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Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band: Our Father Who Art Blakey

Read "Our Father Who Art Blakey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Who is Russian-born trumpeter Valery Ponomarev's favorite musician? A clue may be found in the title of Ponomarev's first CD as leader of his New York City-based big band: Our Father Who Art Blakey. The first jazz recording he heard while still in Russia, Ponomarev recalls, was Blakey's Jazz Messengers with trumpeter Lee Morgan playing pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jake Hertzog: Throwback

Read "Throwback" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his fourth solo venture, nascent New York-based guitarist Jake Hertzog beckons the services of celebrated jazz trumpeter, Randy Brecker. His conspicuous synergy with longtime associates, bassist Harvie S and drummer Victor Jones is true to form on a set that highlights an uncanny blend of harmonically appealing content and edgy jazz-fusion extravaganzas, heightened by Hertzog's ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series Returns Saturdays In October + 1 In November

WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s Award-Winning Kids Jazz Concert Series Returns with Five Free, Interactive Programs for Young People Fall Series Includes Concerts Featuring The Firey String Sistas!, Courtney Bryan Ensemble featuring Brandee Younger,New York Voices, Ignacio Berroa and Victor Jones Orchestrio NEWARK, NJ: WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s award-winning, free Kids Jazz Concert Series, which brings jazz culture and dynamic performances to young ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions

Read "Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions" reviewed by John Kelman

The past couple years have been banner ones for reviving the legacy of Woody Shaw, a trumpeter and composer who--emerging in the early '60s on albums by extant jazz stars like Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver, and contributing to on-the-rise names including Larry Young and Chick Corea--has all-too-often been overlooked. Still, with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabrizio Sotti: The Key to Music

Read "Fabrizio Sotti: The Key to Music" reviewed by Fernando Rodriguez

Invited to perform at the 16th edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, this past November, guitarist Fabrizio Sotti was sitting on the beach in Cabarete, along the country's north coast, when this interview took place.

Sottis' most recent release, Inner Dance (E1, 2010), was almost his third release, following the guitarist's This World Upside ...

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 ...

Goodbye, Cecil's

Read "Goodbye, Cecil's" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In the hallway around the corner from the bandstand at Cecil's Jazz Club, hangs a poster for Slugs' Saloon. Through most of the 1960s, until its end in 1972, Slugs' was one of the most important jazz clubs in New York City. Unlike many of the upscale establishments that appeared in its wake, it was a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jake Hertzog: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Guitarist Jake Hertzog's previous recordings as leader, Chromatosphere (That's Out, 2009) and Patterns (Buckyball, 2010) created a stir, with reviewers comparing his talent to just about every jazz and rock guitarist who's ever been described as a legend, from the 1940s on. What this hints rather broadly at is Hertzog's cross-generational approach and stylistic variation which ...

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Jake Hertzog: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

Evolution is the third solo outing from guitarist Jake Hertzog, Guitar Player Magazine contributor and member of the rock band, The Young Presidents. Although the album appears weighted towards jazz fusion, it is the rock-inflected phrases woven into the music that saves it from running into all-too-familiar jazz guitar footprints. The generational sound of this recording ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Boris Kozlov

Read "Take Five With Boris Kozlov" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Boris Kozlov:

Currently serving as a bassist, arranger and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, ...