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Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
February 27, 2020

On Saturday February 29, Spanglish Fly will celebrate completing their tenth full year as America's leading producer and exporter of the wicked hot musical sauce known as Latin boogaloo with a special anniversary performance hosted by the legendary Brooklyn hotspot Barbes. The quintessential musical melting pot Spanglish Fly features musicians with roots in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, and Upper Manhattan, all brought together in New York City by trumpet player and DJ Jonathan Goldman in ......

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Take Five with Maureen Choi

Take Five with Maureen Choi

BY MAUREEN CHOI
February 27, 2020

Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. A graduate from Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music, she has performed with artists like Rodney ......

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Craft Recording's "Chet" is a Rare Win for Baker

Craft Recording's "Chet" is a Rare Win for Baker

BY PATRICK BURNETTE
February 26, 2020

"There's a little white cat out here who's going to eat you up." —Charlie Parker (to Miles Davis) Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Two trumpet players born three years apart. Both unusually handsome and slight of build. Both lacking, as trumpeters, the qualities most often associated with those brass alphas of the jazz world--power, speed, stratospheric range. Both associated, in their early years, with Charlie Parker. Both boasting incredibly prolific recording careers, with dozens of leader dates ......

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Take Five with Andy Clausen

Take Five with Andy Clausen

BY ANDY CLAUSEN
February 26, 2020

Meet Andy Clausen Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony. Clausen is also a founding member of The Westerlies, an award winning new music brass chamber ensemble. From Carnegie Hall to Coachella, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a ......

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Charlie Porter: Discovering Horizons Past, Present and Future

Charlie Porter: Discovering Horizons Past, Present and Future

BY NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO
February 25, 2020

Charlie Porter is one of the most insightful, creatively brilliant and truly dynamic trumpet artists performing today. Porter straddles both the jazz and classical trumpet worlds with ease and has garnered highly-celebrated performance and recording reviews. An innovative composer and arranger as well, Porter recently performed on Joyce DiDonato's Grammy-winning recording, Songplay and released Immigration Nation on Origin Records. All About Jazz: Charlie, on behalf of All About Jazz, thanks for taking time to chat and congratulations on ......

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The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
February 25, 2020

Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC. February 21-22, 2020 Eight instruments on stage and only three musicians seemed like a challenge, particularly as the guitar was the only instrument played by Adam Moezinia. The other instruments were all for twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson at The Jazz Corner on jny:Hilton Head Island. A George Gershwin medley led the way with “But Not For Me" followed by “Rhapsody in ......

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Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part Two

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part Two

BY JIM WORSLEY
February 24, 2020

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records for a number of years now. We spoke about the “other side of the glass'" and specifically about a few of those projects. Allan ......

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Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

BY IAN PATTERSON
February 24, 2020

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Ireland February 15, 2020 History owes Alice Coltrane much more than the moniker of “John Coltrane's wife." Alina Bzhezhinska makes the point early on to the Letterkenny audience, on this, the final night of her quartet's ten-date Irish tour. A fine, pianist, harpist composer and bandleader, Alice Coltrane was, Bzhezhinska says, a significant figure in her own right, not least for the forty or so albums ......

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The Doors: Break On Thru - A Celebration of Ray Manzarek

The Doors: Break On Thru - A Celebration of Ray Manzarek

BY DOUG COLLETTE
February 22, 2020

The Doors The Doors: Break On Thru -A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek Trafalgar Releasing Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, VT February 12, 2020 The Doors: Break On Thru -A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek, lives up to the spirit of its subtitle. In the course of the film's roughly ninety minutes, director Justin Kreutzmann efficiently interweaves the main concert footage with interviews of the various participants plus vintage archival video in such a way ......

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Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary

Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary

BY DAVID EINHORN
February 21, 2020

A critic in jny: Chicago in September 2016 raved about multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan's performance at the Jazz Showcase but said that Ira “erred" in lecturing the audience not to applaud after solos. It sounded like the critic had never heard Ira perform live before, because saying he “erred" suggested that at a given moment Ira “misspoke" and impulsively said something he should not have said. If that's the case, then Ira, who will turn 89 this year and ......

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Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

BY MARTIN MCFIE
February 20, 2020

Charleston Jazz Orchestra Charleston Music Hall Ellington at Newport 1956 Charleston, SC February 15, 2020 Duke Ellington's performance at the Newport Jazz festival in 1956 was the most important of his long career. After thirty years at the top of his profession, over a thousand tunes composed together with Billy Strayhorn and countless performances, Duke's popularity was at a low point. He kept his orchestra going by using royalty income from previous recordings. Most ......

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Hampton Hawes: Remembering a Relative

Hampton Hawes: Remembering a Relative

BY ALLISON PALMER
February 19, 2020

He was my maternal grandmother's nephew, the thin, handsome relation who grew to befriend my uncle Bob--also thin and handsome--and become a fixture of the postwar jazz scene in jny: Los Angeles. Having worked amid luminaries of the era, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and Dexter Gordon among them, Hampton was always a fascinating topic of discussion for us. On so many occasions, I sat with my uncle, mother, and grandmother at the dining room table, remembering the rich history of ......

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Jost–Adler Ensemble at Jefferson Alumni Hall

Jost–Adler Ensemble at Jefferson Alumni Hall

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
February 19, 2020

Jost-Adler Ensemble “Taking Flight" Tuesdays at Twelve Concert Series Jefferson Alumni Hall Philadelphia, PA February 11, 2020 Paul Jost is an innovative vocalist whose rhythmic and exploratory approach has garnered him a special status among his peers and led to an expansive career of recordings and gigs in New York, Europe, and elsewhere. He is a regular at the historic Deer Head Inn in Water Gap, PA and the 55 ......

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Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz

Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz

BY MARK SULLIVAN
February 18, 2020

Dave Stryker Quartet Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC February 14, 2020 Guitarist Dave Stryker began by introducing his band mates: tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, organist Jared Gold (a constant companion for several years) and drummer Jeremy Bean Clemons. Much of the music would come from the recent album Eight Track III (Strikezone Records, 2019). Stryker joked that some audience members looked too young to know what an eight-track is (for an explanation, see the interview ......

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The Jazz DJ: Sheila Anderson of WBGO

The Jazz DJ: Sheila Anderson of WBGO

BY B.D. LENZ
February 17, 2020

In this edition of Chats with Cats I interviewed an on-air host at one of the world's leading jazz radio stations. Sheila Anderson is someone who has worked in many communication mediums but I wanted to find out the status of jazz radio in particular, from someone who is at the center of the jazz broadcasting world. While radio used to hold a near monopoly on breaking new artists that just isn't the case anymore when people in the digital ......

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Jovino Santos Neto

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Jovino Santos Neto

BY PAUL RAUCH
February 16, 2020

The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary ......

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Tab Benoit at the Center for Humanities and Arts

Tab Benoit at the Center for Humanities and Arts

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
February 16, 2020

Tab Benoit Center for Humanities and Arts -Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, Arkansas February 7, 2020 The twin cities, Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas have a secret. It is a perfect, medium-audience venue for music, theater, and assorted other presentations. The Center for Humanities and Arts at Pulaski Technical College is a warm and welcoming place that is clean, well-lighted, and, in short, grown up. Houma, Louisiana-native Tab Benoit said as much. ......

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Denver Comes Alive 2020

Denver Comes Alive 2020

BY GEOFF ANDERSON
February 15, 2020

Oteil & Friends / Poppa Funk and the Night Tripper / Ghost Live / Star Kitchen Mission Ballroom Denver Comes Alive Denver, CO January 31, 2020 The first European settlers arrived in the Denver area in 1858. Since then, it's been (nearly) non-stop growth flooding the plains with humanity and creeping into the foothills. Yet, it wasn't until Friday night that (apparently) Denver finally came alive (at least according to the concert hype). I, ......

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The Wood Brothers At The Flynn Center

The Wood Brothers At The Flynn Center

BY DOUG COLLETTE
February 15, 2020

The Wood Brothers The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT February 6, 2020 It was only poetic justice for The Wood Brothers to headline their own show at The Flynn Center on February 6 2020. And not just because in 2009, they won over the audience in this venerable venue opening for Bruce Hornsby. One of the most varied sets the Woods have ever played in their decade-plus coming to the Green Mountains ......

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Jazztopad 2019

Jazztopad 2019

BY HENNING BOLTE
February 15, 2020

Vincent Courtois Trio Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music, Mleczarnia Club Jazztopad Wroclaw November 21-24, 2019 On my arrival in Wroclaw, on the way to the reverend National Forum of Music (NFM), the first familiar face I met in the street was Mateusz Rybicki, a musician that has for years played an admirable role on the nightly communion side of NFM's two-week long Jazztopad Festival. I came there to catch part of ......

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