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North Sea Jazz 2018

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North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Freeman: 90 Going On Amazing

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George Freeman has long been a homebody. Early on he made his mark on stage and/or in the studio with the best of the best- -saxophone lodestars Lester Young and Charlie Parker, to mention just two--as they came through his hometown, Chicago. Touring did eventually figure into his career--he hit the road with soulful heavies Gene ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other "stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's career has established ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance

Read "Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The emotive power of Arthur Blythe's bracing alto saxophone tone and flighty phrasing set him apart from many of his generation. A poet, a muezzin, an angry activist, a lamenting lover: Blythe conjured a broad array of sonic images through his nonpareil approach to music. The beloved altoist, who had battled Parkinson's disease for the past ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

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"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016
Various Venues
jny: Montreux, Switzerland
July 9-12, 2016

No matter at what point, or for how long you dipped into the Montreux Jazz Festival during the seventeen days of its 50th edition, the sense of history was palpable. Charles Lloyd was present, just as he ...

Jack DeJohnette: Return

Read "Return" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The only thing that Jack DeJohnette seems to have forgotten in his maturing years, is that, by the law of nature, he is supposed to be slowing down. Instead, as the composer/multi-instrumentalist heads toward his mid-seventies, he is as productive as he has ever been in his long, celebrated career. His releases over the past twelve ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Colson: Tones For

Read "Tones For" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Esponente della seconda onda generazionale dell'AACM e insieme a Chico Freeman pupillo di Fred Anderson e allievo di Muhal Richard Abrams, il pianista Steve Colson, detto Adegoke dal nome yoruba corrispettivo di Steven, riflette nel proprio approccio stilistico la varietà a tutto campo metabolizzata in uno scenario coerente, come è tipico di quella scuola. Radici blues ...