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Bob Wagner: Toot Suite

Read "Toot Suite" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There have been many composers on both sides of the classical-jazz continuum who have attempted to blend those genres. Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Darius Milhaud, Duke Ellington, Lalo Schifrin, Jorge Calandrelli, and others have explored the parallels and differences.

In 1980, French jazz pianist/composer, Claude Bolling composed “Toot Suite" for the great French ...


David Amram 87th Birthday Celebration at the Falcon

Read "David Amram 87th Birthday Celebration at the Falcon" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

David Amram Quartet
The Falcon
87th Birthday Celebration
Marlboro, NY
December 3, 2017

Ever a celebration of our true angel hearts and creative selves, David Amram's irrepressible spirit (he did turn 87 on November 17th) and margin-mashing musical journey (Phil Och's “When I'm Gone" as a sweet jazz standard anyone?) ...


Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

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Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio
Denver, CO
November 10, 2017

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for ...


Jim Ridl: Project 142 at the DiMenna Center

Read "Jim Ridl: Project 142 at the DiMenna Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jim Ridl
Tones and Tomes in Tempo
DiMenna Center
New York, NY
October 19, 2017

Jim Ridl is a brilliant and imaginative pianist whose music is true to his North Dakota origins while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. Versatile and adaptive to almost any situation, he fronts his own ...


Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz
Varie sedi

Mantenendosi fedele alla sua consolidata formula, Umbria Jazz si è protratta per dieci giorni su vari palcoscenici, con concerti gratuiti e a pagamento, cercando di adeguare stili e proposte differenti ai diversi contesti interessati e rivolgendosi quindi a diverse fasce di pubblico. In particolare, la ...


Electric Coen

Read "Electric Coen" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Era il 2008 quando intervistammo Gabriele Coen, allora interessante ma ancora poco noto sassofonista e compositore romano. Oggi, dieci anni dopo, Gabriele ha sviluppato e messo a frutto la sua ricerca nella tradizione musicale ebraica (già allora aveva pubblicato con la moglie Isotta Toso un libro sulla storia del klezmer, “Musica Errante," edito da Stampa Alternativa) ...


Intervista a Enrico Pieranunzi

Read "Intervista a Enrico Pieranunzi" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

Da Charlie Parker a Bruno Canino, da Chet Baker a Domenico Scarlatti, passando per George Gershwin e la musica folklorica romana. In occasione di un suo recente progetto dedicato alla figura di Gershwin, abbiamo avuto il piacere di incontrare Enrico Pieranunzi per una lunga e stimolante chiacchierata, ripercorrendo insieme la sua carriera ultra- quarantennale.

Vinnie Sperrazza: Juxtaposition

Read "Juxtaposition" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The most intriguing thing about Juxtaposition, Vinnie Sperrazza's recently released recording, is its loose grip on the jazz tradition. The disc's twelve tracks don't come with a set of standard, recognizable references. Not unlike many of today's leading young artists, Sperrazza has absorbed the lessons of the music's past, and is currently interested in doing things ...


Dorian Devins Hits a Double in the Bleak Midwinter

Read "Dorian Devins Hits a Double in the Bleak Midwinter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York centered jazz singer and lyricist Dorian Devins first rocked my sensitive Southern Consciousness in 2013 with the release of The Procrastinator (Rain1 Jazz). Devins marked a return to that jazz step-child, vocalese: the application of lyrics to well-known wordless jazz compositions. The recording was a cornerstone of that year. Devins played a very large ...


Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

Read "Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010.

Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In ...