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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nice Jazz Festival 2018

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Nice Jazz Festival
Nice, France
July 16-21, 2018

The 2018 Nice festival started like a damp squib when a crashing, flashing thunderstorm hit the city an hour before the opening. The ensuing deluge made the stages and electrics unsafe. With no chance of rescheduling, most musicians left town for their ...

Groovemeisters: Dennis Coffey and Barry Goldberg

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Any musiclover worth his or her salt will testify to the fact that some of the best instrumentalists are the greatest unsung heroes. Playing during any given era of rock and roll, blues, jazz or funk, in any cross-fertilization thereof, session players, sidemen and collaborators of comparatively low profiles can be part and parcel of the ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

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Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975

Read "Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975" reviewed by James Nadal

Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975
Bob Porter
281 Pages
ISBN: #978- 15245-4786-8
Xlibris
2016

With the end of World War II, in 1945, there was great rejoicing and celebrating a triumph over evil, as the United States ushered in a new era. But with segregation still the ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Jazz Bakery Receives NEA Art Works Grant

Jazz Bakery Receives NEA Art Works Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that The Jazz Bakery Performance Space will receive its fourth NEA Art Works Grant. This new award of $25,000 will support performances and youth outreach events as part of its “Concerts and Conversations with Southern California Jazz Legends” series. Artists invited to perform in this series include: Kamasi ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Improvised Music Company: Orbital Pathways, Gravitational Pull

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Arguably some of the most dramatic changes in jazz have taken place in the last quarter of its century-long history: the emergence of a strong European jazz identity/identities; technological advances that empower individuals to become their own producers; Youtube, which has all but erased the boundary between past and present; the increase in pedagogical institutions; pan-national ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Zappa and Jazz: Did it Really Smell Funny, Frank?

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The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 2: Early Encounters with Jazz" of Zappa and Jazz: Did it Really Smell Funny, Frank? by Geoffrey Wills (Matador, 2015).

When, at the age of fourteen, Zappa entered Mission Bay High School in jny: San Diego in 1955, his first exposure to the elitist snobbery of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Merrill: Cheerin’ Up the Universe

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Jazz as an art form is not noted for a particularly sunny disposition. Trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill dispenses with this prejudice in his opening original title composition of Cheerin' Up the Universe, his fourth recording. From the outset, this recital is going to be a positive, affirming musical experience sans the saccharine sentimentality projects like ...

Funk Jazz: '60s-'70s

Read "Funk Jazz: '60s-'70s" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Somewhere between the soul-jazz of the early sixties (often called “funk" in its day) and the disco of the mid-seventies, funk jazz was born. Rock was already crossing over into jazz. And it just made sense that rock would inject soul jazz with a greater sense of urgency and a stronger feel for the groove.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Les McCann: Never Say No Again

Read "Les McCann: Never Say No Again" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"Be who you are and not who you ain't. Because when you are who you ain't, you're not who you are."

Keyboardist, vocalist, bandleader, songwriter and photographer Les McCann really talks like this. About his music, about musicians, about his career--about everything. I learned this during the following interview, scheduled to discuss Omnivore Records' ...