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Mike Kennedy: Insulation

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This unpretentious but edifying album consists of a series of guitar originals which flow into one another to form a unified whole. The music is relaxing, with a light swing that calls to mind guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, and might be called, to coin a phrase, “soft bop." Mike Kennedy, guitarist and leader, Mike Frank, piano, Paul Gehman, bass, and Dan Monaghan, drums are all Philadelphia-based musicians with extensive track records (no pun intended), and the consistency among the tracks is reminiscent of a little known but outstanding recording by the late great Philly bassist Al Stauffer ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Arturo Sandoval Quintet at the Annenberg Center

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Arturo Sandoval Quintet Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Zellerbach Theater Philadelphia, PA November 15, 2014 The excitement about any Arturo Sandoval performance builds from the time you see his name on an events list and think of his affiliation with Dizzy Gillespie, his tenure with the group Irakere, his stunning career trajectory with ten Grammy awards, films, TV appearances, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom award, and his well-known virtuosic trumpet playing combined with his spontaneous and sincere personal presence. There is no question that this concert delivered everything you would expect ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Low Down

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Low Down Directed by Jeff Preiss Screenplay by Amy Albany and Topper Lilien Oscilliscope Laboratories 2014 Low Down is an independent film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2014. It relates to the life of the late Joe Albany, a well accomplished if lesser known swing and bebop jazz pianist during the 1940s through 1980s. Albany performed with the likes of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus with intermittent periods of descent into heroin addiction. Several decades later, based on the memoirs of Albany's now ...

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Fred Hersch: My Coma Dreams

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My Coma Dreams Music composed by Fred Hersch Conceived, Written, and Directed by Herschel Garfein Palmetto Records 2014 If you were a composer, would you write a piece of music based on your experience of being unconscious for 40 days in a medically-induced coma? The answer is probably “No!" You'd want to forget the whole ordeal--unless you're a pioneering pianist and composer who is always expanding his reach and someone who for whom bouts of illness are familiar, i.e. a long term survivor of AIDS. That is, unless you're ...

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Jost Project Performs at Jazz Near You House Concert

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The Jost Project Jazz Near You Inaugural House Concert Lansdale, PA October 24, 2014 All About Jazz Founder and Publisher Michael Ricci recently innovated a world-wide program to facilitate and co-create musical events in the intimate setting of people's homes where the householders serve as hosts, hiring musicians to provide a day or evening of performance. The program will utilize the resources of Jazz Near You--an offshoot of All About Jazz which tracks and lists jazz events by geographical region--to bring together musicians with potential hosts, who will benefit by having ...

INTERVIEWS

Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

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Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the jny: Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New York and the West Coast, and the list of places is growing every day. Miceli deserves the newfound renown. He is widely regarded by the cognoscenti, including vibraphonists Gary Burton and David Friedman, as one of the ascending masters of the instrument. His work with groups like Monkadelphia ...

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Don Glanden: Remembering Clifford Brown

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Benny Golson's timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford" is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the peak of his rapidly advancing career. Over the years, legends and myths have grown up around Brownie, and, although most are based on loving memories, many of the details of his life were lost in the shuffle. Don Glanden, pianist and Division Head of Graduate Jazz Studies at The University ...



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