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Tommy Flanagan / Jaki Byard: The Magic of 2

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The story of this previously unreleased performance by pianists Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard at San Francisco's famous Keystone Korner begins with its unusual distributing label, Resonance Records. The original brainchild of studio owner George Kalbin, the label exists as part of the larger endeavor, the non-profit Rising Jazz Stars Foundation, dedicated to the discovery and ...


Connie Evingson & The Hot Club of Sweden: Stockholm Sweetnin’

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After the release of the top-drawer Sweet Happy Life (Minnehhaha Music, 2012), it was worth pursuing the All About Jazz review archives to see if there were any recent Connie Evingson releases we neglected to consider. Imagine our luck that a significant recording has been overlooked, one that appeals directly to Evingson's Scandinavian heritage: 2006's Stockholm ...


Vivian Buczek: Dedication To My Giants

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Dedication To My Giants, is Vivian Buczek's tribute to those giants of jazz who have inspired the Swedish vocalist's own work. While Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles get a mention, Buczek's giants for are predominantly instrumentalists--John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Clifford Brown included--and as a result her song selection for this, her third album, avoids the ...


Discovering Discover and Doing a Double-Header

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It took me only 27 years to discover the annual Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, VT, but now, having attended part of the 28th, I must say it was about time! Burlington, where Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream was whipped up, is a charming college town. For 10 days in June, the festival dominates the community, ...


Django Reinhardt Festival Returns to Birdland June 28 - July 3

It may start to get HOT in June but not as HOT as it will be at Birdland June 28—July 3 when the Django Reinhardt Festival, due to popular demand, returns for a summer week. The annual November event will perhaps become a bi-annual one. There is a thirst for Django's style of music , as ...


Thailand International Jazz Conference, January 28-30, 2011

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Thailand International Jazz Conference
Mahidol University School of Music
Bangkok, Thailand
January 28-30, 2011

It's almost impossible to go anywhere in Thailand without hearing music at all hours: people sing for their own enjoyment as they go about their daily business, displaying a lack of inhibition generally absent in the West; at every ...


Andreas Öberg: Six String Evolution

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È la varietà stilistica il tratto distintivo di Six String Evolution, il nuovo lavoro in studio di Andreas Öberg, chitarrista svedese capace di guidare con piglio maturo un pugno di musicisti di riconosciuto valore internazionale che comprende, tra gli altri, John Patitucci - motore acustico ed elettrico dell'intero progetto - e il guizzante pianista Dave Kikoski. Öberg dà più ...


Howard Levy Named Harmonica Player of the Year, Hosts "A Chat with Bela Fleck" at HLHS

Howard Levy Named Harmonica Player of the Year, Hosts "A Chat with Bela Fleck" at HLHS

Original “Flecktones" Bandmates Howard Levy and Bela Fleck Reunite in the Studio ArtistWorks, Inc. (AWI) Howard Levy, recently named the SPAH Harmonica Player of the Year, has completed a busy month by recording “A Chat with Bela Fleck," a two-part exclusive video series available only at the Howard Levy Harmonica School online in which the two compare ...


Announcing the Winners of the Resonance "Andreas Oberg - Six String Evolution" Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of the Resonance "Andreas Oberg - Six String Evolution" Giveaway

Michael Hammel, Paula Carlson, Jeff Leas, Craig Michaels and Teresa Armstrong, Congratulations! You're the lucky winners of the Resonance Records “Andreas Oberg - Six String Evolution“ giveaway. All About Jazz will contact you about claiming your prize. We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and please visit Resonance Records for more releases. Enjoy the music! Your Friends at ...


Marian Petrescu: Thrivin'

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Called “The Horowitz of the Piano" by French jazz great Martial Solal (under whom he studied) pianist Marian Petrescu's dazzling technique--reminiscent of the late Oscar Peterson--is on full display with Thrivin', recorded at New York's Jazz Standard.

Petrescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1970. Coming from a large family of musicians, he ...