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Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout

Read "Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

For the last decade, free-bop vocalist Jay Clayton has been conducting regular “scat labs" out of the Manhattan teaching space that she shares with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. In ScatLab, jazz singers of all levels of experience meet up to trade twos and fours, riff on traditional blues heads, and improvise on well-known songbook tunes. ...

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Gary Urwin: Inside the Mind of an Arranger

Read "Gary Urwin: Inside the Mind of an Arranger" reviewed by Rob Wood

The arranger of music scores is as important as a crankshaft in an engine. Yet many are destined to live in the shadows. Ralph Carmichael was subsumed by the luster of Stan Kenton. Arranger Paul Riser, who wrote the opening bars to “Dancing in the Street," is a virtual unknown.

And then there is ...

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Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today

Read "Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today" reviewed by Corey Hall

What would your sensibilities say if an established jazz guitarist, supported by organ and drums, reinterpreted Seals and Crofts' “Summer Breeze," the Beatles' “Come Together," and Steely Dan's “Do It Again"?

Perhaps you have heard this guitarist before with Sonny Rollins or Stanley Turrentine; maybe you heard the album where his guitar-acoustic bass-drums trio ...

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Mike Stern: Living through a Jazz Clinic

Read "Mike Stern: Living through a Jazz Clinic" reviewed by Rob Wood

A mop of straight hair that swings unbidden to the beat. A face weathered and creased as an old fence post. Hands ribbed by dorsal veins knotting and splitting atop the flexor tendons like highway off-ramps. Eyes lit with a hazel fire. And a slightly goofy smile you might see in a dog very glad to ...

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Stefon Harris: The Tradition of Jazz

Read "Stefon Harris: The Tradition of Jazz" reviewed by Kevin Press

Twenty-two years into his career, Albany, New York's Stefon Harris has fronted seven Blue Note LPs, served as co-lead on two others and recorded with a host of greats including Joshua Redman, Ry Cooder, Courtney Pine and Christian Scott.

Because that's not enough for the 45-year-old, he's also a successful educator, public speaker, entrepreneur ...

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Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate

Read "Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Frank van Berkel, the new Programmer at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's premier jazz club, is no stranger to the music world. He started out as a musician, double bass/bass guitar, and played many venues back in the '80s and '90s, including Amsterdam's rock palace Paradiso and the Bimhuis, with different bands, that included Nine Tobs, Remo Tobs, ...

Gideon King: Street Jazz

Read "Gideon King: Street Jazz" reviewed by Paul Naser

New York based guitarist/composer/ songwriter Gideon King is no stranger to the city. Growing up there, he is well positioned to tell a story or two about the place. This is just what he sets out to do with his forthcoming release with his band City Blog, entitled Upscale Madhouse. Far from a condemnation, the title ...

Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

Read "Tiffany Austin: Unbroken" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Rising San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin held an engaging album release party for her sophomore effort, Unbroken (Con Alma Music, 2018) at the comfortable Piedmont Piano Company in jny: Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. As the NBA Golden State Warriors battled the Houston Rockets in a crucial semi finals game a few miles way at ...

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Taz Modi: Submotion Orchestra is a unique blend

Read "Taz Modi: Submotion Orchestra is a unique blend" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Submotion Orchestra is a band from Leeds, UK, with a kaleidoscopic approach to making music. Since 2009, it has made music influenced by different strands of music, be it electronica, jazz, soul, pop or dub music. It's an interesting cocktail of sounds and influences that has yielded five albums to date with Kites (SMO Recordings, 2018) ...

Adam Nussbaum: Back To Basics

Read "Adam Nussbaum: Back To Basics" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For his first album as a leader, The Leadbelly Project (Sunnyside Records), Adam Nussbaum has decided to focus on one of his first musical heroes, Huddie William Ledbetter, best known as Leadbelly. With an original line-up featuring two guitar players (Steve Cardenas and Nate Radley) and one saxophonist (Ohad Talmor) Adam Nussbaum has chosen to go ...