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NEWS: EVENT

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

By Mackenzie Horne

Dwindling attendance is perhaps the most serious threat to the well-being of today's regional jazz circles, and addressing this issue requires an approach that is as authentic as it is aggressive. Problems with attendance and participation seem to be amplified in a metropolitan area as small as jny: Pittsburgh, and past history ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dr. Mark Lomax, II: 400: An Afrikan Epic

Read "400: An Afrikan Epic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The origins of the continent's name are not clear, but in the language of most of its inhabitants, the spelling is Afrika. The colonizers from Portugal, Britain and France adulterated the spelling for uniformity to their own phonics beginning in the fifteenth century, as they launched the cultural marginalizing of tens of millions. Dr. Mark Lomax ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dustin Mallory

The sophomore effort from saxophonist John Petrucelli is a fresh and timely release of original compositions that were recorded in 2017 at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh. The forthcoming album, titled Presence, pairs a jazz quintet with a string quartet as they perform John's majestic ten-movement suite. The album also features a guest appearance from ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Delfeayo Marsalis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Delfeayo Marsalis

All About Jazz is celebrating Delfeayo Marsalis' birthday today!

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo

Read "Kalamazoo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How is it that we haven't been gifted a live album from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis before? He's been such an important part of the fabric of this music, whether producing works of lasting significance for other jazz greats in the studio, sharing space with his famous family, or leading his Uptown Orchestra through a rousing set ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

B.J. Jansen: Common Ground

Read "Common Ground" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Cincinnati-born baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen's tenth album is titled Common Ground for good reason: his sextet consists of NEA Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, drummer Ralph Peterson, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Dezron Douglas--all of whom revel in improvisation. His group's shared affinity for jazz in the straight-ahead vein compelled Jansen to employ ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Delfeayo Marsalis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Delfeayo Marsalis

All About Jazz is celebrating Delfeayo Marsalis' birthday today!

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David L. Harris: Blues I Felt

Read "Blues I Felt" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The blues isn't merely a form or genre. It's an emotional response, a personal internalization of an idea that invites extemporization in its reflection. While there's a specific progression and certain stylistic considerations that mark music as such, there's undeniable variety within the fixed aspects. No two people feel, sing, or play the blues exactly the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Hard-Swinging Montreal Quartet B's Bees Launches First U.S. Tour

Hard-Swinging Montreal Quartet B's Bees Launches First U.S. Tour

Montreal-based group B’s Bees, a hard-swinging outfit known for compelling originals and high-energy interpretations of jazz masters, is launching a spring tour through the eastern and southern United States. After a kick-off concert at Café Resonance in jny: Montreal on April 13, they’ll perform a dozen concerts in seven states before ending at The Emmet Ray ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance

Read "Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Nat Hentoff's passing last week left me feeling, well, old. Whenever we lose a mentor--a grandparent, a teacher, someone who encouraged us--it's a reminder of our own mortality, that we are, in the parlance of football coaches, the next ones up.

I don't feel anywhere near to ready or worthy or capable of assuming ...