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Content by tag "Sullivan Fortner"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers @ NYC Winter Jazzfest

Read "Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers @ NYC Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Le Poisson Rouge
NYC Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 1, 2018

By the time José James took to the stage for his headlining slot on a quadruple-bill event that served as the second stand-alone concert in the 2018 NYC Winter ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

The new release from trumpeter/composer Wayne Tucker titled Wake Up and See the Sun (One Trick Dog Records – November 3rd, 2017) is the type of recording that is larger-than-life from blank staff paper to the masterful music that makes it to the final recording. Joined by some of the finest musicians in today’s music scene ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center

Read "Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano

With a three-night gala celebrating the music of Jelly Roll Morton, the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra marked its 30th season at Rose Hall. Focusing on Morton's pioneer arranging achievements with amplifications of them from Jazz at Lincoln Center performers, the evening offered a penetrating exploration of the Creole legend's multifarious compositional musings and featured a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Guilhem Flouzat: A Thing Called Joe

Read "A Thing Called Joe" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Guilhem Flouzat, gearing up for his third recording as a leader, had meant to steer his music along the path he'd taken on his sophomore album, Portraits (Sunnyside Records, 2015)--a rotating cast of musicians laying down a batch of the leader's eloquent compositions. But a post card slipped through the mail slot suggesting a step ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 16-18, 2016

In its 59th annual edition, the Monterey Jazz Festival once again delivered on its promise to bring a stylistic plethora and pageantry--with nods to more abstract or daring fare--to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Among the marquee bragging rights: an impressive new commissioned ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival

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Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 10-15, 2015

Imagine opening the pages of a major daily newspaper, turning to the Op-Ed section and seeing, prominently placed amidst the usual commentaries on politics and international crises, a tome to the recently deceased jazz singer and composer Mark Murphy. Sound like ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

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A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sullivan Fortner: Aria

Read "Aria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New Orleans has produced a bumper crop of notable pianists over its long and storied history--Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste--and it's not done yet. Sullivan Fortner, a twenty-eight year old piano phenom who's been a hot topic since receiving ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Sullivan Fortner

Sullivan Fortner

This may come a tad late as news but not too late—I trust—for enjoyment. Last spring, Sullivan Fortner won the Cole Porter Fellow In Jazz award of the American Pianists Association. Fortner is a 28-year-old New Orleanian who attracted favorable notice as the pianist in trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s quintet and for his work with other jazz ...