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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

Read "Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony

Read "Testimony" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Those who see the tuba as a sluggish, unwieldy instrument capable only of rounding out a musical composition in the lower register may have to rethink that appraisal after listening to Testimony, in which multi-instrumentalist and tuba master Howard Johnson ushers no less than half a dozen tubas and rhythm through their paces in a session ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy

Read "Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The extremely accomplished Bill Kirchner--composer, arranger, saxophonist, writer, editor, teacher--enjoys a career anyone would be proud of. He's played with important musicians, led outstanding groups and had his arrangements played by top-shelf musicians and bands. In 1996, he won a Grammy for Best Album Notes for the revered Columbia/Mosaic re-issue Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Returns To Ginny's Supper Club - September 11-12

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Returns To Ginny's Supper Club - September 11-12

DION PARSON & 21st CENTURY BAND Returns to Ginny's Supper Club
Back By Popular Demand!
September 11-12 Featuring Their New CD St. Thomas St. Thomas—the exciting new CD by Dion Parson & 21st Century Band hit the streets this summer and has since gained international airplay and critical acclaim. This explosive, rhythmic ensemble returns to Ginny's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet: Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered

Read "Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Male jazz singers are a rare breed and most fashion themselves after the quintessential crooner Frank Sinatra. It is, therefore, intriguing to discover one with as singular, bold and blues-based as Mansur Scott. His intimate and intensely personal Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered was released after a brush with death due to a heart attack and stroke, ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Caribbean Heritage Month: Dion Parson at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Caribbean Heritage Month: Dion Parson at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Nick Catalano

From its inception, one of the goals of this column has been to record the impact that jazz has made on the myriad musical traditions of our planet. Since I started writing about this subject a couple of decades ago, the amount of international folk music, dance forms, vocal stylings, variant scales, and other often spurious ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Inntoene Festival: Diersbach, Austria, June 10-12, 2011

Read "Inntoene Festival: Diersbach, Austria, June 10-12, 2011" reviewed by Sebastian Scotney

Inntoene Festival 2011
Diersbach, Austria
June 10-12, 2011
I overheard a conversation at the Inntoene Festival in Austria. In a mock-incredulous tone, one New York musician was asking another:
“Straight up. You're telling me. That this whole farm place. Is owned. By a trombonist?!“
Cue laughter and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erika: Obsession

Read "Obsession" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Young vocalist Erika springs a surprise on herself with Obsession. Japanese by birth and schooled relatively recently in jazz, she is not only pitch-perfect while singing in English, but negotiates Brazilian charts in Portuguese with near perfect emotion (if not always perfect diction). The biggest surprise of all is the Japanese repertoire, with which she rounds ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erika: Obsession

Read "Obsession" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Obsession is vocalist Erika Matsuo's debut CD, but it comes after a long and varied musical career that includes the all-girl rock band Tear Drops, in her native Japan, and work with the City College of New York's Latin jazz band. This is the debut, therefore, of an experienced singer and it shows in Matsuo's confident ...