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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joey DeFrancesco: From Musical Prodigy to Jazz Icon

Read "Joey DeFrancesco: From Musical Prodigy to Jazz Icon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Joey DeFrancesco is a true master of the jazz organ, the one others look up to as the standard bearer, as was his inspirational hero, Jimmy Smith. Arguably, he could be dubbed the Mozart of the jazz organ, since like Mozart, he seemed to have been born with all the music already in him. By four, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Delcourt: To My Brothers

Read "To My Brothers" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album by bassist Alex Delcourt is a treasure of a recording, a contemporary mirror of the hard bop movement of the past. It's as if that music awakened from its sleep years later and is as fresh today as it was then. Except for seasoned valve trombonist and trumpeter John Swana, the personnel consists of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Swana / Tim Motzer / Doug Hirlinger: Channels

Read "Channels" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a jungle in here. The atmosphere is thick and close, even when things are still. Strange creatures keep flitting through the trees and rustling the bushes. The air never stays quiet for very long amidst the eerie calls of strange birds. The here in this case is a landscape that is imaginary, but that makes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vince Tampio: The Nook

Read "The Nook" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There's always something reassuring about the pleasingly familiar, whether it's a favorite shirt, a nice helping of comfort food or the coziness of a frequent neighborhood hangout. jny: Philadelphia's Tattooed Mom Bar fits the bill for Vince Tampio and a few good friends. Besides evoking that welcoming atmosphere with its title and cover, The Nook's classic-sounding ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

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Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond with the Victor North Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Mary Ellen Desmond with the Victor North Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
February 3, 2018

It was the Saturday night before the Superbowl kickoff, and the crowds were out and about in Philadelphia with a “Go Eagles" attitude. A full house crowded into Chris' Jazz Café to hear their vocalist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michelle Lordi: Dream a Little Dream

Read "Dream a Little Dream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Michelle Lordi graces the Philadelphia area with her singing, and her album releases and club dates in New York and elsewhere are gaining her wider recognition as she continues her regular local gigs. She sings clearly, straight ahead, and with panache. In this album, she brings together a septet of outstanding instrumentalists for a nostalgic set ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...

Take Five with Julian Hartwell

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About Julian Hartwell
Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in jny: Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Swana: Bright Moments

Read "Bright Moments" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Simply put, this album is so listenable and stood out so noticeably among the many CDs I've been spinning for myself recently, that I thought All About Jazz readers ought to know about it. I first heard then trumpeter John Swana a decade or more ago when he jammed at pianist Tom Lawton's memorable long-term gig ...