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Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way

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In the Hebrew language, the ancient word “Rubin" translates as “Behold, a son!" Yes, Alan Rubin, trumpeter, actor, studio phenomenon, beloved friend, respected colleague, loving husband and soulmate to his wife, Mary, was something to behold. Many people—even non-musicians— remember Rubin as a stalwart member of the “Saturday Night Live" and Blues Brothers Bands and as “Mr. Fabulous" in the iconic 1980 and 2000 films. Rendered somewhat “studio anonymous" to the general public similar to other New York trumpet greats ...

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

Read "Erroll Garner: 100th Birthday Anniversary Of The Immortal Swinging Maestro Of Jazz Piano" reviewed by Doug Hall


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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Isabella Lundgren: Looking For The Silver Lining

Read "Isabella Lundgren: Looking For The Silver Lining" reviewed by William H. Snyder


Isabella Lundgren was born on the winter solstice of 1987. Each day after her birth the sun shone longer until summer came. Kind of how one feels listening to her latest album Look for the Silver Lining (Ladybird, 2021). One of Sweden's gifts to the music scene, she's a young woman with a heart and soul for the ages. My interview with her was conducted using James Lipton's Inside the Actor's Studio as a guideline in a 60-minute Zoom call. ...

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Greg Abate: “Be-Bop-Er” Takes His Music To The World

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This article was published posthumously and on behalf of All About Jazz's long-time friend and contributor, Rob Mariani. “Bebop is one of the more complicated forms of jazz music," says Greg Abate, one of New England's most well-known alto sax players. He's been keeping this “art form" alive and thriving for years. “It takes a lot of technique and dexterity to play bebop right," Abate says. “Every good musician knows that jazz is an art ...

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Moers Provides a Festival Blueprint for the Future

Read "Moers Provides a Festival Blueprint for the Future" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Germany's Moers Festival has a long-standing reputation for expanding the boundaries of top-quality musical formats. Performance scope and content is always unique, but last year's 2020 edition provided even more noteworthy distinction than usual. That truly exceptional pandemic production featured typically abundant instrumental, vocal and electronics highlights but more important, even at a greatly reduced scale, the live scene at Moers offered a bright ray of hope at a time Covid-19 was upending life as we knew it.

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

Read "Taiwan's Blue Note Taipei: Jazz Mainstay For Locals And Expats Alike" reviewed by Doug Hall


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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Con Alma: Keeping Pittsburgh Jazz Thriving in Trying Times

Read "Con Alma: Keeping Pittsburgh Jazz Thriving in Trying Times" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Not mentioned nearly enough as a locale that nurtured some of jazz music's most memorable artists, jny: Pittsburgh can boast a jazz history that is unparalleled, especially for a city of its size. Just a partial list of icons that hailed from the area would include Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, George Benson, and Stanley Turrentine. Over the past several decades, the jazz scene there has continued to thrive under the auspices of such presenters as Manchester Craftsmen's Guild ...


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