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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Houston Person: I'm Just a Lucky So and So

Read "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Perhaps tenor saxophonist Houston Person is indeed A Lucky So and So, as he professes on his newly recorded album of that name, but it has taken far more than luck to sustain a long and successful career that spans more than half a century and numbers more than sixty albums as leader of his own ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Joanna Pascale
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
November 10, 2018

The content of this show came as a complete surprise to this reviewer. I expected vocalist Joanna Pascale, who is by now a Philadelphia legend, to sing a typical set of standards from the Great American Songbook. Instead, she blew everyone ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz At Princeton University Announces Dynamic 2018-2019 Season November 14, 2018 – May 11, 2019

Jazz At Princeton University Announces Dynamic 2018-2019 Season  November 14, 2018 – May 11, 2019

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a dynamic and compelling 2018-2019 Season, November 14, 2018 – May 11, 2019. Highlights include performances by student groups joined by guest artists including Blue Note Records trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, legendary vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and Grammy winner and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. In April, Jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michelle Lordi at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Read "Michelle Lordi at Philadelphia Museum of Art" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Michelle Lordi Trio
Friday Nights
Philadelphia Museum of Art
June 8, 2018

I've always appreciated Michelle Lordi's singing through her fine recordings, but I'd never heard her in person, so I seized this opportunity to hop over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to catch her show, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Houston Person: Rain or Shine

Read "Rain or Shine" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, now in his eightieth decade, has made no concessions to Father Time, choosing instead to use his many years in the jazz trenches to forge a style all his own, bathed in blues and soul but never turning a deaf ear to the allure of a seductive and tasteful melody. Each of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michelle Lordi: Dream a Little Dream

Read "Dream a Little Dream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Michelle Lordi graces the Philadelphia area with her singing, and her album releases and club dates in New York and elsewhere are gaining her wider recognition as she continues her regular local gigs. She sings clearly, straight ahead, and with panache. In this album, she brings together a septet of outstanding instrumentalists for a nostalgic set ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Read "Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Houston Person Quartet
Turtle Point Club House
Kiawah Island Concert Series
Kiawah Island
January 8, 2017

No rough edges, no experimentation, music just as smooth as chocolate pudding. A perfectly molded musical travelogue down memory lane. Not a formula for a grand performance, but somehow tenor saxophonist Houston Person makes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marianne Solivan: Spark

Read "Spark" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Marianne Solivan si connette alla grande tradizione di cantanti di jazz come Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter e Carmen McRae. La forma vocale esuberante, lo spessore timbrico, la tensione bluesy, la fantasia interpretativa ne fanno un'interprete di primo piano sulla scena musicale di New York. Questo secondo disco da leader -dopo il debutto del 2012 con Prisoner ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy

Read "Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

Blend well:
One mid-sized cruise ship with crew 100 or more jazz legends, go-to guys and young lions
About 2,000 diverse jazz fans
Assorted performance venues, about half a dozen
One big band
A small army of piano tuners
Ports of call (optional)
Top with musician interviews and jam ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vana Gierig: Making Memories

Read "Making Memories" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quarto CD da leader ed esordio con la Enja per il pianista tedesco Vana Gierig, studi bostoniani e illustri collaborazioni con Eddie Gomez e Wynton Marsalis, oltre che con Paquito D'Rivera, ospite anche in questo Making Memories.

Il lavoro ruota attorno al trio di Gierig, che lo vede accanto al batterista Marcello Pellitteri ...