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Gregory Porter: Donny Hathaway Live

Read "Gregory Porter: Donny Hathaway Live" reviewed by William Ellis


"The Donny Hathaway Live album is so special because it captures—with full concentration—the thing that's special in live performance. That communication, that exchange of audience and artist. There's back and forth conversation, the women and the men in the audience are screaming things back to Donny and Donny's of course responding musically—and responding incredibly musically. You can feel the emotion in the room as soon as the needle hits the record. That communication—it's not just jazz, it's not just soul, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Gregory Porter, Kronos Quartet, Alberto Pinton, Pat Metheny & More New Releases

Read "Gregory Porter, Kronos Quartet, Alberto Pinton, Pat Metheny & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Gregory Porter kicks off the party with his uplifting “Revival Song" while electro-acoustic projects keep the momentum going during the first half and jazz-meets-contemporary music albums take over the second half, including the latest by Pat Metheny first adventure on a new label, Modern Recordings, as well as the celebrated Kronos Quartet in two quite different projects. Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Gregory Porter “Revival Song" All Rise ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

Read "Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling" reviewed by Russell Perry


Kurt Elling has been the dominant male vocalist in jazz for the past 20 years, winning the Down Beat Critics Poll from 2000-2013. Gregory Porter released his first record in 2010 and was recognized in the same poll as a rising star in 2013. He won the critics poll in five of the past seven years, with Elling being recognized in 2018 and 2019. For fans of jazz singing, the regular releases from these two singers are annual highlights. Like all ...

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In Pictures

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2019

Read "San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2019" reviewed by Gregory Savage


Hot fun in the summertime is what the 30th San Jose Jazz Summer Fest was all about. With stages titled Swing, Blues / Big Easy, Salsa, Jazz Beyond and Gospel, you get a sense of what sounds were in the air. The festival was held August 9th through the 11th in beautiful downtown San Jose, California. From high school bands to rising stars like Aneesa Strings and Amy D., mix in jazz talents Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter, Sons Of Kemet, ...

Radio & Podcasts

What Is Jazz? Vol.1 with Jimmy Mac

Read "What Is Jazz? Vol.1 with Jimmy Mac" reviewed by Mr Lob


What is Jazz? Is it freedom, is it tradition, is it alive, does it continue to evolve and thrive or is it an art form stuck in time? I cannot answer any of these questions or even really tell you what Jazz is. I can tell you how it makes me feel, where it takes me and what it means to me, but best I leave that to the music which does it much more eloquently. This ...

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Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Nice, France July 16-21, 2018 The 2018 Nice festival started like a damp squib when a crashing, flashing thunderstorm hit the city an hour before the opening. The ensuing deluge made the stages and electrics unsafe. With no chance of rescheduling, most musicians left town for their next gig and the first night was cancelled. The ambassador of the Festival Gregory Porter delayed singing his tribute to Nat King Cole by ...

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Jazz Bastard

December 2017: Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington

Read "December 2017:  Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The holiday season may be behind us, but the Jazz Bastard Podcast keeps rolling on. Here's a look at December's episodes. On podcast 130, we celebrate our fifth anniversary by discussing four recordings by quintets. Rare recordings by Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet evoke Miles Davis' second great quintet for us and get analyzed at length. “Out" players have a good showing, as albums by Oliver Lake and Jimmy Lyons are featured. Mike waxes rhapsodic about ...


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