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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100

Read "Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100" reviewed by Peter Coclanis

Few cities in the U.S. have musical traditions so strong and varied as Chicago's. Although cases can be made for other cities--jny: New Orleans, jny: Detroit, New York, jny: Philadelphia, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Memphis come to mind--in no other city is the range and depth of musical expression so strong as in Chi-Town. Other ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Adamo: Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

Read "Was Out Jazz Zone Mad" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The translation of “Adam" from Hebrew--from which the surname Adamo springs--means from the “ground" or “soil." It also derives from the Hebrew word for red, a la “red clay." Perhaps that is why any work from Tony Adamo is rare earth--gritty, and flaming crimson. Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Adamo's latest, his first for Ropeadope, is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

2:02.75. That might have been what longshot “Giacomo" (at 50-1) took to win the Kentucky Derby back in 2005. However, it will take longer--just short of an hour--to realize that this thoroughbred Giacomo rides home a winner with What Time Is It?. Hold the oats and roses and grab the ear buds.

Giacomo ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

NEA Dismantling: Let's Do The Time Warp Again

Read "NEA Dismantling: Let's Do The Time Warp Again" reviewed by Homer Jackson

In a response to the recent local and national actions demanding that President Trump rescind his proposal to dismantle the NEA/NEH/IMLS, I feel like I'm in a sorta twisted, time-warp.

Twenty years ago, in the midst of the 1990s, the very same debate to decimate the NEA by a Republican- empowered Congress took place. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

Read "2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 9, 2016

When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Evolution Of Hipness With Gary G. Vercelli

The Evolution Of Hipness With Gary G. Vercelli

By Beth Ruyak We travel to the Crocker Art Museum for this week’s Sound Advice with CapRadio's jazz music director Gary Vercelli. “Cosmic Rays” by Charlie Parker Charlie Parker and other cutting edge bebop musicians had a profound influence on the beat poets. Parker was idolized by Kerouac and Ginsberg and Kerouac’s spontaneous prose was likened to Parker’s awesome ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Federal regulations require food and beverage manufacturers to provide “Nutrition Facts" on all package labels. They want you to know what you're digging into. Now, if recordings had that same requirement, Everything Is Cool from Giacomo Gates might read this way: “Ingredients: 100% genuine talent and devotion to the true art of jazz vocalizing. All natural ...

At the Corner: Ran Blake / Sara Serpa / Christine Correa

Read "At the Corner: Ran Blake / Sara Serpa / Christine Correa" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The common element between Sara Serpa's Aurora and Christine Correa's Down Here Below is obviously pianist Ran Blake. Enigmatic to a fault, Blake has made a potent name for himself among improvised music enthusiasts. Blake is an intellectual amalgam of pianists Thelonious Monk and Martial Solal distilled to a dissonant essence.

A long ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Barbara Walker in Concert at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on May 12th

Jazz Bridge Presents Barbara Walker in Concert at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on May 12th

To close out our first season of jazz at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Philadelphia, PA, Jazz Bridge proudly presents, on Thursday May 12th, jazz singer Barbara Walker and her band. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337 AND...as by our tradition, Jazz Bridge ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Beverly Lewis: All Shades of Blues

Read "All Shades of Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Beverly Lewis does not worry about the particulars of proper jazz vocals on All Shades of Blues, because she is also a blues singer, and the two vocal styles often have different agendas. Lewis, however, has but one agenda: stepping up to the microphone and belting out whatever song she is singing con brio and ...