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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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Kneebody: Chapters

Read "Chapters" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Chapters—the title of Kneebody's 2019 release—has a certain appropriateness, as it definitely marks several new ones for the band. One being that lyric-oriented songs account for nearly half of the material on the album. Technically, vocals are nothing new to Kneebody. The band included one track with vocals on their 2002 proto-Kneebody album Wendel. Its 2009 ...

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Julian Shore: Which Way Now?

Read "Which Way Now?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the jazz world decided to elect a single questioning phrase to sum up its craft, this album title would be a great candidate. With three words and a single punctuation mark, the very heart of jazz--a music of infinite decision(s), not indecision, as some may (mis)read that--is laid out for all to see. Those who ...

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New England Conservatory Jazz Voice Alum Michael Mayo Featured On American Voices A PBS Great Performances Special Hosted By Renée Fleming

New England Conservatory Jazz Voice Alum Michael Mayo  Featured On American Voices A PBS Great Performances Special  Hosted By Renée Fleming

“Jazz on stage is alive and it’s a very intimate exchange… You have to listen so you can respond and keep the conversation going. You do that so impeccably well!” – Dianne Reeves to Michael Mayo on PBS’ American Voices New England Conservatory Jazz Studies alum Michael Mayo (Bachelor’s of Music, Jazz Voice ’14) was recently ...

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Matthew Sheens: Untranslatable

Read "Untranslatable" reviewed by Ian Patterson

With his impressive debut Every Eight Seconds (Self Produced, 2012) garnering universally positive reviews, Australian-born, New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens returns with an even meatier, juicier follow-up. Every Eight Seconds introduced an original composer, one whose melodic and rhythmic ideas championed narrative over virtuosity. There's perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out ...


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