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ARTICLE: RADIO

BU@100, Newk with Monk & More

Read "BU@100, Newk with Monk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Art Blakey turns 100 in October. He's too important to have to wait till then. So, we've got 3 more tracks from Bu as well as a 'pre-Bu' segment of tunes associated with or inspired by the great drummer. Our chronological Sonny Rollins celebration continues with a 4tet session with Monk @ the 88s. Along the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Groundhog Day

Read "Groundhog Day" reviewed by H William Stine

Explain to me again why we created a holiday to honor an ugly, destructive rodent and a misguided superstition while continuing to discredit the value of scientific facts in our lives? I based my Groundhog Day celebration on the classic movie and this rule: if you hear a song once this week, you're going to hear ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Cardigans Off!

Read "Cardigans Off!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Special guest Keri Johnsrud enlivens the first part of the podcast as we discuss her career in music and new collaboration with pianist Kevin Barnes, Welcome to the Neighborhood, an album devoted to the music of one Mr. Fred Rogers. Mike investigates as to whether Fred really served as a Green Beret in 'Nam because you ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018

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Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone
Schlossplatz
Stuttgart Jazz Open
Stuttgart, Germany
July 19, 2018

The Stuttgart Jazz Open was seeking special things to commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary edition. With a double bill featuring Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone, that goal was accomplished to the delight of a dancing, sellout ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gilles Peterson: The BBC Sessions Vol. 1

Read "The BBC Sessions Vol. 1" reviewed by Rokas Kucinskas

To this day Gilles Peterson transcends more eclecticism than most music broadcasters on air, and perhaps the only genre continuously omitted from his shows is classical music. Peterson owns Brownswood Records, produces Worldwide Awards, and recently launched his radio station Worldwide FM, which was also featured in the latest Grand Theft Auto sequel, i.e. GTA V. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Release "Angels" by Andy Scott, Featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Dezron Douglas And Evan Sherman

New Release "Angels" by Andy Scott, Featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Dezron Douglas And Evan Sherman

Andy Scott is a jazz singer… but that’s like saying Al Pacino is an “actor” and Julia Childs a “cook.” Scott comes from the tradition of the classic ballad/American Songbook style but he’s not “retro”—like the best singers he melds the best of the past with the immediacy of the Eternal Now, with an eye on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet: You've Got To Dig It To Dig It, You Dig?

Read "You've Got To Dig It To Dig It, You Dig?" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

You've Got To Dig It To Dig It, You Dig?: not just a groovy album title, but wise words of advice. Saxophonist and bandleader Derek Nash clearly takes this advice to heart, crafting an album that's filled with eminently dig-able music.

The advice that inspires Nash and his fellow players, as well as inspiring ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Oprisko - Sean Baker Orchestra: Lost in a Kiss

Read "Lost in a Kiss" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Senza attendere il successo planetario di Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum, Harry Connick Jr. e Peter Cincotti, la tradizione statunitense del crooner s'è mantenuta grazie al florido mercato musicale che opera in locali notturni, casinò, ristoranti e hotel.
Peter Oprisko è uno dei migliori esponenti di questo filone, grazie alla vicinanza stilistica con Frank Sinatra ...