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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
June 25-27, 2019

The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

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From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

I nuovi progetti di Miho Hazama

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È da mezzo secolo, ovvero dai tempi Toshiko Akiyoshi, che dal Giappone non emergeva una bandleader così talentuosa. A soli 33 anni Miho brucia letteralmente le tappe: presenta il terzo disco a capo del suo collettivo M_Unit Dancer in Nowhere e, quasi in contemporanea e sempre per la Sunnyside Records, la sua personale rilettura dei classici ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

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In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 2: Osaka & the Eri Yamamoto Connection

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Part 1 | Part 2

In Part 1 of Big in Japan we looked at the early history of jazz music in that country--a history that dates back to the same time frame as the Jazz Age in the United States. The influence of American dance music was indisputable but it came to Japan ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics

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Tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon is best known for his long tenure with Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK), beginning with This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records, 2008) and through the majority of that group's releases up to 2017's Loafer's Hollow. But along the way to Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics, he has accumulated an eclectic ...

How the Other Half Swings

Read "How the Other Half Swings" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there has been a frequent criticism of the Genius Guide, besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the hell I'm going on about most of the time, it would be that I have largely ignored the contributions of women to Our Music. One would think, from the body of my work to this ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band, Thelonious Monk

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Welcome to our monthly look at what's happening on the Jazz Bastard podcast! November is packed, so let's get to it:

Episode 127 (live November 1, 2017) looks at the early career of pianist Geri Allen, who died June 27 of this year. Neither of us had listened extensively to her recordings before, so ...