Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

Articles | Featured | Future

ALBUM REVIEWS

San Francisco String Trio: May I Introduce To You

Read "May I Introduce To You" reviewed by

This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the most iconic albums in popular music history, so naturally a lot of musicians are celebrating it. Here the San Francisco String Trio try their hand at interpreting the album in a jazz context.This group is made up of three noted string players, violinist Mads Tolling, guitarist Mimi Fox and bassist Jeff Denson. They have no trouble paring ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

San Francisco String Trio: May I Introduce To You

Read "May I Introduce To You" reviewed by

Fifty years after its release, The Beatles masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, has not only seen a resurgence in its popularity, but a slew of inquisitive musicians continue to glean from its creative depths. May I Introduce To You is an intellectual tribute to this iconic album by the San Francisco String Trio, who discovered a treasure trove of material for musical exploration, setting a new standard for jazz interpretation of the Fab Four. The trio ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Mimi Fox: Standards, Old & New

Read "Standards, Old & New" reviewed by

Guitarist Mimi Fox's nearly 30-year career has produced several solo standards recitals. Standards, Old & New steps out of the box for some not-so-standard standards from the folk realm (pastoral arrangements of Woody Guthrie's “This Land is Your Land," The Beatles' “She's Leaving Home" and Bob Dylan's “Blowin' In The Wind") and more recent jazz (a marching rendition of pianist Chick Corea's “500 Miles High").Fox received kudos from guitarist Joe Pass before his death and it was certainly ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Ottawa Jazz Festival 2008: Days 4-6, June 23-25, 2008

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival 2008: Days 4-6, June 23-25, 2008" reviewed by

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-8 | Days 10- 11 Renaud Garcia-Fons / Corkestra / Lee Konitz Mimi Fox / Amir Amiri / Berne, Anker, Speed TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 23-25, 2008 When you run an outdoor festival you're at the mercy of the weather, but one thunderstorm aside, the first three days of the ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Mimi Fox: Perpetually Hip

Read "Perpetually Hip" reviewed by

Recently having heard and been impressed by Mimi Fox's performance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, I was looking forward to hearing the guitarist's most recent CD, Perpetually Hip. The double-disc release is actually two separate albums.

The first features Fox with the excellent rhythm section of pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Harvie S. and drummer Billy Hart. This disc features seven tracks, three of which were penned by Fox, including her beautiful original title tune, which features a wonderful solo by ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Mimi Fox at the Dana Point Community House

Read "Mimi Fox at the Dana Point Community House" reviewed by

Mimi Fox Solo Guitar Concert Series Dana Point Community House Dana Point, California April 21, 2006

About an hour's drive south of Los Angeles, the quaint beach community of Dana Point sits nestled between rolling hills and coastal bluffs that overlook the harbor. Along with recreational boating, sport fishing, bicycling, parasailing, surfing and a host of similar leisure activities, the city pays homage to the arts in general--jazz and blues in ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Mimi Fox: Perpetually Hip

Read "Perpetually Hip" reviewed by

While the title track for Perpetually Hip was written for a friend, it also describes the composer, Mimi Fox, who wrote three of the songs that she interprets on this two-disc set. She works with her New York band on disc one, giving a standout performance that has everyone working cohesively and soloing with spontaneity. Straight-ahead jazz is certainly her forte.

When working with her quartet, Fox creates airs on her guitar that are as lovely as Diana ...

INTERVIEWS

Mimi Fox: Getting Her Due

Read "Mimi Fox: Getting Her Due" reviewed by

Mimi Fox is slowly but surely beginning to get her due. Named a “rising star" in the DownBeat magazine critics' poll in 2003 and again in 2004, signed to a growing young label (Favored Nations), and with a discography that's up to seven discs under her own name (alongside dozens of side gigs), Fox's fluid guitar chops are finally beginning to reach a wide audience.

In January 2005, Fox will conduct a clinic on the art of ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Mimi Fox: She's the Woman

Read "She's the Woman" reviewed by

Why there are so few woman instrumentalists in jazz is a mystery. While there have been a few, like Mary Lou Williams, who have earned a solid place in the music's history, jazz remains a genre dominated mainly by men. Cut to San Francisco Bay Area guitarist Mimi Fox, who, with a strong post-bop style that bridges the gap between traditional and modern styles, will hopefully gain the recognition she deserves. After a series of recordings on smaller independent labels, ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Mimi Fox: She's the Woman

Read "She's the Woman" reviewed by

One of Camille Paglia's counter-arguments against the claims of certain particularly misleading types of feminism is that there are no notable female rock guitarists. In jazz, however, Mimi Fox could give Paglia a run for her money as she can...and already has...played ball in several jazz leagues. In her latest release, some of her fare, such as “Denny's Tune, shouldn't be excluded even from the smoother hinterlands of jazz. Its steeled drummed enhancements frame a guitarist and an ensemble of ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Maye Cavallaro and Mimi Fox: Hearts

Read "Hearts" reviewed by

The Redhead Records release Hearts places singer Maye Cavallaro in a challengingly minimalist setting. Accompanied by guitarist Mimi Fox, as well as Paul McCandless on reeds and Ian Dogole on percussion, Cavallaro offers 12 tracks, each a personnel rendition of standards ranging from Ellington to Paul Simon. Mimi Fox’s versatile and expressive guitar work buoys the entire album, supporting the pared down arrangements and Cavallaro’s theatrical interpretations. Fox’s talents, however, can only mitigate against Cavallaro’s average range ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Maye Cavallaro & Mimi Fox: Hearts

Read "Hearts" reviewed by

Maye Cavallaro's new album, Hearts, is, to paraphrase Gilbert & Sullivan, "a most ingenious paradox" – in other words, a knotty challenge for a reviewer. To state the problem as clearly as possible, Cavallaro is a very good singer who receives admirable support from guitarist Mimi Fox, percussionist Ian Dogole and multi-reedist Paul McCandless, and I'd like nothing better than to say that the album really knocked me out – but I can't. The fact is, I found much of ...