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Canadian Jazz: Remembering Maynard Ferguson

Canadian Jazz: Remembering Maynard Ferguson

BY NICK CATALANO
August 20, 2019

The recent Montreal Jazz Festival (read about it here) sparked many conversations hailing the evolution of the event in recent years and its growing importance for musicians everywhere. It certainly ranks among the best jazz convocations in the Western Hemisphere. The occasion of the festival offered me an opportunity to reflect on the history of Canadian jazz and my association with some of its leading exponents. The first name I thought of was Maynard Ferguson. My multiple associations ......

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Guitarist Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Their Debut, Self-Titled LP

Guitarist Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Their Debut, Self-Titled LP

BY MICHAEL RICCI
August 20, 2019

This summer, the Philadelphia area folk-jazz band, Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees, are releasing their first LP of new original music and folksy covers. Following up on the release of the digital single “When the Stars Go Blue,” this release encapsulates all of the group’s unique tastes and sonic trajectories. The band celebrated their release with a series of live shows including an appearance at Bethlehem’s Musikfest 2019 on August 9, 2019. Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees features 19-year-old, up-and-coming ......

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Wallace Roney: What’s Going on Today

Wallace Roney: What’s Going on Today

BY KEVIN PRESS
August 19, 2019

Trumpeter Wallace Roney has come a long way since his days as a Miles Davis mentee. The young man who earned the Down Beat Award for Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year in both 1979 and 1980 is now a seasoned veteran with 22 band-leader recordings to his credit. During his career, Roney has played with Davis, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Chick Corea and a long list of others. ...

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Dwight Trible at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

Dwight Trible at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

BY CHRIS MAY
August 19, 2019

Dwight Trible Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club London August 17, 2019 Dwight Trible inhabits a song with more than just his voice, he does so with his whole body; he uses every available limb and digit, and twists and turns and shoehorns himself into his material. At Ronnie's tonight he resembled a man struggling to get into a raincoat several sizes too small in the face of a howling storm, all the while ......

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SPHERES at Nublu 151

SPHERES at Nublu 151

BY PETER JUREW
August 18, 2019

SPHERES Nublu 151 New York, NY July 8 and August 6, 2019 SPHERES is a jazz collective recently started by keyboardist Jamie Saft and electric guitarist Chuck Hammer playing monthly gigs at Nublu, a loft-club showcase for new music in jny: New York City's East Village. Taking inspiration as well as its name from Thelonious Sphere Monk, their two gigs to date have seen Saft and Hammer pair up with top-flight rhythm sections and journey ......

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New York Jazz Film Festival Announces 2019 Winners Streaming On The Bebop Channel

New York Jazz Film Festival Announces 2019 Winners Streaming On The Bebop Channel

BY GREGORY CHARLES ROYAL
August 18, 2019

The Fourth Annual New York Jazz Film Festival (NYJFF) has announced its winners for the 2019 season: Best Narrative Short Paris Blues In Harlem Jazz Ambassador Award Almaty ragtime. Boomerang Best Director This Is The Bash Posthumous Documentary Award Jimmy McGary The Best Jazz You Never Heard Best Traditional Documentary Based on a Jazz Musician Billy Bang Long Over Due The Mickey Bass Quartet Live at Milestones in San Francisco “A Show of Hands”- Out of Competition A synopsis of ......

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Leon Lee Dorsey Explores The Music Of Thelonious Monk On "Monktime," Bassist's First Album In 20 Years, Set For Sept. 13 Release

Leon Lee Dorsey Explores The Music Of Thelonious Monk On "Monktime," Bassist's First Album In 20 Years, Set For Sept. 13 Release

BY TERRI HINTE
August 17, 2019

Twenty years after the release of his last album, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey reassumes the mantle of a recording artist in his own right with the September 13 release ofMonkTime (Jazz Avenue 1 Records). The debut of Dorsey’s DSC Band, which also includes guitarist Greg Skaff and celebrated drummer Mike Clark, features the trio applying their potent chemistry to eight compositions by jazz titan Thelonious Monk. While Dorsey is himself a talented, accomplished composer and arranger, he brings a minimal, ......

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Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz

Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz

BY JIM WORSLEY
August 17, 2019

Grammy award winner. Child prodigy. Internationally renowned artist. Sophisticated and improvisational jazz pianist. A vocalist of style and grace. A woman of beauty and integrity. Yes, I am speaking of Brazil's gift to the jazz world, Eliane Elias. To be so fortunate to recently speak with this remarkable woman was a treat and memorable moment in time. We spoke about the past, present, and future. We certainly talked about her superb, and soon to be released, new album. We spoke ......

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Tula's Jazz Club: Soliloquy to a Seattle Jazz Institution

Tula's Jazz Club: Soliloquy to a Seattle Jazz Institution

BY PAUL RAUCH
August 16, 2019

It was the tail end of a long weekend. Temperatures had risen to 80 degrees under a sunny only-in-Seattle blue sky, the waterways and markets humming with a sea of humanity. It was not a night one would expect many to venture into the quiet, dark solitude of Tula's Jazz Club, where for nearly 26 years the best of Seattle's vibrant jazz scene had come to roost. The scene up and down Second Avenue in Belltown was its usual interesting ......

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Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz Both Erudite and Playful by Gloria Krolak

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz Both Erudite and Playful by Gloria Krolak

BY MICHAEL RICCI
August 16, 2019

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of JazzGloria Krolak 96 PagesISBN 978-1-938417-53-5Lydia Inglett Starbooks Publishing2019 Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz, is a unique, beautifully assembled coffee table book by longtime radio host, jazz columnist and distinguished patron of the arts, Gloria Krolak. The book features a number of original poems, each presenting a theme that ties into the jazz tradition/experience. As a fellow writer of ambitious coffee table volumes, this ......

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Part 12, Just be nice!

Part 12, Just be nice!

BY B.D. LENZ
August 15, 2019

I've truly had a great time writing these “Mind Your Business" articles and want to thank you if you've been following along. I genuinely hope that people have gotten some useful information and inspiration from them. This will be my final installment in this series as I feel like I've covered everything I wanted to say on these topics. Throughout my columns I hope I've given you the tools to push your career even just a little further. I hope ......

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Samantha Sidley Uses Her Playful 'Vocal Weightlessness' To Ask You To 'Listen!!' On Latest Single From Upcoming Debut Album

Samantha Sidley Uses Her Playful 'Vocal Weightlessness' To Ask You To 'Listen!!' On Latest Single From Upcoming Debut Album

BY JOSH BLOOM
August 15, 2019

“We really wanted a song with a ‘refrain,’ a rubato intro that I could play with, like a classic early jazz song,” explains jny: Los Angeles native Samantha Sidley of the latest single from her upcoming debut album Interior Person, out September 13, 2019. “‘Listen!!’ is what came out! I think originally when I was performing this song, I was thinking about all the mansplaining I’ve had to endure over the years, or just turning on the radio and having ......

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Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
August 14, 2019

Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as one of the most accomplished masters. While the aforementioned have developed a signature style, emotional power, and virtuosic technique, Beirach, above and beyond those ......

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Chris Barber Retires After  65 Years As A  Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Chris Barber Retires After 65 Years As A Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

BY LISA BEST
August 14, 2019

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after having a million-selling hit with “Petite Fleur" that year, featuring clarinetist Monty Sunshine. Barber’s passion for Afro-American music brought many American blues and gospel ......

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Take Five with Jeff Lofton

Take Five with Jeff Lofton

BY JEFF LOFTON
August 14, 2019

About Jeff Lofton Jazz trumpeter and composer Jeff Lofton is a Grammy member and two time SXSW Austin Music Awards winner. His creativity, musical integrity and talent has been well-received in both his 1950's Miles Davis tribute as well as his original material. In 2009 the City of jny: Austin proclaimed January 15th “Jeff Lofton Day." He has performed at jazz venues such as Snug Harbor in jny: New Orleans, and The Iridium, in NY, as well as ......

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Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
August 13, 2019

Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as one of the most accomplished masters. While the aforementioned have developed a signature style, emotional power, and virtuosic technique, Beirach, above and beyond those ......

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - So Far, So Good…with More On The Way

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - So Far, So Good…with More On The Way

BY MICHAEL S. CLARK
August 13, 2019

An especially creative jazz ensemble like the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) seldom has time to look back or dwell too long on past achievements. The last couple of years, however, have been marked by several milestone events with even more still to come. In fact, the band has been so busy with performing, recording and overseas commitments that we almost forgot to tell the world about our many diverse projects. The previous 20 months or so have seen the ......

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Back to Brazil: Part Two

Back to Brazil: Part Two

BY MARK HOLSTON
August 10, 2019

Part 1 | Part 2 Part Two of this series on recent Brazilian-influenced releases continues with further discussion of the Samba Jazz genre. The style's heyday, from the early to mid-1960s, produced what Brazilian music critics consider to be landmark recordings. The early champions of the instrumental and more jazz-oriented version of Bossa Nova included such pioneers as pianist Sérgio Mendes and his Bossa Rio Septet; baritone saxophonist Moacir Santos; drummers Dom Um Romão, Milton Banana (born Antônio ......

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Distant Structures EP Release by international Award-Winning Composer Hayley Lam

Distant Structures EP Release by international Award-Winning Composer Hayley Lam

BY HAYLEY LAM
August 10, 2019

Hayley Lam is an international award-winning composer who has deep influences in both contemporary jazz and classical music. Her musicianship has been compared to “Stravinsky meets Brookmeyer" and with the likes of progressive rock fusion elements. Hayley has also won many accolades over the years including the 2017 Global Music Awards (GMA), 2018 American Prize in Composition- Light & Pop category, 2018 KMEA Composition Competition, 2018 Maurice Ravel International Composition Competition just to name a few. Her works were also ......

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Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

BY JOHN KELMAN
August 10, 2019

First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various snapshots have been of the event dubbed “Three Days of Peace and Music," the variety of releases to date have ranged from absolute truth ......

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