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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream

Read "I Know I Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent has practically done it all over the past twenty years, selling north of two million albums, putting her gorgeously delicate stamp on standards, introducing fresh tunes into the canon, racking up awards, and bringing her flawless voice to fans in more than fifty countries. But one thing she hadn't done prior to this point ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 22 -July 3, 2016

It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

BossaBrasil Marcos Valle & Carlos Lyra "Bossa Nova History At Birdland" From May 26- 30

BossaBrasil Marcos Valle & Carlos Lyra "Bossa Nova History At Birdland" From May 26- 30

Delta Air Lines presents BossaBrasil Marcos Valle and Carlos Lyra With Patricia Alvi (vocals), Renato Massa (drums), Itaiguara Brandao (bass) Jorge Continentino (sax & flute) Forty years after it swept the world, Bossa Nova stands as as one of the enduring musical forms of the 20th century! MARCOS VALLE, legendary Brazilian Composer/Keyboardist says, “CARLOS LYRA is my idol. ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Marcos Valle and Stacey Kent at Birdland

Read "Marcos Valle and Stacey Kent at Birdland" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Another of Brazil's music luminaries from the sixties, Marcos Valle, came to Gotham on December 9, 2014 to team up with Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson and advance the Brazilian omnipresence here of late. Last month I wrote of the dramatic emergence of the Spokfrevo Orquestra at Lincoln Center and everywhere this month there are appearances ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does an album end up on this list? It really comes down to two things: strength on impact and staying power. Some records hit hard from the start, ultimately losing power with play after play. Other records come on gently, growing on the ear and the mind over time. But it's the truly rare one ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Birdland Presents Marcos Valle And Stacey Kent December 9-13

Birdland Presents Marcos Valle And Stacey Kent December 9-13

To celebrate his 50th career anniversary as a Songwriter, Arranger, Instrumentalist, and Singer, Brazilian artist Marcos Valle, joined American singer Stacey Kent's sweet beautiful voice to express a repertoire of half a century of successes. This reunion of these two artists has resulted in a CD titled Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent LIVE, which is being ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Stacey Kent

Interview: Stacey Kent

Next Tuesday, singer Stacey Kent will begin a five-night run at New York's Birdland with the legendary bossa nova singer-songwriter Marcos Valle and his band from Brazil. Marcos was part of the generation that followed Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, João Gilberto and Vinicius de Moraes in the early 1960s and the composer of dozens of ...