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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
December 4, 2018

In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

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Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie!

This week we have ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Il quartetto di Jazzmeia Horn e il 9et di Francesco Cafiso a Padova Jazz

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Jazzmeia Horn Quartet / Francesco Cafiso Nonet
Padova Jazz 2018
Teatro Verdi
23-11-2018

Giunto alla fase conclusiva, il ricco e variegato cartellone di Padova Jazz 2018, ha presentato il 23 novembre al Teatro Verdi il quartetto della cantante Jazzmeia Horn e il medio organico di Francesco Cafiso.

Come ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Up In Harlem - The Bands

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In the last hour, we explored the jazz of King Oliver's Chicago in the 1920s, and heard from The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, clarinetists Jimmy Noone and Johnny Dodds, pianists Earl Hines and Lovie Austin, cornetist Freddie Keppard and trumpeter Jabbo Smith.

Now we move to the other emerging center of the music, New ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chicago Jazz Roots

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In the last hour we listened to the music of the first great jazz composer, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet, the only soloist in early jazz to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong.

In addition to Joe “King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, the Chicago scene bristled with black and white bands, initially ...

ARTICLE: GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Top 10 Moments in Jazz History

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10. In 1956, while in the throes of kicking his heroin addiction and late for a gig, Miles Davis picks up a small black snake that had wandered into his Missouri home and--thinking it is just a hallucination--mistakes for a clip-on tie. He completed the gig wearing the snake, which started a trend of Jazz musicians ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles Mingus: Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

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With previously unreleased material from Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and now, Charles Mingus, it may feel in 2018 like we are living fifty years in the past. Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden captures a short-lived quintet that--given time--could have been Mingus' best. Drummer Roy Brooks and trumpeter Joe Gardner ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Vijay Iyer, Max Moran and more

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This week we begin with Vijay Iyer playing music from Far From Over, the powerful release he has recorded with his Sextet and profiling their show in Kansas City at The Gem Theater headlining a stellar night of jazz that was kicked off by a performance with Hermon Mehari and Logan Richardson. We also focus on ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977

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Dexter Gordon left us almost three decades ago, but his presence in 2018 has virtually brought him back to center stage. The release of his biography Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon (University of California Press) by his wife Maxine Gordon, and the previously unreleased Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 (Elemental Music) have ...