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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Charlie Parker Festival 2018

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The City Parks Foundation kicked off it's 26th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival honoring the legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker. Festival highlights included Charles Tolliver's 50th anniversary of ”Paper Man" on Friday August 24th at Marcus Garvey Park. This event honored jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver's 1968 album, which was hailed for it's cutting edge avant -garde approach. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps To Seven

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The three constant principals in this remarkable quartet are joined for this album by NY-resident Ugonna Okegwo on double bass. The quartet has been in existence for over a decade now and their first album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008. The punningly titled Heaven Steps To Seven is the quartet's seventh album to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Josh Rager: Dreams And Other Stories

Read "Dreams And Other Stories" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Montreal's Juno Award-nominated pianist, Josh Rager, has assembled an all star quintet for his fourth album as a leader, Dreams And Other Stories. Sandwiching five of his own superb compositions between the disc's opener, the Rodgers and Hart jewel “Spring is Here," and the wrap-up, Olivier Messiaen's “O Sacrum Convivium," he creates a cohesive and vivacious ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Keady Clachan

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton
Keady Clachan
Keady Mountain, Limavady
N. Ireland
September 1, 2018

The old, stone and timber-beam cottage is nestled halfway up Keady Mountain. It's typical of numerous farm outhouses throughout Ireland. On the outside at any rate. Inside, however, it has been converted by ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet: Undertones

Read "Undertones" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Swing was the thing, until alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and pianist Bud Powell helped give birth to bebop, and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman set jazz free. Not that swing ever went away, it just got bumped into the back seat. So when “Confirmation" and “Dance of the Infidels" wailed on the dashboard radio, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Parker

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Parker

All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Parker's birthday today!

The only child of Charles and Addie Parker, Charlie Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940’s. When Parker was still a child, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where jazz, blues and gospel music were flourishing. ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

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Part 1 | Part 2

Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

An Evening with ECM al Ravello Festival

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An Evening with ECM
Ravello Festival
Belvedere di Villa Rufolo
Ravello
21.7.2018

Serata d'eccezione al Ravello Festival di quest'anno che ha ospitato nella straordinaria scenografia del Belvedere di Villa Rufolo an Evening with ECM una produzione speciale che ha coinvolto il trio Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Battaglia, Michele Rabbia e un'esclusiva ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Do you long for the days when jazz was punk? Not meaning music that is loud and out-of-control. but punk as in innovative, nonconformist, and seditious. One hundred years ago, the music of Louis Armstrong was punk, and a few decades later so was Charlie Parker's revolutionary bebop. You probably did not witness those rebellions, nor ...