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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

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"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 2: Osaka & the Eri Yamamoto Connection

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Part 1 | Part 2

In Part 1 of Big in Japan we looked at the early history of jazz music in that country--a history that dates back to the same time frame as the Jazz Age in the United States. The influence of American dance music was indisputable but it came to Japan ...

Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray

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There is no end to very good jazz vocals.

Kathleen Potton
Nero
Self Produced
2017

Australian-born singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton's debut recording Nero is a sly nod in the direction of female singer/songwriters who came before. The title refers to the Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming," Stoned Soul Picnic") and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

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Pianist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning singer Peter Eldridge unveils his fifth solo album with Disappearing Day, presenting a varied mix of styles from jazz and alternative to a country-tinged piece, on seven original tunes and five covers offering arrangements from Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein to Frank Sinatra. This is not your typical jazz vocal album where ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

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It wouldn't necessarily be inaccurate to refer to Peter Eldridge as a “singer-songwriter," but that tag definitely does not fit him. Such a label just undercuts the creative brilliance behind his music, diminishing the beauty, truth, strength, wit, and compassion in his work. The man is far more than a simple spinner of songs. His is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Reggie Quinerly: Invictus

Read "Invictus" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Reggie Quinelry's second release as a leader Invictus is a collection of short, tightly woven and compelling pieces that Quinerly and his quintet interpret with understated fervor and sublime elegance. Quinerly showcases his compositional and leadership skills while shunning the spotlight himself. He allows his sidemen ample room for soloing as he directs the intricacies ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Art of Cool Jazz Festival: Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton

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Art of Cool Jazz Festival
Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton
PSI Theater
Durham, NC
April 25, 2015

It was a cool, whistful, and breezy Saturday evening. Sounds of improvisation and ingenuity seeped out of the edifices of multiple, cozy and packed venues---and into the air of the night. It ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oded Lev-Ari: Threading

Read "Threading" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's more to music than often meets the eye. While educated jazz fans often laud and focus on the artists whose names adorn the cover of albums and the sidemen that support and converse with them, far fewer people applaud the work of figures like Oded Lev-Ari--those men of many hats who work out of sight, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2015 Art of Cool Jazz Festival

2015 Art of Cool Jazz Festival

By K. Shackelford The 2015 Art of Cool Jazz Festival is a journey into the immense vastness of jazz music with a roster of world class musicians. Operating in only its second year, the three day jazz dreamland, offers a superb mix of old and new artists that illuminate the ways that jazz penetrates many forms of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton is a busy man. When he's not on the road, playing bass and singing with Andrew Bird, Gretchen Parlato Meshell N'Degeocello, and Robert Glasper, he might be in the studio laying down tracks for Sufjan Stevens, Luke Temple, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding, or The New Pornographers. But somehow, in between tours and takes, ...