home for two weeks.Timotius, however, criticized the policy. “It won’t help us much if people from regions affected by COVID-19 keep coming to Papua.”He urged authorities to close all airports and sea ports, or the government would face more problems in the future as Papua was lacking medical staff and health facilities. The Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) called on provincial administrations to close off entry to Papua in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“We have agreed to ask the Papua governor to write to President Joko Widodo [Jokowi] to suspend air and sea travel to Papua for 14 days or even a month, in order to protect Papua residents and the indigenous community,” MRP chairman Timotius Murib told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura on Thursday.The assembly has sent a letter to authorities in Papua, including the governor, regional legislative council, police and the Cenderawasih Military Command (Kodam). “Who guarantees that Papuans will get adequate health services? If the government is not ready to provide that, it’s better to close access to Papua completely,” said Timotius.As of Thursday, Indonesian authorities had logged 309 cases of COVID-19. Of the total cases, 25 had died.In Papua alone, 322 people are under general monitoring while five others are under surveillance for COVID-19, Papua Health Agency secretary Silwanus Sumule said.“The five patients under surveillance show symptoms of fever and cough. We have sent their samples to Jakarta for laboratory testing and are waiting for the results,” said Silwanus.Read also: COVID-19: Jayawijaya cancels Baliem Valley Cultural Festival as health precautionOf the five patients, two are being treated in Merauke General Hospital, while the others are being treated in Biak Numfor General Hospital, Jayapura General Hospital and Dian Harapan General Hospital in Jayapura.In Pekanbaru, Riau, on the island of Sumatra, a 63-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently being treated in Arifin Achmad General Hospital.“The patient flew back from Malaysia two weeks ago. He was admitted into the hospital on March 13 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 today,” Riau Health Agency head Mimi Yuliani Nazir said on Wednesday evening.She said the agency was waiting for laboratory results of nine other potential COVID-19 patients. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Murder try suspects arrested

first_imgJohn Mark Estilloro and Jan Gentizon,both residents of Barangay Oracon, Nueva Valencia, were caught on the strengthof an arrest warrant around 2 p.m. on Monday, police said. ILOILO City – Two men facing frustratedmurder charges were arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Officers of the Nueva Valencia policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Rosario Abegail Dris-Villanueva ofthe Regional Trial Court. Estilloro and Gentizon were detained inthe custodial facility of the municipal police station. The court recommended a P250,000 bail bondfor their temporary liberty./PNlast_img

One of the biggest football clubs in the world just quarantined its whole squad…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Shutterstock/GettyAdvertisement 10atNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1r5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3wu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4ws5Would you ever consider trying this?😱2kCan your students do this? 🌚rqe4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Coronavirus has found its way into the world of football. First, Serie A was suspended for a month, followed by the Bundesliga side Hanover 96 centre back Timo Hübers and Juventus FC defender Daniele Rugani being the first top tier footballers to be tested positive with the virus contamination. Now, the La Liga giants and one of the greatest football clubs in the world Real Madrid is making headlines, after dropping its whole football squad into quarantine for a couple of weeks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/GettyThe decision came after a basketball player of Real’s basketball team ‘Real Madrid Baloncesto’ was tested positive of COVID-19. The whole basketball team was put to quarantine at first, but as they train along with the football team in the same venue, the positive test mean the Galacticos may have possibly been contaminated.“Real Madrid CF announces that a player from our basketball team has tested positive after undergoing tests for coronavirus COVID-19,” a statement read on the club’s official website.Advertisement “The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid,” the statement added.The club has shut down the common training venue in Ciudad, and the staffs that were present in the venue have also been put to quarantine along with the footballers and basketball players.Advertisement Following Real’s subjecting of its footballers to quarantine, La Liga was itself suspended for two weeks. This means, Real’s two upcoming la Liga matches versus SD Eibar and Valencia CF have been postponed.Along with La Liga, Second division football league “Segunda División” or La Liga 2 was suspended following the virus pandemic. Liga ACB, the country’s national basketball league where Baloncesto competes, has also been suspended.Additionally, Los Blancos are scheduled to travel to Manchester to play the second leg of their UEFA Champions league round of 16 game against Manchester City, Although, speculations are going on that the Citizens’ home fixture will also get postponed.Yesterday, the Champions League face off between Juventus FC and Lyon was announced to be a behind the doors match in Turin. However, following the positive Test results of Rugani, there may be new decisions. And with Real Madrid quarantining its players before the City clash, the tournament’s governing body UEFA has announced to hold a video conference meeting coming Tuesday in response to the virus outbreak.Also read-Corona finds the net: Bundesliga defender Timo Hubers first high profile player to test positive for CoronavirusMassive update on foreign players’ presence in IPL 2020 due to coronavirus! Advertisementlast_img read more

A House Raising Experience

first_imgBy John BurtonHomes are literally rising along the Jersey Shore as owners work to restore their houses after the pummeling from Super Storm Sandy.House lifter Pete Sommer (center) with his crew, Pete Sommer Jr. (l) and Dennis Grasso (r) in front of a Monmouth Beach house.It’s been a busy six months for contractors who specialize in elevating structures or moving homes as part of their construction business. Owners have been scurrying to find qualified companies that can address their needs and ad­here to new regulations for flood level standards that are expected to be issued by the Federal Emergency Manage­ment Agency (FEMA).“It’s been crazy busy. I can’t even answer the phone right now. I have 150 calls to return,” said Pete Sommer, who lives in the Leonardo section of Middletown and has been lifting houses for 36 years.James Sullivan, who owns and operates Eco-Coastal Building, LLC in Monmouth Beach, was busy a year ago at this time, still working with Hurricane Irene-related locations. Now, “it’s been insane,” he said.His company does house lifting, construction and is an insurance due diligence firm, working with the insured in negotiations with the insurance company. His firm has 67 residences currently under contract to be raised, said Sullivan, who has 25 years experience doing this.During the past six mon­ths, Sommer, whose operation is fairly small, has elevated about 12 homes, one structure at a time. He was working this week on a Mann Court, Monmouth Beach, home when he stopped to talk about the work.The project, he said, entail­ed lifting the two-story home an additional 8 feet to a total of 14 feet above flood plain level. That would make it slightly higher than the current Monmouth Beach standard for the specific area in immediate proximity to the Shrewsbury River. The home was flooded with about 3 feet of water during Super Storm Sandy last October.The work, being done by Sommer, his son, Peter Jr., and another worker, will take the crew about three weeks to complete, Sommer said. “We do everything by hand. We like to do everything slow,” paying painstaking attention to details.The details begin with gutting the home and removing the drywall, then screwing 2-by-12-foot wooden boards to the structure’s walls, and installing 8-inch-by-8-foot steel beams – using 17-inch hy­draulic jacks – to slowly raise the building. He then places 6-inch-by-6-foot wooden blocks in place as the building goes higher, usually at 6 to 17 inches at a time.“It’s like putting together a puzzle,” Sommer said.The crisscrossed, stacked wooden blocks look a bit like Jenga, the children’s wooden block stacking game.As the structure is raised, workers place and seal cinderblocks into place where the house will eventually sit. The structure might have some minor cracking, which is normal for the type of job, he said.The cost of the work is about $15 per square foot, according to Sommer.That’s only the beginning. After the home is elevated, additional work is needed, including masonry work for the foundation, which is completed by others, Sommer said.Sullivan said his work costs on average about $50 per square foot, with a 1,200- to 1,400-square-foot first floor footprint, costing, roughly, a little bit under $50,000.The work is more complex than it might initially appear. “A lot of people think they can do this themselves. They can’t,” Sommer warned.Sullivan and the state’s Division of Consumer Protec­tion, advised homeowners to research and check the licensing of contractors they are considering hiring. Neal Buccino, a division spokes­man, also recommended not paying more than one-third of the project upfront and consider paying by credit card, which would offer a recourse if there is an issue with the work.The house on Benton Avenue in Leonardo is in the process of being lifted by Pete Sommer and crew.The division has not re­ceived any complaints about home improvement contractors raising homes. However, last year the division got more than 1,500 complaints about home improvement contractors, the largest category of complaints, Buccino said.Sullivan also advised check­ing to see if the contractor has specific house lifting insurance, which usually requires them to have at least two- to four-years experience before it can be issued.Eventually, it’ll be around 100,000 structures that will have to be elevated throughout the state, in response to damage or FEMA and local standards, Sullivan estimated.Sullivan offered a pretty strong warning for area residents: Given what he’s heard from scientists and experts in the field, another severe storm “is going to happen again, not in 100 years, not in 500 years, but it’s going to happen relatively soon.”The work is still coming and things are expected to continue to be hectic for Sommer.“Before, you were looking at people who wanted to do it. Now it’s people who have to do it and they can be a little crazy,” he said.Looking back, it seems a long way from last year for Sommer when he “could ride my motorcycle and have a little fun.”last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 5

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: Orange orchard in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Willem Nkosi at work in a pecan-nut orchard on a farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Workers in a pecan-nut orchard on a farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Workers in a pecan-nut orchard on a farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Pecan-nut orchard in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Pecan-nut orchard in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: A dairy farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: A dairy farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: A dairy farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 5: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Kruger, Vic Falls on the same day

first_imgThe Kruger-Livingstone service, joining the gateways to the world-famous Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls, will initially operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the aim of growing the frequency to correspond with demand. According to the airline, there has been a growing demand from leisure travellers to the Gorongoza Park in Mozambique, as well as an increase in weekend shoppers from Mozambique looking to visit Johannesburg. “While capacity is relatively limited, at 37 seats in each direction per day, the daily frequency provides business travellers with complete travel schedule flexibility.” “As the leisure market moves towards its peak season both locally and internationally, tour operators will welcome the idea to promote a combination of fly-in packages including Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban to Kruger and Livingstone, ensuring travellers receive the best of both,” Airlink said. Sought-after destinations Following an enthusiastic response from research conducted at the Indaba travel expo in May, privately owned regional airline Airlink is to start flying between Nelspruit in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province and Livingstone, Zambia from 17 August. Airlink also announced that it would begin daily flights between Johannesburg and Beira, Mozambique as of 4 July. Daily Beira flightscenter_img According to Airlink, the new route will allow travellers to enjoy the convenience of a direct flight between two of Africa’s most sought-after destinations, allowing them to avoid having to connect through or stay overnight in Johannesburg. Airlink also announced that it would begin daily flights between Johannesburg and Beira, Mozambique as of 4 July, in response to traveller demand. “The opportunity is then for travellers to enjoy a game drive and breakfast at their bush lodge [in Mpumalanga] before travelling to Livingstone and enjoying, on the same day, an evening sunset cruise on the Zambesi,” the company said in a statement this month. 18 June 2009 Return travellers would be able to do the opposite, enjoying breakfast and a walk along the Victoria Falls in the morning before departing for the Kruger National Park later in the day. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Giants’ Coughlin Blames Himself

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin is going to approach what might be his final week as New York Giants coach just as he has went into every other game week since taking over the team in 2004 and leading it to two Super Bowls.This week is about winning, knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular-season finale and ending on a high note.Coughlin insists this week is not about either him or his future as coach. He is upset his players have been put in a position where they are being asked about letting down their 69-year-old leader.“I feel badly that they feel that way,” Coughlin said. “It’s a shame that they have to be put in a position where they have to respond about something to do with me. It’s not about me. I’m here for them.“If you want to break it all down, blame it all on me. I’m the head coach, I’m responsible, I lose the games for our players. Put it that way, leave it that way. We try like heck not to put these young men in a position where they feel badly about the circumstances that the head coach finds himself in,” Coughlin said in a rather short day-after news conference with the media.Coughlin’s future with the Giants (6-9) was further put in doubt Dec. 27 when they were crushed 49-17 by the Vikings in Minnesota for their fifth loss in six games. New York has now missed the playoffs four straight seasons, with three straight losing records.While many speculated the Giants quit Sunday night, Coughlin felt his players played with effort.Coughlin said his focus is going to be on beating the Eagles, who easily defeated the Giants earlier this season in one of the few games that they were never in contention.“I have tried very hard, and you know this for a fact, the situation is not about me,” Coughlin said. “I am hoping the players are not going to be centered around that. We are going to conduct ourselves as we always have. We are going to work as hard as we possibly can and put our players in the best position we can, and we’ll let whatever happens, happen.”While the Giants didn’t have the best talent in the league, they easily could have won the weak NFC East. Six of their losses came in the final 75 seconds of games. Four losses were in the final :07 of regulation, including three on the final play. One loss was in overtime when Josh Brown missed his first field goal of the season after the Jets tied the game late in regulation.It leaves co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch with decisions, not only with Coughlin, but also General Manager Jerry Reese.Both men combined to lead the Giants to Super Bowl wins over the Patriots in February 2008 and ’12.“I thought we would have an opportunity this year, and the way the season was ending up at the halfway point, we had a great opportunity, and even the last couple of weeks, haven’t done enough to make the playoffs,” Eli Manning said.“We just couldn’t win some close games and we had a lot of them. We had great opportunities to win games and be right in the mix and we didn’t take advantage of it.”Manning said Coughlin has not spoken to the team about his future as coach. He said Coughlin has gotten the team ready every week, doing an outstanding job of picking them up after each tough loss.“Obviously, I have great respect for him,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. “I wanted to do my job and do my job well, and get into the playoffs and have a big season so he could continue to be the head coach. I have such respect for him and he’s the only coach I’ve had in the NFL, and in that sense, (I) feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to play at a better level for him.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hint

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoRodri insists Man City can handle injury crisis

first_imgRodri insists Man City can handle injury crisisby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri insists they can handle their injury crisis.Pep Guardiola is without Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane until the new year, while John Stones has also been missing.”We’re missing some important players but it’ll make us stronger for the next months,” the midfielder said.”It’s not an excuse. We can’t give up. We have to fight in all the games. “Personally I think we have enough players to beat this problem. We’re working hard to win every game in this situation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img