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American Descendants of Slavery Empowered Through the Arts, Social Media #ADOS, and Activist Preaching

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The Arts, social media and activist preaching offer platforms for the American descendants of slavery in our times. Where some traditional societal structures have failed African Americans, these ever-evolving creative areas of empowerment and enlightenment can have a tremendous impact.

This past December I arrived at New York City Center while waiting for the ...

Celebrating John Coltrane with Cultural Documentarian Steve Rowland

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Steve Rowland is a documentarian, educator, lover of music and humanity. Discussing his journey for this article was enjoyable, thought-provoking and informative. Steve is a humble man, and he wanted the focus of this article to be on the music, but I hope also to shed light on what goes into the development of a good ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Benny Golson & Rainbow Jazz Orchestra alla Villa Medicea di Artimino

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Benny Golson & Rainbow Jazz Orchestra
Ognissanti Jazz
Villa Medicea di Artimino
Carmignano (PO)
3.11.2019

Il grande jazz fiorisce anche fuori dalle grandi città, anzi, talvolta trova attenzioni e spazi più accoglienti proprio là dove le luci sono meno intense. È il caso di Ognissanti Jazz, minirassegna di tre date ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Levitation Orchestra: Inexpressible Infinity

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A lot of bull is talked about collective music-making, so it is good to come across a band who not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. Good, too, to come across a debut album that is as outstanding as the thirteen-piece Levitation Orchestra's Inexpressible Infinity. Vibrant, joyous and cosmopolitan, it joins Theon Cross's ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 Years: Level Five, VIII

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On November 15, 2019, as part of King Crimson's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Panegryic will be releasing Sid Smith's significant revision and expansion of his critically acclaimed bio, In the Court of King Crimson (Helter Skelter Publishing, 2001). More than merely adding what has gone on in the nearly 20 years since the original book was published, ...

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Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019

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Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival
Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia
23-27.10.2017

La ventiduesima edizione del festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormòns si è svolta dal 23 al 27 Ottobre, con la medesima, fortunata formula degli scorsi anni: un concerto serale al Teatro Comunale ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Garzone, Erskine, Pasqua, Oleskiewicz Live at Sam First

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The venue in which you see and hear a performance has always mattered. Perhaps much more so than most people realize or even think about. Acoustics, ambiance, and comfort have always been important. In recent years you see more and more listening rooms popping up. Why? Well, neither acoustics nor talented musicians making great music matter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

Read "VII" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

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An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd Quartet: Montreux Jazz Festival 1967

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 1967" reviewed by Chris May

2018 and 2019 have seen more than one release of newly discovered material by jazz icons which have been hyped as masterpieces by the record label, but proven to be underwhelming on investigation, no more than marginally interesting artefacts for anyone other than completists and the star-struck. The John Coltrane albums Both Directions At Once: The ...