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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Melissa Morgan Quartet at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Read "Melissa Morgan Quartet at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Melissa Morgan Quartet
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, Ca.
May 11, 2014

As is often customary, vocalist Melissa Morgan did not immediately appear on stage while her trio of Los Angeles based musicians, pianist Sam Hirsh,bassist Katie Thiroux, and Matt Witek on drums, opened the show with an old ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Garrison: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Instead of simply homing in on one specific musical coordinate, saxophonist Matt Garrison decided to widen his focus and hit a few different targets with his third album. The aptly-titled Patchwork finds him looking toward “initial musical influence, educational influences, and current outcomes." It's a collection of Garrison's personalized yesterday-meets-today musical scenarios.

It's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort

Read "37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort" reviewed by Patricia Myers

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party
Scottsdale Hilton Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona
March 22-23, 2014

An A-team of East Coast, West Coast and Arizona musicians played a mix of swing and bebop sounds in 14 jam-session-style sets at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party.

A special element at this party ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Randy Napoleon: Playing for the Jukebox Crowd

Read "Randy Napoleon: Playing for the Jukebox Crowd" reviewed by Trish Richardson

When guitarist Randy Napoleon titled his latest effort, The Jukebox Crowd (Gut String Records, 2012), the jukebox he referred to was not some nostalgic 1950s era one that sits idly in a corner. Rather, she is a much sleeker, hipper, and more modern version. She is cool and, of course, jazzy, and she commands center stage. ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 2, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 12 — Joey DeFrancesco Snapshot (HighNote) 229 126 +103 18 64 1 2 2 2 2 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 224 207 +17 2 59 2 6 3 5 6 Jeff Hamilton Trio Symbiosis (Capri) 223 175 +48 1 50 3 5 4 1 1 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 203 261 -58 0 49 1 11 5 3 3 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 188 192 -4 4 57 3 6 6 4 4 Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 171 185 -14 2 51 4 5 7 8 11 Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 162 147 +15 2 54 6 5 8 6 7 James Moody 4A (IPO Recordings) 144 163 -19 1 50 4 10 9 13 7 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 142 121 +21 0 52 1 15 10 16 26 Rodney Jones A Thousand Small Things (18th & Vine) 135 114 +21 2 41 6 8 11 9 10 Heath Brothers Endurance (Jazz Legacy) 130 145 -15 1 48 4 10 12 21 — Houston Person Mellow (HighNote) 124 98 +26 15 47 12 2 13 — — The ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 26, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 261 262 -1 1 55 1 10 2 2 2 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 207 249 -42 3 53 2 5 3 3 3 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 192 179 +13 4 50 3 5 4 4 9 Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 185 178 +7 3 51 4 4 5 6 14 Jeff Hamilton Trio Symbiosis (Capri) 175 164 +11 6 46 5 4 6 7 4 James Moody 4A (IPO Recordings) 163 161 +2 1 51 4 9 7 — — Nellie McKay Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute To Doris Day (Verve) 152 — +152 9 30 7 1 8 11 6 Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 147 147 0 3 49 6 4 9 10 12 Heath Brothers Endurance (Jazz Legacy) 145 154 -9 1 50 4 9 10 12 16 The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Bien Bien ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 19, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 262 252 +10 1 55 1 9 2 2 2 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 249 232 +17 3 57 2 4 3 3 8 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 179 190 -11 5 51 3 4 4 9 14 Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 178 157 +21 6 53 4 3 5 34 41 Ramsey Lewis Songs From The Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey (Concord) 166 89 +77 7 46 5 3 6 14 6 Jeff Hamilton Trio Symbiosis (Capri) 164 140 +24 3 45 6 3 7 4 6 James Moody 4A (IPO Recordings) 161 189 -28 1 54 4 8 7 5 3 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 161 186 -25 0 46 1 13 9 8 11 Roberta Gambarini So In Love (Emarcy) 160 166 -6 1 50 3 8 10 12 4 Heath Brothers Endurance (Jazz Legacy) 154 149 +5 3 52 4 8 11 6 10 Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 147 174 -27 4 51 6 3 12 16 12 The ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 12, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 2 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 252 232 +20 2 57 1 8 2 2 17 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 232 194 +38 9 57 2 3 3 8 14 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 190 165 +25 5 49 3 3 4 6 4 James Moody 4A (IPO Recordings) 189 171 +18 2 52 4 7 5 3 1 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 186 191 -5 0 51 1 12 6 10 — Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 174 162 +12 7 53 6 2 7 5 10 Robert Glasper Double Booked (Blue Note) 167 172 -5 3 46 5 8 8 11 3 Roberta Gambarini So In Love (Emarcy) 166 160 +6 2 51 3 7 9 14 — Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 157 141 +16 5 44 9 2 10 17 22 Rodney Jones A Thousand Small Things (18th & Vine) 155 123 +32 0 41 6 5 11 9 21 Christian McBride & Inside Straight ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerald Clayton: Two-Shade

Read "Two-Shade" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Gerald Clayton isn't like the average young jazz musician. He was immersed in music studies for a long time (his teachers include Kenny Barron, Billy Childs and Shelly Berg), while gaining experience playing duo piano concerts with Barron, Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller and also performing as a sideman with the legendary Clark Terry. If that's ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 14, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 2 6 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 313 243 +70 7 60 1 4 2 1 1 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 270 247 +23 0 61 1 8 3 4 19 Roberta Gambarini So In Love (Emarcy) 225 192 +33 5 52 3 3 4 9 5 Jon Mayer Nightscape (Reservoir) 170 169 +1 0 49 4 8 5 13 18 Alvin Queen Mighty Long Way (Justin Time) 166 144 +22 1 50 5 8 6 8 12 Gerald Clayton Two-Shade (Artist Share) 161 171 -10 0 41 6 9 7 11 44 James Moody 4A (IPO Recordings) 160 147 +13 4 53 7 3 8 14 11 Robert Glasper Double Booked (Blue Note) 158 141 +17 7 43 8 4 9 6 8 Christian McBride & Inside Straight Kind Of Brown (Mack Avenue) 152 183 -31 0 46 1 14 10 47 20 Jack Wilkins Until It’s Time (MAXJAZZ) 151 78 +73 3 48 10 12 11 10 9 Bill Easley Hearing Voices (18th & ...