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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jim Ridl: Door in a Field V2, Songs of the Green River

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This is pianist Jim Ridl's seventh album as a leader, and all revolve around specific motifs involving people, places, things, images, and words. For example, his debut CD, Five Minutes to Madness and Joy (Synergy Music, 1999), is based on a poem by Walt Whitman which Ridl then elaborated upon in a variety of musical expressions. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jim Ridl: Opening Doors in the Big Apple

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Something fresh and vital is in the air when a truly creative musician is about to release a new album. Jim Ridl's Door in a Field: Volume II: Songs of the Green River, an independent release, is full of surprises and rich in musical ideas. The album is set to be released in early Fall, and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joanna Pascale: To Tell a Story in Song

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Among jazz vocalists, there are two main categories: those who belt out a tune with flourish, ornamentation, punctuation, and improvising known as “scat." Ella Fitzgerald is the prime representative of that approach. Then there are those who omit the superfluous, carefully crafting every word and note, bringing out the underlying emotions. Think of Billie Holiday. Joanna ...

Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label

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Any fan of the great American music that is jazz is surely aware that the art form's history depended on the convergence of geography, individual talents, and inspiration. Cities such as jny: New Orleans, jny: Kansas City, jny: Chicago, and New York are synonymous with particular styles of jazz. One often overlooked city is jny: Philadelphia, ...

Take Five WIth Viktorija Pilatovic

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Meet Viktorija Pilatovic:

In October 2012, jazz singer, composer and arranger Viktorija Pilatovic, just 23 years old, performed her original composition, “We Could Solve That," with internationally renowned bassist Victor Wooten in Valencia, Spain's iconic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia performing arts complex. Her skills were quickly noticed when she arrived at Berklee Valencia ...

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Jim Ridl: Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams

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Jim Ridl

Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams

Jim Ridl Records

2011

Jim Ridl is one of our most creative and versatile jazz pianists, an acknowledged master often called upon by his peers for their recordings and live performances. Whether he works along with saxophonists Dave Liebman and Charles Pillow, or flugelhornist ...

Deborah Brown: For The Love Of Ivie: A Tribute to Ivie Anderson

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Ivie Anderson was Duke Ellington's mainstay singer from 1931 to 1942, melding the depth of Billie Holiday with the sophisticated attitude of Lena Horne. Deborah Brown is one of the finest modern jazz vocalists ever to grace live venues and recording studios. In common with Anderson, she is a musician's vocalist, having played with the likes ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Ark Ovrutski

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Meet Ark Ovrutski:

Ark started building his career in Kiev,Ukraine. By the time he graduated Kiev music college and moved to Moscow where he graduated Russian Academy of music in 1992. In the mid-1990s, Ark left Moscow and relocated to Poland, where he became highly-regarded through performances in multiple groups. From then, Ark's performance and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Danilo Perez and Somi at the Kimmel Center

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Verizon Hall
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia
March 19, 2010



In this concert, the performance by Danilo Perez' group (entitled “Things to Come: 21st Century Dizzy") was supplemented with an opening set by the up-and-coming vocalist Somi, making for an interesting combination of diverse jazz flavorings. Somi's unique African-based renderings was ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

JD Walter: Live at the 55 Bar

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JD Walter is an outstanding contemporary vocalist with six superb CDs already to his credit. Strongly influenced by Betty Carter and Milton Nascimento--themselves true originals--Walter is a dedicated artist who has stretched the singer's palette, increasing the range of vocalizations and emotions available for interpretation and improvisation. In Live at the 55 Bar, representing sets that ...


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