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Mike LeDonne: From the Heart

Mike LeDonne: From the Heart

Mike LeDonne knocks me out. He's one of the only organists around today who fully grasps the 1970s soul-jazz idiom. Back then, there were seriously groovy Hammond players such as Leon Spencer Jr., Johnny “Hammond" Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Sonny Phillips, Charles Kynard, Charles Earland and Don Patterson, among others. All you had to ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cory Weeds: Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire

Read "Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When last heard from, Canadian Cory Weeds was wielding a mean neo-swing tenor saxophone with the superb Jeff Hamilton trio on the albums Dreamsville and This Happy Madness. On Let's Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Weeds moves from tenor to alto (with no loss of merit) alongside tenor and fellow Canadian Steve Kaldestad, ...

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,
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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, ...