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Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana

Read "Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana" reviewed by James Nadal

The multifarious talents which are the essence of extraordinary vocalist Queen Esther's identity, encompass the complete spectrum of music from rural southern blues and inner city jazz, to her innovative version of Black Americana. Born and raised in the Deep South, she was a prodigious child whose creativity was recognized early in life. After a successful ...


JC Hopkins Biggish Band: Meet Me At Minton's

Read "Meet Me At Minton's" reviewed by James Nadal

In a direct shout out to the famous Harlem nightclub, and evoking the golden age of jazz orchestras, Meet Me At Minton's by the JC Hopkins Biggish Band is a polished throwback to the era when premier vocalists fronted illustrious big bands, while dancers flooded the floor. With a rotating lineup of eight singers, backed by ...


Swingadelic: Toussaintville

Read "Toussaintville" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's tempting to say that the great Allen Toussaint is a musical phoenix who rose out of the ashes of a Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, but that's not really true. Toussaint wasn't reborn when his city was in ruins; people just started to wake up and take notice of him again in the wake of that tragedy. ...

James Blood Ulmer, Hot Club Of Cowtown & David Lindley

Read "James Blood Ulmer, Hot Club Of Cowtown & David Lindley" reviewed by Martin Longley

James Blood Ulmer & The Memphis Blood Blues Band
Jazz Standard
March 27, 2011

For a blues combo that doesn't possess a particularly powerful presence on the mainstream blues circuit, James Blood Ulmer certainly took his Memphis Blood Blues Band to the music's furthest limits and highest levels, both ...


Jazzmobile Vocal Competition 2008; Queen Esther Takes the Night!

Jazzmobile Vocal Competition 2008; Queen Esther Takes the Night!

2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition

Harlem's River Room was packed with onlookers, excited to see the results of the final round of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. Every seat was reserved, the bar was full and even outside, many fans had taken a drink and accented to watching the performances through the large open windows. The prestigious ...