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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

Read "Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day
And the month will be May for a while...

I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...

NEWS: EVENT

In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series—New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends To Los Angeles

In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series—New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends To Los Angeles

This month, In Touch Entertainment is launching a monthly vocal-centric jazz program in Los Angeles, a sister to the hugely successful Vocal Mania series started in New York this spring. The first West Coast event, co-hosted by acclaimed vocalists Denise Donatelli and Paulette McWilliams will take place on June 29 and feature jazz singer Kenny Washington. On ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk

Read "Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk" reviewed by Mark Robbins

The Attucks Jazz Series kicked off the 2017-2018 season with bombastic vocalist Nicole Henry backed by John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass and Chuck Redd on drums. Ms. Henry, winner of the Soul Train's “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," presented a varied repertoire including songs by Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers and many jazz ...

Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is another entry in the durable “jazz meets the classics" subgenre with pianist and bandleader Bill Cunliffe leading a large ensemble through a fun program featuring mostly classical works and familiar standards.

The classical adaptations start off with Johann Sebastian Bach's “Sleepers Awake" played with crisp, muscular drive by the band. Cunliffe and trombonist ...

Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, ...

Nadje Noordhuis: Nadje Noordhuis

Read "Nadje Noordhuis" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

On occasion, it is worthwhile to look back on an artist's earlier work--perhaps one that has not been encountered and experienced. In examining Nadje Noordhuis' debut CD, one originally recorded in 2010, there are marvelous new gems to discover and reflections upon which to dwell and meditate.

Nadje Noordhuis is a superbly crafted ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Cunliffe: A Day In the Life

Read "Bill Cunliffe: A Day In the Life" reviewed by Tish Oney

Grammy award-winning arranger and pianist Bill Cunliffe has been on the cutting edge of large ensemble arranging and jazz trio performance for the past few decades. An avid composer, performer, film scorer, educator and author of several jazz piano books (and online workshops), Cunliffe is focusing his creative output these days around a few select projects. ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2016 - The Jazz List

Grammy Winners 2016 - The Jazz List

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards have named their jazz list of 2016 Grammy winners. Improvised Jazz Solo WINNER: “Cherokee," Christian McBride "Giant Steps," Joey Alexander
"Arbiters if Evolution," Donny McCaslin
"Friend or Foe," Joshua Redman
"Past Present," John Scofield Jazz Vocal Album WINNER: For One to Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant Many a New Day: Karrin ...

NEWS: EVENT

"Find A Heart" February 9-13 With 2016 Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Nominee Denise Donatelli

"Find A Heart" February 9-13 With 2016 Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Nominee Denise Donatelli

Denise Donatelli, who garnered her third consecutive GRAMMY Nomination this year in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for her latest recording, Find A Heart, will take us on a “Big Noise/New York” tour of Manhattan with performances at five different jazz venues. Donatelli will perform with her superb band featuring Laurence Hobgood, piano; Lage Lund, ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2016 - The Jazz List

Grammy Nominees 2016 - The Jazz List

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards have named their jazz list of 2016 Grammy nominees.  And the nominees are... Improvised Jazz Solo "Giant Steps," Joey Alexander
"Cherokee," Christian McBride
"Arbiters if Evolution," Donny McCaslin
"Friend or Foe," Joshua Redman
"Past Present," John Scofield Jazz Vocal Album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers ...