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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
June 25-27, 2019

The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

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In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gary McFarland: The In Sound & Soft Samba

Read "The In Sound & Soft Samba" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

Arranger, vibraphonist and singer Gary McFarland is regarded as one of the major purveyors of orchestral jazz--a type of jazz which had its heyday in the 1960s, but which is not heard as much anymore. A fine line separates orchestral jazz from the dreaded “easy listening" tag. A line so fine, they're often one and the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

The New Morning club in Paris presents the incredible - and long awaited - pairing of two guitar giants for their first Unplugged show. Imagine: Larry Carlton and Special Guest Robben Ford, two legendary guitarists... one stage unplugged... a guitar lover’s dream! This unique pairing of two all-time great guitar legends delivers an unforgettable evening of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erena Terakubo: New York Attitude

Read "New York Attitude" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Erena Terakubo is the next emerging star in a long list of young and gifted musicians hailing from the land of “The Rising Sun" who, may have thankfully, chosen jazz music as a possible career choice. Barely 20 years old and from Sapporo, Japan, this alto saxophonist caught the ear of jazz luminaries like renowned saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

Jazz vs Racism

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Jazz saved me from becoming a racist.

Back in the early to mid-1980s, while attending Hamilton College in central New York, I learned details about the transatlantic slave trade that sickened and angered me. I read about the history of the abolitionist movement in the 1800s, and the civil rights movements of last ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ron Carter: Super Sideman

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Attila Zoller/Ron Carter/Joe Chambers
Common Cause
Enja
2009

Sadao Watanabe with the Great Jazz Trio
I'm Old Fashioned
Test of Time
2009

Ron Carter has long been one of the most ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Masuo: Life Is Good

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Japanese-born/New York-based Yoshiaki Masuo is a professional and accomplished guitarist. He is not a particularly accomplished vocalist, but still chooses to sing on six of Life is Good's eleven tracks. Therein lies the potential pitfall of a self-produced album such as this. There's nobody behind the controls to suggest to Masuo that it might be better ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival 2009

Read "TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival 2009" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Canada Trust Toronto International Jazz Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 26-July 5, 2009

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival enjoyed its 23rd edition this year with a structure similar to that of recent years. The Mainstage concerts in front of City Hall were a nightly focal point as well ...