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How the Other Half Swings

Read "How the Other Half Swings" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there has been a frequent criticism of the Genius Guide, besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the hell I'm going on about most of the time, it would be that I have largely ignored the contributions of women to Our Music. One would think, from the body of my work to this ...

Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer

Read "The Things We Did Last Summer" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sometimes it's destiny. In the case of pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton: Her father, Stephen Fulton, is a jazz trumpeter who, early on, exposed his daughter to the sounds of classic jazz, to the exclusion of the then current popular sounds. Also, legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, Stephen's friend,  hung around the Fulton house from Champian's earliest days, and ...

Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana

Read "Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana" reviewed by James Nadal

The multifarious talents which are the essence of extraordinary vocalist Queen Esther's identity, encompass the complete spectrum of music from rural southern blues and inner city jazz, to her innovative version of Black Americana. Born and raised in the Deep South, she was a prodigious child whose creativity was recognized early in life. After a successful ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Read "Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem, Loren Schoenberg emerges from a crowded back room with an unusual looking recording. Aluminum discs like the one he holds, were the first instant, electrical means of recording. Invented in 1929 they were a means of allowing radio stations to record and archive live programs that could be ...

Craig Fraedrich with Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night

Read "All Through the Night" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's no secret among professional musicians that the elite military jazz ensembles such as the “U.S. Army Blues," the Air Force's “Airmen of Note," and the Navy's “Commodores" consist of some of the finest musicians on the planet. Trumpeter Craig Fraedrich, recently-retired 30-year Army Bandsman, his Trilogy crew, and vocalist Christal Rheams are spit-shining examples. And, ...

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: Meet Me At Minton's

Read "Meet Me At Minton's" reviewed by James Nadal

In a direct shout out to the famous Harlem nightclub, and evoking the golden age of jazz orchestras, Meet Me At Minton's by the JC Hopkins Biggish Band is a polished throwback to the era when premier vocalists fronted illustrious big bands, while dancers flooded the floor. With a rotating lineup of eight singers, backed by ...

ALA.NI: You & I

Read "You & I" reviewed by James Nadal

Romantic poetry set to music can never go out of style, for it describes fundamental human emotions in a creative fashion. With the conceptual collection You & I, vocalist and composer ALA.NI presents a beautiful blend of chanson inspired lyrical rhythm, laced with vintage American jazz. Able to capture the essence of love in song, she ...

Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke

Read "Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica
La ricerca. Attraverso lo sviluppo degli elementi musicali ed extramusicali a cui mi avvicino io cresco come artista e come persona.

La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me
I musicisti che suonano con me devono avere una voce originale e una vocazione esistenziale ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Il Kronos Quartet all' Auditorium Arvedi di Cremona

Read "Il Kronos Quartet all' Auditorium Arvedi di Cremona" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Kronos Quartet
Cremona Jazz 2017
Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi
21.05.2017

Doveva accadere prima o poi, quasi fosse scritto nelle stelle che si dovessero incontrare. E così è stato. L'Auditorium Arvedi, cuore pulsante e capolavoro architettonico/acustico del Museo del violino di Cremona ha ospitato il Kronos Quartet, quartetto d'archi di musica contemporanea a ...

Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out

Read "Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The Copenhagen daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende in 2015 called Margrete Grarup “the best kept secret in Danish jazz." In 2017, with two albums released in rapid succession on Storyville, that secret is out... and a star is born.

Grarup has a wonderfully rich and expressive voice. She comes to jazz via the Scandinavian ...


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