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Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Read "Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell" reviewed by Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Meet Hazel Mitchell-Bell Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell has become one of Washington, D.C.'s first ladies of jazz. With highly praised first album, Stronger than Ever, under her belt, and The Journey Continues set for release in 2020, she appears on festival, concert and club stages, enjoying one sellout after another. Working closely with pianist and music director, Vince Evans, she performs in a big band and smaller ensembles, stoking the fires of the D.C. jazz scene. Born in Fayetteville, ...

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Tim Berne: The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Read "The Fantastic Mrs. 10" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne has never met anything or anyone he doesn't instantly want to re-invent, invert, dismantle and polish into his own image. And no, it's not any kind of savior thing, messianic impulse or Dr. Stranglove fixation. He simply hears and sees things more offbeat, peculiar,and colorful, thank you very much. So too does any configuration of Snakeoil, Berne's wiry, spidery and like-minded core of engineers. As a league onto themselves, bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega, drummer ...

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Farnell Newton, Nuphar Fey and a tribute to Jon Christensen

Read "Farnell Newton, Nuphar Fey and a  tribute to Jon Christensen" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Two featured new albums from Farnell Newton and Nuphar Fey and a comprehensive tribute to Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen who passed away on 18th February Farnell Newton gets up on the good foot and heads off full speed ahead on his second leader album for Posi-Tone. This action packed session features the high powered front line of Newton's trumpet, and Brandon Wright's hard-swinging tenor saxophone, alongside the all-star rhythm section of organist Brian Charette and drummer Rudy Royston. ...

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Raphael Fusco: Remixed

Read "Remixed" reviewed by Jim Olin

Raphael Fusco is a talented pianist and composer who defies stylistic boundaries, blessed with the ability to bridge the diverse worlds of contemporary classical and jazz. When most people hear of remixes, they often think of electronic musicians going for a different, super high-energy spin on some pop tracks. However, this project is quite different. Fusco managed to set the bar higher and redefine the concept of a remix by adapting classical compositions by some of the most celebrated composers ...

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Ayman Fanous: Negoum

Read "Negoum" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist and composer Ayman Fanous is a musical explorer who thrives in duet settings. He has recorded three such outings over a span of a dozen years, the latter of which is the mystical and haunting Negoum (Stars in Arabic). On it Fanous collaborates with the restlessly inventive cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, who has pushed boundaries of her instrument into uncharted territory. When writing the music for this album Fanous drew inspiration from the work of medieval Islamic scholar ...

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Wako: Wako

Read "Wako" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bands will often self-title their debut album, as a kind of calling card to the world at large. But doing so on a fourth album implies a serious coming of age statement: this is really who we are. That is certainly the case here. Its third album, Urolige sinn (Øra Fonogram, 2018), was a blend of composed and improvised music: a collective voice, with a rare concision and focus. This album is entirely self-composed, with the bulk of the tracks ...

PROFILES

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rex Gregory

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rex Gregory" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America, on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary ...


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