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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key

Read "Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bob Reynolds, a saxophonist and composer of note with nine recordings under his own name and a work load that has him playing with artists like Larry Carlton, Snarky Puppy, Josh Groban, John Mayer and others, pauses when considering the genre of jazz and how he fits in.

Reynolds doesn't have to apply his ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

Read "Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point" reviewed by La-Faithia White

John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street.

Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates ...

NEWS: EVENT

Legendary Jazz Artist Bob James To Play Three-night Stand In Cleveland At Nighttown

Legendary Jazz Artist Bob James To Play Three-night Stand In Cleveland At Nighttown

Legendary contemporary jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James and his trio featuring bassist Michael Palazzalo and drummer Billy Kilson are set to perform June 22 and 23 at Nighttown in jny: Cleveland. Sets will be at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and tickets are $40. On Sunday June 24, James will be featured with an Ohio ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer

Read "Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Walter Smith stands straight when he raises his tenor sax to his mouth to embark on a solo, or play enthralling, serpentine, contrapuntal lines in unison with band mates like Ambrose Akinmusire. [Check out “Confessions To My Unborn Daughter" from Akinmusire's When the Heart Emerges Glistening.] It's a muscular sound that emerged from his horn. Authoritative. ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Dwight Sills: Creating His Own Space

Read "Dwight Sills: Creating His Own Space" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

After delivering three projects on other record labels, guitarist-composer-producer Dwight Sills decided it was time to start creating an outlet for himself on his fourth and most personal CD yet, Short Stories.

Creating this outlet was not a new concept for the Houston, Texas resident. Most of the eight tunes on this eclectic and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lindsey Webster: Back To Your Heart

Read "Back To Your Heart" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Jazz requires a certain degree of commitment. It's not a genre that gets featured during any of the award shows. Jazz artists don't get to have microphone or wardrobe malfunctions during New Year's Eve progams on live television. Jazz songs don't show up on video games and has largely vanished from film. Even movies which purport ...

Brian Bromberg: Brian Bromberg

Read "Brian Bromberg" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Talk about backstory! There are multiple backstories going on with bass virtuoso Brian Bromberg's Full Circle. The first actually involves Bromberg's back. Full Circle marks Bromberg's return to recording and full-on playing since suffering a debilitating spinal injury several years ago. Always a chops-meister, Bromberg truly projects the sheer joy of music-making throughout. Cutting loose seems ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keiko Matsui: Live In Tokyo

Read "Live In Tokyo" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Most of the time releasing a live album is a good way to mark time between trips to the studio as they are quick and easy cash grabs where a musician sells the fans a cheap ticket to a show they weren't at. The Rolling Stones are masters of this slick tactic with no less than ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mack Avenue Superband: Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival - 2014

Read "Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival - 2014" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bands fostered by labels and sourced from their stables are nothing new. The concept itself has always carried great possibility, but many a label has dropped the ball on the artistic responsibility side of the equation. At their worst, these types of get-togethers have come off as incongruous gatherings that are crudely slapped together. The concerts ...