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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA
May 25-26, 2019

Last year the festival operated under the threat of rain all weekend. This year's 42nd edition saw record-tying high temperatures: 93 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit (ten degrees above the historical averages). No doubt it is a coincidence that the programming was cooler than last ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dave Stryker says this is the last of his trilogy of classic pop melodies from the 1970s. If so, its release is a little bittersweet: because like the other two it is a truly fun project, for the players and listeners alike. Completing the trilogy was suggested by vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who had appeared on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If an idea works, you might as well ride it to its logical conclusion. Following vibraphonist Stefon Harris' advice along those lines in this context, guitarist Dave Stryker completes his Eight Track odyssey with the delivery of the third volume of jazz takes on '70s radio staples. Harris, after having passed the mallets off to fellow ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Justin Brown: Nyeusi

Read "Nyeusi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

34 anni, da quindici a New York, Justin Brown è noto per le sue partnership con Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer, StefonHarris, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Thundercat e altri. Come si vede è un batterista dall'ampio spettro stilistico e questo suo debutto discografico da leader lo conferma ampiamente.

La musica di Nyeusi è una ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

All About Jazz is celebrating Stefon Harris' birthday today!

Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times). He is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Stefon Harris\' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Casey Benjamin: EclectRic Expressionism

Read "Casey Benjamin: EclectRic Expressionism" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Casey Benjamin aka Stutzmcgee--all-through New Yorker with Caribbean roots, born in 1978--grew up in the borough of Queens in a musical household. Despite economically rough conditions that his mother, a single parent, heroically managed, he started with piano around six, added the alto saxophone around ten, and the vocoder and talk-box around fifteen. At sixteen, he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stefon Harris: Sonic Creed

Read "Sonic Creed" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A distanza di un decennio dalla pubblicazione di Urbanus -l'ultimo disco di Stefon Harris con l'ensemble Blackout -sono cambiate molte cose nel mondo del vibrafono jazz: nel 2016 è scomparso Bobby Hutcherson, l'anno successivo Gary Burton s'è ritirato dalla scena attiva e Mike Mainieri, che ha superato gli ottant'anni, ha ridotto l'attività. Lo scettro del miglior ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every little bit of the year 2018 will soon take form as memory--first recent, then distant--but the fine music gifted to us in those twelve months will be forever present, living on in ears, hearts and minds. I had the pleasure of hearing north of 400 albums this past year, and I had the privilege of ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Stefon Harris and Blackout's "Sonic Creed"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Stefon Harris and Blackout's "Sonic Creed"

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who's coming to St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, October 31 and continuing through Sunday, November 4 at Jazz St. Louis. Considered one of the top mallet percussionists in jazz, Harris has played here several times in the last few years, most recently ...