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The Chicago Sound (1956 - 1961)

Read "The Chicago Sound (1956 - 1961)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Because it acted as a safe harbor for the New Orleans diaspora of the teens and twenties, Chicago played a key role in early jazz. By the 1950s, much of jazz was understood in the dialog between cool jazz and hard bop, aka West Coast and East Coast, with Los Angeles and New York playing inordinately ...


Denny Zeitlin: Balancing Act

Read "Denny Zeitlin:  Balancing Act" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Denny Zeitlin is a true Renaissance man with many interests, in addition to balancing his careers in medicine and music. Although his medical practice and teaching have limited his abilities to tour beyond brief trips east or playing near his home in California, he has recorded regularly in recent years, releasing a variety of projects for ...

The Song Poetry of William Parker

Read "The Song Poetry of William Parker" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The voice is close to the essence of what it means to be human. Through the voice, we express ourselves and sing our sorrow. It goes back a long way to hymns, blues, arias and standards. Through the tunes we tune in to ourselves and forget our daily strife. When songs are best, ...


William Parker: Embracing The Unknown

Read "William Parker: Embracing The Unknown" reviewed by Luke Seabright

His is one of the most distinctive and respected voices on double bass today. William Parker, the tireless composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and poet, is still today omnipresent on the contemporary free jazz scene. What's more, he has been consistently for the last four decades. The William Parker Sessionography: A Work in Progress by Rick Lopez clocks ...

Meet John Reilly

Read "Meet John Reilly" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

John Reilly--yet another of our Super Fans who works for the city of New York--was born on Staten Island, where he still lives. We don't know if it's something to do with working for the city, or just a function of growing up in the capital of jazz, but John is the real thing. The son ...

The Loneliest Monk

Read "The Loneliest Monk" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

This article was first published in August 2005. This is an apocryphal story. During Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, he was doing an interview with supposed intellectual, Tabitha Soren of MTV. Soren asked him if there was anything he dreamt of doing. Clinton replied that he had always wanted to play sax with Thelonious ...


Chicago Drummer/Composer/Impresario Mike Reed Releases "A New Kind Of Dance" (482 Music) – The 6th Album By His Acclaimed Quartet People, Places, And Things - Out Sept 25th

Chicago Drummer/Composer/Impresario Mike Reed Releases "A New Kind Of Dance" (482 Music) – The 6th Album By His Acclaimed Quartet People, Places, And Things - Out Sept 25th

A New Kind of Dance Features Reed's Original Compositons, Alongside Covers of Ellington/Strayhorn, Mos Def & A Traditional Bulgarian Folk Dance Also Features Luminary Matthew Shipp & Thelonious Monk Competition Winner Marquis Hill When drummer, composer and bandleader Mike Reed isn’t playing music he spends much of his time watching others making it. But he also ...


Thelonious Monk "Complete Riverside Recordings" Coming from Concord on May 19

Thelonious Monk "Complete Riverside Recordings" Coming from Concord on May 19

CONCORD MUSIC GROUP TO REISSUE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING THELONIOUS MONK COLLECTION: THE COMPLETE RIVERSIDE RECORDINGS Reconfigured box set features monk’s entire output for Riverside label, extensive liner notes by compilation producer, the late Orrin Keepnews jny: LOS ANGELES, CA: Concord Music Group is pleased to announce the reissue of its GRAMMY Award-winning Thelonious Monk anthology, The Complete ...

Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz

Read "Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Historically the cornet was the quintessential jazz instrument but over a century of its evolution other instruments have also become part of the regular jazz armamentarium. These include common ones such as the piano, saxophone, bass and drums to the more occasionally appearing violin, clarinet and other percussion instruments. There are few, however, that exhibit unique ...


Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - Hollywood, the World and the Stars

Read "Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - Hollywood, the World and the Stars" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...


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