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Nicholas Payton: Relaxin' with Nick

Read "Relaxin' with Nick" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

This percolating trio date of brothers from different riff mothers—bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and Nicholas Payton—is a bit misleading. In this setting Payton is a quartet unto himself, sailing with his trumpet while playing elegant piano/Fender Rhodes, electronics, and the occasional rap/vocal that we needn't discuss pro or con. Given all that, Relaxin' with ...

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Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit

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Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit
Booth Playhouse
Charlotte, NC
September 20, 2019

There's something about the trumpet: brash, brassy, loud, and always a powerful lead voice in any ensemble. If one trumpet is all of those things, imagine what five would sound like. For the Jazz Room's second Trumpet Summit ...

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River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More

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Happy 89th birthday to Mr. Sonny Rollins!

After some 21st century music from Hudson, Joshua Redman (his latest), UK pianist Zoe Rahman [whew!], Chicagoland's Geof Bradfield & Kamasi Washington, we preview the Baton Rouge River City Jazz Masters 2019-2020 season at the Manship Theatre (Eddie Palmieri, Eric Alexander, Nicholas Payton AND Jazzmeia Horn)! It's ...

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On Miles' (not so) Silent Way

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On 30 July 1969 Miles Davis released In a Silent Way. After influencing generations of musicians, its tracks continue to sound as modern 50 years later as when they were first recorded.

This week we celebrate the musical trail blazed by that seminal album by focusing on musicians that have embraced Miles' electric ...

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Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama

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Ralph Peterson & The Messsenger Legacy
The Blue LLama
Ann Arbor, Michigan
May 25, 2019

Driving distance from both jny: Detroit and jny: Lansing, jny: Ann Arbor has always had a healthy music scene which is further bolstered by the presence of the University of Michigan. Live jazz was on the ...

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The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

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GroundUp Music Festival 2019
North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage
Miami Beach, FL
February 8-10, 2019

An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

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Dave Meder: Passage

Read "Passage" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

"Philosophically, what I'm after is the lofty goal of being able to play everything," says 28-year-old pianist David Meder of his ambitions and crowd-sourced debut, Passage. Like he says, that's pretty lofty, if not downright cocky. But what is jazz, let alone any artistic endeavor, if not an equal mix of both, and the chops to ...

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John Escreet: Learn To Live

Read "Learn To Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

From the light, airy smoothness of “Opening," through the nomadic, polyrhythmic, suite “Broken Justice (Kalief)" (which brings to contemporary life Weather Report's axiom: “Everyone solos but no-one solos") to the poppy, practically Stevie Wonder-ish “Lady T's Vibe," keyboardist/composer John Escreet's fusion proves to be a many-headed, sinewy hybrid. All are brought to the forefront on Learn ...

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Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller

Read "Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Kris Funn didn't start out on bass but, coming from a musical family, there was little chance he wouldn't at least test the water and see what music was all about. In time, the bass reached out and grabbed him.

He's since had a career that has had him playing his immense bass skills ...

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...