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Content by tag "Roy Ayers"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

Read "Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...

Jack Wilson: Something Personal – 1966

Read "Jack Wilson: Something Personal – 1966" reviewed by Marc Davis

Maybe I'm imagining it, but pianist Jack Wilson owes a great big thank-you to John Coltrane on Something Personal. At least that's how I hear it on the opening track, “Most Unsoulful Woman," one of two highlights on this 1966 album.

Coltrane, the legendary saxman, released his masterpiece A Love Supreme in 1965. It ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Stephanie Jordan Begins Residency At Jazz Live Hyatt As Featured Artist

Stephanie Jordan Begins Residency At Jazz Live Hyatt As Featured Artist

Join Jazz Live at Hyatt every Friday and Saturday beginning on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, 2017 as they present Stephanie Jordan as the featured performer for a year-long engagement at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The Stephanie Jordan Ensemble will do two sets nightly performing jazz standards made popular from the likes of Abbey Lincoln, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

First Single “Prayer of Jabez” is a Tribute To Marvin Gaye, Whom She Toured with for 4 Years Wilmington, DE: As a highly-regarded, in-demand composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet, Fostina Dixon has been honing her craft for decades as a guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry Harris, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Warren Wolf: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The paucity of jazz vibraphonists may be due in part to the complexity of mastering an instrument that's like a hybrid of drums, percussion and piano. Notwithstanding, one of the instrument's brightest stars is 36 year old jny: Baltimore native Warren Wolf, a rising virtuoso whose form and technical abilities continue the lineage of great vibe ...

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone: Sélébéyone

Read "Sélébéyone" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Steve Lehman's critically acclaimed albums have been topping national polls for more than half a decade. It's all the more an achievement when considering Lehman's unique, cerebral and ever-changing approach to artistic creation. His most recent project, Sélébéyone takes its name from this new group that Lehman founded in 2015. It incorporates elements of spectral music--where ...

Rich Brown: Abeng

Read "Abeng" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In jazz, it's all about the company you keep. The press accompanying bass virtuoso Rich Brown's third album, Abeng, specifically calls out Roy Ayers and Weather Report as musical reference points. And while there's a breath of Ayers' silky R&B feel to the slinky “Promessa," and though Brown's use of his fretless electric bass as a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jose Gurria's Gurrisonic Orchestra: Three Kids Music

Read "Three Kids Music" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Accompanied by a richly illustrated, full-color 46-page booklet (with notes by Jeff Tamarkin, the Associate Editor of JazzTimes Magazine) and packaged in a lush trifold paper sleeve, Three Kids Music by José Gurría and his 21-piece Gurrisonic Orchestra projects a sort of hugeness and importance whose portent is completely fulfilled by the quality of the music ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Roy Ayers at Yoshi's

Read "Roy Ayers at Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Roy Ayers is Everywhere
Yoshi's Oakland
Oakland California
November 27, 2015

The venerable vibraphonist Roy Ayers and his seasoned band performed during a sold out weekend at the East Bay's popular Yoshi's in Oakland's Jack London Square. The exuberant 75-year-old composer /musician opened the exciting second show with “Sweet Tears." Ayers ...


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