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Mariza at Town Hall

Read "Mariza at Town Hall" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


Mariza Town Halk New York, NY October 15, 2016 As part of her first major U.S. tour in nearly five years (she took a break to start a family), Mariza kicked off her set at Town Hall in a more traditional manner, backed by Portuguese and Spanish guitars and acoustic bass, which acknowledged the heritage of the music of Alfama, the Lisbon neighborhood where her career began--including the classic black dress worn by most fado ...

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Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH

Read "Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH" reviewed by Steve Bryant


Jason Marsalis Quartet SOUTH Philadelphia, PA October 5, 2015 It is difficult under normal circumstances for the youngest sibling in a family. When that family is named Marsalis then the dynamic changes and there exists a whole slew of standards and expectations. That is the environment that Jason Marsalis has had to deal with over the course of his life. Of course it doesn't help that his older brothers, trumpeter Wynton and ...

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The Cookers at Birdland

Read "The Cookers at Birdland" reviewed by Dorothy Johnson-Laird


The Cookers Birdland New York, NY September 17, 2016 On a warm night in New York City The Cookers took the stage. This appearance at Birdland marked the release of their latest CD, The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart (Smoke Session Records, 2016). Each member of the front line is a jazz stalwart, and leaders of their own bands. Billy Harper is old enough to have played with Art Blakey's Jazz ...

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Paris Jazz Scene: Summer 2016

Read "Paris Jazz Scene: Summer 2016" reviewed by Patricia Myers


F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has only two things toward which we drift as we grow older--intelligence and good manners." And I would add great jazz! Although many think that much of jny: Paris shuts down in mid-to late-summer, that's not true for most of the 30-some regular jazz clubs, although a few close for two ...

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The Merion Inn: A Jazz Gem in Cape May, New Jersey

Read "The Merion Inn: A Jazz Gem in Cape May, New Jersey" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Cape May, New Jersey is one of the oldest resort towns in the United States. Dating back to the Victorian Era, it has, over the past few decades hosted jazz festivals in April and November. The Merion Inn, on Decatur Street, is one of the oldest bar/restaurants in Cape May. It is a place for adults who value a good (real) martini, good food and good vibes created by top-notch jazz pianists playing daily from 5 PM, and ...

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Green Lady Lounge: A Jazz Club With a Point of View

Read "Green Lady Lounge: A Jazz Club With a Point of View" reviewed by Larry Kopitnik


Stepping into the Green Lady Lounge feels like stepping back into the 1940s. Dim lighting, red walls, red drapes and faux-classic art lining the walls all build a classic ambiance. This must be what a jazz club in jny: Kansas City used to feel like. That's all by design. It's owner John Scott's vision or, as he puts it, his point of view. “It's the club's responsibility to get the patrons in," Scott explains. “When I ...

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At Mara's... Sweet, Savory and Seasoned with Jazz

Read "At Mara's... Sweet, Savory and Seasoned with Jazz" reviewed by Gloria Krolak


On a Friday night at Mara's Café and Bakery in Berkeley Heights, you can satisfy several cravings at once: Answer the dinner bell, soothe a sweet tooth and hear eight New Jersey locals wail at some not-so-standard jazz tunes. The octet is Jazz Lab 6+2, which began as a sextet, then added two more players. These are serious and gifted multi-instrumentalists who burn to share what they've concocted in their laboratory. Jackson Liu, Mara's owner, gave them free rein over ...


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