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David Crosby: A Revitalized Creativity

David Crosby: A Revitalized Creativity

BY MIKE JACOBS
January 22, 2019

David Crosby has had -and is still having -quite a long and storied career. While many musicians obviously have had those too, music doesn't always come out on top for many at this late stage of the game. It has though for Mr. Crosby--quite conspicuously. All About Jazz had a conversation with the seemingly unstoppable music icon about his influences, jazz fandom and new found inspiration at this part of his journey. All About Jazz: In ......

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Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
January 21, 2019

Kevin Bales with Chuck Redd The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 4th & 5th, 2019 Whenever pianist Kevin Bales comes in from Atlanta to play The Jazz Corner he brings with him a great band and an inventive theme. Whether it's a centennial celebration of the blues or the music of Fred Rogers he never fails to find a sound to vary his presentation and stretch his own tremendous skill. On his most ......

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Shai Maestro Trio At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Shai Maestro Trio At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

BY BIMHUIS
January 21, 2019

Shai Maestro began playing classical piano at the age of five an,d after discovering Oscar Peterson at the age of eight, he fell in love with jazz. After turning down offers from prestigious American music schools, at 19 he joined the band led by bassist Avishai Cohen featuring Mark Guiliana on drums. With that trio he toured with great success all over the world. A few years back he moved to Brooklyn, where he formed his own trio in 2011. ......

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For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

BY MARY FOSTER CONKLIN
January 20, 2019

The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year ! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at Kitano (Self released) 00:00 Tom Waits “New Year's Eve" from Bad As Me (Anti) 03:45 Una Mae Carlisle “Oh I'm Evil" from Divas, ......

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Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove

Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove

BY PAUL RAUCH
January 19, 2019

Bassist Chuck Deardorf has gained a reputation for virtuosity and professionalism over a career that has thus far spanned 40 years. He has been the first call bassist in Seattle for most of his career, playing with some of the most renowned musicians in the history of jazz. For many years, despite having a prolific local jazz scene, the now burgeoning city of Seattle was considered a remote outpost in the jazz world. Many touring musicians would arrive on the ......

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Old Folks, Countdown

Old Folks, Countdown

BY MR. P.C.
January 18, 2019

Old Folks Dear Mr. P.C.: When people in the audience are talking, it goes without saying they're not listening to the band. But for the rest of the audience, how do you know when they're actually listening as opposed to just thinking about something else altogether? --Unheard in Utah Dear Unheard: Any jazz musician used to scanning the audience will tell you that there's an identifiable “active listening" posture: Eyes closed, face ......

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Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet at Birdland Theater

Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet at Birdland Theater

BY MIKE JURKOVIC
January 18, 2019

Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet Birdland Theater New York January 16, 2019 In the tumultuous, twenty-five year interim since his debut, Black Art took the early to mid-'90s jazz community by storm. Pianist Darrell Grant has built for himself a solid, respected, and steady, if low-profile rep; an unapologetic, gentleman post-bopper whose infectious swing brings a room to its feet. So it's only natural that Grant come to Birdland Theater, in the city ......

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Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

BY HARRY S. PARISER
January 18, 2019

Wayne Shorter Trio and GuestsSFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA January 3, 2019 Wayne Shorter could not be there but his trio made it. When illness prevented Shorter from making a four-night stand at SFJAZZ, organizers turned the dates into a celebration of his music. There are few better choices to kick off such an event than Shorter's longtime friend and collaborator Herbie Hancock. A trained classical pianist, Hancock performed with the Chicago Symphony ......

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Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too

Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too

BY MARC COHN
January 18, 2019

Sometimes in this business, you get so saturated with new music that your ears are paralyzed. The blues to the rescue, including Dexter Gordon singing with his voice, not just the saxophone. We also salute and celebrate Maria Schneider's receipt of a Jazz Masters' Award this spring from the National Endowment for the Arts. The first 2019 segment of our Sonny Rollins retrospective precedes Maria, with the 1951 Dig sessions with Miles. Then we turn reflective at this start of ......

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Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek

Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek

BY MAURICE HOGUE
January 16, 2019

This final show of 2018 is highlighted by trios of the usual piano-bass-drums (Simon Nabatov-Barry Guy-Gerry Hemingway and Elias Stemeseder-James Banner-Ugo Alunni), bass-saxophone-drums (Gonçalo Almeida-Yedo Gibson-Vasco Furtado), and trumpet/saxophone/drums (Flavio Zanuttini-Piero Bittolo Bon-Marco D'Orlando). Pianist Yuko Yamaoka performs the music of Satoko Fujii from Fujii's eleventh release in 2018, and the eclectic Dutch Ensemble, Vlek, makes its debut on One Man's Jazz. As always, there's plenty more to hear, and there will be plenty more to come in 2019. If ......

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Jazz and the Rules of the Knife Fight

Jazz and the Rules of the Knife Fight

BY PETER RUBIE
January 15, 2019

There's a great scene near the beginning of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, when Butch (Paul Newman) returns to the Hole in the Wall Gang and is challenged for leadership of the gang. As Butch and Harvey face off, Butch says to his enormous opponent, “Let's get the rules straight first." Harvey straightens in surprise for a moment and says, “Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!" The script then says, “Butch delivers the most aesthetically exquisite kick in ......

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Odean Pope Quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Odean Pope Quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
January 15, 2019

Odean Pope Quartet “Friday Nights" Music Series Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, PA January 11, 2019 The great tenor saxophonist Odean Pope came up in Philadelphia and still calls it home. He obtained his sea legs together with pianist Ray Bryant, John Coltrane and other young woodshedding musicians in Germantown and around the city way back in the 1950s when they were developing the new hard bop approach. And he ......

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Take Five with Kenney Polson

Take Five with Kenney Polson

BY KENNEY POLSON
January 15, 2019

About Kenney Polson Jazz saxophonist Kenney Polson is an accomplished performer, recording artist, composer and educator. Based in the Pacific Northwest, he has performed in over 50 countries. Known widely as a smooth jazz artist, his seasoned musical style incorporates Latin, classical, New Age, rhythm & blues, funk and gospel influences with a strong foundation on straight ahead jazz. Polson has appeared on U.S. television with jazz greats Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, David Sanborn and Wynton ......

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Illuminations: Erik Friedlander's Remarkable Artistry

Illuminations: Erik Friedlander's Remarkable Artistry

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
January 15, 2019

Erik Friedlander is today's leading cello innovator and a stalwart of the creative music scene. This mixtape captures highlights from some of his recent projects. Erik Friedlander “Beaufin Street" from Bobebridge (Skipstone) 0:00 Erik Friedlander “Night White" from Block Ice and Propane (Skipstone) 4:03 Erik Friedlander “Twenty-six Gasoline Stations" from Nighthawks (Skipstone) 7:03 Erik Friedlander “Zodiac" from Illuminations -A Suite for Solo Cello (Skipstone) 11:36 Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier “Cheek to Cheek" from Claws & ......

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Pt. 4, Making Your "Kind of Pepper"

Pt. 4, Making Your "Kind of Pepper"

BY B.D. LENZ
January 14, 2019

In this DIY age we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation, where releasing recorded music to the world is available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. The gatekeepers who have traditionally chosen what the public ought to hear have found a gate that's become really large. That, along with the decline of record sales, means there aren't as many labels in existence and the ones that are rarely take chances on new artists. But, this change in ......

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Live From Old York: Maya Youssef, Vika Bull, Roy Wood, Blackbeard’s Tea Party & Ben Ottewell

Live From Old York: Maya Youssef, Vika Bull, Roy Wood, Blackbeard’s Tea Party & Ben Ottewell

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
January 14, 2019

Maya Youssef National Centre For Early Music October 12, 2018 This was a different group than the trio that your scribe saw in Birmingham around a year earlier, with Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef losing her pair of Iranian sidekicks and now joined by some new bloods. Instead of setar (small lute) and kamancheh (small upright fiddle), she was in a fresh threesome with cellist Barney Morse-Brown and percussionist Elizabeth Nott. Youssef's ......

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Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

BY BIMHUIS
January 14, 2019

Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected well-known jazz musicians from Chicago including drummer Chad Taylor of Chicago Underground Duo. In Chicago, Jaimie Branch played in many different settings, from improv ......

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Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

BY JOHN KELMAN
January 13, 2019

The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of reasonable living. Sure, there are the bigger names who continue to thrive, and it's easy to point to the absurd volume of music being ......

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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: January 1969 & More

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: January 1969 & More

BY MARC COHN
January 12, 2019

We celebrate Blue Note 50th anniversary recordings from Frank Foster (material never formally released until a CD reissue of Manhattan Fever), Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver. Certamente, there's more--including a 75th anniversary salute to sides by clarinetist Edmond Hall with Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson, and a 78 rpm recording of Blue Note 5 by Earl Hines, solo at the 88s. Enjoy the show! Playlist Edward Simon “Chega De Saudade" from Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside) 00:00 Frank Foster ......

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Keaggy, Levin, and Marotta: A Collaborative Album A Decade In The Making

Keaggy, Levin, and Marotta: A Collaborative Album A Decade In The Making

BY JOHN BRICKER
January 11, 2019

Veteran musicians Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta spent more than a decade crafting their debut collaborative album, The Bucket List (Self Released, 2019), the unique product of each artist's influences and pedigree. Marotta played drums and recorded with Peter Gabriel from 1976 to 1986. His introduction to music took the form of clarinet lessons in the fourth grade. Marotta recalled that “My music teacher wrote 'Jerry has absolutely no aptitude for the clarinet.'" After his brother, ......

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