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Album Review

Nicole Johänntgen: Henry II

Read "Henry II" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Two years on from Henry (Self-Produced, 2016), a pulsating set of contemporary tunes in the New Orleans brass band tradition, Nicole Johänntgen is once again bitten by the Nawlins bug on this vibrant follow-up. The Zurich-based German saxophonist is joined, as before, by trombonist Jon Ramm, drummer Paul Thibodeaux and sousaphone player Steven Glenn—their collective claws sharpened by two years of touring. It follows that the quartet's added road miles have deepened its intuitive language, resulting in music that fairly ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more. Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1 Playlist Jimmy Smith “I Got a Woman" from Live at the Village Gate (Verve) 0:00 Host talks 7:56 Miho Hazama “Magdalena" from Time River (Sunnyside) ...

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Album Review

NICOLE JO: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A most versatile and hard-working musician, Nicole Johänntgen can be heard in a variety of ensembles, embracing elements of India and the Middle East in her ethno-jazz quartet, adopting a contemporary approach to New Orleans jazz as witnessed on the marvellous Henry (Self-Produced, 2017) or tearing it up with guitarist/vocalist Peter Finc in a duo that fuses the languages of pop, rock, jazz, blues and soul to thrilling effect. The German alto saxophonist's longest-standing band, however, is the quartet NICOLE ...

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Interview

Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird

Read "Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In Richard Bach's book Jonathon Livingston Seagull (Macmillan 1970), the tale of a seagull with a passion for flight and freedom, there is a line that goes: “Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly." Nicole Johänntgen, jazz musician, composer, bandleader, educator and advocate for women musicians, saw the way to fly from an early ...

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Live Review

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson


12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues jny: Penang, Malaysia December 1-4, 2016 A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival, as it was officially billed, perhaps weren't taking any chances. Although the monsoon season in Western Malaysia isn't too severe, a late ...

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Album Review

Nicole Johanntgen: Henry

Read "Henry" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Still only in her mid-thirties, Zurich-based German alto saxophonist/composer Nicole Johänntgen has been performing and tirelessly exploring music for over twenty years. With half a dozen recordings as leader under her belt, Johänntgen turns to New Orleans for inspiration on Henry. Named after her father, who used to play trombone in lieu of an early morning alarm clock for the young Johänntgen, the songs were written during a six-month sojourn in New York and recorded in the Crescent City. The ...


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