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Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

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Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions
Smalls
March 31, 2018

To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

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 ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

The new release from trumpeter/composer Wayne Tucker titled Wake Up and See the Sun (One Trick Dog Records – November 3rd, 2017) is the type of recording that is larger-than-life from blank staff paper to the masterful music that makes it to the final recording. Joined by some of the finest musicians in today’s music scene ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aaron Goldberg: Exploring the Now

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Aaron Goldberg is a jazz pianist and composer based in New York City. He's released five albums with his trio, featuring Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. His album The Now, recorded with that same rhythm section and featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. As well as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

E. J. Strickland Quintet At Scullers Jazz Club

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EJ Strickland Quintet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
September 21, 2017

“A lot of people ask, you know, what the state of jazz is. I love what's going on." E.J. Strickland's mellow baritone is measured and thoughtful as he spoke from behind the drum set. This is the last tune of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz Festival 2017

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Vicenza Jazz Festival 2017
Vicenza, varie sedi
12-21.05.2017

Dipanandosi per una decina di giorni in vari spazi, per larga misura luoghi di alto valore storico-monumentale, il festival diretto da Riccardo Brazzale ha confermato la sua linea possibilista, alla ricerca di certezze e sorprese, di nomi noti e proposte più specialistiche, ...

Christian Sands: Reach

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A lot plays into the success of an artist's reach, with content and presentation obviously ranking high on the list. But above all, an artist has to be willing to extend a hand if they expect listeners to do the same. Many simply reach for the musical stars without really considering the need to reach out ...

Mark Whitfield: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since his first album as a leader in 1990, guitarist Mark Whitfield has been simultaneously pulled in two directions. Early on, many dubbed him the heir-apparent to George Benson, and on his first several records he offered plenty of evidence to support this assessment with his smooth, laid-back sound and the pop/R&B influences that he readily ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

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Bergamo Jazz Festival
Bergamo, varie sedi
19-26.03.2017

Il Bergamo Jazz Festival, che nel 2018 doppierà la boa della quarantesima edizione, per il secondo anno consecutivo è stato diretto da Dave Douglas, il quale ha imbastito un programma decisamente vario, coinvolgendo un numero sempre maggiore di sedi nella Città Alta e nella ...