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Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Iron Men

Read "Iron Men" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We end 2018 with a bang as the podcast celebrates its sixth--or iron--anniversary. Did you give your significant other a rose dipped in metal for your sixth? If you didn't, shame on you! Get dipping--it's never too late. As per usual at these shindigs, we discuss groups comprised of the number of musicians that the anniversary ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Santos: Keeper of the Culture

Read "John Santos: Keeper of the Culture" reviewed by Steve Bryant

In a career spanning almost 40 years, percussionist John Santos has gained world-wide renown and acclaim as one of the great composers and bandleaders in the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom. The four-time Grammy nominee is one of the foremost proponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of its traditional musical forms ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

4th Annual Chinatown Music Festival, San Francisco, August 17, 2013

4th Annual Chinatown Music Festival, San Francisco, August 17, 2013

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco in association with Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinese Progressive Association present the 4th Annual Chinatown Music Festival on Saturday, August 17 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Portsmouth Square on Kearny Street between Washington Street and Clay Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2nd Annual Chinatown Music Festival

2nd Annual Chinatown Music Festival

The 2nd Annual Chinatown Music Festival in San Francisco's Chinatown on Sunday, September 25, 2011. The Festival will feature free performances by Jest Jammin,' Genryu Arts, Sherlin Chan & The Star Valley Children's Choir, Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco led by John Calloway, Charlie Chin, San Francisco Guzheng Society and the world-premiere of “Portrait ...

Bare Bones Improvisation: A Challenge Rewarded

Read "Bare Bones Improvisation: A Challenge Rewarded" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Mood, ambiance and atmosphere are the basic building blocks of music making. Taken at its essence, music is made up of these three components. In generating sound--especially experimental, improvised sound--getting to the essence is a major victory for musicians. And, although it may appeal only to the adventurous listener, there is an importance to bare bones ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Jang: Tiananmen!

Read "Tiananmen!" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Though a modern release, this beautiful document of Jon Jang's efforts to infuse the Asian American experience into jazz music can even be seen today as the ground breaking classic that it is. True to the evolving nature of the music, it is one of the most unique and innovative creations of the times. And it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Jang: Self Portrait

Read "Self Portrait" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Self Portrait is pianist/composer Jon Jang’s first CD for “Asian Improv Records” in over 10 years. A label in which he and others, such as composer/saxophonist/producer Francis Wong organized and launched back in 1987. Since then, Jang has gone on to carve out a noteworthy reputation as an often brilliant pianist/composer and bandleader who possesses the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Jang: Self Portrait

Read "Self Portrait" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Self Portrait is pianist/composer Jon Jang’s first CD for “Asian Improv Records” in over 10 years. A label in which he and others, such as composer/saxophonist/producer Francis Wong organized and launched back in 1987. Since then, Jang has gone on to carve out a noteworthy reputation as an often brilliant pianist/composer and bandleader who possesses the ...

Jon Jang: Self Portrait

Read "Self Portrait" reviewed by AAJ Staff

With this solo piano self portrait as a reference point, Jang reveals himself to be a sentimental improvisor with ears open to anything from gospel and folk to Chinese opera. It's Jang's own mixture, unlike anybody else's. The integrative jazz pianist tools through eleven tunes on Self Portrait, including seven original compositions with Chinese-American folk flair. ...


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