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Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
February 27, 2020

On Saturday February 29, Spanglish Fly will celebrate completing their tenth full year as America's leading producer and exporter of the wicked hot musical sauce known as Latin boogaloo with a special anniversary performance hosted by the legendary Brooklyn hotspot Barbes. The quintessential musical melting pot Spanglish Fly features musicians with roots in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, and Upper Manhattan, all brought together in New York City by trumpet player and DJ Jonathan Goldman in ......

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Take Five with Maureen Choi

Take Five with Maureen Choi

BY MAUREEN CHOI
February 27, 2020

Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. A graduate from Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music, she has performed with artists like Rodney ......

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Craft Recording's "Chet" is a Rare Win for Baker

Craft Recording's "Chet" is a Rare Win for Baker

BY PATRICK BURNETTE
February 26, 2020

"There's a little white cat out here who's going to eat you up." —Charlie Parker (to Miles Davis) Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Two trumpet players born three years apart. Both unusually handsome and slight of build. Both lacking, as trumpeters, the qualities most often associated with those brass alphas of the jazz world--power, speed, stratospheric range. Both associated, in their early years, with Charlie Parker. Both boasting incredibly prolific recording careers, with dozens of leader dates ......

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Omar Kamal "The Palestinian Frank Sinatra" At The Appel Room On April 6th!

Omar Kamal "The Palestinian Frank Sinatra" At The Appel Room On April 6th!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
February 26, 2020

OMAR KAMAL- One Night Only- April 6th- The Appel Room- 7pm Omar Kamal has been called the “Palestinian Frank Sinatra", and with good reason. Singer/composer Kamal comes from the city of Nablus. His multi-cultural influences have given him a rich taste in music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson to Arabic greats such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fairouz, and even modern trendsetters like The Weeknd. In concert, he has a free wheeling style that blends various eastern and western ......

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Take Five with Andy Clausen

Take Five with Andy Clausen

BY ANDY CLAUSEN
February 26, 2020

Meet Andy Clausen Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony. Clausen is also a founding member of The Westerlies, an award winning new music brass chamber ensemble. From Carnegie Hall to Coachella, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a ......

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Charlie Porter: Discovering Horizons Past, Present and Future

Charlie Porter: Discovering Horizons Past, Present and Future

BY NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO
February 25, 2020

Charlie Porter is one of the most insightful, creatively brilliant and truly dynamic trumpet artists performing today. Porter straddles both the jazz and classical trumpet worlds with ease and has garnered highly-celebrated performance and recording reviews. An innovative composer and arranger as well, Porter recently performed on Joyce DiDonato's Grammy-winning recording, Songplay and released Immigration Nation on Origin Records. All About Jazz: Charlie, on behalf of All About Jazz, thanks for taking time to chat and congratulations on ......

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The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
February 25, 2020

Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC. February 21-22, 2020 Eight instruments on stage and only three musicians seemed like a challenge, particularly as the guitar was the only instrument played by Adam Moezinia. The other instruments were all for twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson at The Jazz Corner on jny:Hilton Head Island. A George Gershwin medley led the way with “But Not For Me" followed by “Rhapsody in ......

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Jazz Performer And Vocal Artist Virginia Schenck Releases Official Video From Powerful New Album 'Battle Cry'

Jazz Performer And Vocal Artist Virginia Schenck Releases Official Video From Powerful New Album 'Battle Cry'

BY GINA MCKENZIE
February 25, 2020

International vocal artist and jazz performer Virginia Schenck, who goes by the stage name VA, created her critically-acclaimed album Battle Cry (2020)—which released on January 3 and is available on all digital platforms as well as on CD—to use the power of music to generate change. Each week since release, the album has been climbing the JazzWeek charts. To celebrate Battle Cry’s success, Schenck has released the official video from her original track off the album “Hear My Battle Cry.” ......

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Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Tribute Valley - Available Streaming March 13th, 2020

Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Tribute Valley - Available Streaming March 13th, 2020

BY MIKE LORENZ
February 24, 2020

The jny: Philadelphia area folk-jazz band, Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees, is the newest creation of guitarist/composer/bandleader Mike Lorenz. Having released their first LP of new original music and folksy covers in the summer of 2019 to positive reviews, the group continues to write and arrange new material to develop their sound and reach. With the digital EP Tribute Valley, the band celebrates its penchant for covering songs they love, deconstructing them, and putting them back together. This newest release ......

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Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part Two

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part Two

BY JIM WORSLEY
February 24, 2020

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records for a number of years now. We spoke about the “other side of the glass'" and specifically about a few of those projects. Allan ......

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Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

BY IAN PATTERSON
February 24, 2020

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Ireland February 15, 2020 History owes Alice Coltrane much more than the moniker of “John Coltrane's wife." Alina Bzhezhinska makes the point early on to the Letterkenny audience, on this, the final night of her quartet's ten-date Irish tour. A fine, pianist, harpist composer and bandleader, Alice Coltrane was, Bzhezhinska says, a significant figure in her own right, not least for the forty or so albums ......

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Prog Legends Gentle Giant To Release First 4 Albums On Vinyl April 3, 2020

Prog Legends Gentle Giant To Release First 4 Albums On Vinyl April 3, 2020

BY WILLIAM JAMES
February 23, 2020

Gentle Giant is happy to announce the release of the first four albums on vinyl April 3rd. After the positive response to the box set Unburied Treasure many fans asked whether the vinyl albums would ever be available. The band has responded and decided to make these albums officially available for the first time in decades. The band’s first album Gentle Giant was first released in October 1970. Produced by Tony Visconti it marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording ......

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The Doors: Break On Thru - A Celebration of Ray Manzarek

The Doors: Break On Thru - A Celebration of Ray Manzarek

BY DOUG COLLETTE
February 22, 2020

The Doors The Doors: Break On Thru -A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek Trafalgar Releasing Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, VT February 12, 2020 The Doors: Break On Thru -A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek, lives up to the spirit of its subtitle. In the course of the film's roughly ninety minutes, director Justin Kreutzmann efficiently interweaves the main concert footage with interviews of the various participants plus vintage archival video in such a way ......

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Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary

Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary

BY DAVID EINHORN
February 21, 2020

A critic in jny: Chicago in September 2016 raved about multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan's performance at the Jazz Showcase but said that Ira “erred" in lecturing the audience not to applaud after solos. It sounded like the critic had never heard Ira perform live before, because saying he “erred" suggested that at a given moment Ira “misspoke" and impulsively said something he should not have said. If that's the case, then Ira, who will turn 89 this year and ......

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Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

BY MARTIN MCFIE
February 20, 2020

Charleston Jazz Orchestra Charleston Music Hall Ellington at Newport 1956 Charleston, SC February 15, 2020 Duke Ellington's performance at the Newport Jazz festival in 1956 was the most important of his long career. After thirty years at the top of his profession, over a thousand tunes composed together with Billy Strayhorn and countless performances, Duke's popularity was at a low point. He kept his orchestra going by using royalty income from previous recordings. Most ......

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Musician? Feature a track from your latest album at All About Jazz - Free!

Musician? Feature a track from your latest album at All About Jazz - Free!

BY MICHAEL RICCI
February 19, 2020

Musicians and record labels can greatly raise the aware of their new releases by participating in All About Jazz's Track of the Day program. Track of the Day is 100% free and an effective way to promote an artist, promote a new record and drive album sales. Submit Track—Raise Awareness—Drive Traffic Leverage All About Jazz's reach and relevancy by submitting a full length MP3 to our track of the day program. If approved, your featured track will raise the awareness ......

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Hampton Hawes: Remembering a Relative

Hampton Hawes: Remembering a Relative

BY ALLISON PALMER
February 19, 2020

He was my maternal grandmother's nephew, the thin, handsome relation who grew to befriend my uncle Bob--also thin and handsome--and become a fixture of the postwar jazz scene in jny: Los Angeles. Having worked amid luminaries of the era, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and Dexter Gordon among them, Hampton was always a fascinating topic of discussion for us. On so many occasions, I sat with my uncle, mother, and grandmother at the dining room table, remembering the rich history of ......

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Jost–Adler Ensemble at Jefferson Alumni Hall

Jost–Adler Ensemble at Jefferson Alumni Hall

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
February 19, 2020

Jost-Adler Ensemble “Taking Flight" Tuesdays at Twelve Concert Series Jefferson Alumni Hall Philadelphia, PA February 11, 2020 Paul Jost is an innovative vocalist whose rhythmic and exploratory approach has garnered him a special status among his peers and led to an expansive career of recordings and gigs in New York, Europe, and elsewhere. He is a regular at the historic Deer Head Inn in Water Gap, PA and the 55 ......

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Jazz re:freshed Announces "Extended Hiatus"

Jazz re:freshed Announces "Extended Hiatus"

BY CHRIS MAY
February 19, 2020

London promoter and record label Jazz re:freshed has lost its home base, the Mau Mau Bar in Notting Hill Gate’s Portobello Road, following its sale to new owners. The organisation's weekly residency at the venue was a popular part of West London’s live jazz scene and the fulcrum of Jazz re:freshed's other activities. In a surprise announcement, Jazz re:freshed said that while it had “expected to be part of the new set up” at the site, “certain important factors prevented ......

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Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz

Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz

BY MARK SULLIVAN
February 18, 2020

Dave Stryker Quartet Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC February 14, 2020 Guitarist Dave Stryker began by introducing his band mates: tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, organist Jared Gold (a constant companion for several years) and drummer Jeremy Bean Clemons. Much of the music would come from the recent album Eight Track III (Strikezone Records, 2019). Stryker joked that some audience members looked too young to know what an eight-track is (for an explanation, see the interview ......

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