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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo

Read "Kalamazoo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How is it that we haven't been gifted a live album from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis before? He's been such an important part of the fabric of this music, whether producing works of lasting significance for other jazz greats in the studio, sharing space with his famous family, or leading his Uptown Orchestra through a rousing set ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Joe Rosenberg's Ensembles

Read "Joe Rosenberg's Ensembles" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Joe Rosenberg is a soprano saxophonist who, at one time, lived in the Bay Area collaborating with musicians like Dewey Redman and Buddy Collette and recording tributes to Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman. For the last several years he has been living in Asia and also collaborating with French musicians. These two CDs, by different configurations ...

Nathan Zaporski: Live Recitation

Read "Live Recitation" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Nathan Zaporski is a composer and alto saxophonist from the Detroit area with a hard, sharp edge to his playing in the tradition of Phil Woods and Jackie McLean. On this live recording he shows his wares fronting a sympathetic quartet. Zaporski's sound is so speedy and relentless on the opening duo of Thelonious Monk's “Rhythm-a-ning" ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art

Read "Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

During the early to mid '90s, soprano and alto saxophonist-composer Art Porter, Jr. was charting a blazing course on the contemporary jazz soundscape. The 35-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native had recorded and released four albums for Verve Records. He had been a guest on the albums of such titans as keyboardists Ramsey Lewis; Jeff Lorber (who ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Johnaye Kendrick: In The Deepest Way Possible

Read "Johnaye Kendrick: In The Deepest Way Possible" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Since arriving in Seattle, Johnaye Kendrick has enriched the Seattle jazz community with her performances, recordings, and as Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts, as a mentor to her many students. Her vocal style is centered in the jazz and blues tradition, but embellished by her own interpretation based ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance

Read "Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Nat Hentoff's passing last week left me feeling, well, old. Whenever we lose a mentor--a grandparent, a teacher, someone who encouraged us--it's a reminder of our own mortality, that we are, in the parlance of football coaches, the next ones up.

I don't feel anywhere near to ready or worthy or capable of assuming ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

Read "Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth
Josef Woodard
229 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5
Silman-James Press
2016

A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nu Jazz Entertainment/ELM Records Announces The Vinyl Release Of An 80th Birthday Celebration! From NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis In Celebration Of His 82nd Birthday For A Limited Time!

Nu Jazz Entertainment/ELM Records Announces The Vinyl Release Of An 80th Birthday Celebration! From NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis In Celebration Of His 82nd Birthday For A Limited Time!

Nu Jazz Entertainment/ELM Records—two long time producers of high quality audio and video content in the genre of jazz—announced the November 2016 release of a vinyl album, Ellis Marsalis: An 80th Birthday Celebration (Limited Edition), from the NEA Jazz Master. The double disc vinyl album will be released through the Pledge Music distribution platform with a plethora ...

Christian Winther: Refuge In Sound

Read "Refuge In Sound" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Danish-born saxophonist and composer Christian Winther moved to the New Orleans area in 1997, attended the University of New Orleans and performed regularly with some of the legends of jazz including pianist Ellis Marsalis and the late saxophonist great, Frank Morgan among many others becoming a much in-demand fixture in the city's rich and vibrant jazz ...