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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

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Michael Lington
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
October 7, 2017

Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

Read "Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler:  West Coast Cool" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In 2010, jazz vocal specialists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler began a collaboration that resulted in a live show entitled West Coast Cool that they presented at different venues on the West Coast and beyond. Summit Records commits this show to digital with an album of the same title that is something special. While programming a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival Da Jazz: St Moritz 2013

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Festival Da Jazz
St. Moritz, Switzerland
July 18-22, 2013
How To Run A Jazz Festival 101. Get a big hall, put on some big names: get a small room, put on some smaller names. Stars in the big spaces, up and comers in the little ones. There's a commercial and economic logic to it, maybe even ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Winkler: Peeling Back the Onion

Read "Mark Winkler: Peeling Back the Onion" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Mark Winkler is a Los Angeles-based jazz singer, lyricist, and songwriter with over 150 songs to his credit and platinum records hanging on his wall. He has written songs with the likes of saxophonists Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter and Joshua Redman, as well as pianist David Benoit. Singers Randy Crawford, Dianne Reeves, Lea Salonga, Bob Dorough ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Randy Crawford and Joe Sample: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

It's a slight exaggeration to say that keyboardist Joe Sample rescued Randy Crawford from pop music limbo, but it's not too far from the truth. Crawford is among the most distinct vocalists working, but her discography is riddled with over-arranged and over-produced disappointments. One of her finest moments remains when The Crusaders dropped all 11 minutes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival: Curacao, August 31-September 1, 2012

Read "Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival: Curacao, August 31-September 1, 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival
World Trade Center
Curacao
August 31-September 1

The Caribbean island of Curacao can claim, after three years, that its jazz festival is a success. It sells out tickets and brings people to the island, which depends so heavily on tourism. More music lovers should look into the festival, as much ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Piano Master Joe Sample Brings Trio To Maryland's Birchmere Music Hall Saturday September 29

Piano Master Joe Sample Brings Trio To  Maryland's Birchmere Music Hall Saturday September 29

Music master Joe Sample is bringing his jazz trio to Silver Springs, Maryland for a special concert at the Birchmere Music Hall, Saturday, September 29, 2012. Sample has just released a fine new Live CD (with singer Randy Crawford), but for this engagement, the spotlight will solely be on his piano mastery and that of his ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

MCG Jazz Remembers John Levy, Our Friend

MCG Jazz Remembers John Levy, Our Friend

John Levy, manager to countless jazz luminaries, dies at age 99. John Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and renowned personal manager for many jazz greats, died on January 20th, less than three months shy of his 100th birthday. His wife, Devra Hall Levy said he was sleeping peacefully in her arms at home ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Winkler: Sweet Spot

Read "Sweet Spot" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Over a three-decade career, singer/songwriter Mark Winkler has released more than a dozen albums, and written songs performed by top vocalists including Randy Crawford, Dianne Reeves and Liza Minnelli. On Sweet Spot he brings together all of that experience, plus some superb musicians, to create a collection of songs perfect for a late night club performance--or ...