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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA
May 25-26, 2019

Last year the festival operated under the threat of rain all weekend. This year's 42nd edition saw record-tying high temperatures: 93 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit (ten degrees above the historical averages). No doubt it is a coincidence that the programming was cooler than last ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City

Read "Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



Kenya is noted for an extraordinary array of musical offerings yet its jazz scene has historically been quite slim. However, Nairobi-born pianist Aaron Rimbui may change that dynamic. Drawing on the musical traditions of Kenya and East Africa, Rimbui has established a singular and absolutely arresting approach to jazz piano.

With several ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019
North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage
Miami Beach, FL
February 8-10, 2019

An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

Read "Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Baku Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Baku Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Baku Jazz Festival
Baku, Azerbaijan
October 25-28, 2018

Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Munir Hossn: Nuove suggestioni tra Africa e Brasile

Read "Munir Hossn: Nuove suggestioni tra Africa e Brasile" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nato nel 1981 in Brasile da padre libanese e madre brasiliana, Munir Hossn è uno dei più creativi musicisti e compositori sudamericani della sua generazione. Dotato di un talento precoce, all'età di 10 anni suonava professionalmente (principalmente batteria e chitarra) in differenti gruppi di Salvador, Bahia. Impegnato principalmente nella sintesi tra elementi tradizionali africani e brasiliani, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues
jny: Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Bona: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by James Nadal

The roots of Afro-Cuban music can be traced to its primordial source in the West African Mandika Empire (Mali) of the 15th century. Heritage is a collaboration of Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona with the Mandekan Cubano ensemble in a musical exploration of two cultures with the common bond of Africa as a point of origin and ...