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Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...


ECV: Sticks and Stones

Read "Sticks and Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

While a somewhat common secondary instrument for primarily electric guitarists including Vic Juris, Pat Metheny and Adam Rogers, there are but a handful of jazz six-stringers alive today who make the nylon-string acoustic guitar their main axe. Despite being known to pick up a warm-toned hollow body electric guitar when the need arises, jny: Ottawa, Canada-based ...


Bucks County’s Jazz Ambassador’s Eric Mintel lands new Jazz TV Talk show!

Bucks County’s Jazz Ambassador’s Eric Mintel lands new Jazz TV Talk show!

Bucks County’s Pennsylvania’s own, pianist and composer Eric Mintel has just landed the opportunity of a lifetime and a personal mission he has led for the past 25 years as bandleader of the Eric Mintel Quartet. In January Mintel will host his own TV show called Talking Jazz with Eric Mintel. The show will be taped ...


Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk

Read "Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk" reviewed by Mark Robbins

The Attucks Jazz Series kicked off the 2017-2018 season with bombastic vocalist Nicole Henry backed by John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass and Chuck Redd on drums. Ms. Henry, winner of the Soul Train's “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," presented a varied repertoire including songs by Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers and many jazz ...

Take Five with Brian Kastan

Read "Take Five with Brian Kastan" reviewed by Brian Kastan

About Brian Kastan
Brian Kastan plays electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, and composes soundtracks for T.V. and Film. He played guitar on Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail (Nonsuch Records, 2010) which was recorded live at Lincoln Center. is an award winning nature photographer with gallery shows in NYC, Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor's degree ...


Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2

Read "Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz Education: The Next Generation explored how the early days of music and--specifically--jazz music was approached through various channels of formal education. The long, arduous process of creating an accepting environment for jazz education necessitated moving the art form from a vaudevillian status through a firewall of academic elitism and prejudice to a ...


David Bennett Thomas: Deeper Journey

Read "Deeper Journey" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist David Bennett Thomas takes inspiration from God's word. Not unlike Finish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, on her beautiful duet set Kirkastus (TUM Records, 2015), with saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen, where Biblical Psalms informed the music, Thomas' Deeper Journey goes to the Bible for inspiration on half the tunes on this meticulously crafted, subtle--yet modern and adventurous--set of ...


Lewis Porter on John Coltrane

Read "Lewis Porter on John Coltrane" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The following interview with Lewis Porter, author of John Coltrane: His life and Music, was conducted by telephone on April 15, 2000. I am indebted to Dr. Porter for taking the time from his exceptionally busy schedule as musician, writer, teacher, and father to share his views with us.

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Lenny Sendersky-Tony Romano Quartet: Intersection

Read "Intersection" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Intersection is the second album from saxophonist Lenny Sendersky and guitarist Tony Romano, following Desert Flower (LeTo Records, 2013)--an all original set with compositions contributed equally by both co-leaders. They are joined by veteran bassist Steve LaSpina (who has considerable history with guitarists, including Jim Hall, Pat Martino, and Vic Juris) and drummer Matt Kane. Romano ...

Take Five with B.D. Lenz

Read "Take Five with  B.D. Lenz" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

About B.D. Lenz:
Mix the sophistication of jazz, the grit of blues, and the grooves of funk and soul, and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such ...