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Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love

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We're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing two very important groups of people: our fund drive supporters who helped make much of the 2017 website improvements possible and our staff who contributed articles and reviews to All About Jazz daily. Both contributions were immeasurable and we thank you all for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. Thanks again! A daily commitment since 1995

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Steve Slagle: Dedication

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Steve Slagle is one of those players that's often overlooked yet hard to forget. Why this sixty-five-year-old saxophonist who's constantly bringing energy and a spirit of exploration to the fore doesn't get the ink or marquees that come to his musical peers ten years his senior or several decades his junior is something of a head-scratcher. If you've seen him as a sideman, encountered him co-leading a band with guitarist Dave Stryker, checked out his duo work with pianist Bill ...

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Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern

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To be blessed with such an abundance of talent, vision, and spirit is a precious gift. We are all so very fortunate that Tal Wilkenfeld shares that appropriately bestowed gift with us every time she walks onto a stage or into a recording studio. Wednesday night, November 15, 2017, the now 30 year old Australian graced the stage at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. I did indeed feel most fortunate to take in her performance ...

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Dre Hocevar: Surface of Inscription

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Drummer, composer Dre Hocevar is a deft improviser who largely produces music that casts his out-of-the-box thinking. With his sextet, including vocalist Charmaine Lee's avant-garde wordless chants, iterations, and conventional singing, we hear a consortium of bizarre sound designs, tonal disparities and radical spins on just about everything imaginable. It's all executed with asymmetrical cadences along with some cosmic interference supplied by electronics ace Bernardo Barros. These fifteen pieces often appear as snapshots of a continual saga. The ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24

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The early 1950s were a worrying time for Duke Ellington. Musical tastes were changing and big bands were going out of business. Ellington was nervous. “I like to keep a band so I can write and hear the music next day," he said, “The only way you can do that is to pay the band and keep it on tap 52 weeks a year. By various little twists and turns, we manage to stay in business." In ...

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Take Five with Ryan Slatko

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About Ryan Slatko Ryan Slatko's musical journey began with his father who played guitar and introduced him to jazz/fusion artists like Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Weather Report; and to progressive rock greats such as Genesis, Kansas, Rush, Yes, and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Slatko took up drums at 11 years old, also taking an interest in piano at 13 and eventually switching focus entirely to the latter. Slatko earned his bachelor's degree at the University ...

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Aleka Potinga: Aleka

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Aleka is the eponymous debut EP--and stage-name--of Alexandra-Ioana Potinga, a Romanian jazz vocalist and cellist based in Dublin. Aleka performs in several bands, as vocalist in Tommy Halferty's Camus Jazz and as cellist/backing vocalist with Ruba Shamshoum. This outing features her working band at time of recording (bassist Barry Donohue has since replaced Kevin Higgins) on four selections--two of Aleka's originals plus Nik Drake's “Riverman" and a reworking of a song from a Romanian film. At just under ...

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Diane Schuur at Birdland

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Diane Schuur Birdland New York, NY November 14, 2017 In the fall of 2017, Diane Schuur returned to New York City for a highly anticipated residency at Birdland. Bringing saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Roger Hines, and drummer Willie Jones III along for the ride, the singer and pianist showed us that being a class act on the bandstand means knowing how to balance life off it with honest reflection and joyful response. This ...

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P.J. Perry Quartet: Alto Gusto

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Scanning an album that bears the name Alto Gusto, a prospective listener may be forgiven for assuming that it consists of a series of upbeat themes designed to cause toes to tap, fingers to snap and the heart rate to soar. And once it becomes clear that that is not what Canadian alto saxophonist P.J. Perry's quartet had in mind, it would be quite plausible for him or her to wonder what had happened. The answer to ...


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