Articles by La-Faithia White

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Album Review

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

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After a seven-year hiatus Poncho Sanchez pushes through with a passion project and a meaningful tribute to one of his mentors, saxophonist John Coltrane, on Trane's Delight. The feeling of jazz comes together beautifully in this tribute to Coltrane as well as in the remake of the Duke Ellington classic “The Feeling Of Jazz." Sanchez and his award-winning band succeed with a very smooth and classy salsa sound. The horn section blows splendidly on the melody, along with ...

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Album Review

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Breathe

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Dr. Lonnie Smith, guru of the Hammond B3 organ for over five decades, now releases eight songs, six of which were recorded live in 2017 at The Jazz Standard in New York City, during his seventy-fifth birthday. In December 2020, The Jazz Standard closed because of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic which has taken the lives of many jazz clubs throughout the USA. The opening song, “Why Can't We Live Together," is a remake of the 1972 ...

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Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2020

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Music is the gift that keeps on giving, especially during difficult times. Music also helps us navigate through our busy days and long nights. The artists included in my Best of 2020 list have shared their gifts and talents with these outstanding releases. Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits Live Blue Note Records John Coltrane Giant Steps 60th Anniversary Atlantic Records Gregory Porter All Rise ...

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Catching Up With

How Do We Keep The Music Playing?

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While most of us across the country and overseas have been confined to our homes due to COVID-19, normal life as we once knew, has changed. Typically in April we are celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month outdoors with friends, and attending jazz concerts. Now more than ever, this is a time where we must appreciate and support jazz musicians across the globe. To date, we have lost the following musicians to COVID-19. Saxophonist Lee Konitz, pianist Ellis Marsalis, guitarist ...

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Interview

Bruce Jones: Growing Up With Jazz

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The impact of living in a musical household, witnessing your dad and your uncles jamming in the basement can definitely create a positive and meaningful outlook for a young kid. Stories of growing up jazz come to mind for Bruce Jones, the eldest son of trumpeter, composer, and band leader Thad Jones. Bruce is also the nephew of pianist, arranger, composer and band leader Hank Jones, and nephew of drummer and band leader Elvin Jones. Bruce is the ...

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Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2019

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The year is coming to a close and I have enjoyed listening to so many new jazz releases. I present to you my top ten list of new recordings that have sparked my attention, and for your listening experience. Carmen Lundy Modern Ancestors Afrasia Productions Marquis Hill Love Tape Black Music Group Terri Lyne Carrington Waiting Game Motema Music Poncho Sanchez ...

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In Pictures

The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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Jazz and Blues lovers enjoyed a breathtaking view on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, North Carolina for the ninth annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The two day event happens every Labor Day weekend. Saturday's lineup consisted of the John Coltrane Youth Workshop, Laurin Talese with the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band under the direction of trumpeter and educator Mondre Moffett, five-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon who was joined by living legend Benny Golson, three-time ...


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