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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nnenna Freelan With The Charleston Jazz Orchestra at Charleston Music Hall

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Nnenna Freelon with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC
January 18, 2018

If you were expecting fireworks and bombastic performances of favorite pop tunes, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon might have disappointed you in her Charleston debut last Friday night at the Charleston Music Hall. But if your ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Brown: Quiet Time

Read "Quiet Time" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"Le donne odiavano il jazz, non si capisce il motivo" cantava Paolo Conte in un celebre tema, ricordando l'Italia degli anni cinquanta. Oggi il quadro è mutato ma se avete qualche amica o amico (non esiste una specificità femminile in questo) che giudica il jazz “poco melodico" regalategli Quiet Time e cambierà idea.

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Brown: Quiet Time

Read "Quiet Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bassist and bandleader John Brown was last heard backing Nneena Freelon on her Christmas (Brown Boulevard Records, 2013) release leading one of his decidedly larger ensembles. Quiet Time finds the bassist pared down to a classic trumpet-saxophone quintet size for a recital of after-hours tunes. Brown's fronting horns are trumpeter Ray Codrington and saxophonist Brian Miller. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

2013 Yuletide Offerings

Read "2013 Yuletide Offerings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's clear that the holidays are coming when the mercury dips and the cheery tidings of the season are balanced out by shopping-fueled malaise. When it comes to music, said shopping is often centered on a series of new holiday-themed releases that seem to arrive like clockwork in the weeks and months prior to Christmas; this ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nnenna Freelon & the John Brown Big Band: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Renowned jazz singer Nnenna Freelon's first Christmas album truly is a gift, made possible by a small bequest from her Christmas-loving mother and a long-time friendship with John Brown, director of Duke University's Jazz Studies program and leader of the splendid John Brown Big Band. Brown not only made his ensemble available but co-produced the album ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Fourth Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival

Fourth Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival

The 4th Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 5 pm until 8 pm. Scheduled performers will include vocalist Kim Pacheo with Richard Harris White, Jr., The John Brown Quintet and The Stanley Baird Group. Doors open at 4 pm. The event will be held in the courtyard of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Brown Trio: Dancing With Duke: An Homage To Duke Ellington

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The history of jazz would not be complete without an understanding of just how influential Duke Ellington was to its development. North Carolina bassist John Brown appreciates the impact Edward Kennedy Ellington has had on American music, especially jazz, and offers his own tribute to the icon on Dancing with Duke: An Homage to Duke Ellington. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Brown: Dancing With Duke: An Homage To Duke Ellington

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The cover photo for this album is a bit misleading. John Brown stands with his left forearm pressed against a shiny black piano and the album title--Dancing With Duke: An Homage To Duke Ellington--resides, clear as day, in the upper right hand portion of the cover. If not for the personnel list, which almost blends into ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Will Campbell: Think Tank

Read "Think Tank" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Every once in awhile there emerges a record that is brimful with sinewy, simply honest music that reverberates from one song to another and leaves echoes of melodies or twists and turns in the musicians' solos long after the last notes of the record have died down. This is how alto saxophonist Will Campbell's debut as ...