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Tender and Fierce Blessings: Malcolm, Coltrane and My Mentor Nat Hentoff

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Dear Nat,

It has been awhile since I wrote. You are heavily on my mind. I must say I miss the ability to reach out to you when I had something magnificent to say about my Kids for Coltrane Project in Education. Sharing other positive news in education such as George Lucas's online magazine ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Doug Collette's Best Releases of 2018

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It wasn't hard in the least to compile a 'Best of...' list for 2018. The titles were self-evident as they rolled out, with almost clockwork regularity, over the course of the twelve months, ultimately comprising what I kept going back to most often during the year, enjoying each one more (and in a slightly different way) ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kelly Green: Volume One

Read "Volume One" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

If we were talking baseball, pianist, vocalist, and composer Kelly Green would be highly touted as a three tool player. And she deserves to be. From every angle she hears breaks and stops, harmonic and melodic whoops, swoops and vocal dips and dives that the rest of us maybe don't until the artist makes them as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14

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The challenge of finding something original to say about Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (1975), the mother of all comeback albums, baffles even the most steely-eyed critic. But Sony has made the task easier with More Blood, More Tracks, the unfortunately titled, overpriced, but nonetheless revelatory fourteenth entry in the Bootleg Series. The six-disc Deluxe ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Morgan and George Cables: Montreal Memories

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Montreal Memories is a duet album recorded at Theatre Port Royal on July 1, 1989, featuring two of the most talented jazz artists of any generation, alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and pianist George Cables. This is the second duet album they've had released, the first being Contemporary's Double Image in 1987.

A jazz duet ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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This summer sizzled with jazz at The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina. The John Coltrane Youth Jazz Workshop Band led by Wally West kicked off the festival on Saturday, September 1, followed by the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, the Dirty Dozen ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

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The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roberto Ottaviano: Eternal Love

Read "Eternal Love" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo il lavoro dedicato in spirito a John Coltrane pur senza omaggi diretti (Sideralis) e quello precedente dedicato a Steve Lacy (Forgotten Matches), Roberto Ottaviano ha sentito il bisogno di “un “bagno mistico" in cui il Jazz si fa infine Musica Totale, ma sopratutto travalica l'idea fine a se stessa di fare musica, per scavare a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

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Multiple woodwind-ist Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) is one of the most prominent “What If" guys in jazz. What if he'd lived beyond his 36 years--he died unexpectedly of undiagnosed diabetic complications. What if he'd been able to nurture his distinctive musical vision to a full flowering? What if--like his sometimes co-conspirator, saxophonist John Coltrane in his move ...