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In Pictures

15 Months Later: How A Historic Los Angeles Performance Space Survived Covid

Read "15 Months Later: How A Historic Los Angeles Performance Space Survived Covid" reviewed by Chuck Koton


On March 1, 2020 The World Stage in Leimert Park, the cultural heart of the Black community in Los Angeles, hosted a fundraising concert to help Eliane Henri complete her documentary on the late, great horn master, Roy Hargrove. The performance featured veterans tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and Willie Jones on drums, rising stars, pianist Gerald Clayton and Mike Gurrola on bass and included a short video of the still in-progress film. Little did anyone in the venue realize that ...

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Film Review

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Read "Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Various Artists Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Onyx Collective/Searchlight Pictures 2021 One of the most thought-provoking moments in Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson's documentary on the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival comes from a festival attendee, looking back from the distant perspective of half a century. “I had never seen so many black people before," he recalls, still awestruck, all these years later, at the memory of 50,000 black people gathered ...

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Album Review

Neil Gonsalves Trio: Blessings and Blues

Read "Blessings and Blues" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This third release from South African pianist/composer Neil Gonsalves is a celebration of the motherland, reflection on life at (and beyond) the age of 50 and clear acknowledgement of the bearing and blanketing nature of the blues, used herein as a powerful springboard to discovery. Leading an incredibly capable trio with bassist Ildo Nanja and drummer Riley Giandhari, Gonsalves explores dimensions well beyond any implied form or formal nature. That's clear from the start, as “The Calling" ...

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Album Review

Jeff Pearring/Pearring Sound: Socially Distanced Duos

Read "Socially Distanced Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Jeff Pearring's background in jazz, classical, reggae and other genres has informed his creative process in ways that are not always apparent. That turns out to be a good thing as his ability to encapsulate influences without genuflecting is part of his music's appeal. The alto saxophonist, a Brooklyn-based Colorado native, is a Connie Crothers protégé with a similarly independent mindset. Billed as “Pearring Sound," the saxophonist surrounds himself with a rotation of players varying on three previous, self-produced albums, ...

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Radio

Different Corners of the World of Jazz

Read "Different Corners of the World of Jazz" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show an eclectic mix where all corners of the jazz universe are explored including straight-ahead playing, free improvisation, exotic baroque fusion, and romantic music. We visit Australia, South America, the USA, Europe and the UK, and travel in time between 1969 and 2021.Playlist Alex Collins, Karl Latham, Ryan Berg “Stella By Starlight" from Together (Dropzonejazz Records) 00:46 Alexander Hawkins, Evan Parker “Jump Start" from Leaps In Leicester (Clean Feed Records) 10:44 Third Ear Band “Fire" ...

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Interview

Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

Read "Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. The venue turned out to be a bar-restaurant with a recently remodeled music room on the second floor with surprisingly good acoustics and sound ...

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Profile

Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way

Read "Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


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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