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Gary Bartz: Music For Expanding One's Own Mind

Gary Bartz: Music For Expanding One's Own Mind

BY PAOLO MARRA
December 5, 2019

Some jazz musicians are the embodiment of a specific historical period. Their performances conjure memories of the very ideals, passions, and philosophies that characterized an era. This is certainly true of American saxophonist Gary Bartz. After joining Art Blakey & the Jazz Messangers and collaborating with McCoy Tyner on the pianist's tenth album, Expansions (Blue Note, 1968), Bartz joined Miles Davis' band in 1970, playing an active role in recording the groundbreaking album Live-Evil (Columbia). Bartz's diverse musical ......

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The Club Booker: Albert Dadon of Bird's Basement

The Club Booker: Albert Dadon of Bird's Basement

BY B.D. LENZ
December 4, 2019

For this column I was given the great opportunity to interview Albert Dadon who's an accomplished man both inside and outside of the music world. Albert is not just a club owner/booker, he's a musician and can understand both sides of the booking relationship that can sometimes be at odds with each other. With very high standards he's opened Bird's Basement in jny: Melbourne (Australia), a beautiful club and a bastion for high quality music. I was curious to speak ......

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Jazz Societies, Part I: The Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation

Jazz Societies, Part I: The Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation

BY KARL ACKERMANN
December 3, 2019

The oral history traditions of West African griots led the preservation and interpretation of music that would become the fundamentals of jazz. In previous Under the Radar columns we looked at institutions that further the cause of safeguarding the genre; university-level academic programs and jazz museums whose hands-on experiences, community outreach, teaching and sharing of history, are helping to keep jazz relevant. In the decentralized, smaller, and culturally diverse world of jazz societies, the dissemination of jazz history is often ......

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Meet Matt Yaple

Meet Matt Yaple

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
December 2, 2019

Growing up in a small Midwestern town in a “whites only" county may not seem like the obvious path to jazz fandom. But when AM radio is your childhood companion, piping the likes of Mahalia Jackson, Ray Charles,  and Dinah Washington to you under the bedcovers at night, and Dad is a multi-instrumentalist jazz fan who takes you to the state fair to hear Duke and Ella and Louis, well, all bets are off. You just might find that life ......

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Enjoy Jazz 2019

Enjoy Jazz 2019

BY HENNING BOLTE
December 2, 2019

Alte Feuerwache and other venues Enjoy Jazz And More Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 27--November 1, 15-16, 2019 Enjoy Jazz And More this year lead me through two sections of its seven-week concert-series in October/November, with a great diversity of concerts ranging from seasoned German clarinet master Rolf Kühn to advanced electronic wizardry and the archaic magics of Greek-New Zealand-Italian configuration Rewa to Bigband Jazz, to the wide inner landscapes and floating epic interzones of ......

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Unburied Treasure

Unburied Treasure

BY JOHN KELMAN
December 1, 2019

Of all the so-called progressive rock bands that emerged in the late '60s/early '70s, Gentle Giant has, perhaps, been the most misunderstood, and the one which failed to reach the same deserved commercial heights of its creatively innovative brethren, like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd. Of the bigger names from that time, only Van der Graaf Generator could be considered in the same breath when it comes to missed commercial success opportunities, and even that group has fared ......

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Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra

Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra

BY CHRIS MAY
November 30, 2019

Yazz Ahmed / The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman Milton Court Concert Hall Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra London November 27, 2019 Performances by student orchestras rarely qualify as must-see events. Audiences tend to be composed of fellow students and friends and family members and the music does not always measure up to the volume of applause. But pick your gig carefully and you can strike ......

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Caravanserail

David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Caravanserail

BY IAN PATTERSON
November 30, 2019

David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton Caravanserail jny:Beirut, Lebanon November 22, 2019 It's a long way from Keady Clachan to Beirut. The last time the Irish duo of David Lyttle and Joseph Leighton came onto All About Jazz's radar it was in a stone and timber farm outhouse in the hills of Limavady. This gig, in the Lebanese capital, is part of the pair's Middle Eastern tour, which also takes in Egypt and Israel. Jamaica ......

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

BY LUKE SEABRIGHT
November 29, 2019

A truly great event that advocates for an art form like jazz will celebrate both its history and its younger incarnations. It can breathe life into the music's traditions while exposing new ways forward. The EFG London Jazz Festival, through its vast programme of concerts in venues across the city, succeeds in doing just that. This kind of intersectionality could already be found on the opening night. The founding of the iconic American label Blue Note 80 years ago is ......

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Douye: Live at LACMA

Douye: Live at LACMA

BY JIM WORSLEY
November 29, 2019

No doubt, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) wanted to finish their jazz music series with a flourish. Reaching out to the enchantingly superb jazz vocalist Douye proved to be the right call. Jazz at LACMA is presented on Friday nights from April through November. In the past they have had performances from artists such as Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrell, and Billy Childs. On this Friday evening, November 22nd, 2019, a quintet featuring Douye, pianist Aaron Provisor ......

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Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love

Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love

BY MICHAEL RICCI
November 28, 2019

As always, we're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing two very important groups of people: our fund drive supporters who helped make much of the 2019 website improvements possible and our staff who contributed articles and reviews to All About Jazz daily. Both contributions are immeasurable and we thank you all for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. Thanks again! A daily commitment since ......

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Aki Takase:  In The River's Flow

Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

BY IAN PATTERSON
November 27, 2019

After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums—four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the pianist's versatility and a broad-minded approach to music making. DITZNERs Carte Blanche—Live at Enjoy Jazz Festival 2017 (fixcel, 2018) captures Takase in ......

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Crosscurrents Trio: East meets West

Crosscurrents Trio: East meets West

BY EMMANUEL DI TOMMASO
November 26, 2019

The Crosscurrents Trio is comprised of three master improvisers: Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter. Emanating from a multicultral septet project, which was the brainchild of Zakir Hussain, the trio developed out of the desire to explore the cultural and musical connections between the East and the West. From this perspective, music is not only a form of self-expression but rather a way of understanding reality through the deepening of human relations based on mutual respect and dialogue. ...

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Larry Fuller Trio At The Jazz Corner

Larry Fuller Trio At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
November 26, 2019

The Larry Fuller Trio The Jazz Corner Overjoyed Hilton Head Island, SC November 22-23, 2019 On a Saturday afternoon between performances, Larry Fuller took a moment to talk about his music while enjoying a coffee break at the Sonesta Oceanfront hotel, on jny: Hilton Head Island. In the morning, he had walked the beach with his wife Jane, and enjoyed the bright sunlight and fresh autumn breezes, which blew away any lingering city cobwebs. ......

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Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary

Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary

BY CHRIS MAY
November 25, 2019

Art Ensemble of Chicago Barbican Hall Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary London November 23, 2019 There is nothing in the rule book which says that a band celebrating its 50th anniversary must avoid new material and instead trawl through its back catalogue. And in any case, the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC) threw away the rule book the day it began playing. The band's founding mission-statement was to ......

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Elton John at The NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Elton John at The NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
November 24, 2019

Elton John NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Uniondale, NY November 16, 2019 Reg Dwight, Captain Fantastic, Rocketman, Elton John--they all put it on the line on a cool Saturday evening in mid-November at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is a 3-year extravaganza and odyssey during which Sir Elton and his fantastic band are criss-crossing the globe to say ......

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Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
November 23, 2019

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet Long Waves Unit Records 2019 Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical piano, which you strongly hear in the long lines of his lyrical playing, he picked up trumpet at age 17. Ambrosetti was ......

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Robert Johnson: Lost and Found

Robert Johnson: Lost and Found

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
November 23, 2019

Robert Johnson: Lost and Found Barry Lee Pearson & Bill McCulloch Music in American Life Series 160 Pages ISBN: # 978-0252028359 University of Illinois Press 2003 There are two stories surrounding the discovery and marketing of pre-World War II musical recordings in general and 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson, in particular. One is the actual chronology and analysis of events and the second is the research and reportage of the findings surrounding ......

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Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

BY MIKE JACOBS
November 22, 2019

My first encounter with Panagiotis Andreou was while covering a bass workshop that included him along with the likes of Richard Bona (Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Dwayne “Mono Neon" Thomas (Prince, Ghost Note) and Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles). All of these players seemed humbled by each other's presence during the opening conversational part of the workshop. Even if they didn't know all of the names, those in attendance understood why. This group represented a unique ......

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Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington

Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington

BY ANTHONY SHAW
November 22, 2019

Gong, supporting Steve Hillage Assembly Rooms Islington London, UK November 16, 2019 We all know that it's never literally the same river twice, but with a band it's a little more complicated. A name can mean everything when it comes to sales and marketing, so even when the band in question is not heading the concert bill the expectations are complex, reality rather baffling. The original Australian founder, now four ......

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