by Mary Foster Conklin
This midsummer broadcast Included new releases from vocalists Lori Williams, Barb Jungr and Lisa Rich, pianists George Cables, Hiroe Sekine, and a 10th anniversary reissue from bassist John Miller, with birthday shout outs to Jazz Masters Annie Ross and Joanne Brackeen, plus vocalists Lainie Cooke, Janis Siegel, Nnenna Freelon, Karrin Allyson and Carla Hassett, among others. Playlist Marlene Rosenberg Togetherness" from MLK Convergence (Origin) 00:00 Carla Hassett We Belong Here" from +Blue (Paulista Records) 04:06 Luba Mason Freedom" ...read more
by Harry S. Pariser
Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 10, 2018 It would have been Thelonious Monk's 101st birthday this year, but the pianist and composer has not lost his luster over the years. Every year SFJAZZ celebrates his birthday with a concert. Past years have included performances by John Beasley's MONK'estra and Benny Green's Monk's Dream. This year SFJAZZ brought three female pianists to ...read more
by Russ Musto
One of the most heralded pianists of her era, JoAnne Brackeen came to New York in 1965 after cutting her chops jamming with the likes of Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, Charles Lloyd and Dexter Gordon during the waning days of the Central Avenue scene in her native California. After a few dues-paying years here, she landed the piano chair with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, touring with the great drummer from 1969-72, following up the experience with tenures in the bands ...read more
by William Grim
Pianist Joanne Brackeen is one of the best non-Brazilian interpreters of Brazilian music on the scene today. For many years a sideman in a wide variety of jazz combos, Brackeen has a natural flair for Brazilian and Latin rhythms as it quite clear from her brilliant album Breath of Brazil that features the works of a number of composers including Ivan Lins, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendes.
“Madalena” and “Velas” are two songs by Ivan Lins that have become ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Pianist Joanne Brackeen’s Grammy nominated release; “Pink Elephant Magic” easily ranks as one of the top releases of 1999. With her follow up, titled Popsicle illusion - Ms. Brackeen embarks on a solo piano recital that features a series of originals and time honored standards as the jazz public receives yet another extraordinary glimpse of this remarkably talented musician.
Listen to how she seamlessly melds James P. Johnson style stride piano with lush harmonies and jazzy single note leads while ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Joanne Brackeen is an original, that's for sure. And a very talented original, needless to say. Seeming to go her own way in the inspirations for her music, she also goes her own way during a performance. It's as if she sets out with a foundation for a tune, and then anything goes as she builds the structure upon her immovable underpinnings.Take If I Were A Bell". Legitimized by Miles Davis as a source for jazz improvisation, Brackeen ...read more
by David Adler
This virtuosic solo piano outing by Joanne Brackeen gives Chick Corea’s year 2000 solo series a run for its money. It’s also quite a departure from the busier sound of 1999’s Pink Elephant Magic. But like her previous record, Popsicle Illusion is packed with Brackeen’s characteristic exuberance, sophistication, and diverse stylistic command.Beginning with a 7/4 stride piano version of If I Were a Bell," Brackeen goes on to tackle several other standards and four strong originals. She performs ...read more