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BY IAN PATTERSON
January 20, 2021

Billie New Black Films 96 minutes 2020 A victim of her own self-destructive excesses is a common trope when assessing Billie Holiday. Yet James Erskine's handsome documentary Billie makes a convincing case for Holiday—arguably the greatest of all jazz singers—as more a victim of poverty, racism, manipulation and brutal misogyny. Holiday's story has been amply documented in the past and Erskine sketches the basic biographical details of her life with the aid ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The Hollywood Music Awards And Wins Global Music Award

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The Hollywood Music Awards And Wins Global Music Award

BY ROMAN MIROSHNICHENKO
January 20, 2021

Multi-Award winning guitar virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko's composition “Bodhrán's Magic" was nominated in the Instrumental category at The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA). Previous HMMA nominees and laureates including soundtracks for the films Joker, Parasites, The Addams Family, Ford V Ferrari, The Green Book, composers and songwriters Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Earth, Wind & Fire, Annie Lennox, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Christopher Young and many others. “Bodhrán's Magic," featuring virtuoso violinist Charlie Bisharat is a track of the ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

World-Renowned Voice Teacher Jeannie Gagné Launches A New Subscription Series To Empower Singers And Transform Their Singing And Performing

World-Renowned Voice Teacher Jeannie Gagné Launches A New Subscription Series To Empower Singers And Transform Their Singing And Performing

BY DARCIE NICOLE
January 20, 2021

Whether you know her as the impactful voice guru “The Vocal Genie,” as an acclaimed performing artist and bandleader, or as Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music, you know that Jeannie Gagné is a go-to source for getting students to sing their very best. Praised by her students for her honesty, compassionate approach, and uncanny skill for taking students to the next level, Jeannie translates complex musical and technical concepts into language people can understand, and infuses mind-body-spirit ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Mirna Bogdanović: The Art Of Confrontation

Mirna Bogdanović: The Art Of Confrontation

BY SERENA ANTINUCCI
January 19, 2021

It takes a vivid imagination to stand still and yet reach faraway places. This is the sense communicated when hearing the debut album of the Slovenian/Bosnian jazz singer-songwriter Berlin-based Mirna Bogdanović. Traditional forms of music unfold towards contemporary, instinctive directions. Confrontation, released on December 18 by Klaeng Records (an independent label from Cologne), does not feel like a debut: the album shows a mature musical philosophy and Bogdanović's voice holds a recognizable identity. The album is rooted in ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"

Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"

BY NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO
January 18, 2021

Disney / PIXAR's jazz-flavored movie Soul has garnered rave reviews and buzz worldwide. That's because in addition to its spectacular animation and meticulous production values, there's an honest and accurate representation of jazz and jazz musicians. What's behind that is the fact that the film was inspired by a dedicated Queens music teacher, Dr. Peter Archer. Archer's story and his involvement with the production is in itself a fascinating tale.All About Jazz: Dr. Archer, on behalf of All ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Fernando Rodríguez De Mondesert Releases New Book: 'Women In Jazz... In The Dominican Republic'

Fernando Rodríguez De Mondesert Releases New Book: 'Women In Jazz... In The Dominican Republic'

BY MICHAEL RICCI
January 18, 2021

In February of 2020, after being recognized as one of the winners of the Global Blog Awards 2019, Fernando Rodríguez de Mondesert released his first book Jazz en Dominicana: The Interviews 2019 as part of the awards received from Ukyoto Publishing Co. During the year 2020, Ukiyoto Publishing continued to monitor Rodríguez De Mondesert, and seeing that his publications on the Jazz en Dominicana blog met the criteria of content, creativity, uniqueness, originality and focus, they invited him to submit ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

London Researcher Receives Joint Funding From The US National Endowment For The Humanities (NEH) And The UK Arts And Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

London Researcher Receives Joint Funding From The US National Endowment For The Humanities (NEH) And The UK Arts And Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

BY JOHN STEVENSON
January 17, 2021

Funded by a joint grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the US National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), City, University of London computer scientist Dr. Tillman Weyde, is the UK lead on a project to develop AI for music information retrieval tools and archival workflows to enhance access to archival jazz collections. On the US side, the project will be led by Professor Gabriel Solis at the University of Illinois, and co-coordinator Adriana Cuervo at Rutgers ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels

BY DOUG COLLETTE
January 16, 2021

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels Terry Gans 256 pages ISBN: # ISBN-13 : 978-1912733392 Red Planet Books 2020 Terry Gans' Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels is an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's Infidels (Columbia, 1983) album, the title of the book taken from the original name for the album. The author covers the gestation of the record all the way from the Nobel ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Pianist Lisa Hilton Releases More Than Another Day with Rudy Royston and Luques Curtis on Ruby Slippers Productions

Pianist Lisa Hilton Releases More Than Another Day with Rudy Royston and Luques Curtis on Ruby Slippers Productions

BY MICHAEL RICCI
January 16, 2021

More Than Another Day (Ruby Slippers Productions) is the latest release from composer / pianist / producer, Lisa Hilton. Hilton and her longstanding band mates: Rudy Royston on drums, and Luques Curtis on bass, as well as JD Allen on tenor saxophone, had just finished the first half of their tour for their 2020 album, Chalkboard Destiny, when the corona virus forced a shut down of the tour, and of course a lockdown in the U.S. Grounded and worried for ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias Release 'Some Kind Of Tomorrow' On Bandcamp

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias Release 'Some Kind Of Tomorrow' On Bandcamp

BY JANE IRA BLOOM
January 16, 2021

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias come together to create duets discovered in the moment in a way that is rarely heard today with Some Kind of Tomorrow. The long time bandmates, separated by space and time find a way to play in real time with one another and the results are magical. Two master improvisers and composers bring listeners up-close and personal to the first spark of their imaginations at work, recording eleven duet improvisations over ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

BY MARK CORROTO
January 15, 2021

Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker Cisco Bradley 384 Pages ISBN: # 978147801014 Duke University Press 2021 Who is William Parker? He is a jazz bassist, yes. But he is also a band leader, composer, writer & poet, community organizer, peace activist, and cultural anthropologist. Cisco Bradley endeavors to pull the diverse parts of the artist's life together in this first ever biography of Parker. It is a monumental task, ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine Releases 'Mazel Tov Kocktail!' - A Celebration Of 40 Years, Coming January 15, 2021

Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine Releases 'Mazel Tov Kocktail!' - A Celebration Of 40 Years, Coming January 15, 2021

BY HOLLY COOPER
January 15, 2021

Mazel Tov Kocktail!, the newest recording by the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, is a swinging, rollicking collection of new and standard big band numbers performed by a tight-knit group of top-notch musicians. The band is well known in Southern California for its fun and engaging performances that have often featured some of the top names in jazz, like Bob Mintzer, Barbara Morrison, Wayne Bergeron, Holly Hofmann, and Eric Marienthal, to name just a few. Ira Liss formed ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

BY R.J. DELUKE
January 14, 2021

Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. The alto saxophonist is intelligent and unassuming. His influences are broad, but they start with his family. Koppel, a stellar player and ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Jazz Trio Nixon, Croft And Goretti Releases Single 'Line For Sonny' Ahead Of Their Debut Album

Jazz Trio Nixon, Croft And Goretti Releases Single 'Line For Sonny' Ahead Of Their Debut Album

BY ANDREW NIXON
January 14, 2021

Named after the hard-bop pianist Sonny Clark, “Line For Sonny” is an original composition by pianist/composer Andrew Nixon. Joining him are bassist Ed Croft (a three-time recipient of the JazzBuffalo poll for Best Acoustic Upright Bassist and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Bowling Green State University) and Joe Goretti (a Berklee College of Music graduate whose credits include work with Moby, Ne-Yo, Robyn, AJR, Ingrid Michelson, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), The Temptations and more). “The style is very ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

BY HOLLY COOPER
January 14, 2021

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro—performer, recording artist, educator and journalist—reissues Listen Here, the debut album that launched her career. Featuring veteran pianist Kenny Barron, the project ushered into the spotlight a formidable new artist with chops and sensitivity in equal measure – a galvanizing spirit who, having already proven she could move live audiences, now certified her power on vinyl. The accompanying musicians on Listen Here are Kenny Barron (piano), Buster Williams (bass) and Ben Riley (drums). Also joining in are Arnett ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh

Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh

BY WAYNE ZADE
January 13, 2021

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2002. Frank Kimbrough is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists in jazz on the New York and national scenes. He has been the pianist in the Maria Schneider jazz orchestra and has recorded seven albums under his own name, the most recent of which is The Willow, with vibraphonist Joe Locke, released by Omnitone in August, 2002. With Ben Allison, he directs ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Guitarist/Composer Henry Robinett Releases 20-Year-Old Recording For The First Time, 'Jazz Standards, Vol. 2: Then Again'

Guitarist/Composer Henry Robinett Releases 20-Year-Old Recording For The First Time, 'Jazz Standards, Vol. 2: Then Again'

BY HOLLY COOPER
January 13, 2021

Guitarist, composer, bandleader, and recording engineer Henry Robinett is releasing Jazz Standards, Vol. 2: Then Again on Nefertiti Records, Robinett’s own label. The album is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2020 release Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then. John Sanders of Jazz Music Archives said, “Henry’s playing is often in a rapid abstract blues bop style, somewhat similar to Joe Pass or Barney Kessel, but he has a personal voice all his own. It takes a lot from an artist ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Ten Tiptop Albums Which Include Thelonious Monk & Denzil Best’s Totally Rocking “Bemsha Swing”

Ten Tiptop Albums Which Include Thelonious Monk & Denzil Best’s Totally Rocking “Bemsha Swing”

BY CHRIS MAY
January 12, 2021

That was the opinion expressed in Inside Jazz by its author, Leonard Feather, who, on the front cover of the book's first edition in 1949 was described as “America's No.1 Authority On Be-Bop." Well, at least Feather was half right about the attractive tunes. In fact, Monk is known to have written at least eighty of them, and had already unveiled ten during his first recording sessions, for Blue Note, in 1947. Some, including “Bemsha Swing," have become jazz standards. ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

BY DOUG COLLETTE
January 12, 2021

Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the usual clockwork regularity (almost). Here, then, is music worth remembering, released during a time mostly worth forgetting. Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown ...

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Dan Bonsanti And The 14 Jazz Orchestra Release 'Cartoon Bebop' On January 15, 2021

Dan Bonsanti And The 14 Jazz Orchestra Release 'Cartoon Bebop' On January 15, 2021

BY HOLLY COOPER
January 12, 2021

There is nothing cartoonish about Cartoon Bebop, the newest release by composer/arranger Dan Bonsanti's band, The 14 Jazz Orchestra. The album is a swinging, contemporary take on jazz compositions by modern masters. This is the third release by the group, following The Future Ain't What It Used to Be (2018) and Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy (2015). The 14 Jazz Orchestra is a 13-piece jazz ensemble under the direction of arranger and producer Dan Bonsanti. The group comprises 13 outstanding ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz