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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
July 15, 2018

Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

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Doug Webb: Bright Side

Read "Bright Side" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

From one perspective, Doug Webb's Bright Side is basically twelve tracks clothed in very recognizable forms --a few varieties of soul-jazz, a couple of heartfelt ballads, a taut bossa nova, and an array of middling and up tempo straight- ahead swingers. Although the material is thoroughly enjoyable, it's tempting to succumb to a nagging notion that ...

Ed Cherry: Soul Tree

Read "Soul Tree" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

If there were a reward given for the most consistently underappreciated guitarist with the longest staying power, it would have to go to Ed Cherry. Most known for his fifteen-year stint with Dizzy Gillespie back in the '80s and '90s, Cherry has been constantly active, but criminally undocumented as a leader throughout most of his career. ...

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Ed Cherry: Soul Tree

Read "Soul Tree" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Like any jazz recording worth its salt, Ed Cherry's Soul Tree, his second release for the Posi-Tone imprint, impresses on more than one level. Cherry's interpretations of often performed jazz standards--Mal Waldron's “Soul Eyes," Dave Brubeck's “In Your Own Sweet Way," Horace Silver's “Peace," among others--are exceptionally well drawn and stand up nicely in comparison to ...

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Mateusz Palka/Szymon Mika Quartet: Popyt

Read "Popyt" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The title of the debut album from the Polish quartet co-led by Mateusz Palka and Szymon Mika translates as “demand," reflecting the group's belief that greater melodic expression is what the modern jazz fan pines for. It follows that the six originals--and a cover of Sonny Rollins' “Airegin"--are above all tuneful, with the extended soloing, that ...

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International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition 2015

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International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition
jny:Krakow, Poland
July 1-4, 2015

Szymon Mika, a twenty-four year old Polish guitarist, won first prize in the inaugural International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition, held in Krakow from 1-4 July. An international jury comprising John Abercrombie, Karol Ferfecki, Mike Stern, Wojciech Karolak, Ed Cherry, ...

Jeff Hackworth: The Heart of the Matter

Read "The Heart of the Matter" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran tenor saxophonist Jeff Hackworth doesn't fool around much on his most recent musical project and gets right to The Heart of The Matter, unveiling his seventh album as leader and follow up to his previous critically-acclaimed Soul To Go! (Big Bridge Music, 2014). Employing a muscular approach to the saxophone, Hackworth's tenor voice is pronounced ...

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1st International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition - Closing Date For Applications 15 April

1st  International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition - Closing Date For Applications 15 April

My Polish Heart Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition, which will be held in jny:Cracow from 1-4 July, 2015. The International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition is in honor of Jarek Śmietana, one of the most significant figures in Polish jazz for over four decades, who passed away on 2 ...

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 28-29, 2014

Perfect weather accented this years Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, an event that had an eclectic mix of young musicians with interesting ideas and approaches, and veterans who deliver consistently.

The weather is always a factor ...

Jeff Hackworth: Soul To Go!

Read "Soul To Go!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

His fifth album as leader and follow up to the critically acclaimed Night Owl (Big Bridge Music, 2011), Jeff Hackworth's Soul To Go! offers a brash new statement packed with bop, blues and soulful renditions of jazz classics. A New York-based saxophonist of note, and like many a great sax men--Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley ...