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New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
June 25-27, 2019

The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Christmas Roundup 2016: Aguankó, Jeff Collins, & Vinnie Zummo

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It's that time of year again. While some people genuinely love holiday records, others are just looking for some alternative to have available for self-defense against the onslaught of traditional holiday pop music. Regardless of what camp you're in, here are two new releases, plus three that are new to me: Latin jazz, mainstream jazz, bossa ...

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Ben Haugland Quintet at The Falcon

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Ben Haugland Quintet
The Falcon
Marlboro, NY
August 13, 2015

In any given jazz performance, nothing exists in isolation, everything is subject to multiple influences, and each act or gesture has a genuine purpose. The weight of the music's tradition, the rapport and mutual respect of the players, the aura ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Haugland: A Million Dreams

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During the course of A Million Dreams, pianist Ben Haugland's second date as a leader, most of the trappings of a typical mainstream jazz record are present and easy to identify. Not unlike a lot of young leaders who are fusing their own creative aspirations with an allegiance to the tradition, Haugland penned four of the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

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The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 13: Opening Night at the Village Vanguard" of The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis by Chris Smith (University of North Texas Press, 2014).

In November of 1965, Thad and Mel quickly put together a list of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

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In the introduction to his book Jazz Matters (University Of California Press, 2010), David Ake writes about bringing “together the practical side of making jazz, the pedagogical side of teaching it, and the academic side of writing about it." (p. 12) “Nothing but good," Ake adds, “can come if we increase the numbers of scholars who ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis

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The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis
Chris Smith
399 pages
ISBN: #978-1-57441-574-2
University Of North Texas Press
2014

“Good drummers were a rarity and that's all there was to it. There's no ego problem involved, it's just there weren't ...

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Jazzedelics - A Mashup Of New And Old

Jazzedelics - A Mashup Of New And Old

Jazzedelics is the brainchild of singer/percussionist Tony Jones and guitarist Doug Perkins based on a simple premise: What if the seminal rock giants of the 60’s had written their songs in a jazz framework? With music from Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and others, Jazzedelics is a mash-up band that will ...

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Colin Stranahan: Life Condition

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Drummer Colin Stranahan was something of a prodigy, gigging around his home town of Denver, Colorado, aged 11 years and releasing his first album, Dreams Untold (Capri Records, 2004) at the age of 17. Life Condition is his third album--inspired by a trip to India with Herbie Hancock and the Monk Institute Band. It's a mix ...

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Gabriel Riesco Project: Sculptures in Time

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Spanish guitarist Gabriel Riesco leads his GRProject quintet on their second album, Sculptures in Time, presenting a challenging selection of original modern and fusion-like jazz diced with elements of Latin and a splattering of smooth jazz. Billed as a jazz/samba and fusion guitarist, Riesco's guitar style compares quite nicely to Pat Metheny, though their approaches are ...