All About Jazz

Home » Member Page

Francis Lo Kee

Francis Lo Kee has contributed reviews to AAJ since May 2005.

About Me

Jazz has the potential of being the art form with the most complete synthesis of intellect and emotion.

I have loved jazz since I was a teenager, when my father brought home Monk’s “Underground”. I loved everything about it: the swing feel of Larry Gales’ and Ben Riley’s bass and drums, Charlie Rouse’s melodic and rhythmic sax playing and Monk’s piano playing which had revealed different layers of thought every time I listened to it! I even loved the cover!

I like music that really succeeds at what it sets out to do (which to me seems to involve intellectual and emotional impact) and so “style” or “genre” is irrelevant. I would like to share my enthusiasm for great, hard-working musicians, perhaps with a little more emphasis on the underdog, while warning listeners of “the emperor’s new clothes”.

My Favorites

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.