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Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues
Trondheim Jazzfest
Trondheim, Norway
May 8-12, 2018

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically.

The ...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nick Davies

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
April 26 to May 1, 2017

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues ...

Gregory Porter: Take Me To The Alley

Read "Take Me To The Alley" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ineffable charms of Gregory Porter can't help but woo and win over the ear. He's the epitome of soulful sophistication--part tender poet, part cogent preacher, fully a man of the people--and he has a voice that can make the angels weep. While we often bemoan the choices that fame's fickle index finger makes, it pointed ...

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Gregory Porter At The Ulster Hall, Belfast

Read "Gregory Porter At The Ulster Hall, Belfast" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Gregory Porter
Ulster Hall
Belfast, N. Ireland
March 31, 2016

Though Gregory Porter has played Ireland several times, it's unlikely that any of the previous venues to welcome the Californian singer-songwriter have quite the history--or indeed the character--of Belfast's Ulster Hall. In its one hundred-and-fifty-year history this handsome Victorian music hall has ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2-November 18, 2013

Enjoy Jazz is an event that can be attended in its entirety only by the lucky residents of the metropolitan area located in the Rhine-Neckar Triangle--and that for the simple reason that it runs for seven weeks. The good news is that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregory Porter: Liquid Spirit

Read "Liquid Spirit" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Gregory Porter has a lot to live up to. Widespread critical acclaim, Grammy nominations and reviewers suggesting that he's the next big jazz star, the man to bring jazz back to mainstream popularity, all lay a big artistic burden on his (admittedly quite broad) shoulders. Liquid Spirit is his third album and it heralds a move ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter: Orvieto, Italy, December 28, 2012 - January 1, 2013

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter: Orvieto, Italy, December 28, 2012 - January 1, 2013" reviewed by Sara Villa

Umbria Jazz Winter 2013
Orvieto, Italy
December 28, 2012--February 1, 2013
Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble



Dee Alexander's sensitive and virtuosic voice, together with the exquisite harmony of her group, charmed the Umbria Jazz Winter public with two different concert series. The first was dedicated to the memory of Alexander's mentor, Light Henry Huff, and ...

NEWS: EVENT

Benny's Hardbop Jazz Sundays Live At Creole's

This Holiday Season finds Benny's Jazz Sundays at one of the most respected music rooms in the tri-state area. Creole's Supper and Music Club was built with the intention of presenting music in a warm environment. We keep returning to this venue because it is ideally situated and specifically designed for the enjoyment of “Real Jazz" We're sure that you'll enjoy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gregory Porter: Sound & Vision

Read "Gregory Porter: Sound & Vision" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Artists who mix or move between two styles, no matter how smoothly, sometimes risk being critically or commercially marooned between them. Gregory Porter sings in a style deeply steeped in the best soul and rhythm-and-blues schools; his deep and warm instrument conjures echoes of Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and other legendary voices. Even so, his first ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregory Porter: Be Good

Read "Be Good" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Debut albums often serve as fine introductions to the work of fledgling artists with potential for greater things, but that wasn't the case with Gregory Porter's Water (Motéma, 2010). Porter's debut, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, presented a vocal soul-jazz juggernaut that seemingly materialized out of thin air as a fully matured musical entity. ...