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Poncho Sanchez: Heating up Lincoln

Poncho Sanchez: Heating up Lincoln

By Gabriel Medina Arenas Nebraska's coldest month is usually January and in 2015 that didn't seem to be an exception. That is, until Poncho Sanchez's hot salsa and Latin jazz melted the ice, bringing “gozadera" and joy to The Midwest.

This is not just a metaphor, since the weather did get warmer on Thursday, January ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Buster Williams: Take No Prisoners

Read "Buster Williams: Take No Prisoners" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I first heard bassist Buster Williams on a Herbie Hancock recording called VSOP Live (Columbia, 1976). I remember thinking that their version of Hancock's “Toys" was pretty wild stuff. In addition to hearing him on some other recordings like Hancock's Sextant (Columbia, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

PRA Records To Release Randy Crawford & Joe Sample – Live Featuring Steve Gadd On Drums And Nicklas Sample On Bass In Stores July 31st

PRA Records To Release Randy Crawford & Joe Sample – Live Featuring Steve Gadd On Drums And Nicklas Sample On Bass In Stores July 31st

Electrifying Performances Recorded On Tour at Various Concert Venues Throughout Europe From October – December 2008 Randy Crawford and Joe Sample have been making music together in one form or another for nearly 36 years. From their first hit together in 1979, “Street Life” (which Randy sang with Joe and The Crusaders) to “One Day I’ll Fly ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Gary Norian: Houston Lifts Off

Read "Gary Norian: Houston Lifts Off" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Houston, Texas is the oil capital of the United States. It is also, in 2011, becoming a jazz mecca ready to take on New Orleans, Chicago and New York City. Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties are home to an exploding jazz population that includes pianist, vocalist and trombonist Henry Darragh, vocalists Melissa Darragh, Jacqui Sutton, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Vanessa Rubin to Perform Monday, April 18 at Siue

Vanessa Rubin to Perform Monday, April 18 at Siue

Singer Vanessa Rubin (pictured) is coming back to the St. Louis area to perform at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 18 in the Dunham Hall Theater at SIUE. The free concert will feature Rubin and SIUE's vocal jazz ensemble, which is under the direction of Reggie Thomas. The event is sponsored by SIUE's Singer's Society, a new student organization at the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hubert Laws: Flute Virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master

Read "Hubert Laws: Flute Virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master" reviewed by Greg Thomas

After James Moody and Frank Wess established the flute as a solo jazz instrument in the 1950s, and Herbie Mann popularized it in the 1960s, the musician that has become most identified with virtuosic flute performance in jazz is Hubert Laws, who became a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship ...

The Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

Read "The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions" reviewed by George Harris

If songs like “Scratch" come to mind when you think of the Jazz Crusaders, you are in for a real treat with this six-CD set. Originally including “jazz" in their moniker, Wayne Henderson (trombone), Wilton Felder (tenor), Joe Sample (piano) and Stix Hooper (drums) put together a collection of studio recordings that offers a pleasant surprise ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

Read "Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jazz Crusaders
The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions
Mosaic Records
2005

You would think that in this day and age of compact disc reissues and with many years of activity under our belts that just about everything worthy of release has at one time or another made it ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jazz Crusaders: Louisiana Hot Sauce

Read "Louisiana Hot Sauce" reviewed by Dave Hughes

The current band called the “Jazz Crusaders" is really the old Crusaders' trombone-tenor sax tandem of Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder. They still sound great together, but for this album they were searching for a new setting for their trademark duo sound. The result is what has to be the most pervasive, carried-to-an-extreme concept album I've ...