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Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

Read "Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley

An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luca Aquino: Italian Songbook

Read "Italian Songbook" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Given a stroke of sfortuna, trumpet players can encounter physically and psychologically debilitating facial injuries. Maladies such as embouchure overuse, lip muscle tears, trauma, dystonia and Bell's Palsy can disrupt or end careers. After a devastating bout with Bell's Palsy, obtaining the guidance of trumpet “Yoda," Bobby Shew, and undergoing a lengthy recovery, Italian trumpeter Luca ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chris Botti At The Charleston Music Hall

Read "Chris Botti At The Charleston Music Hall" reviewed by Martin McFie

Chris Botti The Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC October 17, 2019 Miles Davis played Birth of Cool on one, Dizzy Gillespie had the bell bent upward on one, and Chris Botti has one, made in 1939. We are talking about the fabled early Martin Committee Handcraft #3 large ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman

Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Brasil To Bebop Celebration At D'Anbino Winery With Vocalist Julie Kelly And The Marshall Otwell Quartet, Sunday, November 11th!

Brasil To Bebop Celebration At D'Anbino Winery With Vocalist Julie Kelly And The Marshall Otwell Quartet, Sunday, November 11th!

Vocalist/lyricist Julie Kelly, one of Los Angeles’ finest interpreters of jazz standards and Brazilian music, will be bringing her considerable talents to D'Anbino Vineyards in Paso Robles, accompanied by the Marshall Otwell Quartet on Sunday, November 11th, for a celebration of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Jon Hendricks. Joining her will be the graceful ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Till Brönner / Dieter Ilg: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Till Brönner is widely lauded in his native Germany and throughout Europe. He has had broad success not only as a jazz composer and musician but also in film music, pop and country genres. Brönner has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and worked with Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Al Foster, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

Read "SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In" reviewed by Arthur R George

Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Geoffrey Keezer at South Jazz Parlor

Read "Geoffrey Keezer at South Jazz Parlor" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Geoffrey Keezer Trio South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor Philadelphia, PA July 8, 2018 Pianist Geoffrey Keezer is a jazz master who has worked with many of the greats since 1989 when he briefly joined the end game of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has recorded and played ...

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Friehofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Friehofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 23-24, 2018 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival rolled into its the start of its fifth decade with a fresh format and plenty of fresh faces. The festival plays out each year during an amazing two days in ...


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