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Take Five with Francisco Quintero

Take Five with Francisco Quintero

BY FRANCISCO QUINTERO
May 19, 2018

About Francisco Quintero Francisco Quintero is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer born and raised in Venezuela. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2009, where he obtained a degree in instrumental performance, and also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has studied with artists such as Richie Hart, Ed Tomassi, Lin Biviano, Alain Mallet, Mike Stern, Adam Rogers, Peter Bernstein, Fareed Haque, and more, and played with an impressive ......

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Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor

BY JOHN EYLES
May 17, 2018

On April 5th 2018, the world lost pianist, composer, poet and iconoclast Cecil Taylor, at age 89. Taylor was the last surviving member of a generation of players who gave birth to the music variously labelled as avant-garde, fire music or free jazz, although some sources jointly credit Taylor and Ornette Coleman as its originators. A native New Yorker, Taylor received piano lessons by the age of five, taught by his mother. A childhood classical-piano prodigy, he studied ......

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Linda Sikhakhane: Two Sides, One Mirror

Linda Sikhakhane: Two Sides, One Mirror

BY SETON HAWKINS
May 16, 2018

Though it has not received the level of press attention it warrants, South Africa's Jazz scene of the past decade has experienced an astonishing flourishing of artistry and development. While the scene lost some of its titans like Zim Ngqawana, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, and Bheki Mseleku, it has also found new paths through the efforts of a cavalcade of incredible young talents. These artists, born and/or raised in the post-apartheid era of South Africa, have navigated an amazing balance in ......

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Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
May 16, 2018

[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary chairperson for the event will be former Mayor Michael Nutter. Duane Eubanks will be providing the music. Jazz Bridge depends primarily on individual donations ......

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Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz

Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz

BY PETER RUBIE
May 15, 2018

Bill Cosby's deserved fall from Grace, perhaps more than anyone else's--and there has been a dizzying final reckoning for a bunch of them--has really hit me. I've been trying to figure out why that is and it's not obvious. But I think it's partly about how the accusations against Chuck Close have been handled. The problem is not whether or not these guys should be defended--it's the more profound issue of whether we can or should separate the artist from ......

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Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams & Matt Wilson at Mezzrow Jazz Club

Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams & Matt Wilson at Mezzrow Jazz Club

BY MIKE JURKOVIC
May 13, 2018

Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams, Matt Wilson Mezzrow Jazz Club New York, NY May 5, 2018 It was cramped on Cinco de Mayo in Mezzrow. Real cramped. Just as it should be for the last night of Denny Zeitlin's rare, four night residency. A West Coast resident, Zeitlin doesn't get out this way much, so when he does, the people respond, listen, and marvel. Denny Zeitlin may not be a name that rolls off ......

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Brazilian Brilliance: Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti

Brazilian Brilliance: Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti

BY JAKOB BAEKGAARD
May 12, 2018

Brazilian music is much more than established icons like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil and Hermeto Pascoal. The question is where to find the musical voices of the future? Fortunately, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is dedicated to a mission of releasing world music that goes beyond the mainstream and has released two Brazilian albums from artists that deserve attention. Both Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti are regular avant-pop auteurs shaped by a proud Brazilian tradition that includes the Tropicalia movement ......

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at World Cafe Live

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at World Cafe Live

BY GENO THACKARA
May 11, 2018

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin World Cafe Live jny: Philadelphia, PA May 8, 2018 Of the oddest sights Philadelphia's art scene might offer on any given Tuesday night, a stern-faced figure in samurai hatama whacking a piano with a mallet should probably be in the top five. (Unless there's something like the Fringe Festival going on, in which case, maybe the top twenty.) To the unfamiliar, the music of Nik Bärtsch's Ronin may seem similarly odd and ......

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Jazz Ambassadors: Representing A Segregated America During The Cold War

Jazz Ambassadors: Representing A Segregated America During The Cold War

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
May 11, 2018

Jazz Ambassadors THIRTEEN Productions 2018 Here, long overdue, is a comprehensive documentary about the legendary jazz musicians in the 1950s who served as “cultural ambassadors" under the aegis of the U.S. State Department, touring Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Soviet Union. The film comes sixty years after the fact. As Americans continue to mourn the loss of Tom Brokaw's “Greatest Generation" of WW II soldiers and their families, we jazz fans also grieve the passing of ......

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at (Le) Poisson Rouge

BY TYRAN GRILLO
May 11, 2018

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY May 6, 2018 On May 6, 2018, Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch brought his refashioned Ronin outfit to New York City. The band's name comes from the word meaning “masterless samurai," and indeed listeners can't help but feel that Bärtsch and his melodic warriors have gone rogue for so long that their footprints are practically indistinguishable. At the way station known as (Le) ......

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Lauren Lee: On Being Uncool

Lauren Lee: On Being Uncool

BY SUZANNE LORGE
May 10, 2018

Lauren Lee is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter. She has all the bona fides of a traditional jazz singer and pianist, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, she gives her imprimatur to cross-cultural experimentation and off-the-beaten-track forms of vocal expression, never straying far from the post-bop mother ship. All About Jazz: Since you released your first album of jazz originals, The Consciousness Test, in 2016, your profile as ......

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Vuma Levin: Musical Painting

Vuma Levin: Musical Painting

BY SETON HAWKINS
May 8, 2018

South African guitarist and composer Vuma Levin has been receiving significant accolades in local and international circles, and it's easy to see why. A thoughtful, intelligent improviser and bandleader, Levin is also a highly thought-provoking composer, one intent on exploring the music's role in commenting on and shaping societal discourse. Indeed, with last year's release of his second album, Life and Death on the Other Side of the Dream, Levin offered a breathtaking musical exploration: mixing strong compositional ......

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From Choro to Chaos

From Choro to Chaos

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
May 8, 2018

Berkeley Choro Ensemble The View from Here Self-Produced 2017 Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining of Afro-Brazilian dance and jazz rhythms with European salon and chamber music, choro was simultaneously a seminal influence on Heitor Villa Lobos and other ......

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Meet Mark Weber

Meet Mark Weber

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
May 7, 2018

Tell us a bit about yourself. I was born and raised in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and spent my first 32 years there--1953-1986. I'm at that age where friends are retiring and I'm still wondering what my job is supposed to be that I can “retire" from. I'm a career bohemian, I guess. Although, unlike my hero, Maynard G Krebs, I wasn't shy of work. I always say I've worked on land, sea, and air. As a ......

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Lello Molinari Quartet at Regatta Bar

Lello Molinari Quartet at Regatta Bar

BY DOUG HALL
May 6, 2018

Lello Molinari Quartet Regatta BarCambridge, Massachusetts May 1, 2018 During the creation of Lello Molinari's current release Lello's Italian Job, Vol. 2(March, 2018) the renown jazz bassist was intentionally stepping back to his roots of southern Italy, specifically Naples--which he left in 1986 to study at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston. In Lello's own words he empathized, “If you think about Italian music, it's like saying 'Jazz'--there's so much and it's so ......

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Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet at Sonorities Festival Belfast 2018

Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet at Sonorities Festival Belfast 2018

BY IAN PATTERSON
May 5, 2018

Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet Sonic Lab Sonorities Festival Belfast jny:Belfast, N. Ireland April 21, 2018 Sonorities Festival Belfast is one of Ireland's longest-running contemporary music festivals. This year saw the biannual SFB hit the thirty-year mark and to celebrate the milestone festival directors Miguel Ortiz and Simon Waters assembled an eclectic programme of contemporary musicians, composers and sound artists that straddled the worlds of multi-media performance, classical, contemporary string and choral, electronica, audio-visual ......

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Simply Nina: A look back at the illustrious career of jazz legend Nina Simone

Simply Nina: A look back at the illustrious career of jazz legend Nina Simone

BY AVA LOUISE
May 4, 2018

It is fitting that after a month dedicated to Jazz Appreciation, we come to the work of Nina Simone. Arguably one of the most talented jazz artists, Nina garners high praise across many demographics. What made her such an influential musician and vocalist? Her voice was deep with a richness and emotive intensity that made her singing unforgettable. She played and sang with an intensity that was and is unmatched. There was an explosiveness of emotion that was ......

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Jazzahead! 2018

Jazzahead! 2018

BY HENNING BOLTE
May 3, 2018

Bremen Trade Fair Hall Jazzahead! Bremen, Germany April 21-23, 2018 Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three days, and a concluding club night spread across the town is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article, you'll find a ......

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Harold Mabern & Kirk MacDonald: The Creative Process

Harold Mabern & Kirk MacDonald: The Creative Process

BY JERI BROWN
May 2, 2018

Harold Mabern recently toured through Eastern Canada with a stop at St. Paul's Church as part of the Jazz East performance concert series. His duet concerts with Canadian jazz saxophonist Kirk MacDonald included stops in jny: Montreal, Moncton, Antigonish, and Sydney. Their concerts emphasize standard jazz repertoire, as well as their own original music. Mabern, one of the world's most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists, is famous across North America for his hard bop and soulful jazz piano style. Born ......

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Michael Weiss: Building an Identity

Michael Weiss: Building an Identity

BY LUKE SEABRIGHT
May 2, 2018

Michael Weiss is a jazz pianist and composer. His mastery of the hard bop style (he cites Horace Silver as one of his greatest influences), as well as his breadth of experience accompanying some of jazz's most acclaimed soloists, have made him a key figure in the New York jazz scene. His long-standing association with saxophonist Johnny Griffin has shaped him as an artist today. Here he discusses how playing with so many great players over the years has allowed ......

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