Articles by Doug Hall

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Catching Up With

Bobby West: 30 years performing abroad, but Leimert Park still home

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Bobby West, jazz pianist, international performer, and composer, has split his professional career between Los Angeles, California and since 1993, living and performing abroad. He has successfully managed a transition to have residence and perform in Asia, the Middle East and Europe over the last 30 years. He is currently residing in Taiwan and playing in a variety of jazz clubs in the capital of Taipei, including the Blue Note Taipei and Yuppy's Bookstore. His debut release Leimert ...

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Falkner Evans: Invisible Words

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Within the songs that make-up Invisible Words (CAP, 2021), jazz pianist and composer Falkner Evans is facing a profound loss and delivering an intricate and gorgeous musical response. Losing his wife and soul partner abruptly last year, after 30 years of marriage (she took her own life), Evans has found a way to create a reflective tribute and moving celebration of his wife's life. Returning to his instrument in the form of a well-worn piano, in the basement ...

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Jon Irabagon: Channeling Charlie Parker In The Black Hills

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An un-planned flight from peak Covid spread in New York City in March 2020, led jazz saxophonist and composer Jon Irabagon to escape to in-laws located next to the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. Winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Competition and named “Musician of the Year" in 2012 by The New York City Jazz Record, Irabagon has been noted for his “extraordinary eclecticism" as referenced in a 2019 article by Jazz Times critic Thomas Conrad. Irabagon has ...

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Erroll Garner: 100th Birthday Anniversary Of The Immortal Swinging Maestro Of Jazz Piano

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The hundredth birthday of the legendary and brilliant virtuoso Erroll Garner is being marked by tributes including The Erroll Garner Project, which has released additional recordings and a remastering of existing recordings by the swing maestro of jazz piano. His popularity as an in-demand international performer and his landmark record Concert by the Sea (Columbia, 1955) is also a reminder of how Garner brought modern jazz to a larger mainstream audience without ever compromising the integrity of his compositions.

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Taiwan's Blue Note Taipei: Jazz Mainstay For Locals And Expats Alike

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Though jazz knows no boundaries, it still remains a wonderful surprise and reward to find a gem of a jazz club in whatever corner of the world you happen to find yourself. Since 1974, The Blue Note Taipei, a cozy historic jazz café in the capital city of Taiwan, has been just such a place for loyal local listeners, tourists visiting from abroad, students of jazz or new ears to the music. In short, since becoming co-owners/managers in 2019, Huang ...

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Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

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If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece—Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the first creators of modern jazz and a major influence on the later development of the bebop movement. He influenced all its key players, along ...

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Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant

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The passing of a giant in all categories of jazz. Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy Award winner, keyboard virtuoso as pianist, composer and arranger has earned, by contribution and breadth of musicianship, all the accolades, awards and recognition. If ever the title applied: a legendary figure in jazz. Beyond Corea's range of solo compositions and collaborations are the breadth of cutting-edge bands he formed over six decades. A highlights list includes the seminal jazz-rock fusion group Return to ...


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