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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Chris May

The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones.

Yazz Ahmed
Polyhymnia
Ropeadope

The eagerly ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

Read "Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York" reviewed by Arthur R George

That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

George Shearing Centennial, Woodstock turns 50 and the Charlie Parker Festival

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The celebration of 1969 continued in this broadcast, which included new releases from vocalists Nicholas Bearde, The New York Voices and Quiana Lynell, pianist Alberto Pibiri & the Al Peppers, plus a special Woodstock tribute by Erik Applegate & Time Child, with birthday shout outs to Pat Metheny in the first hour, Mary Stallings (80!) and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Love Song for August

Read "Love Song for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast in August included new releases from Veronica Swift, John Storie, Wendy Kirkland, Gretje Angell, Sara Gazarek and Wayne Wallace and Moy Eng, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianists Diane Moser and Josh Nelson, plus vocalists Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Kevin Mahogany, Baby Jane Dexter, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Newport Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Doug Hall

Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 2-4, 2019

The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Booth: Travel Sketches

Read "Travel Sketches" reviewed by Chris May

The intense media interest surrounding the rise of the British woke jazz movement is welcome, but it is increasingly monopolising local bandwidth. Great British jazz which adheres more closely to the founding American tradition is becoming sidelined. Babies and bathwater come to mind.

One of the few British labels looking at the 360-degree picture ...

Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan--such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Songs - The Music of Allen Toussaint

Read "Songs - The Music of Allen Toussaint" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a harrowing experience of administrative scandal, followed by near extinction, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of drummer Adonis Rose, rises phoenix-like from the ashes to release the first large orchestra consideration of New Orleans son Allen Toussaint. Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint is a celebration of the late composer, featuring nine ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

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After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ashley Pezzotti: Telling Her Story

Read "Ashley Pezzotti: Telling Her Story" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

As a child, Ashley Pezzotti, from Brooklyn, by way of Miami, was singing and performing. It hasn't stopped. And though only 23, it seems she has a strong career ahead of her.

The title of her first album, We've Only Just Begun, out earlier this year, is a harbinger by title. As a work ...