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Fran Vielma: Fran Vielma & Venezuelan Jazz Collective: Tendencias

Read "Fran Vielma & Venezuelan Jazz Collective: Tendencias" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Continuing the long, fruitful history of jazz's intermingling with Afro-Caribbean music, percussionist Fran Vielma brings his considerable talents to bear in offering a distinctive melding of jazz with Latin forms--but with a special focus on his native Venezuela. Joined by some outstanding instrumentalists, such as trumpeter Mike Rodriguez and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Vielma sketches a ...

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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The astonishingly talented and prolific drummer Dafnis Prieto has done a lot since moving to the States from his native Cuba in 1999. He's made a host of sideman appearances with musicians of widely varying stripes, including Peter Apfelbaum, Michel Camilo, Steve Coleman, Marilyn Lerner, Brian Lynch, Henry Threadgill, Chucho Valdés, and John Zorn. He won ...

NEWS: EVENT

Thelonious Monk 100th Birthday Tribute With The Ted Rosenthal Quintet

Thelonious Monk 100th Birthday Tribute With The Ted Rosenthal Quintet

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. continues its summer of centennial tributes on August 12 with the Ted Rosenthal Quintet, in a 100th birthday salute to Thelonious Monk. TD Bank is sponsoring the concert, which takes place at the Lee Meeting House (Lee Congregational Church), starting at 7:30pm. Equally renowned as a pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk was known for ...

Bergamo Jazz 2016

Read "Bergamo Jazz 2016" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

For the first time under the artistic direction of trumpeter Dave Douglas, the 38th edition of the Bergamo Jazz Festival--one of Europe's longest running jazz events--invaded the ancient and noble city in the North of Italy with a joyous celebration of the music's diversity.

The beautifully restored Teatro Sociale in the Città Alta--Bergamo's ancient ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

Read "Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the blues is a distinctly American creation, formed, fueled, and furthered by the African diaspora, the United States holds no ownership on blue-streaked sounds. They exist beyond our borders, and Azul Infinito makes that case in artful fashion by simultaneously tapping into various South American musical forms and cultures, reshaping them, and highlighting the color ...

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Mari Koga: Perfect Blue

Read "Perfect Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Japanese-born vocalist Mari Koga has been living in New York for some time now, performing in the City's most prestige's jazz clubs and making a name for herself in one of the most vibrant jazz scenes around. With the help of long-time friend and fellow Japanese artist, pianist Chiemi Nakai, Koga now presents her astonishing debut ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis To Tour The Pacific Northwest April 7th-13th

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis To Tour The Pacific Northwest April 7th-13th

Beginning this Tuesday, the critically acclaimed jazz outfit, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, will hit the road traversing the Pacific Northwest and Northern California bringing their music, what the LA Times recently described as “a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies" to both rural and urban centers. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis is: Ryan Keberle - Trombone, Melodica
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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Maria Schneider Orchestra at Jazz Standard

Read "Maria Schneider Orchestra at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, rejoice, regroup, and remember all that we have to be thankful for. In the jazz world, the Maria Schneider Orchestra always ranks at the top of that last category.

For ...

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Into The Zone

Read "Into The Zone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

At the tail end of 2013, trombonist Ryan Keberle contributed an enlightened article-cum-manifesto to The NYC Jazz Record. In said piece, Keberle used Music Is Emotion (Alternate Side Records, 2013), the debut project from his piano-less quartet called Catharsis, as a springboard into discussion about left-brain vs. right-brain forms of creation, the importance of stressing musicality ...