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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

NEWS: CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Nancy Kelly's 6th CD honors legendary Jazz singer Mark Murphy

Nancy Kelly's 6th CD honors legendary Jazz singer Mark Murphy

Support Nancy Kelly's Mark Murphy Tribute CD About this project Thank you for your interest in this very exciting opportunity to help fund my sixth recording project. People often ask me who my favorite singer is, and my answer is always, without hesitating, Mark Murphy. I was heavily influenced by his work. He was “the real deal,” and he’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Special Kay!

Read "Special Kay!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

WOW!

No, it is definitely not advisable to open a review with an unequivocal superlative (for one thing, it sort of gives the game away, doesn't it?). But on Special Kay!, its ninth impressive album in twenty-four years, DIVA--the gold standard among all-female big bands since its inception--really gives a commentator no reasonable ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Federal regulations require food and beverage manufacturers to provide “Nutrition Facts" on all package labels. They want you to know what you're digging into. Now, if recordings had that same requirement, Everything Is Cool from Giacomo Gates might read this way: “Ingredients: 100% genuine talent and devotion to the true art of jazz vocalizing. All natural ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy

Read "Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

Blend well:
One mid-sized cruise ship with crew 100 or more jazz legends, go-to guys and young lions
About 2,000 diverse jazz fans
Assorted performance venues, about half a dozen
One big band
A small army of piano tuners
Ports of call (optional)
Top with musician interviews and jam ...

Jazz Vocals April

Read "Jazz Vocals April" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Writer's note: Music writing is an avocation. It is not what I do for a living. It exists as that undertaking I do for the satisfaction of possibly educating others about this single essential art. But the reality is I have less and less time to write. As a result, I am limiting my writing to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kathryn Farmer: Moondance

Read "Moondance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Kathryn Farmer brings a very contemporary vision to her jazz singing, one equally informed from the popular and R&B idioms. Her debut, Moondance, offers a spectrum of music treated to her uniquely informed interpretations. Farmer fearlessly re-harmonizes songs for her own visionary purposes, rendering compelling, if not provocative, performances.

Strict constructionists who ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

“The Japanese Songbird” Taeko Returns To Jazz At Kitano, NYC On August 22 At 8pm

“The Japanese Songbird” Taeko Returns To Jazz At Kitano, NYC On August 22 At 8pm

The Japanese Songbird Taeko Fukao, known to audiences throughout the world as TAEKO, will be performing at JAZZ AT KITANO on August 22nd with John DiMartino on piano, Ed Howard on bass, and Victor Jones on Drums. Japanese-born Jazz Diva TAEKO has performed in New York City’s top jazz clubs, including Blue Note, Lenox Lounge and Zinc Bar, as well as jazz festivals ...

Take Five With Antoinette Montague

Read "Take Five With Antoinette Montague" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Antoinette Montague:

Antoinette Montague likes to say she simply sings “people music." Make no mistake about it, she is a jazz singer through and through, but one who pushes the genre's boundaries. On her new recording, Behind the Smile, Montague sings classic jazz standards (new and old), resurrects lovely-but-obscure melodies, blends in blues and ...