Béla Fleck and Chick Corea are no strangers to one another, touring together as a jazz duo extraordinaire. However, as Jambands reports, the two will join forces for a major full band tour from August 5-21, 2017. Fleck will bring along his band The Flecktones, while Corea will perform with his Elektric Band, who has accompanied him at several shows along his 75th birthday residency in NYC.The Flecktones made a triumphant return earlier this year, playing a handful of shows last summer for the first time in many years. Corea, meanwhile, celebrated his 75th birthday earlier this year and has shown no signs of slowing down. He’s currently in the midst of an insane residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, which features over 80 performances.This tour is guaranteed to be an incredible musical experience, delving deep into the world of experimental jazz. The two bands are also expected to collaborate for a superjam of epic proportions as the encore of each show. The specific dates and locations have not yet been announced, but this is very exciting news! We will be sure to update once more information is revealed.
DENVER — When the Angels were trying to hang on to a two-run lead in the eighth inning against the team generally considered the best in the majors, and Mike Scioscia went to the mound and summoned Justin Anderson, many Angels fans no doubt had the same thought.Who the heck is Justin Anderson?The right-hander with the generic name had managed to spend a few years in the team’s farm system in relative anonymity, barely mentioned, if at all, by the prospect analysts.But, there he was, jogging in to the mound at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, near where he’d grown up, about to deal with some of the best hitters in the majors. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Anderson then began the minor league season with three scoreless outings at Double-A, earning a promotion to Triple-A, where he had three more scoreless outings. That earned him a call to the majors where, coincidentally, the Angels were playing in his hometown.After he got through his debut without allowing a run, he got the call again the next night, and he again put up a zero.He did it again and again and again, which has made Scioscia a believer.“He’s prepared long and hard for this opportunity,” Scioscia said. “Through trial and error, he’s figured out some things that will make him a more dynamic pitcher. … His stuff is real. He’s going to go out there and make his pitches and live with the results. It’s been impressive to watch.”UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1, 5.31) at Rockies (Jon Gray, 3-4, 4.99), Tuesday, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM). Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak When he was done, after striking out Carlos Correa to strand two runners and protect a game the Angels would win, he had opened the eyes not just of the fans, but of Scioscia.Two weeks later, Scioscia admitted that Anderson really was picked for that game by default, because so many of the other best options were down for the day.“It was really by need that he was put into that spot,” Scioscia said this weekend. “And he responded so well that we were excited we can add to the depth of our high-leverage guys toward the back end of the game.”Anderson, 25, has pitched in seven games, and he didn’t allow a run in the first six. With a 99 mph fastball and a sharp slider, he has struck out nine in 6-2/3 innings.He has done it all while being tossed into the deep end, so to speak. He entered one game trailing by two. In all the others, he’s come in the seventh or eighth inning, with a lead of three runs or fewer. He has faced the likes of José Altuve, George Springer, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and Correa. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Although it’s very unusual for Scioscia to put a rookie in such high-leverage spots immediately upon his entrance to the majors, Anderson shrugs it off.“I am just looking at the catcher,” he said. “I’m not focusing on who is up at the plate. Just stick to the game plan and pitch to my strengths.”It’s worked, with the exception of a three-batter hiccup on Saturday, when he didn’t retire anyone and gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Mike Zunino.So how did he come out of nowhere to gain such an important role in the bullpen so fast?The Angels picked Anderson in the 14th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Texas-San Antonio. He was a starter initially, but his numbers were hardly impressive.In his first half-season as a professional, he gave up 26 earned runs and 40 hits in 29 innings, an 8.07 ERA. The next year, at Class-A Burlington, Iowa, he had a 3.41 ERA, but then in 2016 and 2017, he had ERAs of 5.70 and 5.06, respectively.Two critical changes turned his career around, though.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.First, the Angels sent him to the bullpen in 2017, and that helped his velocity tick up from the low-to-mid 90s to the upper 90s. It was similar to the transition Keynan Middleton had made. In fact, Anderson was Middleton’s teammate, and he recalled charting Middleton’s pitches when his eye-opening transformation began in 2016.Despite improved velocity, Anderson was still getting hit, though. He also walked 31 hitters in 64 innings last year.That’s when Anderson’s agent, Jay Franklin, intervened.“You can’t keep pitching like this,” Franklin recalls telling Anderson. “You’re going to find yourself out of the game.”Franklin, a veteran of 10 seasons pitching in the minors, said he felt like he knew what was missing.“This guy’s stuff is really good, but he gets hit,” Franklin said. “The stuff is really good, but there was no angle. The fastball would be flat. The breaking ball would be flat. You have to have tilt and deception to keep those guys at the major league level off it.”So over the winter, Franklin invited Anderson to his home in Oklahoma, and they spent three hours a day, for three days, tweaking his delivery.“He broke me down,” Anderson said. “We didn’t change much mechanically. It was just one small little fix, but when we did that, we had to start from the ground up.”Anderson had given hitters too good of a look at the ball in his delivery before, which negated the fact that he was throwing 99 mph. He also couldn’t control it, hence the walks.With Franklin’s help, Anderson kept his shoulders closed to the plate a little longer in his delivery, which helped keep the ball behind him, hiding it from the hitters. A little deeper dip with the ball as he brought his arm back also created a little more movement in his pitches at the other end.The new delivery was also more repeatable, Franklin said, which helped him throw strikes.To the naked eye, the tweaks are small. The results – better deception, movement and control – have been significant.In spring training, the Angels noticed.Every day, a few pitchers from minor league camp are called up to big league camp to be available to fill out the last couple innings of exhibition games. Anderson got called up.Again and again and again.He came up six times, an unusually high number for a player from minor league camp, and he did not allow a run in seven innings.Related Articles