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The Venue Owner: Henry Wong of An Die Musik

Read "The Venue Owner: Henry Wong of An Die Musik" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

As the Covid crisis continues to ravage the music and entertainment business I was interested to speak to a venue owner. Clubs are at the front lines of the suffering and, undoubtedly, many will not survive the pandemic. I got an interesting perspective from Henry Wong, owner of An Die Musik located in the historic district of jny: Baltimore Maryland. The philosophy behind his venue is simple although possibly controversial in our capitalist society--musical culture first, money second. His venue ...

MEET THE STAFF

Meet B.D. Lenz

Read "Meet B.D. Lenz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: Hackettstown, New Jersey (USA) I joined All About Jazz in: 2018 Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I feel that having been a bandleader for so long has given me a much better understanding of the business side. I've accomplished a lot as an independent musician and have learned so much over the years that I wanted to share what I learned. Musicians often ignore this aspect of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol: The Rise Up

Read "The Rise Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, the boundaries of jazz have spread far beyond any perimeter its early enthusiasts could have envisioned. Yes, the idea for composer / arranger Mehmet Ali Sanlikol's The Rise Up was advanced by saxophonist Dave Liebman--and yes, there's no way to downgrade his jazz credentials. Liebman, Sanlikol says, asked that the piece draw from Turkish and Sephardic Jewish traditions as well as cultural and historical experiences, and feature him as soprano saxophone soloist. Two years later, Sanlikol completed a picturesque ...

ALBUM REVIEW

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: New York Moment

Read "New York Moment" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

On New York Moment, pianist JC Hopkins and his twelve-piece Biggish Band tend to a flame that's been burning since prior to World War II, the sound of large dance bands (with and without vocalists) who moved audiences with both sophistication and swing. Hopkins' Moment rotates Vanisha-Arleen Gould, Joy Hanson, Nico Sarbanes (who also plays trumpet), Shawn Whitehorn and Alicyn Yaffee (guitar) as lead vocalists. The opening track leaves you genuinely “Beguiled" as vocalists Nico and Joy harmonize ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Ulery: Pollinator

Read "Pollinator" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

What a wonderful lift to an otherwise dismal year is Pollinator, Chicago based bassist Matt Ulery's unabashed revelry in swing jazz circa King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton. Add a few pops, skips and other random surface noises to the sound of these eight unbridled, hothouse Ulery compositions and you'd swear you were sitting in and listening to the real thing. Because Pollinator sure sounds like your grandad's 78s. Those mysteriously heavy, black platters that set you on this beautiful ...

RADIO

A tribute to Eddie Gale plus a mix of old and new releases

Read "A tribute to Eddie Gale plus a mix of old and new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show a tribute to trumpeter, Sun Ra alum, and musical educator Eddie Gale who recently passed away. Also featured, the second album in the Catalytic Artist Album fundraising series from the Erotic Winds trio Joe McPhee with Joe Giardullo and John Howard. As well as some other new releases and archive cuts there is further exploration of the recordings of Italian Saxophonist Felice Clemente. Playlist Steve Cardenas “Lost and Found" from Blue Has a Range (Sunnyside) ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Antonio Adolfo: BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento

Read "BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Antonio Adolfo and Milton Nascimento are two legends of Brazilian music. These individuals have had a long history of friendship and appreciation, so it should come as no surprise that Adolfo decided to put together an album dedicated to the music of Nascimento. Hence BruMa : Celebrating Milton Nascimento. The reach and influence of singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento stretches far beyond his native Brazil. Among his many achievements are Grammy Nominations, and Down Beat Polls. Many of his compositions ...


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