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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Abby Lee: Born to Sing

Read "Abby Lee: Born to Sing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The early development of jazz singers tells us a lot about them. Often, they struggle until they are finally recognized. Jimmy Scott was unknown for many years. Billie Holiday took whatever jobs she could get until she made her first recordings. Ella Fitzgerald's childhood was uprooted and traumatic, and music helped her find her way to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nnenna Freelan With The Charleston Jazz Orchestra at Charleston Music Hall

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Nnenna Freelon with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC
January 18, 2018

If you were expecting fireworks and bombastic performances of favorite pop tunes, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon might have disappointed you in her Charleston debut last Friday night at the Charleston Music Hall. But if your ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joel A. Martin and Sharon Clark: Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Superior vocalist-pianist duo recordings provide listeners marvelous opportunities to encounter and explore artistic subtleties and nuances that can be lost when hearing larger ensemble formats. In a duo format, singer and keyboardist engage in a delicate, yet tightrope-walking tango in which respective toes must be on and ears zoned in bat-like.

With Intimate ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle

Read "Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Each generation, an insidious notion arises, and is passed about the musical world that jazz music, the only uniquely American art form is somehow experiencing a slow, but certain death. Inevitably, this notion is set aside, and somehow projected forward in time, as a new generation of artists rise to the occasion, not only facilitating the ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hommage To Ella Fitzgerald at Moncalieri Jazz Festival

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The 20th edition of the Moncalieri Jazz Festival celebrated jazz masters that would have turned 100 in 2017: Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Italian composer Armado Trovajoli.

The first tribute was dedicated to Ella with the “Blue Night of Jazz," which featured many concerts held in downtown Moncalieri as ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

When you think of all of the music that comes your way in a single year's time, all attempts to compile an all-encompassing or comprehensive list seems to be difficult attempt. 2017 was a year full of work, travels, books, writing, achievements and plenty of music and new people. The list here presents some of the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era: Here's Peterson with ...

ARTICLE: GETTING INTO JAZZ

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book

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Getting Started

If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen.

Background

The Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz ...