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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

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Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges
Con Chapman
218
ISBN: #978-0-19-0655390-3
Oxford University Press
2019

It's difficult to fathom the existence of a jazz musician in the position of a featured soloist of an internationally recognized large ensemble, year in and year out, for decades, making ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Firelight Films
Director: Stanley Nelson
Run Time: 115 minutes
2019

In addition to his place as a legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis has long been a cultural hero for the African American community and for so many others of varied ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

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Gary Bartz
Liberty Avenue Stage
Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Pittsburgh, PA
June 23, 2010

The 2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival featured a heavyweight lineup of world-renowned saxophone players, including Charles Lloyd, Nubya Garcia, and Gary Bartz. Bartz was scheduled to perform selections from Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019
South Park II
Sofia, Bulgaria
July 5-7, 2019

Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

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Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland
June 28 to July 13, 2019

Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things

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Just One Of Those Things
Ella Fitzgerald
Eagle Rock
90 minutes
2019

In the public mind, Ella Fitzgerald was unarguably one of the great jazz figures of the twentieth century. She mightn't be fetishized the way Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Chet Baker have been--there wasn't quite ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

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2018 was a spectacular year for archival jazz. Just a quick glance at last year's releases includes John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Verve), Coltrane's further adventures on Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Legacy), and Erroll Garner's revelatory Nightconcert (Mack Avenue Records) quickly taking its ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays

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Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org.

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory

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Green Book
DreamWorks Universal
2018

Starting perhaps in the 1930s, African American jazz musicians and bands from the north, midwest, and west toured the segregationist South. There they found to their dismay that as much as they were sought after for performances, they were compelled to live in separate hotels and use ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rent Romus: Deciduous/Midwestern Edition Vol. 1

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This West Coast USA experimental record label always spreads its wings. Part of the fun is anticipating what comes next. Here, label head and distinguished multi-reedman Rent Romus and musical associates pay homage to the avant-garde jazz spirit of the Midwest, citing the birthplace for AACM and innovators such as Albert Ayler, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and ...