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Sophie Milman was born twenty years ago in the Ural Mountains in the heart of Russia. Her family suffered through many personal hardships, lack of freedoms and repression. When the Berlin wall fell making it possible for them to leave, the family emigrated, were stripped of their Russian citizenship, and settled in Israel with a few dollars in their pockets, some Russian paintings, boxes of Russian books and some old jazz vinyl records. Although very young, memories of Russia, especially of her grandfather who was cantor at the their local synagogue, and Russian folk songs would have a profound influence on her. Sophie Milman’s formative years were spent growing up in Israel

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes

Read "Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a vast array of notable singers that have been given unto us from the Great White North. In terms of star power you have Joni Mitchell, k.d. Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Bruce Cockburn, the lovably twangy Neil Young and a croaky Leonard Cohen. And, of course, we have genre-straddling, jazz-breathing mega-names like Michael Bublé ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

April 2018: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Binker and Moses, Yazz Ahmed.

Read "April 2018:  Cécile McLorin Salvant, Binker and Moses, Yazz Ahmed." reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Episode 137 looks at recordings by Sophie Milman, Rene Marie, Monica Zetterlund, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. We discuss the jazz content in each release, the vocal approach of each singer, and the elusive concept of sultriness. Female jazz singers are often packaged and sold as sex objects. Some are more comfortable expressing their sensual sides than ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Malonie Carre

Read "Take Five With Malonie Carre" reviewed by Malonie Carre

Meet Malonie Carre: Malonie Carre is a Canadian contemporary jazz singer currently residing in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Performing with jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba, including Gianny Laredo, Mario Patron and Esteban Herrera, corporate private events, international jazz festivals and jazz sessions in Mayan Palace, Wine Bar. Her current album, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Montreal Jazz Festival: Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 7, 2012

Read "Montreal Jazz Festival: Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 7, 2012" reviewed by Greg Thomas

Festival International de Jazz de MontréalMontréal, CanadaJune 28-July 7, 2012From the time of the airplane's descent to the airport in Montréal, I knew something was different and perhaps special about this place. Instead of a square or rectangular grid style of suburban housing plots, from my window I saw circular formations of housing, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Appleyard: Sophisticated Ladies

Read "Sophisticated Ladies" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Celebrated Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard made some waves on his last instrumental album, revisiting the past in a previously unreleased recording that captured a select group of jazz giants on the historic The Lost 1974 Session (Linus, 2011). Now, this 84 year-old jazz legend focuses on the present and surrounds himself with a phenomenal group of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Appleyard: Sophisticated Ladies

Read "Sophisticated Ladies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Peter Appleyard seems to have a way with the ladies. The octogenarian vibraphonist brings his virile mallet work to bear while escorting a dozen lovely songbirds through some smartly arranged standards on this, his second release the span of a few months. Appleyard started off the year by looking toward the past, issuing a previously unreleased ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012

Read "John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim DoxasGeggie Concert SeriesNAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, CanadaMay 26, 2012For his final show of the 2011/2012 Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie put together a group of Canadian musicians who are all deserving of broader international recognition. A down-the-middle mainstream jazz ...

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Halie Loren: Heart First

Read "Heart First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Though vocalist Halie Loren has made a name for herself by bringing her warm and inviting alto to bear on a mixture of pop and jazz classics, she has received far too little attention in the United States. Much of the praise heaped upon her comes from Japan, where her fan base is strong and plentiful, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sophie Milman, Denver, CO, November 27, 2011

Read "Sophie Milman, Denver, CO, November 27, 2011" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Sophie MilmanDazzleDenver, CONovember 27, 2011Jazz is and always has been an amalgam of styles and influences. In fact, that's what keeps it interesting and vital and always moving forward. Musicians from different backgrounds and cultures bring different sensibilities to the music and add new sounds and attitudes. Like the search for ...


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