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2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)

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Happy New Year! In the first 2018 episode of Mondo Jazz we look back at some of the great releases of 2017 and look forward to the Winter Jazz Festival, which every January brings the New York jazz year into full gear, with previews of some of the international artists featured in its program.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Edel Meade: Blue Fantasia

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Although Edel Meade has graced the Irish jazz scene for a decade Blue Fantasia is the singer's debut album. Meade has honed her craft under the tutelage of Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone and The New York Voices and is a respected jazz vocal teacher in her own right. Her Edel Sings Joni Mitchell}) project ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival

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Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival
Emma Webster, George McKay
136 Pages
University Of East Anglia
2017

There was a time when London had more jazz festivals than you could shake a stick at. Most, however, have disappeared, leaving the London Jazz Festival, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

All That's Jazz

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All That's Jazz
Sammy Stein
198 Pages
ISBN: 13: 978-0-9557670-9-8
Tomahawk Press
2017

Sammy Stein is a brave woman. Take that title--not just a riff on “All That Jazz" to cover a personal memoir of time spent in the jazz trenches but ALL that IS jazz. This is a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Simon Millerd: Lessons And Fairytales

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Canadian trumpeter Simon Millerd is one of those musicians who effortlessly moves between genres. This new CD of his is a collection of work that mixes folk, jazz-rock, electronic minimalism and jazz in original and personal ways.

The opening track, “Looking Back" echoes the glitchy electronics of modern Norwegian music with Millerd's trumpet and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rose Ellis: Like Songs Like Moons

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È un debutto internazionale quanto mai personale e significativo questo di Rose Ellis, nome d'arte per la giovane cantante olandese Roos Plaatsman, da qualche anno a New York.
Riuscire a distinguersi nell'affollato universo odierno delle jazz singers non è cosa facile ma la Ellis ci riesce, entrando in sintonia con la migliore tradizione vocale ...

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Leo Richardson Quartet: The Chase

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An alumnus of London's Trinity College of Music, tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson, who incidentally is the son of bassist Jim Richardson (formerly of the jazz rock band If), graduated from the College with a first class honours degree in Jazz Performance. Whilst studying at Trinity he was tutored by some world class players including Jean Toussaint, ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2017

It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only ...

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ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland

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Con gli anni, le voci hanno acquistato un carattere sempre più rilevante nel catalogo ECM rispetto ai tempi della sua fondazione, quando l'etichetta bavarese era rivolta alla pubblicazione di musica di carattere prevalentemente jazzistico e quasi esclusivamente strumentale. I primi nomi di cantanti a trovar spazio nel catalogo dell'etichetta sono stati quelli di Norma Winstone, Aina ...

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks

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It's hardly surprising that Mike Westbrook reigned supreme in the latter quarter of the 1960s and early 70s. His big band was voted top of that category in the late-lamented Melody Maker British jazz polls for 1970 (and the two years either side of that). In the same year, his third album, Marching Song, recorded a ...