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Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harold Mabern: Mr. Lucky

Read "Mr. Lucky" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Harold Mabern brings his happy, blues-oriented piano to bear on this upbeat homage to the great entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Of the nine songs on the album, only two--Mabern's buoyant original, “Soft Shoe Trainin' with Sammy," and Henry Mancini's title tune--weren't closely associated with Davis. On the other hand, Mr. Lucky seems a rather peculiar name ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Lifeforce Jazz to Release James Leary New CD Release

Lifeforce Jazz to Release James Leary New CD Release

On Tuesday May 8th, 2012 Lifeforce Jazz releases a stellar CD of original compositions and arrangements, Together by James Leary, recorded in two outstanding recording sessions. After years with the Count Basie Orchestra winning two Grammy's along the way, Sammy Davis Jr. Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach, Randy Weston, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few James Leary ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jacqui Dankworth: I Can't Help Pouring My Heart Out

Read "Jacqui Dankworth: I Can't Help Pouring My Heart Out" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jacqui Dankworth is one of Britain's finest singers; a strikingly effective interpreter of lyrics blessed with a superb voice and the talent to delve deep into the emotional heart of a song. Whether it's nature or nurture, it's not too surprising that the daughter of Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine should have developed such ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival September 16 - 18

The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, three-time winner of the JazzTimes Readers poll for “World's Best Jazz Festival" takes place September 16 to September 18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds, home to the Festival for 54 consecutive years. Described as “a cultural colossus" by the San Jose Mercury News and “a mecca for true jazz fans" by the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Al Harrison and his Dixieland Band Plays Mardi Gras for Musicians Benefit at the Collingswood Community Center on March 8th

Trumpeter Al Harrison and his Dixieland Band will be playing a benefit concert “Mardi Gras For Musicians!" at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave., Collingswood, NJ, on Fat Tuesday, March 8th to raise money for two local nonprofits that bring music to the Greater Philadelphia Metro area (the Tri-State Jazz Society and Regol Concerts) ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chuck Anderson: Philadelphia Ace

Read "Chuck Anderson: Philadelphia Ace" reviewed by Ed Benson

[Editor's Note] Chicago-born but long associated with the Philadelphia scene, Chuck Anderson is one of the many guitarists working in jazz who deserves greater recognition. With ten CDs to his name, Anderson has authored over a dozen instructional books, and maintains a busy teaching and consulting business. The developer of the Neo Classical Style of guitar ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

As Sammy Davis Jr's Star Imploded

Deconstructing Sammy A fascinating look at the life of Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr. was the epitome of the artist as brilliant naif, blazing as he collapses into a cold, dark star, a posthumous object best described (considering Sammy's diminutive stature and gargantuan talent) as a giant dwarf, a fate understood most clearly by those ...