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Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

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Italian guitarist, bandleader, crate digger and DJ Nicola Conte's journeys into musics originating from beyond Europe--be they Brazilian, Hindustani, Latin American or African--sometimes carry a touch of the touristic about them, but his work is so transparently heartfelt that it never becomes a problem. It is also, always, superbly well crafted. Conte identifies Let Your Light ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

Azar Lawrence: Elementals

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Azar Lawrence sounds more like John Coltrane than John Coltrane ever did. Well, almost. Mid-period Coltrane that is, post Atlantic Records and the sheets of sound, when Coltrane starting to record for Impulse with producer Bob Thiele. The closeness of the resemblance is longstanding and uncanny, but it has not been a cynical pose designed to ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

By Chuck Koton These are not words I ever thought I would have to write. Legendary drummer Alphonse Mouzon was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September. He had to immediately undergo surgery which has bought him some time. But his kidneys are too weak for radiation therapy and he is planning to go to ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners will celebrate John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with nine days of FREE events. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016. One of the most important artists of the 20th century was our neighbor. He walked among us. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974

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When saxophonist and composer, Kamasi Washington, released his tripple album, The Epic in 2015, it was celebrated widely, not only in the spheres of jazz, but also in rock magazines. Washington was clearly on to something, forging a new spiritual sound that married world music, orchestral funk and free jazz.

However, new sounds ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016

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Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence
Jimmy Mak's
PDX Jazz Festival
Portland, OR
February 18-19, 2016

Any American burg that aspires to “great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Azar Lawrence

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Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Azar Lawrence
New Morning, Sunside jazz clubs
Paris, France
July 21-22, 2015

Back-to-back jazz nights featured dynamic saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Azar Lawrence performing in two of the top music clubs of Paris, both leading quartets. Marsalis was on the big stage in the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Listen To This: Miles Davis And Bitches Brew

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Listen To This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew
Victor Svorinich
202 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-62846-194-7
The University Press of Mississippi
2015

Surprisingly, Victor Svorinich's book is the first dedicated exclusively to a study of Miles Davis's ground-breaking album Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Surprising, because just about every facet of the ...

Mark Lomax Trio: Isis and Osiris

Read "Isis and Osiris" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Record collectors and DJs are fond of the term “spiritual jazz." Like most colloquialisms, its meaning is nebulous and vague; more emotional than factual, more indicative of a feeling that the music projects, as opposed to a distinct lineage or coterie of musicians. For many, the term refers to jazz that incorporates African and Middle Eastern ...