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by Christine Passarella
It was a bitterly cold day in January 2013, I had endured a move from Long Beach, Long Island in October 2012 having to leave my beach house for good after the unsettling nature of Super Storm Sandy came down hard on the barrier island. I longed to get back into the city as the new year began, yearning for normalcy which includes listening to great live jazz. I decided to traverse into Manhattan, the traffic was heavy due to ...read more
by Patrick Burnette
Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. For You is his twentieth release as a leader, and it finds him paying homage to Hubbard ("My Man Hubbard"), McCoy Tyner ("88 Strong"), Pharoah Sanders ("Mr. Sanders"--though really, the vibe is more great-quartet era of John Coltrane than Sanders), and Walton (two tunes by the pianist: Simple Pleasure" and Holy Land"). ...read more
by Joe Dimino
This week's episode begins with the exceptional saxophonist Javon Jackson and music off his latest CD For You. The show revolves around Javon's long jazz journey as we play cuts from legends like Sonny Stitt and Art Blakey. The show goes on to highlight new music from Stefon Harris, Javier Santiago and Freckle Legend. We also feature music by veterans like Ken Wiley and Christian McBride and their newest CDs. This hour will come to a rousing ...read more
by Geoff Anderson
We Four Dazzle Denver, CO October 21, 2017 The majority of Twentieth Century jazz was represented on stage at Dazzle Saturday night. Either the players were there, in person, or they were merely one degree of separation from the key action and the dominant personalities. History lessons can be nice, but jazz is a performing art and it's what's happening on stage right now that counts. There was no problem in that department because the ...read more
by Marc Davis
If the iconic sound of Blue Note Records could be summed up in just one band, it would surely be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years--1955 to 1990--the Messengers were the heart and soul of hard bop, on Blue Note and other labels. But what happened when Blakey died in 1990? Where did the music and the musicians go after that? For decades, Blakey trained a Who's Who of young jazz royalty. Many became legends. ...read more
by Jim Santella
As a member of drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson learned what it takes to create good music. One of the most influential teachers for several generations, Blakey stressed the importance of finding your groove and sticking to it. He demanded that each of his Messengers step up and take the bull by the horns in order to remain strong. The formula worked wonders for successive Jazz Messengers from the 1950s until Blakey's passing in October 1990. ...read more
by John Barron
Audiences who first came to know Javon Jackson through his recordings for Criss Cross and Blue Note shouldn't be the least bit surprised when the Joe Henderson-inspired tenor saxophonist, who first came to prominence with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, releases a commercially conscious disc like Now. As with his previous efforts for Palmetto Records, 2003's Easy Does It and 2005's Have You Heard, Now focuses on listener-friendly grooves while emphasizing the strengths of the top-tier musicians involved.
From the opening ...read more