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Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What is it that separates a “jazz singer" from the wannabes? While many people are known as or call themselves jazz singers, only a handful truly merit the name. Giacomo Gates, whose latest album What Time Is It? is his seventh (and fourth for Savant Records), is one of the chosen few. Why? Well, as the ...

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Kim Nalley's Tribute to Nina Simone

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Kim Nalley
Tribute to Nina Simone
Freight & Salvage
Berkeley, CA
March 3 2017

Popular San Francisco vocalist Kim Nalley skillfully painted a stunning portrait of the iconic Nina Simone, using her voice like an artist's brush and Simone's songbook like a sonic canvas. The captivating ...

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Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio at Jazz Standard

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Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
July 31, 2016

If there's any genre of music that's truly built on the idea of spur-of-the-moment change, it's jazz. And so, in that very spirit, we had this performance.

The audience that came down to hear ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

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Giacomo Gates was almost forty years old when someone suggested that he try his hand at singing. Luckily for the rest of us, Gates thought that was a good idea, moved to New York City later that year (1989) and began singing in clubs. Six years later Gates recorded his first CD, Blue Skies, and Everything ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cynthia Felton: Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics: Save Your Love For Me

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Dr. Cynthia Felton dots all the i's and crosses all the t's when putting together an album. She's a detail-oriented singer with enough smarts, business savvy, and musical skill to pull off whatever type of project she wants to pursue, be it a salute to a woefully under-appreciated figure like Oscar Brown Jr. or a tribute ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Hip Jazz for Hip Listeners

Hip Jazz for Hip Listeners

Singer Giacomo Gates wide-ranging musicality, humor and swing were on full display Saturday night at JD’s Bistro & Grille as he opened the Port Charlotte FL venue’s Jazz Masters series of special jazz events.  Gates fit the bill perfectly with his approach to jazz, including his instrument-like scatting and use of vocalese. The latter technique, popularized by ...

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Mike Clark: East Bay Funk

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I remember the first time I heard the classic Herbie Hancock album Thrust (Columbia, 1974). It was on the radio, if you can believe it. The song “Actual Proof" burned into my brain: I had been a fan of Herbie's, especially of ...

Take Five With Jacques Lesure

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Meet Jacques Lesure:

Jacques Lesure is a Detroit native who has graduated from Berklee College Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since his days at Berklee, he has performed alongside Oscar Brown Jr., George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Mark Murphy, Oliver Lake, Chico Freeman, Javon Jackson, Les McCann, Linda Hopkins, Carmen Lundy, ...

Oscar Brown Jr.: We're Live

Read "We're Live" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Today's musicians--and anyone with an interest in things jazz and the pre-Hip-Hop/Rap African-American musical and cultural experience--might want to examine the life, times, music and impact of Oscar Brown, Jr. Brown distinguished himself brilliantly in multiple worlds--musical, literary, political, theatrical and television. And he did it all, weaving a passion for life, America's art form and ...

Jeffrey Gimble: Beyond Up High

Read "Beyond Up High" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With the plethora of female vocalist producing new albums these days, it is indeed refreshing to hear a new male voice sure to make an impact in the jazz world, and that's just what L.A. singer Jeffrey Gimble is certain to accomplish with his stunning debut Beyond Up High. An actor raised in the Texas blues ...