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Lou Lanza: Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project

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Lou Lanza is a charismatic jazz artist with a unique approach to his creativity. His 2018 album Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project is not about original songs, but it is actually about offering an original spin on the tunes of one of the most beloved songwriters of all time: Billy Joel.

Through ...

David Williams: Tipping My Hat To Leonard

Read "Tipping My Hat To Leonard" reviewed by Paul Naser

When thinking of powerful, challenging lyrics, “gypsy" jazz rarely comes to mind. David Williams is out to change that one song at at time. The Emmy award winning songwriter's CV is impressive to say the least; he has worked for PBS (how he won his Emmy), written multiple books on topics ranging from poetry to neuroscience ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Madeleine Peyroux At Freight & Salvage

Read "Madeleine Peyroux At Freight & Salvage" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Madeleine Peyroux
Freight & Salvage
The Anthem Tour
Berkeley CA
May 11, 2018

Popular singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux came to Berkeley's long running Freight & Salvage venue to fill a four night standing room only engagement. The veteran recording artist also brought a sparkling new band and featured songs from her ...

Lauren Lee: On Being Uncool

Read "Lauren Lee: On Being Uncool" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Lauren Lee is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter. She has all the bona fides of a traditional jazz singer and pianist, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, she gives her imprimatur to cross-cultural experimentation and off-the-beaten-track forms of vocal expression, never straying far from the post-bop ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018
Varie sedi
Bergamo
18-25.3.2018

Ha festeggiato la 40ma edizione --dal 18 al 25 marzo --, uno dei più longevi festival nazionali ed europei, confermando la sua centralità con un ricco e variopinto programma che ha spaziato in vari ambiti senza cedere sul versante della qualità. In ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Negative Press Project: Eternal Life

Read "Eternal Life" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are few people in music who have become more famous through a very small body of work than Jeff Buckley. At the time of his death by accidental drowning in 1997, the singer-songwriter's recorded legacy consisted of one live EP of cover tunes and one studio album, Grace. Nevertheless his multi-octave voice and the ethereal ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern

Read "Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern" reviewed by Jim Worsley

To be blessed with such an abundance of talent, vision, and spirit is a precious gift. We are all so very fortunate that Tal Wilkenfeld shares that appropriately bestowed gift with us every time she walks onto a stage or into a recording studio.

Wednesday night, November 15, 2017, the now 30 year old ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rene Marie at Dazzle

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Rene Marie
Dazzle
Denver, CO
August 4, 2017

Rene Marie exudes joy. Over the course of an 80 minute set, she can evoke nearly every human emotion, but it's joy that comes across most often. That's how much she loves to sing. She even had to divorce her husband of 23 ...

Kosi: I Know Who I Am

Read "I Know Who I Am" reviewed by James Nadal

With a resolute commitment to her art, singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Kosi (Akosua Gyebi) has recently released various acclaimed records, culminating with a superb tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound in 2015. The aptly titled I Know Who I Am is a personal odyssey through love, guilt, and absolution, leading to self-acceptance and validation, expressed with ...

Jamie Saft - Steve Swallow - Bobby Previte: Loneliness Road

Read "Loneliness Road" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

So, the front man for the rock/pop group called The Stooges gets an invite to pitch in with a classic jazz piano trio. The Stooge would be Iggy Pop; the piano trio, Jamie Saft's, with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bobby Previte. That's quite an experiment, like something Frank Zappa might have tried.

Pianist ...