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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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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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Pianist Dave Bass Busy In California - New CD No Boundaries Climbing The Charts

Pianist Dave Bass Busy In California - New CD No Boundaries Climbing The Charts

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
August 9, 2019

Composer * Pianist * Arranger Dave Bass No Boundaries (Whaling City Sound 116) Amazon 5-Star Review! Climbing the Jazz Week Charts! International Airplay! Release Features: Ted Nash, Karrin Allyson, Carlos Henriquez, Jerome Jennings & More! Amazon 5-Star Review! “The saying goes that everyone's got a story to tell. But chances are good that few, if any, have the kind of story Dave Bass has. (Bass pronounced as in “bass fishing".) Without resorting ......

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Newport Jazz Festival 2019

Newport Jazz Festival 2019

BY DOUG HALL
August 9, 2019

Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 2-4, 2019 The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd to 4th, an amazing range of talent was on stage, from debut performances of up and coming artists, to the famed legendary veterans still ......

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Jazz In Marciac 2019

Jazz In Marciac 2019

BY MARTIN MCFIE
August 9, 2019

Jazz In Marciac Marciac, France July 30, 2019 to August 4, 2019 How does a remote village in South West France end up hosting an international jazz festival for 42 years? The logistics come later, but the answers to most questions about Jazz in Marciac lie in the superb quality of the music. The first four days were each blockbuster performances. First Sting—My Songs, then came Gregory Porter's Nat King Cole and ......

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A Quarry Concert in Italy

A Quarry Concert in Italy

BY FRANCESCO MARTINELLI
August 8, 2019

Rossano Emili / Fat Fingers Saxophone Quartet Hermetica at Marble Quarry Vagli, Italy August 3, 2019 Summer in Tuscany is full of concerts in interesting, sometimes unique places. In fact, a variety of acoustic musics like jazz, chamber and folk have proven an invaluable tool to revitalize historical buildings, ruined chapels, man-made marvels of architecture. More complex and nuanced is the relationship with nature. A lake, a park, a wooded mountain can ......

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Patricia Barber Exciting Canadian Tour Now Preparing For Europe!  Praise From Downbeat To Chicago Tribune!

Patricia Barber Exciting Canadian Tour Now Preparing For Europe! Praise From Downbeat To Chicago Tribune!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
August 8, 2019

American Composer / Jazz Pianist / Singer Patricia Barber Continues Green Mill Residency in Chicago Prepares for 2019 Fall European Tour Summer Canadian Tour Success Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences! Critical Praise for Higher DownBeat Feature (August) Jazziz Feature (July) London Jazz News Feature (July) Chicago Tribune Feature (June) Read the All About Jazz album review by Tyran Grillo American Academy of Arts and ......

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