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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The turkey trot and tango became so popular by 1914 that the Vatican saw fit to denounce them. American ballrooms, once invaded by European dance steps, were now throbbing to these sexier moves. In his eminent book, The History Of Jazz, author Ted Gioia argues that such new currents in social dancing also forced a change ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza Jazz
Varie sedi
10--20.05.2018

“The Birth of the Youth" era l'allusivo sottotitolo della ventitreesima edizione del festival vicentino, come sempre sotto la direzione di Riccardo Brazzale. Il tentativo, affrontato anche dalla grafica neo-psichedelica del manifesto e dai saggi di vari autori nel prezioso quaderno, era quello di celebrare il ...

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra: Ain't It Grand?

Read "Ain't It Grand?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Karen Carpenter once sang, it's “yesterday once more"--at least it is whenever and wherever the gregarious Glenn Crytzer Orchestra springs into action. Crytzer's ensemble not only revitalizes songs from the long-ago Swing Era of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, its high-stepping two-CD set, Ain't It Grand?, even sounds as though it were recorded in those ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jazz didn't abandon jny: Chicago but its further development only began to take on a distinct personality in the 1960s. By the late 1920s, the next phase of the jazz scene had shifted from Chicago to New York though, initially, there was no red carpet rolled out. As jazz bands made their way to New York ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keith Karns Big Band: An Eye on the Future

Read "An Eye on the Future" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's hard to know in advance exactly what to expect from a big-band album whose title is An Eye on the Future. Luckily, the horizon as leader Keith Karns sees it is rhythmically persuasive, harmonically alluring, acknowledges an indispensable bond to the past and swings like crazy. On this album, it's a tomorrow that also sets ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Art Blakey - Il tamburo e l'estasi

Read "Art Blakey - Il tamburo e l'estasi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Art Blakey--Il tamburo e l'estasi
Vincenzo Martorella
190 pagine
ISBN: # 978-8862319461
Arcana
2017
Euro 16,50

Torna in libreria un volume indispensabile per seguire il percorso artistico di Art Blakey grande protagonista del jazz moderno tanto nel ruolo di batterista che in quello di bandleader e talent scout. ...

Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra: EE-YA-GI (Stories)

Read "EE-YA-GI (Stories)" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What a delightful surprise. Korean-born composer / arranger HyeSeon Hong, a graduate of NYU who now lives in New Jersey, enfolds the best of two worlds --east and west --on her superlative debut album, EE-YA-GI (Stories), introducing Hong's eighteen-piece Jazz Orchestra and some heavy-hitting soloists including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and tenor saxophonist Rich Perry.

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1964, Civil Rights workers, known as Freedom Riders, were increasingly becoming the victims of violent attacks from the Ku Klux Klan as they initiated a program to register black voters in the Deep South. As members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the advocates were franticly racing ...

ARTICLE: MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Alexander Hawkins

Read "Alexander Hawkins" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica
È molto difficile rispondere ma spero che, in qualche modo, il tratto principale della mia musica corrisponda al tratto principale di me stesso.

La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me
Gioia, apertura, generosità, e che non abbiano paure nel fare musica.