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NEWS: CONTEST

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2017 Edition: Winners Announced!

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2017 Edition: Winners Announced!

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 edition of the contest. The international jury, made of jazz experts, composed their ranks. The jury prize (€ 2,000 plus artistic advertising) has been assigned to the American guitarist Gilad Hekselman with his GHex trio (Rick Rosato on double bass and Jonathan ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival Big Band Spectacular
LAX Westin Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
May 24-28, 2017

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Organised by Ken Poston, head of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), and advertised as the “Largest Big ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

"Wobbly Dance Flower" is the title of one of the tracks on this CD but it also captures the frisky, goofy vibe of the entire disc. Trumpeter John Daversa writes sophisticated music with catchy melodies that share the off-beat, slightly wacky humor of musicians like Matt Wilson and Jack Walrath.

The sounds and approaches ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As trumpeter John Daversa explains simply in the liners, Wobbly Dance Flower boils down to having fun. And glory be does he hit it squarely out of the park. Here's an upper deck moon shot so uplifting, so tightly nuanced and choreographed with shifts of meter, attitude, altitude, and an irresistible swing guaranteed to shake you ...

A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!

Read "A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 23, Betty and I flew to jny: Los Angeles to attend the L.A. Jazz Institute's semi-annual ode to swinging, this one labeled Big Band Spectacular and slated for Thursday through Sunday, May 25-28. We rearranged our schedule to arrive a day early, even before Wednesday's “bonus" event, to attend the funeral of a longtime ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

And the winners of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards are... JAZZ Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Culcha Vulcha
Snarky Puppy (Ground Up Music) Human Nature — Herb Alpert (Herb Alpert Presents)
When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell (Okeh Records)
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY— Steve Gadd (BFM Jazz)
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NEWS: RECORDING

BFM Jazz Recording Artist John Daversa's Progressive Big Band Receives Three Grammy Nominations For "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles"

BFM Jazz Recording Artist John Daversa's  Progressive Big Band Receives Three Grammy Nominations For "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles"

Grammy Nominations Best Large Jazz Ensemble Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella (“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”) Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals (“Do You Want To Know a Secret” featuring Renee Olstead) Internationally renowned trumpet player, performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator ((John Daversa)) has received the most impressive new credit to his resume to date—three-time GRAMMY ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

The 59th Annual Grammys will air live from the Staples Center in LA on Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  Here is the full list of nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: JAZZ Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Countdown” — Joey Alexander
“In Movement” — Ravi Coltrane
“We See” — Fred Hersch
“I Concentrate ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling

Read "Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Describing guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and conceptualist Ethan Margolis as a citizen of the world barely does him or his music justice. Born and raised in jny: Cleveland (OH), Margolis left the US when he was 21 to study the art of Gypsy flamenco guitar in Spain. He stayed there for more than a decade, living ...