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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Fil Lorenz Soul-tet

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I spotted the Fil Lorenz Soul-tet at Bruno's supper club in the Mission District, and then caught them a couple weeks later at the newly opened Purple Onion on Columbus Avenue. The group sounds fresh while still honest to the roots of jazz and funk.

The frontmen are Fil Lorenz on baritone and tenor saxophone and ...

Anita O'Day & Cal Tjader: Time for 2

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Norman Granz's inspired pairing of Anita O'Day with Cal Tjader pays big dividends on 1962's Time for 2. The singer's megawatt personality perfectly complements the vibraphonist's tweedy, polite style. If Tjader's highly pureed blend of cool bop and Latin jazz impeded O'Day, it does not show. Her saucy phrasings and subtly ironic wit gently layer over ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Soul Sauce at Jazz at Pearl's

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The hype of the rebirth and transformation of Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco has simmered to a cool but the place remains a vibrant jazz venue drawing in powerhouse performers. On March 26, 2004 it welcomed back Soul Sauce, a Latin jazz ensemble that's been gathering steam since 1998. I witnessed the first two of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mo'Fone: Surf's Up

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Picking over my review of my first encounter with Mo'Fone way back in 2002, I come across this bone-grating comparison: “I mistook one piece as a cover of 'Pick Up the Pieces' without all that Average White Band aftertaste." I'm compelled to apologize to Mo'Fone for this mistake because, in hindsight, I see it's so patronizing. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz

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Curious Listener's Guide
Loren Schoenberg
Grand Central Press
ISBN 0-399-52794-X

National Public Radio evokes a bounty of strong emotions in the United States. Some loathe the idea of publicly funded media while others champion NPR as the last bastion of sensational-free news and culture. One thing is clear: ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

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Jazz 101 : A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz
John. F. Szwed
Hyperion
ISBN: 0786884967

This August, a roundtable discussion at the San Jose Jazz Festival attacked a vexing problem: How to reach beyond the converted and increase jazz's audience. Writers, reviewers, and a local DJ all weighed ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Lost Chords : White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945

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Lost Chords
Richard M. Sudhalter
Oxford Univ Press
ISBN: 019514838X

Richard Sudhalter, it might be said, has white jazz on the brain. Over the years, he's amassed a fantastic amount of knowledge and understanding of the white jazzmen who performed prior to World War II. He combined this research with ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Nicky the Jazz Cat

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Nicky the Jazz Cat
Carol Friedman
Dominick Books
ISBN: 0972609202
2003

I admire Carol Friedman, author and photographer of Nicky the Jazz Cat. Writing a children's book about jazz is not an obvious project. Kids have a multitude of entertainment options--from Game Boys to Harry Potter to The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mo'Fone Delivers

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The first Friday night of every month, The San Jose Museum of Modern Art hosts live music. The audience is a strange brew: young hipsters, brie-and-Chard museumgoers, dating retirees, and everyone in between. Even a few jazz fans show up. If they came at the beginning of May for Mo'Fone, they left more than impressed.

Mo'Fone ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton

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Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton
Howard Reich and William Gaines
DaCapo Press
ISBN: 0306812096
2003

Howard Reich and William Gaines make an eye-opening understatement in their preface to Jelly's Blues. Speaking about a treasure trove of long-lost correspondence hoarded by jazz collector ...