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Meet Claiborne Ray

Meet Claiborne Ray

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
August 5, 2020

If you were a fan of the New York Times' long running Science Q&A column, you'll recognize the name of our latest Super Fan, who was its editor for ten years. And if you've been a frequenter of New York jazz clubs you'll surely recognize her from her ubiquitous presence on the scene, where she's rarely seen without her signature wide-brimmed topper. A night owl from infancy, according to her ex rodeo queen/classical musician mother, she was destined for a ......

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Eva Cortés New Release - Todas Las Voces - Features Christian McBride, Elio Villafranca, Eric Harland And More!

Eva Cortés New Release - Todas Las Voces - Features Christian McBride, Elio Villafranca, Eric Harland And More!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
August 5, 2020

TRRC Presents Eva Cortés Todas las Voces July 17th Debut Release with All-Star Band! Featuring: Christian McBride, Elio Villafranca, Eric Harland, Doug Beavers, Luisito Quintero, Román Filiú and Luques Curtis! “My music is nothing but a reflection of what my life has been." Honduran/Spanish singer, songwriter and composer Eva Cortés delivers a revelatory set of flamenco and blues-tinged Latin jazz on her newest record, Todas las Voces. Working for the second time with producer, arranger and trombonist Doug Beavers (Eddie ......

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Fahir Atakoğlu New Release For Love Featuring Vocalists Buika, Luciana Souza, Letizia Gambi & Aimée Allen!

Fahir Atakoğlu New Release For Love Featuring Vocalists Buika, Luciana Souza, Letizia Gambi & Aimée Allen!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
August 4, 2020

An unrepentant romantic, Turkish-American pianist-composer-arranger Fahir Atakoğlu is all-in For Love (Far & Here, LLC) on his 18th album as a leader. A visionary undertaking that blends musical elements from Turkey, Spain, Italy, the Middle East, Cuba and Brazil while revealing touches of American jazz in the freewheeling improvisations heard throughout, For Love also carries the majestic sweep of symphonic polyphony in Fahir's stirring string orchestrations. With world-class musicians in American saxophonist Bob Franceschini, Canadian bassist Alain Caron, Turkish percussionist ......

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Johnaye Kendrick

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Johnaye Kendrick

BY PAUL RAUCH
August 4, 2020

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary repose ......

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Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures

Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures

BY IAN PATTERSON
August 3, 2020

Everybody needs a helping hand now and then. Rudy Royston understands that. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused gigs to completely dry up for all musicians, and with that, their main income stream. Yet there are still mortgages, rents and bills to pay, and children to feed. It says something about the precarious finances of a jazz musician's life, that Royston, one of the music's most in-demand drummers of the past quarter of a century--a trusted collaborator of Ron Miles, JD ......

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Ute Lemper Channels Dietrich On 'Rendezvous With Marlene'

Ute Lemper Channels Dietrich On 'Rendezvous With Marlene'

BY GINNY SHEA
August 3, 2020

It takes a kind of fearlessness to address the mythical talent of superstar Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich’s stardom is legendary; her story a picaresque of adventure, fantasy, imagination, and coveted reality. Yet, if anyone can begin to touch Dietrich’s transcendent nature, to tell her story, it would have to be jny: Berlin-born, New York-based Ute Lemper.  Lemper, a multi-talented musical theater and cabaret star, has lit up stages—acting, singing, dancing, writing, even painting—since the early ’80s. She began with Chekhov and ......

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Baby Steps to Giant Steps

Baby Steps to Giant Steps

BY ALAN BRYSON
August 2, 2020

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" column will explore ways to do just that. Today's column focuses on Joe Rogan, one of the most influential people on the ......

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All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: July 2020

All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: July 2020

BY MICHAEL RICCI
August 2, 2020

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in July, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! TOP TRACKS Unraveled Aubrey Johnson From: Unraveled 04:53 Drum Wrecked Mike Lorenz From: vehicles ......

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Akiko Tsuruga Quintet at William Paterson University

Akiko Tsuruga Quintet at William Paterson University

BY DAVID A. ORTHMANN
August 1, 2020

Akiko Tsuruga Quintet Shea Center the the Performing Arts William Paterson University Summer Jazz Room at Home Wayne, NJ July 23, 2020 New York City area jazz venues have begun to make their first steps toward recovery through the vehicle of live streaming. While a band and audience sharing the same physical space and feeding off of each other's energy is an essential part of the live performance experience, for the foreseeable future ......

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All About Jazz Columnist Discusses Kids For Coltrane On Podcast With Economist Rob Johnson

All About Jazz Columnist Discusses Kids For Coltrane On Podcast With Economist Rob Johnson

BY CHRISTINE PASSARELLA
August 1, 2020

Host Rob Johnson talks to educator Christine Passarella about her program Kids for Coltrane, and the educational value of the jazz great, John Coltrane. (scroll down to listen) About Christine Passarella and Kids for Coltrane Christine Turturro Termini Passarella is an educator and founder of Kids for Coltrane. Her work focuses on jazz to teach children about American history, equality, character education, and the arts. The program helps develop a foundation for children which they take with them throughout their ......

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Bassist Fumi Tomita Explores The Musical Conception Of Charlie Parker With "Celebrating Bird," Due Sept 25 From Next Level Records

Bassist Fumi Tomita Explores The Musical Conception Of Charlie Parker With "Celebrating Bird," Due Sept 25 From Next Level Records

BY TERRI HINTE
July 31, 2020

Bassist Fumi Tomita celebrates the 100th anniversary of jazz icon Charlie Parker with thoroughly Parkerian flair and resourcefulness on Celebrating Bird: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, set for a September 25 release on Next Level Records. Tomita, along with tenor saxophonist and longtime collaborator David Detweiler, presents an inspired set of contrafacts—new melodies, composed upon familiar chord changes—of tunes in Parker’s repertoire. Bird was a legendary creator of contrafacts. One of the bebop revolutionary’s key innovations was the language with ......

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Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist Susan Tobocman Releases 'Touch & Go' July 31st On Soliterra Records

Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist Susan Tobocman Releases 'Touch & Go' July 31st On Soliterra Records

BY HOLLY COOPER
July 30, 2020

Touch & Go, the newest release by Susan Tobocman, is a showcase for the admired vocalist’s considerable talents as a composer, lyricist, and arranger. The album is a collection of Tobocman’s original compositions, well-known standards, and tunes off-the-beaten jazz track. This is Tobocman’s fourth CD as a leader and follows Love from Detroit (2019), Live from Detroit (2014), and Watercolor Dream (1998). Tobocman has toured extensively in Europe and around the country. She has also appeared in several off-Broadway musicals, ......

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Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

BY LAWRENCE PERYER
July 30, 2020

A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his school's auditorium. That student was Danny Scher. His recording of this concert, called Palo Alto, was scheduled to be released publicly for the first ......

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Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

BY CHRIS MAY
July 29, 2020

For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will be aware of their existence. For all but the most hardcore aficionado, however, the chances are that there are a few discs which have ......

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Live From Flanders: Bart Maris, Jasper Stadhouders, Joachim Badenhorst & Jan Devlieger

Live From Flanders: Bart Maris, Jasper Stadhouders, Joachim Badenhorst & Jan Devlieger

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
July 29, 2020

Bart Maris & Jasper Stadhouders Parazzar Bruges, Belgium July 17, 2020 The Dutch-speaking Flemish north of Belgium has its own scene, even though crossing over to a great degree with the central Brussels hub. In quaintly historic Bruges, the Parazzar bar/restaurant is a well-established joint with a pronounced devotion to jazz and freely improvised sounds. This summer, its governing force of Joeri Hostens and Peter Jonckheere have opened a pop-up art gallery ......

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Klangraum 2020

Klangraum 2020

BY JOHN EYLES
July 28, 2020

Antoine Beuger, Max Bober, René Holtcamp, Christoph Nicolaus, Normisa Pereira da Silva, Rasha Ragab, Sabine Schall, Els van Riel, Burkhard Wehner Neuer Kunstraum / Jazzschmiede Klangraum 2020 Dusseldorf, Germany July 14-19, 2020 Every year, for two separate weeks in the summer--usually in July or August-- Wandelweiser Managing Director Antoine Beuger organises gatherings of musicians who have releases on the Edition Wandelweiser label, those who aspire to do so, plus other ......

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Soulful Jazz Duo Ariella Open Hearts And Minds With 'Terrified'

Soulful Jazz Duo Ariella Open Hearts And Minds With 'Terrified'

BY ROB EVANOFF
July 28, 2020

With a fervor for blues, jazz and vintage soul, enigmatic duo, ARIELLA, passionately transcend boundaries, transporting listeners to the heart of what makes music timeless. It’s a fluid daydream, seeping. With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with infectious grooves to create a catchy, immersive sound. Teamed with guitar maestro, Nicolaas Kraster, a talented wunderkind from Fredonia, NY that’s been compared to Ottmar ......

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My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3

BY CHUCK ISRAELS
July 27, 2020

Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello and played guitar in junior high school. Later musical training took place at Indian Hill, a summer workshop in the arts directed by his ......

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Saxophonist/Composer Michele Mazzola Stuns With Dynamic Skills On New Single

Saxophonist/Composer Michele Mazzola Stuns With Dynamic Skills On New Single

BY CHRISTINE KING
July 27, 2020

Saxophonist/composer Michele Mazzola recently released a stunning studio single titled “Who Knows.” This track is a great example of Mazzola’s creative range, and it is a stunning production with so much verve and liveliness. Mazzola is a truly excellent saxophonist, and his playing is quite understated, yet remarkably dynamic, as shown on “Who Knows.” The track features a soothing piano arrangement, with some emotional vocals, echoing some of the best Easy Listening, pop, and jazz out there. The lead vocals ......

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Singer Callie Cardamon Shines On New Ep With Amazing Vocal Range

Singer Callie Cardamon Shines On New Ep With Amazing Vocal Range

BY CHRISTINE KING
July 27, 2020

Callie Cardamon shines on her most recent studio release, Jump For Joy. Cardamon has a special relationship with music; she genuinely feels what she is singing about, and it is amazing to hear how she is connected to the material. This is definitely the case on Jump For Joy. This record features five songs and each track highlights her lovely voice and amazing creative range. The opening track is actually a perfect opening for this effort, and it gives the ......

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