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ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

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When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume

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Mark Morganelli has long been known as a fine trumpet player and a promoter with years of experience in the jny: New York City area dating back to a jazz loft 39 years ago, through booking at the Village Gate, Birdland, morphing into his nonprofit Jazz Forum Arts organization known for the summer concert series he ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

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Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968

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In the five years spanning 1958 to '62, not only a time of great consolidation and experimentation in jazz but a glorious age for the label, who would you guess was Blue Note Records' best-selling act? Thanks to their nine albums and nearly two dozen more jukebox singles, it was The Three Sounds.

Led ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

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David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Edition June 23 - July 1 - Nine Days, 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows, Youth Workshops & Jams

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Edition  June 23 - July 1  - Nine Days, 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows, Youth Workshops & Jams

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona have announced the lineup for the festival's 16th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 23 thru July 1 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 325+ shows at 19 venues. The 2017 Festival will be presented in three series: the Club ...

NEWS: EVENT

Artists Announced For The Jazz Cruise '18 New Port Of Call In New Orleans Will Capture The Spirit Of NOLA On Board And On Shore

Artists Announced For The Jazz Cruise '18  New Port Of Call In New Orleans Will Capture The Spirit Of NOLA On Board And On Shore

Although it has been barely six weeks since The Jazz Cruise, Entertainment Cruise Productions’ flagship offering, completed its 16th sailing, the line-up of artists who have signed on for 2018 has been finalized. Since 2001, The Jazz Cruise has presented the very best straight-ahead jazz in the world, and with nearly 100 jazz musicians set to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens

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Monty Alexander Trio
The Ballroom at Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
February 11, 2017

It's generally a good sign for any show if the players onstage are smiling and laughing more than anyone else in the room. If there's been one main constant to Monty Alexander's music over his 59-year career, ...