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Chicago Jazz Festival 2018

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Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
August 29-September 2, 2018

A Beginner's Guide to the Chicago Jazz Festival The Chicago Jazz Festival is a free event scheduled each Labor Day weekend and offering over fifty concerts in various outdoor venues. The 40th edition--running from August 29 to September 3, 2018--is now ...

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Ice, Ice, Baby

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Mike's apparently random picks for this episode, whose release dates range from the mid-fifties to this very year, turn out to have at least one aspect in common: the artists involved illustrate different aspects of “cool."

After detours exploring Michel Petrucciani's personal life and Mike's beef with British jazz critics, we wind things ...

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Come Up to the Fender

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It's a mixed-bag this fortnight, with two brand new releases by up and comers (Sasha Mashin and Hubert DuPont), a theme album by a Spanish guitar-slinger, and one of many attempts to turn the jazzy music of Steely Dan into full-blown jazz. Pop matters features brief discussions of British odd-ball musicians Brian Eno and Syd Barrett, ...

Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz

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Michel LeGrand is best known for his long and fruitful career in movie soundtracks, but as a young man in 1958 he was featured in an arranger's showcase with a collection of jazz masters, including Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis.

Columbia Records in 1958 had an unparalleled roster to offer ...

Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras

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Nylon-string acoustic guitars don't crop up in jazz all that often, but when they do the results can be delightful. Below I discuss two very different albums which incorporate that distinctive sound.

The Beauty of Differences
Misfitme
2018

Jean Chaumont's album The Beauty of Differences bogs down in ...

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Karin Hammar With The Mathias Landaeus Trio At Underground

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Karin Hammar with the Mathias Landaeus Trio
Underground
Lund, Sweden
April 25, 2018

Trombonist Karin Hammar blows her horn with authority--her technical control in all registers impresses without slipping into self-indulgence, and she has a pleasing, warm sound on the instrument. On her Wednesday night gig with the Mathias Landaeus trio, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

April 2018: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Binker and Moses, Yazz Ahmed.

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Episode 137 looks at recordings by Sophie Milman, Rene Marie, Monica Zetterlund, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. We discuss the jazz content in each release, the vocal approach of each singer, and the elusive concept of sultriness. Female jazz singers are often packaged and sold as sex objects. Some are more comfortable expressing their sensual sides than ...

Shamie Royston: Beautiful Liar

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Shamie Royston has played with Tia Fuller, Ralph Peterson, Sean Jones, and Terri Lynn Carrington, so her credentials are well up to spec, but the glamour-shot artwork and album title ("Beautiful Liar," at least to this writer, suggests a quiet-storm vibe) might lead one to assume that Royston's second date as a leader is an overly-polished ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

March 2018: Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berrigan, and Henry “Red” Allen.

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Episode 135 takes a thorough and loving look at Louis Armstrong's 1930's recordings for the Decca company. After a couple years nursing a blown lip and searching for new musical contexts, Louis hooked up with manager Joe Glaser and soon had a contract with Decca records, which featured him on a kaleidoscope of recordings, from remakes ...

Louis Armstrong: The Decca Singles 1935-1946

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Good news, jazz fans--rhythm saves the world again. The Universal Music Group tentacle labeled “Verve Records" has issued The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946. Don't be put off by the term “singles." Since this was the 78 era, all recordings were essentially singles and the set thoroughly covers Satchmo's output for Decca during the period. (Even the ...