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NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Alterman: Comin' Home

Joe Alterman: Comin' Home

If you're like me, you probably grow frustrated when you run out of early recordings by pianists such as Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Gene Harris and Les McCann. You know, pianists who listened to themselves as they played and loved more than anything to swing and move souls. These pianists had a healthy respect ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The year of 2012 proved once again that jazz remains a wonderfully diverse and diverting art form. Here are ten of my favorite albums, in no particular order.

Christine Tobin

Sailing To Byzantium

(Trail Belle)

A joy from first note to last, this is a majestic and beautiful work.

Ian ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

James Cammack: Where You At?

Read "James Cammack: Where You At?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Oftentimes, it's only the passing of time that can offer true perspective. In years to come, bassist James Cammack may look back on 2012 as the year when--after over 30 years in the business--he truly began his musical adventure in earnest. After 29 years playing bass in the ensembles of piano legend Ahmad Jamal, Cammack was, ...

Joe Alterman: Give Me The Simple Life

Read "Give Me The Simple Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bruce Lindsey, in his review of Joe Alterman's Give Me The Simple Life, notes that the young pianist has..."the feel of a musician who's been immersed in his chosen music for decades." Citing Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson and Red Garland as influences, Altman betrays influences that further give bona fides to his experience beyond youth. Chief ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Alterman: 'Simple Life'

Joe Alterman: 'Simple Life'

Over the past 95 years, jazz has repeatedly had to drag fans kicking and screaming into the future. Most fans like what they like and don't care much for new jazz styles, especially those that are radically different from the music they favor. While jazz certainly must evolve if it is to survive beyond the museum, ...

Joe Alterman: Give Me The Simple Life

Read "Give Me The Simple Life" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

There's a tension for many young jazz musicians, between the desire to start recording and the rather contrary need to develop technically and aesthetically before going public. Sometimes there is no tension: Joe Alterman is a case in point. The pianist may be a mere stripling in his early 20s, but he has the technique, the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Smokey Robinson At Lehman Center For The Performing Arts

Smokey Robinson At Lehman Center For The Performing Arts

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its tremendous 31st season with a superstar of popular song – the GRAMMY Award-winning “poet laureate of soul music,” Smokey Robinson, on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm. The velvet-voiced singer/songwriter, whose $60-million-plus in record sales helped turn Motown into the largest Black-owned corporation in the world, recorded 37 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gloria Gaynor At Lehman Center For The Performing Arts

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its superb 31st season with a spectacular night of dance hits on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8pm. One of dance music’s biggest stars for over three decades, GRAMMY® Award winner GLORIA GAYNOR will perform with a full band. Her 1979 #1 hit, the greatest disco anthem of all time, “I Will ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gilberto Santa Rosa At Lehman Center For The Performing Arts

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its unforgettable 31st season with one of Salsa’s greatest voices for the past three decades, GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY winner GILBERTO SANTA ROSA, whose unique style of soneo (improvisational singing) revolutionized Salsa. His world-wide tour stops at Lehman Center on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8pm. Countless mega-hits, including “Conciencia,” “Conteo regresivo,” “Perdóname” ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bobby McFerrin at Bronx's Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on February 4

Bobby McFerrin at Bronx's Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on February 4

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with an EXCLUSIVE New York City appearance by a true genius of vocal improvisation, ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner BOBBY McFERRIN on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8pm. Since the 1980s, McFerrin has amazed audiences around the world with his four-octave range and his capacity for improvisation on par with the ...