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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

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The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones.

Yazz Ahmed
Polyhymnia
Ropeadope

The eagerly ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Just You, the Secret Service and Me - Celebrating Johnny Mercer

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Besides a celebration of songs by Johnny Mercer, the broadcast includes new releases from pianist Andrea Petrity, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Karrin Allyson, Sonia Johnson, and the latest project from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington+Social Science plus more birthday shout outs to bassist Jen Hodge, vocalists Janet Lawson, Holli Ross, LaVern Baker, Ernestine Anderson, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vilnius Jazz 2019

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Vilnius Jazz 2019
Russian Drama Theatre
jny:Vilnius, Lithuania
October 16-20, 2019

Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Randy Brecker & Ada Rovatti: Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond

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Jackie and Roy Krall, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Marian and Jimmy McParland--all musically fruitful jazz marriages. The progression continues with Sacred Bond from trumpeter, Randy Brecker and saxophonist spouse Ada Rovatti. In some of the aforementioned cases, specifically Jackie and Roy, the duo are stylistically tied at the hip. Here, the respective styles of Brecker ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Respect to Aretha at Barbican Hall

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Nona Hendryx, Bettye LaVette, José James, Alice Russell, Zara McFarlane, Antibalas
Barbican Hall
Respect to Aretha
London
September 12, 2019

Great artists deserve posthumous tributes worthy of their talent--and sometimes they get them. So far, Aretha Franklin, who passed in 2018, is doing well. The long-delayed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jazzmeia Horn: Love & Liberation

Read "Love & Liberation" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's a big step for any singer, the move from interpreter of jazz standards to songwriter. And when you've been Grammy-nominated for a debut album of covers, as Jazzmeia Horn was with A Social Call (Prestige, 2017), the temptation must be to carry on in the same vein. Horn, however, clearly has greater ambition, as the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

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Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest
Various Venues
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 10-13, 2019

One of the best things about Copenhagen Jazz Festival is that it is not just one festival, but many festivals in one. During the festival, each corner of the city is filled with music. It ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan
The NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
June 28, 2019

Most musicians would dream about having the type of career that Michael McDonald has enjoyed. McDonald's career had been long and storied. In the early '70s he was a member of Steely Dan's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
June 27, 2019

Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and ...

Take Five With Greg Burk

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About Greg Burk

Following his acclaimed 2016 release Clean Spring on SteepleChase Records, American pianist and composer Greg Burk returns with solo piano As A River--his 12th and most lyrical album to date.

The son of classical musicians, Burk spent his formative years on the jny: Detroit jazz scene, followed by studies ...