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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan

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Christian McBride strode onto the stage of the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA. to announce that his regular pianist, Christian Sands, and drummer, Jerome Jennings, (refereed to as his younger brothers) could not be with him for their performance. He phoned a couple of his friends, (referring to them as his big brothers), to see if ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

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Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
June 22-22, 2017

Although the Newport and Reno festivals have had a longer track record, there are many intriguing connections between the jny: Detroit and Tri-C jazz festivals, both of which are celebrating their 38th birthdays this season. Fostering a strong educational component, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...

Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call

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Coming from a gospel oriented family in Dallas, Texas, given a unique name and early tutelage by her piano playing grandmother, Jazzmeia Horn was destined to be a jazz singer. After relocating to New York City to pursue music studies, she went on to conquer the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, topping that by winning ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto

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Umbria Jazz Winter 24
Orvieto
Varie sedi
28.12.2016-01.01.2017

In questa ventiquattresima edizione di Umbria Jazz Winter, come in altre precedenti, non è mancata la qualità, con alcuni concerti che non sarebbe facile ascoltare altrove, fra cui molte proposte replicate in più sedi e in orari diversi. Quasi tutti i gruppi ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerome Jennings: The Beast

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Jerome Jennings has occupied the drum throne on plenty of high profile gigs since arriving in New York just over a decade ago, working with everybody from vocalist Paula West to bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Bria Skonberg to saxophonist Craig Handy. But his is a name that still may not be familiar to many jazz ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016

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It is hard to believe I have been writing about jazz for All About Jazz for almost 18 years now. During that time period, vinyl was scarce as can be, only to come back recently with a vengeance. With many classic jazz recordings working their way into the area of public domain, ubiquitous CD reissues have ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Jerome Jennings Debuts As A Leader With "The Beast," New CD Set For Nov. 18 Release

Drummer Jerome Jennings Debuts As A Leader With "The Beast," New CD Set For Nov. 18 Release

Since moving to New York from his native Cleveland 12 years ago, Jerome Jennings has become one of the most in-demand jazz drummers on the scene. Currently a member of the Christian McBride Trio, Craig Handy’s 2nd Line Smith, and the groups of vocalist Paula West and singer/trumpeter Bria Skonberg, Jennings boasts an impressive resume that ...

Shunzo Ohno: ReNew

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ReNew marks the 16th leader date for Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno, whose evolving proficiency and clarity of tone are matched by an emotional undercurrent all his own. Built around the theme of recovery in the wake of recent natural disasters, among them the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, this album fuses Ohno's diverse influences into one ...