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Gordon Au: Untraditionally Mad About Trad

Gordon Au: Untraditionally Mad About Trad

BY NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO
September 21, 2018

Gordon Au draws upon a palette ranging from the traditional jazz of Louis Armstrong to the modern jazz of today. In New York, Gordon leads the Grand St. Stompers, a traditional jazz band called “a pillar of New York's hot jazz scene" by The New York Times, and appears with the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland, Dandy Wellington, and others. He is in demand around the country as a soloist (International Trumpet ......

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Michael Feinstein: Errands and Rhythm Galore

Michael Feinstein: Errands and Rhythm Galore

BY ROB WOOD
September 21, 2018

"If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you choose?" That's a game many of us played as we imagined chatting up apostles, prophets, and heroes from the past. With Michael Feinstein, it's not a game. He's done it. He, more than anyone else, is the jazz Boswell: observer and companion to the likes of George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Andre Previn, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Green, and many more who wrote or interpreted great ......

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Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks

Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks

BY BOB OSBORNE
September 20, 2018

A focus on the recent album from Jon Irabagon, a trio of Charlie Parker related tunes, a song in remembrance of Randy Weston and lots more... Playlist Jon Irabagon “The Demon Barber of Fleet Week" from Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irrabagast) 00:00 Randy Weston “Blues for Strayhorn" from Monterey '66 (Verve) 12:20 Wayne Shorter & Milton Nascimento “Ponta de Areia" from Native Dancer (Columbia) 19:35 Marcin Wasilewski “Spark of Life/Sudovian Dance" from Live (ECM) 25:22 Jon Irabagon ......

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
September 19, 2018

Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and there was even a time when names such as Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson rubbed noses with more mainstream sensibilities. There were even moments ......

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Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman

Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman

BY JEFF FITZGERALD, GENIUS
September 18, 2018

For those of you who may not be aware, Your Own Personal Genius was once a fresh-faced music major at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. My principal instrument was euphonium (I also had a minor in trombone). Later, I left to study Jazz with Ellis Marsalis during his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a double-threat Classical euphoniumnist/Jazz trombonist, I discovered two things early on: 1) There was virtually no demand for my talents, which is why I ended ......

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Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi at The Jazz Corner

Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi at The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
September 18, 2018

Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi The Jazz Corner Hiltonhead Island, SC September 9, 2018 For half a year, this writer has been working with Mrs Lois Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island SC, and Noel Freidline searching out a way to present classical music fully integrated with jazz inflections. That's not an easy aspiration to fulfill: the history of crossover collaborations has been uncomfortable. Symphony orchestras have invited jazz ......

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Bryan Ferry at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall, Macedonia 2018

Bryan Ferry at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall, Macedonia 2018

BY NENAD GEORGIEVSKI
September 16, 2018

Bryan Ferry Macedonian Philharmonic Hall Skopje, Macedonia September 9, 2018 Everything about Bryan Ferry's grand performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall seemed to revolve around style and presentation. The Philharmonic Hall was dimly lit and filled with smoke, effects trying to achieve a certain after-hours intimacy. Ferry's backup singers and the very able saxophonist and keyboard player Jorja Chalmers seemed to have just stepped out of a fashion magazine. Backed by this very able band ......

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Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
September 16, 2018

Dinosaur Hare & Hounds June 14, 2018 Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was the manifestation of this supreme fill-in drummer in his shiny-domed state, now completely hairless after decades of boasting the biggest bush in Britain (at ......

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Binker & Moses At London's Jazz Cafe

Binker & Moses At London's Jazz Cafe

BY CHRIS MAY
September 15, 2018

Binker & Moses Jazz Cafe London September 12, 2018 Binker & Moses began life around five years ago, when saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd started playing ferocious, free-association duets during pre-performance sound checks as members of Zara McFarlane's band. Both musicians still tour and record with the singer, in fact Boyd co-produced McFarlane's 2017 blinder, Arise (Brownswood), but since 2015 they have also released three sublime albums under their own ......

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12 Points 2018

12 Points 2018

BY IAN PATTERSON
September 14, 2018

12 Points 2018 The Sugar Club Dublin, Ireland September 5-8, 2018 Returning to its spiritual home of Dublin after back-to-back editions in San Sebastian and Aarhus, 12 Points 2018 marks one of the highpoints of the Irish musical year. Its appeal lies not just in the fact that it brings together twelve bands from twelve countries, after all, many festivals can boats similar geographical reach, but rather in its spirit of adventurous. ...

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Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave

Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave

BY ANGELO LEONARDI
September 12, 2018

Best known for his work with Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock is among the most creative violinists of his generation. Zach Brock is bringing the violin back to center stage. Influenced by European masters of the seventies like Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Didier Lockwood, Brock has widened his perspective from modern jazz to rock, finding a synthesis that connects classical precision with a strong melodic sense and remarkable improvisational skills. Brock has recorded and toured with the likes of Stanley Clarke ......

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Chicago Jazz Festival 2018

Chicago Jazz Festival 2018

BY PATRICK BURNETTE
September 12, 2018

Chicago Jazz Festival Chicago, IL August 29-September 2, 2018 A Beginner's Guide to the Chicago Jazz Festival The Chicago Jazz Festival is a free event scheduled each Labor Day weekend and offering over fifty concerts in various outdoor venues. The 40th edition--running from August 29 to September 3, 2018--is now in the books. If you attended this year--or in recent years past--you already have a pretty good idea whether or not the Chicago Jazz ......

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Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication

Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication

BY ANGELO LEONARDI
September 11, 2018

Over the past decade, bassist Linda May Han Oh has been hailed as one of the most gifted bassists, bandleaders and composers of her generation. She is a virtuoso who can swing hard while keeping instrumental grace and precision, structuring her lines through a most free-flowing cascade of ideas. After completing her master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008, she recorded her debut album, Entry with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and drummer Obed Calvaire. In the following years ......

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Randy Weston Tribute & New Releases

Randy Weston Tribute & New Releases

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
September 11, 2018

Another master has left us. Randy Weston passed away on Sept. 1st at the venerable age of 92. This week we celebrate the music of an artist that consciously built a bridge between jazz and African musical traditions and, in doing so, strongly contributed to the awareness of the African roots of jazz music. This episode will then feature some interesting new releases by Phronesis, Stefon Harris, Stephane Spira, Fred Hersch and others. Happy listening! ......

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Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere

Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere

BY MARY FOSTER CONKLIN
September 8, 2018

Many special birthdays in this episode of A Broad Spectrum as we honor the great Abbey Lincoln and remember Bernice Petkere, named the “Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by Irving Berlin for her songs “Close Your Eyes" and “"Lullaby of the Leaves." Playlist Linda Dachtyl “A Late One" from A Late One (Chicken Coop Records) 00:00 Pucci Amand Jhones “Key Largo" from Love, Jhones (Candace Jazz) 04:20 Benny Carter “Blue Moonlight" from Benny Carter Songbook, Vol. 2 ......

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Randy Weston: The Spirit of Our Ancestors

Randy Weston: The Spirit of Our Ancestors

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
September 7, 2018

To commemorate the Randy Weston, we've republished this 1999 interview that traces his life and career, from his birth in Brooklyn to the years spent in Africa, from his admiration for Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington to his collaboration with Melba Liston. Every year, Harvard's Department of Music devotes part of its academic year to the study of great jazz masters. Thanks to this program, musicians such as Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Lester Bowie, Steve Lacy, Illinois ......

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Meet Homer Schaaf

Meet Homer Schaaf

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
September 6, 2018

Like several Super Fans before him, Homer Schaaf was brought to our attention by jazz musicians who appreciate his ubiquitous presence at the New York City clubs, gig after gig, year after year. We think you'll be charmed by Homer's singular way of expressing his views on jazz and life. “I try to set an example for the other old white guys," he tells us. “We all know how that's working out." Tell us a bit about ......

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John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases

John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
September 6, 2018

The summer is almost over and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up... This week we focus on a few new gems, including two remarkable tributes to Thelonious Monk, the mighty Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (in six volumes!) by Miles Okazaki and the idiosyncratic The MONK: Live at Bimhuis by Miho Hazama with the Metropole Orkest Big Band. Ah... and new works featuring John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Steve Cardenas, Manu Codjia and ......

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Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

BY IAN PATTERSON
September 5, 2018

Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the more conservative histories of jazz. Yet all genres/eras of jazz, from traditional jny: New Orleans to the neo-classical revival of the 1980s ......

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Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4

BY JAMES FLEMING
September 5, 2018

Days 1-2 | Days 3-4 Sligo Jazz Project Various Venues Sligo, Ireland July 24-29, 2018 July 26, 2018When the wind died down the day turned humid and heavy. Clouds hung low in the sky, grey and oppressive. And as Sligo's people sipped their coffees and settled down at their desks, the electricity cut out at Sligo IT. Amplifiers and keyboards were rendered powerless. Putting a halt to the morning's planned classes. ...

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