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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio at Jazz Standard

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Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
July 31, 2016

If there's any genre of music that's truly built on the idea of spur-of-the-moment change, it's jazz. And so, in that very spirit, we had this performance.

The audience that came down to hear ...

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

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The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio
Ibeam
June 13, 2016

This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy

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The extremely accomplished Bill Kirchner--composer, arranger, saxophonist, writer, editor, teacher--enjoys a career anyone would be proud of. He's played with important musicians, led outstanding groups and had his arrangements played by top-shelf musicians and bands. In 1996, he won a Grammy for Best Album Notes for the revered Columbia/Mosaic re-issue Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The ...

Art Lillard's Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

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Although drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Band makes its home about as far from heaven as one could plausibly roam--New York City, to be precise--the music it produces on Reasons to Be Thankful (recorded in 2000 and released six years later) evokes at times an empyrean vibe, thanks in part to blissful arrangements by Lillard and guitarist ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dr. Judith Schlesinger Co-Produces "Beautiful Love" With Paulinho Garcia

Dr. Judith Schlesinger Co-Produces "Beautiful Love" With Paulinho Garcia

After a dozen years of commenting on other people's music, and the executive producing of the acclaimed 2011 Trust by the Sean Smith Quartet, All About Jazz columnist and reviewer Dr. Judith Schlesinger is once again putting her money where her mouth is. On Valentine's Day, her Shrinktunes Media, together with Paulinho Garcia's Jazzmin Records, is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kevin Hays: Creative Flow

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

If you aren't familiar with pianist Kevin Hays, you should be. He's recorded and toured with many of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. And those who call him can't seem to get enough of him. His recent projects as a ...

ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet Dr. Judith Schlesinger

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I currently live in: Dobbs Ferry, NY

I joined All About Jazz in: 2002

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz?

Was thrilled to discover it back in 2002. Happy to do whatever I can to nurture and promote my favorite music.

How do you contribute to All About ...

Sean Smith Quartet: Trust

Read "Trust" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trust is a key element in any successful relationship. Spouses have to trust one another in their day-to-day lives and children have to trust that their parents will be there for them, no matter what happens. Trust between close friends is often a given and, while we don't always think about it, trust between band mates ...

NEWS: RADIO
NEWS: RECORDING

"Trust": New CD from Bassist/Composer Sean Smith's Quartet Due March 1

"Trust": New CD from Bassist/Composer Sean Smith's Quartet Due March 1

Jazz bassist/composer Sean Smith makes a welcome return to recording with Trust—his third album as a leader, his first since 2001, and the debut release for his own imprint, Smithereen Records. Smith's swinging, finely attuned quartet, which consists of guitarist John Hart, saxophonist John Ellis, and drummer Russell Meissner, is dedicated to exploring Smith's original compositions. "Trust ...