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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

Read "New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fred Anderson: On the Run

Read "Fred Anderson: On the Run" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in August 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material.

The Roscoe Mitchell Quintet with special guest Fred Anderson played a successful benefit concert for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The quintet's performance, ...

Mats Gustafsson/ Alfred Vogel: Blow + Beat

Read "Blow + Beat" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swedish saxophone powerhouse Mats Gustafsson was playing with his trio--The Thing--at the 2016 Beazau Beatz Festival when he hooked up with the excellent, but under-recognized, Austrian drummer Alfred Vogel, who hosts the outing. The resulting Blow + Beat is an extraordinarily challenging musical experiment from two fearless advocates of free thought. The saxophone/drum duo is an ...

Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

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Drummer Abbey Rader first encountered celebrated reedman Kidd Jordan when he was touring with Billy Bang and Frank Lowe back in 2000, as a member of the outfit featured on One For Jazz (No More Records, 2001). Jordan sat in, and the ensuing mix was successful enough for Rader to intend a follow up. That didn't ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Musical Jordan Family Featured At Swearing In Of Congressman Richmond As Chair Of CBC; Watch Live Stream

The Musical Jordan Family Featured At Swearing In Of Congressman Richmond As Chair Of CBC; Watch Live Stream

New Orleans’ musical Jordan family, represented by Stephanie Jordan, Rachel Jordan and Marlon Jordan have been invited by Congressman Cedric Richmond, D-LA to be the featured musical guests at the swearing in of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) of the 115th Congress. This past November, Representative Richmond was elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intrepid drummer Abbey Rader's second release in 2016, Reunion documents a stimulating live session at the, now sadly defunct, Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) in Miami. Iconoclastic jazzman and legendary saxophonist Kidd Jordan joins Rader and his quartet for this exhilarating improvisational set captured at the above mentioned venue on Halloween night of 2012.

The ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Abbey Rader & Kidd Jordan Release First Album Together - "Reunion"

Abbey Rader & Kidd Jordan Release First Album Together - "Reunion"

In a busy summer, Abbey Rader has released his second recording in as many months. Reunion is a collaboration with saxophonist Kidd Jordan. The album is their first together. It follows the June release of It's Time, a duet session with Abbey and longtime collaborator Peter Ponzol. The chain of events that led to Reunion can be ...

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Intuit

Read "Intuit" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To pigeonhole a musician is to ghettoize a music. But we all do it. Yes, Kali Z. Fasteau is a pianist, but also a drummer, a cellist and a flutist. From her twenty plus recordings she refuses to be fixed with a descriptor. She also performs on the nai, kaval and shakuhachi flutes, is a vocalist, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Dikeman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza

Read "Live at La Resistenza" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The subtitle to Charles Mingus' composition “Gunslinging Bird" is “If Charlie Parker was a gunslinger, there'd be a whole lot of dead copycats," refers to the great alto saxophonist's ability to dominate a bandstand and quiet any and all comers. Parker, who died in 1955, might not have known about automatic weapons, nor the free jazz ...