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ARTICLE: RADIO

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

Read "Chick & Steve, Two Pairs of Covers, Wordplay & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

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: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Smokin' at The Nash

Read "Smokin' at The Nash" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

T.K. Blue's "Amour" on Dot Time Records - Release May 12 + Tour Schedule

T.K. Blue's "Amour" on Dot Time Records - Release May 12 + Tour Schedule

Amour features: T.K. Blue, Etienne Charles, Warren Wolf, Zaccai Curtis, Winard Harper, Roland Guerrero, Gregoire Maret, Essiet Essiet, Jeff Reed & Eric Kennedy! May 6
CD Release Performance
Clermont Vineyards & Winery
241 County Route 6
Germantown, New York 12526
(845) 663-6611 May 15
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NEWS: RECORDING

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston To Release New 2-CD Set, "The African Nubian Suite," On His African Rhythms Label, Jan. 20

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston To Release New 2-CD Set, "The African Nubian Suite," On His African Rhythms Label, Jan. 20

NEA Jazz Master, iconic pianist/composer, and still-vital jazz elder Randy Weston, at 90, remains a powerful force in jazz. Currently serving as artist-in-residence at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York; celebrated earlier this month at Harvard University, which has acquired his archive; and named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow last week, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

T.K. Blue: A Warm Embrace

Read "A Warm Embrace" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist and flutist T.K Blue's tenth album A Warm Embrace is an enchanting and elegant work with richly textured harmonies and captivating melodies. Even though not all of the tracks are strictly speaking ballads there is a sublime sense of poetry that runs throughout the record and is its prevailing and cohesive motif.

The solemn ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Franklin Kiermyer: Further

Read "Further" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The great dilemma facing a music reviewer is how to discuss an artist's work intelligently within an historical continuum without getting too hung up on musical influences and reference points. Such is the case with drummer / composer Franklin Kiermyer whose music, while totally original, is redolent with the intensity and seeking spirituality of the John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

T.K. Blue: A Warm Embrace

Read "A Warm Embrace" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What do you do after you've already toured the world with jazz legends, helmed a successful college jazz program and recorded everything from bluesy fare to world-meets-jazz music to Latin-ized takes on Charlie Parker? If you're saxophonist T.K. Blue, you turn to the soft(er) and the subtle, delivering an album that's texturally rich yet wholly transparent. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eugene Holley Jr.'s Best Releases of 2011

Read "Eugene Holley Jr.'s Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Eugene Holley, Jr.

At a time when Hispanics are the dominant minority in the United States, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has decided to eliminate the Latin Jazz category. This list is posted in solidarity with those who demand that the category be reinstated.






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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

Read "Latin Bird" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label debut for Motema, his ninth release as a leader, reworks eight of Parker's tunes in Afro-Cuban, ...