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Frode Kjekstad: A Piece of the Apple

Read "A Piece of the Apple" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There's no telling just when or why a certain place will sink its hooks into you. However active Frode Kjekstad remains in his native Norway, he's clearly left his heart in jny: New York City. The bustling personality of the metropolis can be felt all over his bop-and-blues compositions and fleet fretwork. With a classy full-bodied ...

Vincent Herring: Night and Day

Read "Night and Day" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

La musica di Vincent Herring discende inequivocabilmente dall'hard bop. Come da tradizione, Night and Day ricalca in modo esemplare l'energia e l'irruenza espressiva insita nel sound di quel filone jazzistico.

Nel modo di operare, Herring non si sottrae alla convenzione di disporre tromba e sassofono davanti a tutto e lascia che siano pianoforte, contrabbasso ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mike LeDonne: That Feelin'

Mike LeDonne: That Feelin'

I've long been a secret fan of organist Mike Le Donne. I say secret because he doesn't know (yet). I began listening to jazz in the early 1970s by collecting exciting organ combo albums. I still love Hammondites Don Patterson, Shirley Scott, Leon Spencer Jr., Charles Earland and Brother Jack McDuff. Add Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Scott Yanow, Author Of 11 Books Including "The Jazz Singers" Reviews Tony Adamo's "Sonic Henderson"

Scott Yanow, Author Of 11 Books Including "The Jazz Singers" Reviews Tony Adamo's "Sonic Henderson"

Tony Adamo is not only a soulful singer but a top-notch spoken-word artist. When he pays tribute to a musician through his talks, while he is rapping about a subject, it is not rap. Rather than concentrating on rhyming or using drum machines as a background, Adamo talks intelligently about the subject, uses his words creatively, ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Bassist John Gray And The Jazz Thieves - "Brooklyn Elegy" Just Released Video #2 "You Warm Me Up"

Bassist John Gray And The Jazz Thieves  - "Brooklyn Elegy"    Just Released Video #2 "You Warm Me Up"

Bassist John Gray & The Jazz Thieves BRAND NEW VIDEO: “You Warm Me Up" JAZZIZ MAGAZINE SOON,
JAZZ WEEK RADIO STATIONS NOW,
VIDEO ON YOUTUBE! The Jazz Thieves Hit Again. Video #2 From Brooklyn Elegy! (watch below) The Jazz Thieves, the hot, new New York City band led by bassist John Gray, TODAY release their ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Bassist John Gray And The Jazz Thieves "Brooklyn Elegy" Strike Again With New Video!

Bassist John Gray And The Jazz Thieves  "Brooklyn Elegy"  Strike Again With New Video!

New music video supporting their latest release Brooklyn Elegy. The Jazz Thieves, through personal and evocative lyrics, passionate and soulful improvisation, and thoughtful, wide-ranging originals revitalize jazz by reconnecting it to its roots. Inspired by their heroes Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Bill Withers and Ray Charles, they “steal" the feel, fire and fervor of 70's soul, 50's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barranquijazz Festival 2016

Read "Barranquijazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Holston

Barranquijazz Festival
Barranquilla, Colombia
September 14-18, 2016

The success of the annual Barranquijazz Festival is a tribute to its founders--all of whom are still deeply involved as the event enters its 21st year--and their vision of what and how to present to a growing community of jazz enthusiasts in Barranquilla, ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Benny Golson at Jazz Standard

Read "Benny Golson at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Benny Golson Quartet
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
October 21, 2016

By now it's well established that you don't go to see the octogenarian Benny Golson expecting to be blown away by a titan of the tenor sax--a fact he's only too happy to confess to his audience ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet: That Feelin'

Read "That Feelin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike LeDonne's splendid Groover Quartet has earned a cozy groove for itself, somewhere between fresh from the oven and the halcyon days of organ combos led by Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson and others. While embracing their essential groundwork on the one hand, LeDonne moves steadily forward with the ...

Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano

Read "Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

A Newport Jazz Festival-New York concert at Carnegie Hall in the early 1970s got Queens native Francesca “Cha Cha" Miano hooked on hearing live jazz--even though, she says, some of the music she heard on the mixed bill that night was way ahead of her at the time. Little did she know that her magnificent obsession ...


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