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Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 24, 2017 This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," which on the CD cover, with Martino standing beside a statue of a lion, connoted the presence of the master with his pride. Here, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pat Martino: Formidable

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The title “Formidable" and the striking cover photo of Pat Martino in profile in front of a statue of a lion suggests that the great guitarist is going to unleash awesome powers. However, the proper meaning of formidable in this context is more to be taken as the presence of the master. Here and now, in late career, the lion is content. He displays his supremacy in a group setting. He leads the players in a moveable feast that recapitulates ...

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Michelle Lordi: Dream a Little Dream

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Michelle Lordi graces the Philadelphia area with her singing, and her album releases and club dates in New York and elsewhere are gaining her wider recognition as she continues her regular local gigs. She sings clearly, straight ahead, and with panache. In this album, she brings together a septet of outstanding instrumentalists for a nostalgic set of standards from the American Songbook with “small big band" arrangements by saxophonist Larry McKenna reminiscent of those which Bill Holman did during his ...

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Nate Birkey: Rome

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With this listenable and relaxed album, trumpeter Nate Birkey joins with four excellent musicians he hooked up with while playing in Italy to deliver a set of mostly ballads in his signature style with introspective improvising, empathic warmth, and minimal vibrato. His playing here is reminiscent of Bix Beiderbecke, one of Chet Baker's formative influences. The band, consisting of Roberto Tarenzi and Manuel Magrini alternating on piano, Luca Bulgarelli on bass. and Alessandro Marzi on drums is well attuned to ...

WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture

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Five All About Jazz interviews provided source information for this article. To access them, click on the following links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 [In a series of five interviews entitled “The Many Faces of Jazz: Critical Dialogues," All About Jazz asked three musicians, a public relations manager, and a jazz educator about the state of jazz in the world today. The one ...

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Jim Ridl: Project 142 at the DiMenna Center

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Jim Ridl Tones and Tomes in Tempo DiMenna Center New York, NY October 19, 2017 Jim Ridl is a brilliant and imaginative pianist whose music is true to his North Dakota origins while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. Versatile and adaptive to almost any situation, he fronts his own groups, is a frequent sideman, and a prolific composer. He occupies a monthly residence at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village and recently released ...

INTERVIEW

Wouter Turkenburg: Jazz Education in the New Millennium

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6All About Jazz and Wouter Turkenburg would like to dedicate this interview to the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker (1949-2007). In addition to his prodigious accomplishments as an instrumentalist and band leader, Brecker was an exceptional worldwide teacher and mentor, both by example and instruction in countless workshops and classes. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music and ...

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Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

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This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced a series of ground-breaking Blue Note albums. Now, at 80, Hayes' drumming is as superb and as youthful as ever, a reason in itself ...

JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 17, 2017 [This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, you can check out that review-Eds.] The famed Monterey Jazz Festival, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the longest-running jazz festival ...


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