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2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Annie Ross: To Lady with Love

Read "To Lady with Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

London-born, Scottish-bred singer Annie Ross, who is perhaps best known (with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks) as part of the hip vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (LHR) in the 1950s and '60s, was eighty-three years old when this earnest tribute to Billie Holiday, To Lady with Love, was recorded in 2013. At her advanced age, ...

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Dave Lambert: Voice of Reason

Dave Lambert: Voice of Reason

If you want to truly understand the kind side of jazz—the side that reveres other artists, wants everyone to love the music and views improvisation as way to bring people together—you need to dig the music of Dave Lambert. Before World War II, Louis Armstrong was the chief bridge between jazz and everyday life, largely because ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Marion Cowings: Hey There

Read "Marion Cowings: Hey There" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

Marion Cowings, is often known as Dave Lambert's replacement in vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, andhas graced many stages internationally and nationally, including the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard and a myriad more. He can be heard on recordings, radio and television broadcasts, is a winner of the Clio ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Eddie Jefferson: The Scientist of Vocalese

Read "Eddie Jefferson: The Scientist of Vocalese" reviewed by Ed Hamilton

Detroit once had a reputation as the “Killer Kapital," but things have changed--Dave Bing, basketball Hall of Famer is Mayor and is striving to clean up the city. But 32 years ago, actress Brenda Vaccarro and altoist Richie Cole witnessed the drive-by shotgun slaying of the architect of Vocalese, Eddie Jefferson, at Bakers' Lounge. Jefferson was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye

Read "Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye" reviewed by Carl L. Hager

While writing the tune “Scrabble" for her recently released CD Ages (Jazzed Media, 2010), lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather's songwriting partner, Dick Hyman, had an unusual request that bordered on a dare: could she work the name of the venerable pianist/composer's family friend Dushka into the lyrics? After all, the middle section of his stride composition ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maria Neckam: Deeper

Read "Deeper" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It's not often that a singer like Maria Neckam comes along. Blessed with a voice that she can set free as it flutters and streaks into stellar regions of music, Neckam is still able to keep it in control. She has a natural ability for heartbreaking emotion, in much the same way that Billie Holiday did. ...