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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit

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Columbus, Ohio native Tony Monaco is primed and ready to place jazz organ in a whole new spotlight. Although he has been a playing musician for most of his life, it has been during the past sixteen years that he has made the biggest strides as an artist. A gifted educator with a unique approach to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Kocour: Spiffy

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Spiffy is the third album as leader this year (2015) for pianist Michael Kocour who has chosen the occasion to set aside the piano in favor of a Hammond B3 organ. It proves to be an auspicious choice, as does his decision to work as part of a quartet. Kocour's sidemen (saxophonist Eric Schneider, guitarist Bruce ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Kocour: Spiffy

Read "Spiffy" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Though a soulful swing-to-bop ethos reminiscent of the popular organ combos of the mid-to-late twentieth century is evident throughout, at its core Spiffy speaks to the malleability and open-endedness of the standard elements of jazz performance. Michael Kocour is the leader of the date, but the record's triumph is collective in nature. It's difficult to imagine ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Michael Kocour

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Meet Michael Kocour:
Michael Kocour is a jazz pianist, organist and composer. He also serves as Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz," Kocour has performed at venues around the world and has been ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Kocour: Spiffy

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Keyboardist Michael Kocour revisits his Hammond B3 organ roots in this collection of hard-swinging tunes presented in the tradition of jazz organ legends such as Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and Don Patterson. McDuff in particular is a stylistic mentor: Kocour met him during his college years while attending the renowned jazz program at the University of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

By John Wesley Reed Jr. Nora Francesca Germain was born 1991 in jny: Madison, Wisconsin. Now based in jny: Los Angeles with a BA in Jazz Studies from USC Thornton School of Music, she was the first violinist alumna of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Mentor and collaborator Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley Horn, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort

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37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party
Scottsdale Hilton Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona
March 22-23, 2014

An A-team of East Coast, West Coast and Arizona musicians played a mix of swing and bebop sounds in 14 jam-session-style sets at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party.

A special element at this party ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Nora Germain

Read "Take Five With Nora Germain" reviewed by Nora Germain

Meet Nora Germain:

I am a 22-year-old jazz violinist living in Los Angeles. My parents were classical violinists in the Madison Symphony in Madison, Wisconsin, so I was raised with classical music. When I was 16, I went to Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California and met bassist Marshall Hawkins. Right then I decided to ...