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NEWS: RECORDING

Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

When a 24-year-old Blue Lu Barker stepped up to the microphone at Decca Records studio in Manhattan in 1938 to record Don’t You Feel My Leg, she had no way of knowing that that initial recording would turn out to be such an enduring piece of blues artistry. An immediate hit, the song instantly established Barker ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Randy Weston: Brooklyn, Africa e ritorno

Read "Randy Weston: Brooklyn, Africa e ritorno" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Per ricordare il grande pianista statunitense, riproponiamo un'intervista del 1999 che ripercorre la sua vita e la sua carriera, dalla nascita a Brooklyn agli anni passati in Africa fino alla consacrazione dopo il rientro negli Stati Uniti.

Ogni anno, la facoltà di musica dell'università di Harvard, dedica parte del suo calendario accademico all'analisi ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

Read "Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2

Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cheryl Bentyne (and Mark Winkler)
Eastern Standard Time
Café Pacific Records

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Funchal Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Funchal Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Funchal Jazz Festival 2018
Santa Catarina Park
Madeira, Portugal
July 12-14, 2018

A stunning tableau greets visitors to the Funchal Jazz Festival entering by the main gate, at the top of Santa Catarina Park. The first thing that catches the eye are the spectacular trees that define the park's boundaries. ...

Lola Batiste

​Born in Paris,Texas to a musical family, Lola Batiste whose aunt was a baptist church pianist who played with the intensity of a "Jerry Lee Lewis" had an early influence on Lola's interpretation of a lyric, Lola who attended the catholic church whose choir pianist had a more repressed style began singing hymns with the choir where she fused her aunt's fervent gospel playing with the subdued hymns of the catholic church creating a unique mix of vocal style that leaned more toward a melancholy vibe. "When I'm performing I can still hear my aunt's music and I can still hear the music from the hymns I used to sing in the catholic church and I really don't try to separate those sounds in my head, I just go with the flow and blend them together to create my own unique melody", that's the beauty of singing jazz. Lola has also had the honor of being a member of the prestigious Women's Chorus of Dallas where she sang first soprano under the artistic direction of Melinda Imthurn.​ Lola along with two other actresses portrayed The Supremes in the Marsha Moses musical production of “From Dixie to Broadway” a musical documenting the history of African American music

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

Read "WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!].

Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lucia Cadotsch: Whispers Speak Louder than Screams

Read "Lucia Cadotsch: Whispers Speak Louder than Screams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Speak Low (Enja Records, 2017), the debut release of her current Trio of the same name, catapulted Lucia Cadotsch among the new artists that promise to write original chapters of vocal jazz while showing deference to the artists that preceded them. Playing a compelling brand of music that has been aptly described as “acoustic retrofuturism" --think ...