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Carl Bartlett, Jr.: Promise!

Read "Promise!" reviewed by Don Phipps

Winner of the USA 2015-16 International Songwriting Competition Jazz Category, Carl Bartlett Jr. showcases his skills on PROMISE!. The album's warm, vivacious compositions offer plenty of cheer and good feelings. The result is guaranteed to bring a Billy Higgins smile to your face. Bartlett's alto sax playing is equally sunny. Like Bobby Watson or Donald Harrison, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music

Read "Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Picture this: The year is 1974 and you've just gotten off the road with Lionel Hampton. The phone rings, and on the other end of the line is an old buddy of yours. After a little small talk, he asks if you're available for a recording session. You indicate that you're free and ask him about ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Gee Swing Orchestra: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swing Makes You Happy! isn't just an album title: it's a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear's love affair with music associated with a bygone era.

Gee has been in the big band business for more than three decades, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Gee: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The George Gee Swing Orchestra swings in the manner of Gee's friend and mentor, Count Basie, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (Gee's group numbers only eleven, and that includes vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes). Even so, the Basie spirit is ever-present, and if Swing Makes You Happy, Gee's eighth album as leader (and first ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 2012 Artist-in-residence, Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan

Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 2012 Artist-in-residence, Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan

Goshen, CT — Litchfield Jazz Festival announces the 2012 Artist-in-Residence for the 17th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. The honor goes to baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan. Known as a master of bebop, Smulyan is one of the major voices on his instrument today. Winner of six Grammy Awards, his latest honors include winner of the 2009 and ...

Cristina Morrison: I Love

Read "I Love" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Cristina Morrison is also quite the lyricist as she demonstrates in spades on I Love. Original compositions like “Summer in New York" are beautifully carnal while the title track is a celebration of art and free spirits. Swing is the vitamin that nourishes this music, catalyzing a fine extended band to pitch-perfect performance. This is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Noah Haidu: Carving Out His Place

Read "Noah Haidu: Carving Out His Place" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

New York-based pianist Noah Haidu came to jazz through the blues, listening to the searing, soulful guitar moans of Buddy Guy and Albert King. But his training, at the age of six, had its advent in classical music. He also likes to experiment with electronics.

All these things go into the musical blender of ...