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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Read "Persuasion" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There's jazz that is edgy, startling, daring, confrontational and demands attention be paid. It grabs you by the ears and pulls you close and won't let go. Then there's a kinda/sorta jazz where all the edges have been sanded off, there's no chances taken, no unexpected or startling moments, and nothing is ever at risk. If ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Get Ready For The Free 4th Annual GRandJazzFest Aug. 15-16 In Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

Get Ready For The Free 4th Annual GRandJazzFest Aug. 15-16 In Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation brings 10 diverse jazz performance acts to the Rosa Parks Circle stage in jny: Grand Rapids, Michigan on Aug. 15-16, West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. This year’s headline act brings together three internationally acclaimed musicians—Paul Brown and Nate Harasim with special guest Deon Yates – under the billing “The ...

Brian Simpson: Out of A Dream

Read "Out of A Dream" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Some records not only desire your attention, they demand it. Think of Miles or Trane or Mingus and think of just puttering around the house as the music plays. It can't be done. The grandmasters of jazz made music that required it be heard and not merely listened to.

Out of A Dream is ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Romance Continues: Urban-jazz Saxophonist Kim Waters Will Mark His 25th Year With The Release Of “silver Soul” On September 2

The Romance Continues: Urban-jazz Saxophonist Kim Waters Will Mark His 25th Year With The Release Of “silver Soul” On September 2

The first single, “Dreaming Of You,” is the No. 2 most added radio track this week. New York City (10 July 2014): With persistence, patience and passion, romance grows stronger, richer and sweeter each year and for 25 years, urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters has written, produced and performed chart-topping candlelight compositions that explore the excitement, exoticism and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Saluting Music Legends With The Formation Of The SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall Of Fame

Saluting Music Legends With The Formation Of The SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall Of Fame

David Sanborn, Earl Klugh and Grover Washington Jr. are the first artists slated for induction during a ceremony aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise in October St. Louis, MO: Young musicians fantasize about one day being a hall of famer yet contemporary jazz artists were left only to dream. Until now. SiriusXM’s Watercolors, the leading satellite radio channel ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

10 Reasons Why The West Coast Party At Sea Is Different Than Previous Sailings Of The Smooth Jazz Cruise

10 Reasons Why The West Coast Party At Sea Is Different Than Previous Sailings Of The Smooth Jazz Cruise

West Coast Jazz Party at Sea prepared to be hit by a tidal wave of live music Many firsts are in store for the star studded cruise hosted by Brian Culbertson & Boney James sailing to the gorgeous Mexican Riviera. St. Louis, Missouri (24 June 2013): If there has been one complaint among passengers who have sailed aboard The ...

Brian Simpson: Just What You Need

Read "Just What You Need" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The raison d'être behind Brian Simpson's Just What You Need is not as audacious as to reshape jazz as we know it, but to provide some easy listening while we're waiting. The ambitions here are a bit more modest as Simpson, who is best known as Dave Koz's bandleader, brings together an accomplished crew of studio ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013

Read "2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall

34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
April 19-April 27, 2013
There was a determined effort by Tri-C JazzFest Managing Director Terri Pontremoli to give this year's event more of a festival atmosphere than it has perhaps enjoyed in years past. For starters, many of the outlying venues, such as the East Cleveland library, a regular ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 1-5

Read "Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 1-5" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Days 1-5 | Days 6-12
33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
April 16-April 29, 2012

In the weeks leading up to the 33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, the town was abuzz with rock 'n roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were back in Cleveland--as they are now ...