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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Salvant, Skonberg, Aldana And More At Kimmel Center

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Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura and Jamison Ross
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 23, 2019

While some jazz festivals sponsor tours that highlight their more seasoned icons, Monterey was different in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Monterey on Tour In BR, Wayne and More

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Monterey on Tour came to Baton Rouge March 28, 2019 @ the Manship Theatre & what a lineup: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Jamison Ross...Whew. It's good & we've got tracks from all of them right here, as well as a deep dive to the vault, Sonny Rollins first recording ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Nat@100, Withers ‘Just Because’, Newk & More

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We get a jump on the Nat 'King' Cole centennial [coming in March] with his classic trio, along with two piano players influenced by Mr. Cole. Our Sonny Rollins celebration continues with a Miles date with Bird on tenor too. Upfront, there's 21st century sounds, as well as jazzed-up Bill Withers tunes... just because, well, it's ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lee Morgan, Kyle Nasser & More

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The young and very talented Christian Sands leads off this week's episode of Neon Jazz with music from his 2018 CD Facing Dragons. We then segue into his mentor Dr. Billy Taylor and profile Massachusetts native saxophonist Kyle Nasser with music from his latest disc Persistent Fancy. The talented group of young cats manufacturing a funk/jazz ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases Of 2018

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Fully steeped as I am in two guitars, bass, and drums, I keep listening, learning and thankful the jazz steels my spine. A quick thank you to my patient editors here at All About Jazz and a special thank you to all the musicians who have contacted me from around the world. Let's not stop creating. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick & Steve, Two Pairs of Covers, Wordplay & More

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Putting a show together, I sometimes amuse myself by posing programmatic 'problems' that help break my usual routines. To wit: we offer you two pairs of disparate covers of Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk tunes during the first hour and play word games with tune titles in the second hour.

The 2018 Downbeat Readers' ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

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Save for a busy, perhaps too restrained take on The Beatles' “Yesterday" and the predictable South American rhythm driven “Sangueo Soul," Facing Dragons is pianist Christian Sands third powerhouse release in a shade over two years.

Crisply performed by his core trio, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the untiring Jerome Jennings on drums, Facing Dragons ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

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Christian Sands is already being hailed as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation. The question now is will he follow in the footsteps of piano virtuosos like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner and concentrate on keyboard fireworks? Or will he choose other outlets for his immense talent, DownBeat magazine seemingly paving the way ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Sands: Reach Further

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With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color.

Comprised of two ...