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Vocalist Laurin Talese Returns To Minton's Harlem Following Recent Kennedy Center Performance

Vocalist Laurin Talese Returns To Minton's Harlem Following Recent Kennedy Center Performance

After a busy start to 2017, vocalist Laurin Talese is preparing for her next series of performances to usher in spring, marked by a return to the legendary Minton’s Harlem on March 24th. She has enjoyed several sold-out shows at not only Minton’s, but also venues in Philadelphia and Atlanta as well. Most recently, Talese was handpicked to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Tony Lustig Quintet: Taking Flight

Read "Taking Flight" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With this sterling date, up-and-comer Tony Lustig ascends to his rightful place in the pantheon of baritone saxophonists operating today. He brings together a crack crew and delivers eight originals that simultaneously dare and delight.

This music marks Lustig as a centrist, but one who's willing to take some risks and push at ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nice Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Emilio Palanti

Nizza--Francia

8-12.07.2014

Quest'anno, guardando il cartellone del Festival Jazz di Nizza, a prima vista si lamentava l'assenza di vere e proprie superstar, com'era accaduto nelle edizioni precedenti, ma a rassegna finita possiamo dire che non son mancate le piacevoli sorprese. Sia ben chiaro, molti nomi di prima grandezza erano presenti, ma forse ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta March

Read "Jazz Quanta March" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

RareNoise, chant, drunken big band...Good Lawd!

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus
RareNoise
2014

You have to love RareNoise Records for inventive sonic turbulence. Add to this alto saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon sense of humor aping the title of this “double EP" ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity

Read "Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A New York City morning often starts early, sometimes 6 a.m., for this musician who is trying to elongate the hours available in a day. There's a lot to get to. Practicing the saxophone or flute. Sitting down to go through the elusive and demanding task of writing music worthy of the plateau, which these days ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

Read "Perennial Dreamer" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

San Francisco native and Rome-educated Olivia Foschi is a sophisticated, urbane singer whose debut album Perennial Dreamer is a testament to her mature and worldly outlook. Surrounded by an energetic group of individualistic and trailblazing instrumentalists, Foschi presents a heady mix of original compositions, Italian ballads and jazz standards. Thanks primarily to her rich, smoky voice ...

Under the Banner of McBride: Two Bass Hits from a Low-End Giant

Read "Under the Banner of McBride: Two Bass Hits from a Low-End Giant" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Christian McBride is many things to many people. Leader, sideman, writer, and conceptualist are just a few of the hats that he happens to wear on these two quintet- centered dates. One album puts McBride's name up in lights, while the other finds him in a supporting role, but his work is central to the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4, 2012

Read "Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4, 2012" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 4, 2012

“Yeah that's what I'm talking about, Newport!" the bright-smiled Cuban conga player said with enthusiasm, as the crowd he encouraged to dance clapped a beat to his liking. Amid the vortex of sound that is the Newport Jazz Festival--three stages hosting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Garrison - Saxophone: Blood Songs

Read "Blood Songs" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Presenting a primarily original repertoire of sparkling modern jazz, New York saxophonist Matt Garrison follows up his critically acclaimed debut, Familiar Places (DCLEF, 2011), with Blood Songs, an audacious musical tribute to his loving parents. With the exception of producer/trombonist Michael Dease, Garrison assembles a new all-star list of players, including veterans like saxophonist Eric Alexander ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The 11th Annual Jazz Cruise: January 29-February 5, 2012

Read "The 11th Annual Jazz Cruise: January 29-February 5, 2012" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Tributes to saxophonist Benny Golson and pianist Oscar Peterson highlighted the 11th annual Jazz Cruise, January 29 to February 5, 2012. As well, stellar performances were turned in by an assemblage of over 80 musicians, onboard for the Holland America cruise of the Caribbean. The spacious Westerdam ship was christened in 2004 and is one of ...