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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

NOLA's Favorite Band Just Bought NOLA's Favorite Nightclub

NOLA's Favorite Band Just Bought NOLA's Favorite Nightclub

Galactic has announced that they’ve purchased the iconic New Orleans nightclub Tipitina’s. The recently finalized deal, which has been in negotiation for most of the year, will transfer ownership of the music venue and it’s associated business to the popular indie funk band. Galactic is no stranger to Tipitina’s and the band has been performing there for ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Jon Ostrom

Portland’s Jon Ostrom is a talented and accomplished guitarist and songwriter playing jazz, funk, rock and bluegrass in various groups throughout his career. The imagery created by his guitar playing combined with his songwriting showcase his ability to create landscapes for deep grooves and improvisation. Jon started his music career in Walleye, a power trio focused on songwriting without any barriers or limits. Walleye was fortunate to open for such bands as Vince Herman, Rubberneck, Jive Talkin Robots, Five Fingers of Funk and many more. Jon then created the Louden Mellow Project to continue with songwriting and focus on jazz and funk

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stanton Moore: With You In Mind

Read "With You In Mind" reviewed by Mark E. Gallo

Stanton Moore's tribute to Allen Toussaint is chock full of New Orleans sounds and is one of his most exciting albums to date. Moore, a New Orleans native himself, is fully immersed in the groove, and that groove is funky. Allen Toussaint pretty much invented New Orleans funk and Moore is a faithful disciple. This collection ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stanton Moore: With You In Mind

Read "With You In Mind" reviewed by Doug Collette

The title of Stanton Moore's homage to Allen Toussaint suggests the affection at the heart of this project. With You In Mind symbolizes the achievements of the latter NOLA icon as ongoing inspiration for generations of musicians to come and not just those with their roots in New Orleans like this great drummer and bandleader with ...

The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren

Read "The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This is a spotlight on drums...a pretty big spotlight. Edwin G. Hamilton
The Whole World Must Change
Self Produced
2016

It's hard enough to find a drummer, much less one who sings. There is Les DeMerle, and he is fine, but, the drummer/singer is a pretty hard chair to fill, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Avram Fefer's Big Picture Holiday: Shimmer And Melt

Read "Shimmer And Melt" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's rescue the musical descriptor 'fusion,' a pejorative word used in jazz circles to connote a work of lesser weight and significance. We don't use that word when the jazz fusion is carried out by Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and in this case saxophonist Avram Fefer. His assemblage called Big Picture Holiday merges not just jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Clarence Penn & Penn Station: Monk: The Lost Files

Read "Monk: The Lost Files" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A well-established creative paradigm exists to justify Clarence Penn & Penn Station's recording Monk: The Lost Files. “Classical" music is often considered that music, composed long ago, that has stood the test of time, remaining viable to the public in recordings and live performance. These composers of this music tend to be Europeans from the last ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jonathan Curtis

Read "Take Five with Jonathan Curtis" reviewed by Jonathan Curtis

Meet Jonathan Curtis:
Jonathan is a drummer from Nottingham, England, and one of the most exciting young talents to emerge onto the music scene. Involved in most things to do with the drums, Jonathan runs an educational YouTube channel, writes and records music, plays with lots of bands, and teaches the drums privately and in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades "the future," anointing him the heir apparent “to carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." Blades shoulders that responsibility with nonchalant virtuosity and infectious groove on his forthcoming studio album, Field Notes, out August 19 from Royal Potato ...