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Nigel Mooney: The Bohemian Mooney

Read "The Bohemian Mooney" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The island of Ireland has a long and impressive history of great blues singers--Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Phil Lynott all brought a raw, bluesy, intensity to their performances. Singer and guitarist Nigel Mooney has been on the Irish blues scene since the '80s and his jazz-inflected take on the genre is shown to enjoyable effect on ...

NEWS: RECORDING

James Hunter: "Minute by Minute"

James Hunter: "Minute by Minute"

James Hunter's new album Minute by Minute (Fantasy) is tremendously exciting. If you love R&B riffs and hooks and a raw soulful voice, this one has it all. As I write at WSJ.com today (go here), Hunter has faced his share of hardship. His soul survivor instincts owe much to his grandmother's R&B collection, particularly records ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Soul Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist Jesse Dee Celebrates New Release in Philadelphia

Boston-based soul singer/songwriter/guitarist Jesse Dee will celebrate the release of his Alligator Records debut CD, On My Mind / In My Heart, with a live performance at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Thursday, February 28, 2013. With his warm and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life lyrics (evoking the heyday of the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Montreal Jazz Festival to Feature Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis & More

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, has announced some of the initial concerts scheduled for the 34th edition which runs from June 28 to July 7. With a program featuring artists ranging from the music legends to bright new stars, this year’s participants includes Aretha Franklin, ...

Gary Porter: Can't Keep Still

Read "Can't Keep Still" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

"Oh Mr. Porter, what can I do? I wanted to go to Birmingham and they've taken me on to Crewe." So went the refrain of an old Music Hall tune. Porter, a sextet from Essex in the south of England, doesn't take its name from that great old song, nor is it named for an equally ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011: April 27-May 2, 2011

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011: April 27-May 2, 2011" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, England
April 27-May 2, 2011
The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, now in its sixteenth year, is one of the more eclectic of British jazz festivals, this year featuring major jazz figures such as vocalist Dame Cleo Laine and singer/pianist Jamie Cullum, cutting-edge bands like Outhouse Quartet and Curios, and throwing in ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Antibes Jazz Festival 2011 - Full Line Up Has Arrived - Book Today

Full Lineup has arrived:

Friday, July 15: Bitches Brew Beyond Herbie Hancock—Wayne Shorter—Marcus Miller: « Tribute To Miles » Produit Par Marcus Miller Sunday, July 17: James Hunter B.B. King Tuesday, July 19 Robert Randolph Carlos Santana Thursday, July 21 Raphael Saadiq Ben L?Oncle Soul & Imany Saturday, July 23 Harold Lopez Nussa Trio Manu Katche Project Sunday, July 24 Soirée ...

Various: Rhythm & Blues

Read "Rhythm & Blues" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Putumayo World Music has gone across a wide spectrum in picking songs for its look at Rhythm & Blues. The American presence is strongly manifested, but artists from England, including a band that has a singer from Panama, show the wide influence of the music. Vintage singers strut their stuff and new acolytes blend styles while ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

James Hunter Confirms NYC Performance with Chris Isaak

James Hunter Confirms NYC Performance with Chris Isaak

Soul stirring Brit James Hunter returns to New York City on August 20 for a second summer show, this time with Chris Isaak. The show marks the end of a incredible summer for Hunter. His sophomore album, 'The Hard Way, ' debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and has remained there for six weeks ...

James Hunter Brings His Soul to Troubadour

James Hunter Brings His Soul to Troubadour

James Hunter makes 'The Hard Way' easy

On Tuesday night, James Hunter is bringing his unique variety of soul to the Troubadour. Unique, you may well question? Yes, unique.

Critics, in their effusive praise, wrong-peg Hunter as a revivalist purist of the Sam Cooke/Jackie Wilson school, but his music takes in a wide range of influences, ...