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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richie Cole: Cannonball

Read "Cannonball" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Richie Cole and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. It's as natural as soap and water. In an interview on this site, Cole proclaimed that the famed jazz musician was his favorite altoist. Like Adderley, Cole can cover a wide range of music--from the hardest of hard bop to commercial ditties. And also like Adderley, for Cole the audience ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony DePaolis: The Contemporary Dynamic

Read "The Contemporary Dynamic" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne



Take everything you know about what a debut record should and should not be. Now promptly throw those ideas into oncoming traffic and don't look back.

Young Pittsburgh bassist Tony DePaolis has redefined the boundaries of the all-important debut record with The Contemporary Dynamic. It's a concept album. It's a double album. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

By Mackenzie Horne

Dwindling attendance is perhaps the most serious threat to the well-being of today's regional jazz circles, and addressing this issue requires an approach that is as authentic as it is aggressive. Problems with attendance and participation seem to be amplified in a metropolitan area as small as jny: Pittsburgh, and past history ...

NEWS: EVENT

Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh’s Inaugural Jazz Week Commences With Great Success August 10-19, 2018

Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh’s Inaugural Jazz Week Commences With Great Success August 10-19, 2018

An initiative came together in the Pittsburgh Jazz community to create a ten-day series of events for the city. The program called Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer was developed by the committee that grew out of the JazzHubs America project. jny: Pittsburgh was selected along with jny:Phoenix, AZ; jny:Portland, OR; and Washington, DC to hold a series ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Steve Rowland

This article was first published at the Explore PA History website.

At first glance, Pittsburgh might not seem the most likely place to produce great jazz musicians. Situated on the western edge of the state, “Smoketown" was a gritty industrial city, better known for being the center of the nation's steel industry, than for ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival

Read "The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival" reviewed by Nick Catalano

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of jny: Pittsburgh in the annals of jazz history. Just a few of the legendary names--Ahmad Jamal, Errol Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, George Benson, Ray Brown, Stanley Turrentine--are sufficient to raise the proverbial jazz fan eyebrows. I actually performed there in the halcyon days of ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration Featuring Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Sean Jones And The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra At Heinz Hall On June 16, 2015

The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration Featuring Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Sean Jones And The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra At Heinz Hall On June 16, 2015

Announcing The Jazz Event Of The Year! Pittsburgh, PA: Announcing an exciting and ground-breaking partnership between MCG Jazz, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival and WQED. On Tuesday, June 16, at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, these partners will come together to present The Pittsburgh ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver

Read "Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

If you are a Blue Note fan, you undoubtedly know that over the course of their 75th anniversary year Blue Note has been reissuing important titles from the catalog at a rate of about five albums per month. It is really a fast-paced program that will appeal to folks on many levels. Some might be starting ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party

Read "35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party" reviewed by Patricia Myers

35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ
April 21-22, 2012

A kaleidoscopic history of jazz was delivered during three sessions of the 35th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, from post-bop, ballads and blues to a swinging recreation of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

Peak moments that elicited the ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Horace Silver: Song For My Father

Read "Horace Silver: Song For My Father" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Horace Silver
Song For My Father
Blue Note Records
1963

The nice thing about reissuing classic, fifty year-old records is the benefit of hindsight; delving into a well-established catalog that's been lauded for decades helps ensure that every release will be desirable. The classic Blue Note Records catalog of the ...