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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these ...

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

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Spike Wilner On Playing For Listeners

Spike Wilner On Playing For Listeners

Spike Wilner is a pianist who operates two jazz clubs in jny: New York City with his partners Chris Borden and Lee Kostrinsky. Smalls and Mezzrow are within a short walk of one another in Greenwich Village. They present familiar artists like Lew Tabackin, Frank Lacy, Pete Malinverni, Johnny O'Neal and Wilner himself, as well as ...

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2014: The Year in Jazz

Read "2014: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...

Johnny O'Neal: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La vicenda del pianista Johnny O'Neal ricorda quella dei molti jazzmen usciti repentinamente di scena e in qualche caso riscoperti in età avanzata. Il suo caso non ha avuto la risonanza che ebbe il ritorno di Henry Grimes un decennio fa ma ha catalizzato comunque l'attenzione degli appassionati.
Gran parte del merito va a ...

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Dwayne Burno: Tradition

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

Dwayne Burno is one of the great bass players of his generation. Originally from jny: Philadelphia, Burno has been on the New York and international jazz scene since 1990. He has played with so many of the great legends of jazz: ...

Tine Bruhn: Nearness

Read "Nearness" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A curve ball can be the cause of consternation but it can also go the other way, ending up as a serendipitous game changer. Such was the case with the initial meeting between vocalist Tine Bruhn and pianist Johnny O'Neal. Both figures first encountered one another in the summer of 2011, when Bruhn's steady pianist backed ...

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Tine Bruhn: Nearness

Read "Nearness" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

With the rapid evolution of jazz in the past generation, a simple performance approach offers the benefit of showing from where we have come. Denmark-cum-New York City native vocalist Tine Bruhn joins pianist Johnny O'Neal (late of drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and vibraphonist Milt Jackson's band) and saxophonist Stacy Dillard for a collection of ten ...

Tight: Johnny O'Neal Trio in Concert

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Johnny O'Neal Trio
Tight
BoJazz Productions
2006

“It don't mean a thing..." If Duke Ellington's criterion for meaning were to be strictly enforced, most of the sounds that pass for music wouldn't rise above nihilism. Pianist Johnny O'Neal knows the difference between “keeping time" and “swing," which is as much ...