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Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues

Read "Out Of The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's been quite a while since Boz Scaggs' massive commercial breakthrough with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but even longer since he debuted as a solo artist, upon his departure from The Steve Miller Band, with his eponymous (domestic) debut album. Permeated with a soulful sense of the blues---even apart from the late Duane Allman's now-famous incendiary ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30, presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The festival's 17th edition is presented in three series—the Club Pass series with 214 shows, the Headliner series of six shows and 97 free shows and events—all ...

Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed

Read "Things Have Changed" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bettye LaVette's Things Have Changed isn't merely a homage to Bob Dylan, it is also a remarkable combination of invention and polish, as arresting in production, arrangement and playing as in the novel choice of songs. The venerable r&b/soul vocalist collaborates with an esteemed roster of musicians, overseen by producer/drummer Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, Boz Scaggs), ...

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Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival’s 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The 2018 Festival is presented in three series — ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2018

Read "Winter 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Logan Magness
Memphis On My Mind
Wolf River Records
2018

The core four musicians ...

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Boz Scaggs, Jill Scott, And Lake Street Dive Are Final Three Headliners Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Boz Scaggs, Jill Scott, And Lake Street Dive Are Final Three Headliners Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) June 22 to June 30, 2018. Guitarist and singer, Boz Scaggs, will perform on Saturday, June 23. Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter, Jill Scott, will perform on Friday, June 29. Soul pop band, Lake Street Dive, will perform on Thursday, June 28. All shows will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman ...

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Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money

Read "Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money" reviewed by Doug Collette

The late Ronnie Montrose was a guitar hero for our times if there ever was one. An uncommon combination of skills in which he fused as much finesse as power enabled him to assume him a wide-ranging series of sideman gigs and solo projects, the dual results of which were, unfortunately, inextricably intertwined: he was impossible ...

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Steve Miller Band: Ultimate Hits

Read "Ultimate Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

In the near fifty years since the release of his debut album Children of the Future (Capitol, 1968)-produced by Glyn Johns prior to his work with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Eagles-Steve Miller has issued his share of anthologies, including one by that very title. Compiled and produced by the artist himself, ...

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Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs At The Paramount

Read "Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs At The Paramount" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
July 5, 2017

Michael McDonald has had a long and storied career. In the early days he was a member of Steely Dan's touring group. Over time he became one of the many adjunct members of the band, working on 1975's Katy ...