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Issie Barratt: Every Solo Is A New Invitation

Issie Barratt: Every Solo Is A New Invitation

BY DUNCAN HEINING
January 21, 2020

Issie Barratt is one of the most significant jazz educators in Britain today. From 1999-2004, Barratt was head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music but her role as Artistic Director of the National Youth Jazz Collective has been of even greater importance in developing young jazz talent. Now in its, thirteenth year, NYJC goes from strength to strength with a faculty of over seventy tutors, including many of the finest musicians in the country. Crucial in our very male ......

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Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

BY STEVE PROVIZER
January 21, 2020

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges Con Chapman 240Pages ISBN: #9780190055288 Oxford University Press 2019 Alto and soprano saxophonist Johnny Hodges was one of the most singular voices in jazz. He didn't play the horn as much as sing through it. Hodges made a large, long-term contribution to the music, both as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and on his own. He was also a somewhat inscrutable, ......

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Vijay Iyer at Sonic Laboratory

Vijay Iyer at Sonic Laboratory

BY IAN PATTERSON
January 20, 2020

Vijay Iyer Sonic Laboratory, Sonic Arts Research Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 13-14, 2020 Queen's University's world-renowned Sonic Laboratory, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast, got the new decade off to fine start, with two evenings in the company of Vijay Iyer. The first evening was a solo piano performance; the second, a presentation-cum-Q&A session. Iyer's concert came almost a year after the solo piano gig in SARC by Craig ......

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Bruce Jones: Growing Up With Jazz

Bruce Jones: Growing Up With Jazz

BY LA-FAITHIA WHITE
January 18, 2020

The impact of living in a musical household, witnessing your dad and your uncles jamming in the basement can definitely create a positive and meaningful outlook for a young kid. Stories of growing up jazz come to mind for Bruce Jones, the eldest son of trumpeter, composer, and band leader Thad Jones. Bruce is also the nephew of pianist, arranger, composer and band leader Hank Jones, and nephew of drummer and band leader Elvin Jones.Bruce is the eldest ......

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Ruslan Sirota: A Journey Away

Ruslan Sirota: A Journey Away

BY MACKENZIE HORNE
January 17, 2020

Ruslan Sirota would bristle against the classification of “pianist," “multi-instrumentalist," or “composer." He is, of course, all of these things... which is precisely the point. Raised on the songs of the Soviet and nurtured by the fusion alumni of the 1960s, Sirota has thus far navigated his professional career with an acute sense of sound, unencumbered by futile terminology. This disregard for straitjacketing semantics extends from his musical tastes to his job description. He casts such inhibitors aside in the ......

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Harry Allen With Rossano Sportiello At The Jazz Corner

Harry Allen With Rossano Sportiello At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
January 15, 2020

Harry Allen with Rossano Sportiello The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SCJanuary 10-11, 2019 At a certain point in a musician's career the shorthand of describing them as influenced by, or sounding like, this or that great player from the past becomes redundant—Harry Allen sounds like Harry Allen. His technique is as close to perfect as a swing tenor saxophone can get. Clear and clean, minimal and traditional, Allen plays mellow in the ......

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Bob Lanzetti: Snarky Guitars, Part 2

Bob Lanzetti: Snarky Guitars, Part 2

BY MIKE JACOBS
January 14, 2020

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For the second installment in our series on the guitarists of Snarky Puppy, we spoke with Bob Lanzetti. In addition to being the guitarist who logged the most miles with the band in its early days, he has also appeared on every recording SP has ever released. In 2017, Lanzetti independently released his debut solo album Whose Feet Are These That Are Walking? He is also a member of the ......

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Jonathan Kreisberg: A Spirit Captured in Constant Motion

Jonathan Kreisberg: A Spirit Captured in Constant Motion

BY FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
January 13, 2020

Over 3,000 miles separate jny: New York City from Europe. A distance that feels a little smaller every day—traveled in a virtual way in less than a second, even physically in a matter of only roughly 7 hours. Musicians especially are prone to crossing the pond rather frequently. New York-based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg tends to make the trip a few times a year, either touring in an intimate duo set with Brazilian nylon-string guitarist Nelson Veras, with Lonnie Smith's trio, ......

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Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

BY MARIO CALVITTI
January 12, 2020

This article first appeared at italia.allaboutjazz.com. ECM 50Centre Culturel FlageyBrussels, BelgiumNovember 21-24, 2019 During the year marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German record company ECM, there have been numerous music festivals in Europe and America dedicated to the official celebration of the event. One of the most important was certainly the one held at the end of November in Brussels, which saw the participation of numerous artists connected to ......

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3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020

3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020

BY GENO THACKARA
January 11, 2020

Geir Åge Johnsen/Fredrik Sahlander/Bernt Moen 1+1=3 Losen Records 2019 What exactly does this title signify? It isn't quite clear, seeing as there are three players here and each counts as a positive one in any equation. Small mystery and all, though, it's a fun session brimming with good humor and smarts. The players here offer a mix of fresh compositions and old-school jazz staples, all offered with the same melodic charm and sharp dose of ......

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Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

BY FRANZ A. MATZNER
January 10, 2020

Adam Rudolph has been seeking to push the boundaries of musical creativity for decades, developing a unique concept of composition, ensemble interaction, and conducting. As many writers have commented, his music resists critical commentary due to its prototypical nature. Said another way, Rudolph's music doesn't sound like anything else, and its antecedents are so varied that reducing the music to common labels such as “jazz" or “world music" quickly feels trite. The reality is Rudolph's music taps into ......

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Josiah Everhart: From YouTube Cover Artist To Confessional Songwriter

Josiah Everhart: From YouTube Cover Artist To Confessional Songwriter

BY JOHN BRICKER
January 10, 2020

While in the third grade, Josiah Everhart recorded a mixtape of music for his school bus by setting a Casio boombox in front of his television and recording songs from his favorite video games. The Oregon-based singer-songwriter's love for video game soundtracks eventually led to a career on YouTube, where he has posted covers of video game music since 2012, now reaching an audience of more than 10,000 subscribers. After YouTube unexpectedly terminated his channel on December 18, ......

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Donna Khalifé: On The Silent Wings Of Hope

Donna Khalifé: On The Silent Wings Of Hope

BY IAN PATTERSON
January 9, 2020

Ask any jazz musician in Beirut who stands out on the scene, who is doing something adventurous, something different, and the first name that comes to everyone's lips is Donna Khalifé. Classically trained in Beirut and Paris, double bassist/singer Khalifé turned her back on that world to dedicate herself completely to jazz and improvisation. Her debut album, Heavy Dance (Self-Produced, 2017), was a feisty, odd-metred affair of strikingly original compositions and bold improvisations where angularity and beauty went ......

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Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1

Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1

BY MIKE JACOBS
January 8, 2020

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3For the first interview in a series on the Snarky Puppy guitar triumvirate, we spoke to Mark Lettieri. Unlike most of the original core members of the band, Lettieri did not come out of the jazz program at the University of North Texas. Oddly enough, he was a marketing and advertising major at nearby Texas Christian University who got hooked into the burgeoning jny: Dallas/Fort Worth gospel and R&B scene by ......

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
January 7, 2020

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. Jazz gluttony, after all, is the only binge that will help you burn the calories you racked up in the previous two weeks... ...

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Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
January 7, 2020

Chuck Redd with the Kevin Bales Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 3-4, 2020 Masterful musicians make excellence look easy. It's not always immediately obvious, the quality becomes evident through its sustained presence, like a spreading smile. The band opened with “Tricotism" written by early bebop bassist Oscar Pettiford and first played by his Modern Quintet in 1954. Kevin Bales led them off with a quiet piano introduction picked up ......

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis

Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis

BY MARK HOLSTON
January 6, 2020

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires November 14-18, 2019 As the days flew by this past October, it was still impossible to pin down specifics for the upcoming annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. The dates of the event, which has historically taken place in mid-November, remained elusive. The talent line-up was a mystery. Billboards promoting the festival, usually on prominent display in subway stations and on the streets of this metropolis, were ......

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Sisonke Xonti: A Leap of Faith

Sisonke Xonti: A Leap of Faith

BY SETON HAWKINS
January 4, 2020

Known for years as an outstanding saxophonist and first-call collaborator in a variety of top South African Jazz ensembles, in recent years Sisonke Xonti has rightly earned acclaimed for his own talents as a bandleader and a composer. Notably, Xonti's 2017 debut release Iyonde not only provided a stellar showcase for his superlative horn work, it also showed his thoroughly compelling voice as a composer and his creativity as an arranger. Recently announced as the Standard ......

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Jan Akkerman And Friends at Café de Noot

Jan Akkerman And Friends at Café de Noot

BY IAN PATTERSON
January 3, 2020

Jan Akkerman And Friends Café de Noot Hoogland, The Netherlands December 28, 2019 Is there a more exciting electric guitarist on the planet than Jan Akkerman? For most of those packing out Café de Noot the answer is no. When Akkerman is on form there are few electric six-stringers to touch him. His acoustic playing, classically informed, is no less impressive, but tonight it's all about letting rip and having fun. Akkerman doesn't play ......

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2019: The Year in Jazz

2019: The Year in Jazz

BY KEN FRANCKLING
January 2, 2020

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA Jazz Masters. The jazz world said farewell to one other who was among the many industry-associated musicians and figures who passed away during the ......

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