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Jay Leonhart: Don't You Wish

Read "Don't You Wish" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

After experimenting with other instruments, a phase described in the title track, “Don't You Wish," Jay Leonhart locked onto the bass at the age of 13. Later inspired and mentored by the legendary Ray Brown, he began his stellar career which included playing with icons Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Missing Iconic Photo of Carmen McRae Found and Restored

Missing Iconic Photo of Carmen McRae Found and Restored

The photo sat in an antique frame in the subject's guest room in Beverly Hills, California. Canadian author Robert Joseph Greene recalls how mesmerized he was by it. “The technique, the pose, and her whole persona. It really encompassed how I visualized my cousin singing," said Greene. Greene had just graduated from the University of San ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea
The Music of Thelonious Monk
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
April 8, 2018

In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Camille Bertault: Unity in Diversity

Read "Camille Bertault: Unity in Diversity" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On her striking new album, Pas de géant ["Giant Steps" in French -Ed.], Camille Bertault confirms all the qualities that her debut release, En Vie, had showcased three years ago. For her sophomore release, the French singer doubles down with an eclectic repertoire, a stellar line-up and the production and arrangements written by Michael Leonhart with ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018

Read "Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As he approached the age of ninety, Cecil Taylor could be excused for some of his indulgences. Still highly opinionated on a range of subjects; still chain smoking, still harboring old resentments, and so on. For a man from whom new ideas sprang constantly and effortlessly, Taylor could get stuck in real-world dramas. He had a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Pat Martino Quintet
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
March 31, 2018

Legendary guitarist Pat Martino has recently made it a point of periodically performing at Chris' Jazz Café in his home town of Philadelphia. The management welcomes it because he has a large fan base and plays ...

Matthew Shipp: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There has always been a connection between Thelonious Monk and Matthew Shipp, just not in the music they play. Monk, a student of Harlem stride piano, was present at the birth of bebop. Shipp, born in 1960, has always been associated with the avant-garde, free jazz and improvisation. The connection between the two pianists is their ...

Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Timeline

Read "Timeline" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This album by the Brubeck Brothers--led by Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck--commemorates the 60th anniversary of “President Eisenhower's Special International Program for Cultural Presentations," the 1958 State department tour in which prominent jazz musicians traveled to 14 countries to give 80 concerts in 90 days. This grueling schedule was endured by ...

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

Read "Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

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 ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody

Read "Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

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, ...