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Roberto Magris Sextet: Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery

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Roberto Magris is an Italian pianist who has an eclectic range of interests but is heavily in thrall to the masters of American bebop. On this particular live recording he leads a sextet that gives that language a pronounced Latin twist leading to a set of fiery performances.

Magris uses two horn players, trumpeter ...


Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody

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Bassist, bandleader, educator and composer, Ben Allison is one of the leading players of the world stage. During the past twenty years he has released twelve records and led various bands, performed on more than thirty albums, co-founded The Jazz Composers Collective, and served as its Artistic Director until its dissolution in 2005. In this conversation, ...


Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

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Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...


Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

Katie Thiroux Trio at South Jazz Parlor

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Katie Thiroux Trio
South Jazz Parlor
jny: Philadelphia, PA
February 24, 2018

In time-honored Philly tradition, South is the kind of venue that recognizes jazz as a vital staple rather than just another aspect of business. Nestled on a corner in Center City's bustling north side (go figure), the place features ...


February 2018: The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason

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After a January of unusual episodes, the boys are back in the groove for February.

Episode 133 features a wide spread of entries, from Juli Wood's tribute to Finnish folk music Synkka Metsa to the Vienna Art Orchestra's energetic homage Duke Ellington's Sound of Love. Alex Sipiagin's Returning also gets a thorough look-in, along ...


Daniel Meron: This Was Now

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Brooklyn-based pianist Daniel Meron rebels against the sometimes irksome ubiquity of electronic connectedness--smartphones, the internet, social media--with This Was Now, a solo piano recording of jazz standards, popular songs, Great American Songbook tunes, one free improvisation and one Israeli traditional song. He opens with the venerable “Body and Soul," a tune written in 1930, and launched ...


Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

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When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitri√≥n so much that the ...


William Parker: Embracing The Unknown

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His is one of the most distinctive and respected voices on double bass today. William Parker, the tireless composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and poet, is still today omnipresent on the contemporary free jazz scene. What's more, he has been consistently for the last four decades. The William Parker Sessionography: A Work in Progress by Rick Lopez clocks ...


Django: A Film As Much About History and Culture as About A Musical Icon

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Director: √Čtienne Comar
Milky Way

Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) practically invented jazz guitar. A product of gypsy culture and music, living and working in Paris in the 1930s-40s, he and his group, the Hot Club Quintet, which notably included violinist Stephane Grappelli, brought their own brand of swing to the ...