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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

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Jazz Juniors 2018
ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club
Kraków, Poland
November 29-December 2, 2018

In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

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He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival Jazz International Rotterdam 2018

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Festival Jazz International Rotterdam
LantarenVenster
Rotterdam
October 26-28, 2018

As a jazz enthusiast strolling along the beautiful waterfront of Rotterdam, encountering the name Van Gelder almost seems too good to be true. Even though in this case, the name is found on a truck and refers to a corporation that sells ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzfest Bonn 2018

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Jazzfest Bonn
Bonn, Germany
May 3-5, 2018

The city of Bonn, situated on the banks of the Rhine River south of Cologne in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, is the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany's largest metropolitan area, with over 11 million inhabitants. Bonn formerly functioned as the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Carrothers: Red Planet

Read "Red Planet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since the '80s, Michigan pianist Bill Carrothers has inventively and tirelessly fashioned himself an enviable discography, which includes 2008's Home Row (Pirouet Records, 2008) with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart and 2010's tribute to revered trumpeter Clifford Brown Joy Spring (Pirouet Records, 2010 ). A critical fave on the touring circuit, he's highlighted gigs the world ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Gift of Music (Part 2)

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The holiday season continues and so does the gift-giving. Here's the second of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note.

Happy Listening!

Playlist

Alicia Hall Moran “Two Wings" from Here Today (Yes Records) ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roger Davidson Trio: Oração Para Amanhã (Prayer for Tomorrow)

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Roger Davidson was born in Paris in 1952 to a French mother and American father. The family moved to New York when he was one and he started playing the piano when he was four. He took a Master's degree in composition in composition in 1980 and another in choral music in 1985. Initially he was ...

Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live in NYC The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording

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Il 1982 doveva essere un anno speciale per Jaco Pastorius. Dopo essere stato riconosciuto come il più grande bassista del mondo (così come amava presentarsi a tutti quando era ancora un perfetto sconosciuto) nel corso dei suoi cinque anni di militanza appena conclusa con i Weather Report, era tempo di dimostrare che era molto più che ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording

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These days, there's a plethora of recordings, originally made for radio or television broadcast, being released by labels ranging from thoroughly legit to highly suspect. In some instances, these are real archival finds; true gold, mined from hours of hours of recordings, lovingly restored and packaged. In other cases they're clearly nothing but money grabs. Capitalizing ...