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Jazz Articles

INTERVIEWS

Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music

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If one should by chance be curious of what is happening with jazz in the city of Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest, one would do well to check out what trumpeter Thomas Marriott is up to. Thomas has established himself as one the most exciting artists to emerge on the national jazz scene in the past decade, in part by releasing eleven albums as a leader on the Origin Records label, and with his riveting live performances on stage with ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson

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Whisper Not Benny Golson and Jim Merod 335 Pages ISBN: 9781439913338 Temple University Press 2016 jny: Philadelphia has always been a cradle for outstanding jazz talent, though when it comes to durability surely none can match Benny Golson, who began playing seventy years ago. At 87, Golson--an NEA Jazz Master--still leads small ensembles and fronts big bands who play his charts. “Killer Joe," “I Remember Clifford," “Stablemates," “Whisper Not" and “Along Came ...

LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 2-4, 2016 The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the better and some for the worst. There certainly has been a more concerted effort to garner donors and folks willing to pay the big ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Melito: New York Connections

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It's somewhat misleading to summarize Mike Melito's New York Connections by dropping a few names of past masters for credibility's sake, applauding him for preserving the essence of hard bop designs from the 50s and 60s, and emphasizing just how effective he is at forging ties to these avenues of the music. Though all of these factors are germane, they're only a small part of the whole tale. The Rochester, NY area drummer and a band of excellent New York ...

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Stan Getz: Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Saxophonist Stan Getz shines in this disc, recorded early in his career with top-flight musicians who created a perfect setting for his skills and sensitivity. Give him an “A" in “Plays well with others." Background Like Zoot Sims (see “If I'm Lucky" in this “Getting Into Jazz" ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow

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Chicago-based saxophonist Shawn Maxwell has produced an excellent run of straight ahead CD releases in the past decade, sets like his two self-produced discs, Originals (2006) and Originals II (2008), and Maxwell's House (Chicago Session LTD, 2010) before he changed his game up with Shawn Maxwell's Alliance (Chicago Sessions LTD, 2015), a shift away from mainstream quartet--sax and rhythm section--to a walk-on-the-mini-big-band wild side, with a group that includes French horns, vibes, a vocalist and additional saxophones. So what about ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Turre at SMOKE

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Steve Turre SMOKE New York, NY Sept 11, 2016 It's not an exaggeration to state up front that New York, jazz capital of the world, contains a virtually limitless variety of jazz music joys available to anyone on any given night, which can make choosing which gig to see, and where, no simple matter. For a few reasons, the third and final night of Steve Turre and an all-star ensemble at SMOKE ...

INTERVIEWS

Ron Carter: Detroit Jazz Festival 2016 Artist-In-Residence

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As the artist-in-residence for the 37th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, Ron Carter maintained an active role in both the artistic and educational functions that accompanied this distinguished position, made even more extraordinary by the fact that it was all happening in his hometown. Having teamed with Pat Metheny last year for a stellar duo set at the festival, artistic director Chris Collins got the idea that the time was ripe for the seventy-nine-year-old bassist to return to Detroit ...


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