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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

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The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these ...

Blue Beatles – Mick Kolassa / Mark Telesca And Organissimo

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The Beatles songbook has been coming into blues and jazz focus over the last decade as evidenced in the recordings The Blues White Album (Telarc, 2003) and Let It Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings The Beatles (Summit Records, 2003).

Two recent records pop to the surface reprising this interest.

Mick Kolassa & ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

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When one thinks of jazz cities responsible for contributing some of the music's most important artists, Detroit is always a name that pops up at the top of the list. A short list of icons who hail from the city would have to include Ron Carter, the Jones Brothers, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Louis Hayes, and ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

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Guitarist Grant Green was one of the early birds on this: turning Beatles tunes into soulful jazz workouts, with his I Want to Hold Your Hand (Blue Note, 1965), featuring Hammond organ master Larry Young on the B3, recorded a little over a year after the Fab Four's musical invasion of America. But it was mostly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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Jazz Organ Summit
Hope College
Holland, Michigan
September 9-10, 2016

Located in Western Michigan along the banks of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, the small college town of Holland is not the type of place you might imagine for a gathering of musicians, students and jazz organ aficionados. Nonetheless, this quaint spot ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit

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Columbus, Ohio native Tony Monaco is primed and ready to place jazz organ in a whole new spotlight. Although he has been a playing musician for most of his life, it has been during the past sixteen years that he has made the biggest strides as an artist. A gifted educator with a unique approach to ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation has announced the performance lineup for the fifth annual festival being held Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eleven diverse acts are on tap for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The performance lineup: Saturday night headliner / main headline act: Cindy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Organissimo: Alive & Kickin'

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The title of Organissimo's first live recording, Alive & Kickin', is a great description of how a guitar/organ trio live record should sound. Just about everything on this set comes homegrown by this Michigan trio: organ player Jim Alfredson met guitarist Joe Gloss in a Michigan State University (MSU) jazz class; the duo eventually became a ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 7, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 5 11 Joe Chambers Horace To Max (Savant) 180 156 +24 2 57 1 4 2 2 24 Dr. Lonnie Smith Spiral (Palmetto) 176 169 +7 7 59 2 3 3 16 4 Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden Jasmine (ECM) 171 119 +52 14 ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 24, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 21 15 One For All Incorrigible (JLP) 183 107 +76 8 56 1 4 2 13 13 Nnenna Freelon Homefree (Concord) 181 126 +55 8 55 2 5 3 18 17 Anat Cohen Clarinetwork Live At The Village Vanguard (Anzic) 178 117 +61 9 ...