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Alyssa Allgood: Lady Bird

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Today scat is, literally, a dirty word. In a more polite age it was what Louis Armstrong did when he forgot the words to “Heebie-Jeebies." Such was Pops' influence that, even though it was a mistake, soon everyone was doing it. After bebop kicked in, King Pleasure took things further when he first improvised wordlessly, then wrote down his own words to James Moody's solo on “I'm In The Mood For Love." Others followed ...

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Tierney Sutton Band at Jazz Standard

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Tierney Sutton Band Jazz Standard New York, NY February 19, 2015 In jazz circles, educated and experienced listeners often steer clear of first nights and opening sets of multi-night engagements. They rigidly adhere to that maxim about bands--be it an ad hoc formation or a working band--being a bit rusty or out of sync when a run begins. And while that's often the case, it's not a given. Some groups simply operate at such ...

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Pamela Rose: Tribute To Etta James at The California Jazz Conservatory

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Pamela Rose Tribute To Etta James California Jazz Conservatory Berkeley CA February 6, 2015 Pamela Rose's tribute to Etta James was a stirring live concert/talk/multimedia celebration of the life and career of the legendary soul, R&B, rock, gospel, and jazz artist. The set was interspersed with discussions of James' life experiences, house sing-a longs, and video clips that established context and acted as preludes to the next track. The soulful performance ...

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Sara Gazarek at Birdland

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Sara Gazarek Birdland New York, NY February 13, 2015 New York audiences have had some opportunities to catch California-based vocalist Sara Gazarek in action, but they've been few and far between: A one-nighter at Jazz at Kitano, a Mother's Day brunch at the Blue Note, and more of the like spring to mind. And so it was with excitement and anticipation that Gazarek arrived in New York for her first extended engagement--five nights, finishing ...

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Keri Johnsrud: This Side Of Morning

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For her sophomore effort This Side Of Morning, vocalist Keri Johnsrud presents a collection of original material co-written with pianist Kevin Bales. Featuring a powerhouse band of jny: Chicago musicians including guitarist Neal Alger, bassist Larry Kohut, drummer Jon Deitemyer, and vibraphonist Stephen Lynerd, Keri explores a range of emotions in what amounts to a book of poetry set to music. Much of the album evokes a sense of hope in times of loss. Keri describes difficult situations ...

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Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

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Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year. First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin MacConnell and Tony Miceli on vibes. On Can't Find My Way Home, Jost remakes and remodels several classics from 1960s/'70s pop and rock FM ...

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DUCHESS: DUCHESS

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There's a new vocal super group in town, and it proves that bonhomie hasn't been banished from jazz. DUCHESS--the sublime combination of Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou--is a serious musical force, but it makes some seriously friendly music. Cervini, Gardner, and Stylianou each delivered superb releases on the Anzic imprint in 2014, but that didn't stop them from making time to work out some “girl-on-girl harmony," as they put it. They spread affability throughout New ...

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Lisa Thorson: Lisa Thorson Quartet - Live

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Lisa Thorson is a Boston-based vocalist and educator (she is a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music). She has release three recordings: From This Moment On (Brownstone, 1994), Resonance (GM Recordings, 1999) and Out to Sea (Self Produced, 2002). Even a dedicated teacher must spread her creative wings from time to time, and Thorson does so the present Lisa Thorson Quartet Live recorded at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston (a favorite haunt for fellow Boston vocalists Rebecca Parris ...



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