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ARTICLE: RADIO

Birthday Celebrations for Shirley Horn and Judy Collins

Read "Birthday Celebrations for Shirley Horn and Judy Collins" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast celebrates songs about birds in the second hour plus birthday songbirds Judy Collins (who just turned 80) and the legendary Shirley Horn. New releases included vocalists Kalya Ramu, Holly Cole, Laurie Antonioli, Charles Ruggiero & Hilary Gardner, bassist Anne Mette Iversen, pianists Amina Figarova and Eric Reed, with more birthday shout outs to Bing ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mary Lou Williams, James Moody & More

Read "Mary Lou Williams, James Moody & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start everything off with the talented veteran North Carolina jazz pianist Claire Ritter with the title track off her 2018 CD Eclipse Orange. Then we hear from her mentor Mary Lou Williams, a new one from Branford Marsalis and his Quartet and some solid groove with the great John Kirby leading The Biggest ...

Ten Artists: May 2019

Read "Ten Artists: May 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Paul Jost
Simple Life
Paul Jost Music
2019

I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amina Figarova: Road To The Sun

Read "Road To The Sun" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Amina Figarova, born in Baku, Azerbaijin, experienced one of the United States' darkest days--the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack--up close, from the vantage point of a friend's apartment in Brooklyn. The experience resulted in the creation of perhaps the most poignant and heartfelt artistic representations of the event, Figarova's sextet recording September Suite (Munich Records, 2005), an ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Baku Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Baku Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Baku Jazz Festival
Baku, Azerbaijan
October 25-28, 2018

Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

From July 18th to August 28th, in the heart of Times Square, the New York Jazz Workshop's 8th summer series will feature the whos who of jazz music with Alan Ferber , Amina Figarova, Ari Hoenig, Chris Washburne, Dan Weiss, Dave Liebman, Dave Scott, Fay Victor, Frank Kimbrough, Jacob Sacks, Jocelyn Medina, John O’Gallagher, Kenny Wessel, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper

Read "Blue Whisper" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Pianist and composer Amina Figarova is truly a citizen of the world. Born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, she decamped to the Netherlands in the 1980s to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and then to Boston in 1989 to continue her studies at Berklee. Blue Whisper is her 12th recording as a leader, but her first ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Sullivan Fortner

Sullivan Fortner

This may come a tad late as news but not too late—I trust—for enjoyment. Last spring, Sullivan Fortner won the Cole Porter Fellow In Jazz award of the American Pianists Association. Fortner is a 28-year-old New Orleanian who attracted favorable notice as the pianist in trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s quintet and for his work with other jazz ...

NEWS: EVENT

American Pianists Association Announces Performance Dates For 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship In Jazz Finalists

American Pianists Association Announces Performance  Dates For 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship In Jazz Finalists

Finalist Christian Sands to Kick Off the American Pianists Association's 2014 - 2015 Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services at Indianapolis' The Jazz Kitchen on Saturday, September 27 at 8 PM Beginning on Saturday, September 27, five Finalists will compete for the $100,000 prize and the title of 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

American Pianists Association Announces Finalists For The $100,000 Jazz Prize

American Pianists Association Announces Finalists For The $100,000 Jazz Prize

Five Finalists Scheduled for Special Kickoff Performance at The Rubin Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 21 at 7PM Joel Harrison, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the American Pianists Association announces the five Finalists for the American Pianists Association's Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services. The five Finalists, in no particular order, are: Kris Bowers, Christian Sands, Zach ...