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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Savoy Records: From Newark To The World

Read "Savoy Records: From Newark To The World" reviewed by Jordan Levy

On June 26, 1942, James Petrillo, President of the American Federation of Musicians, the nations union for working musicians did the unthinkable and announced a recording ban on all major labels. The ban was set in place due to perceived uneven compensation for musicians. The AFM ban on recording occurred at a critical time, as it ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Bruce Harris with the John Toomey Trio at Attucks Theater

Read "Bruce Harris with the John Toomey Trio at Attucks Theater" reviewed by Mark Robbins

In 1990 Spike Lee's movie, Mo Better Blues, was released. A young Bruce Harris watched the film about the turmoil surrounding a jazz trumpeter and his quintet and in the next 129 minutes his love of the trumpet was born.

From performing in the “Essential Ellington" jazz band competition while in high school to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Beginnings sounds as if it's guided by an old hand instead of someone relatively new to the demanding art of leading a band. The debut recording of trumpeter Bruce Harris captures a coherent, homogeneous group sound, while utilizing several different combinations of instruments. Harris ties together material ranging from Harold Arlen, to Bud Powell, to Prince, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a debut album receives a largely positive critique before being cut down to size with a qualifier. It's simply a jazz journalist's nature to paint newcomers as nascent talent in need of seasoning, players showing signs of potential, or artists taking a good first step with a first record. But sometimes a debut album is ...

NEWS: EVENT

Elio Villafranca With All-Star Band & String Quartet - March 31 At Aaron Davis Hall - "Cuba - Senegal: Letters To Mother Africa II"

Elio Villafranca With All-Star Band & String Quartet - March 31 At Aaron Davis Hall - "Cuba - Senegal: Letters To Mother Africa II"

CUBAN PIANIST ELIO VILLAFRANCA- ALL-STAR BAND WITH STRING QUARTET & MORE. HEADLINES AT AARON DAVIS HALL ON MARCH 31ST Cuba- Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II, acclaimed pianist-composer's ode to Cuba and Africa! City College Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Piano sensation Elio Villafranca heads to the City College Center for the Arts ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2016 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 2-4, 2016

The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Behn Gillece: Dare to Be

Read "Dare to Be" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to jazz vibraphone, the names of Stefon Harris and Warren Wolf are most likely to be found on a list of contemporary leaders. Add to that now the name of Behn Gillece, a gentleman who has been honing his skills on the New York scene since 2006. His talents first came to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Hempton: Catch and Release

Read "Catch and Release" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York saxophonist Nick Hempton lets loose with the stellar Catch and Release, a special project that has been a year-long journey and an experiment of sorts, in recording and releasing music. The album contains eight original Hempton compositions except that each tune was recorded and released separately for purchase on-line on the internet for, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Hempton: Catch And Release

Read "Catch And Release" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it come to music release methods, there's nothing more stubborn or persistent than the single. Music has fallen in and out of love with so many different formats over the years, but the one-song-at-a-time method of digestion has weathered every shift, spat, and alteration that life and technology have thrown at it. In fact, it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Garrison: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Instead of simply homing in on one specific musical coordinate, saxophonist Matt Garrison decided to widen his focus and hit a few different targets with his third album. The aptly-titled Patchwork finds him looking toward “initial musical influence, educational influences, and current outcomes." It's a collection of Garrison's personalized yesterday-meets-today musical scenarios.

It's ...