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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

Jacques Lesure: For the Love of You

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For one to whom almost every well-strummed guitar sounds basically the same, an honest appraisal of any guitar-led group must begin with other earmarks such as group interplay, individual dexterity, choice of material and over-all level of musicianship. Happily, guitarist Jacques Lesure's latest recording, For the Love of You, scores high in every respect, making the ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation

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The term “Texas tenor" was originally coined to describe the sound and style of such swing era players as Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Budd Johnson, Arnett Cobb and others, and has subsequently been applied to second generation players from Texas that included James Clay, David “Fathead" Newman and Marchel Ivery. What these players had ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. VIII - Live At The Winery, September 6, 1976

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Laurie Pepper, widow of alto saxophonist Art Pepper, has been shepherding the artist's discography since the turn of the millenia. Unreleased Art Vol. VIII: Live At The Winery, September 6, 1976 reveals there may be no end in sight for unreleased material from this important jazz musician. Ms. Pepper has done a couple of things different ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group

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Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists. Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist. He ...

NEWS: EVENT

Blue Whale Residency Part I: Anthony Wilson Trio, LA Jazz Quartet, Otto / Ferber / Wilson / Ferber / Nelson / Dumas

Blue Whale Residency Part I: Anthony Wilson Trio, LA Jazz Quartet, Otto / Ferber / Wilson / Ferber / Nelson / Dumas

LAJC Residency, Part I
Wednesday, January 4, 8pm
Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA In the music-art world there are a number of ways to program events. Two of the most common are festivals and residencies. Festivals essentially allow a promoter to present a diversity of bands and artists over a concentrated amount of time, be ...

Art Pepper: Blues for the Fisherman

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Art Pepper

Blues for the Fisherman

Widow's Taste

2011

Laurie Pepper has been the lightning rod for the music of her late husband, Art Pepper, since the saxophonist's death at 56 in 1982. She took proper control of his musical legacy in 1981 on the advice of the couple's accountant, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington

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Dr. Cynthia Felton made quite the splash with her self-produced debut, Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown, Jr. (2009). In the spirit of well-assembled theme recordings like Karrin Allyson's Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord, 2001) and Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 disc, 69 Annee Erotique, Afro Blue is a solid look at a master's craft ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Salute to Stan Kenton: Artistry in Contrast

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Artistry in Rhythm, the Ken Poston / Los Angeles Jazz Institute's 2009 homage to the renowned bandleader Stan Kenton, was held October 8-11 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel. As always, there was much to see, hear and admire: films, panel discussions, special presentations and, last but not least, no fewer than nineteen concerts by ...

Chico Freeman, Air, Walt Dickerson, George Cables: Buried Treasures Now On CD

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Not to be confused with the Swedish trance and electronica label of the same name, the original Why Not label was an adventurous affair run by the Japanese businessman and jazz fan Masahiko Yuh for a brief but productive spell in the 1970s. With few contacts, but armed with an outstanding pair of ears, a cheque ...