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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

Read "Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Lady Sings The Blues
Billie Holiday/William Dufty
180 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-241-35129-1
Penguin Modern Classics
2018

For many, Billie Holiday was the greatest of all the jazz singers, while her emotive delivery and tragic persona seemed to embody the early jazz life in all its boho chic and with all ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope Quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Read "Odean Pope Quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Odean Pope Quartet
“Friday Nights" Music Series
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
January 11, 2019

The great tenor saxophonist Odean Pope came up in Philadelphia and still calls it home. He obtained his sea legs together with pianist Ray Bryant, John Coltrane and other young ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kansas City and the Territory Bands

Read "Kansas City and the Territory Bands" reviewed by Russell Perry

Outside of the Chicago--New York nexus, jazz thrived during the late 1920's and 1930's in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, with its center in Kansas City. Under the careful control of Boss Pendergast, Kansas City was a wide open town with a thriving night club music scene, nurturing musicians like Joe Turner, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, ...

Francesco Martinelli: European Jazz - Tales of Etruscan Vases, Arias And Resistance

Read "Francesco Martinelli: European Jazz - Tales of Etruscan Vases, Arias And Resistance" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Few have attempted to tackle the history of European jazz in any meaningful way. That's hardly surprising given the size of the task. How do you address the jazz history of over forty countries in a succinct and logical manner?

How do you manage to throw light on all the major personalities at the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

December Birthday Salutes

Read "December Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Whether they've grabbed their hats and caught the bus, or are still with us, every one of these musicians makes the world a bit brighter. Of those living that we've featured, a special Gifts & Messages greeting to Curtis Fuller, Barry Harris and Eddie Palmieri as each celebrated more than 80 years on the planet on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisa Hilton: Oasis

Read "Oasis" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Like whispers of a better place just around the corner if you're prepared to take the ride, the tunes on West Coast mainstay and prolific pianist/composer Lisa Hilton's exciting, well paced Oasis work their way into your listening space and take up residence. They hop, bop and bounce along her keyboard.

Hilton, who has ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

That Special Time of Year

Read "That Special Time of Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast gets into the swing of the season, which includes holiday releases by Duchess and Laura Dickinson plus a new recording by pianist Kelly Green, with birthday shout outs to Gloria Lynne, Etta Jones, Arthur Schwartz, Johnny Mandel, June Christy and Hoagy Carmichael, among others.

Playlist Geri Allen “In Appreciation" from Geri Allen ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Classic vinyl remasterings from Storyville

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In time for the festive season, the Copenhagen label Storyville is reissuing three classic albums from its archives remastered on 180-gram vinyl: Charlie Parker In Sweden, 1950; Ben Webster Plays Ballads; and Sahib Shihab's “lost" minor masterpiece Sentiments.

The Charlie Parker album was recorded on November 24, 1950 at a concert in the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

Read "Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was ...