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The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

Read "The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991" reviewed by John Kelman

There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Sancious: From Monk to Sting

Read "David Sancious: From Monk to Sting" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

David Sancious is one of the most sought-after and sophisticated sidemen in the world of popular music. He has collaborated with the likes of Sting and Peter Gabriel and has been a member of the original E-Street Band led by Bruce Springsteen, not to mention countless gigs with superstars such as Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and ...

Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

Read "Public Access / Headline / Crossings" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Sancious: da Monk a Sting

Read "David Sancious: da Monk a Sting" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Al fianco di Sting e Peter Gabriel, membro del primo nucleo della futura E--Street Band con Bruce Springsteen, senza contare la miriade di collaborazioni accanto a giganti come Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton e Santana. David Sancious è uno dei sideman più apprezzati e raffinati, un polistrumentista che --fra un disco e un tour mondiale --ha trovato ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nnenna Freelan With The Charleston Jazz Orchestra at Charleston Music Hall

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Nnenna Freelon with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC
January 18, 2018

If you were expecting fireworks and bombastic performances of favorite pop tunes, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon might have disappointed you in her Charleston debut last Friday night at the Charleston Music Hall. But if your ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr

Read "Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cheryl Bentyne
Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim
Artist Share Records
2017

Sometimes, a gathering of our better angels happens, resulting in an exceptional event. In the present case, these better angels are: post-bop jazz, jazz arrangement, Stephen Sondheim and the irrepressible Cheryl Bentyne. All of these elements are ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk

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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Troels Jensen and The Healers feat. Miriam Mandipira: My Love

Read "My Love" reviewed by Chris Mosey

After studying music in her native Zimbabwe, Miriam Mandipira moved from that unhappy country, first to South Africa, then 10 years ago to Denmark. Here she became a mainstay of the local blues scene. Her influences, she said, were Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith but she sounded more like Aretha Franklin and Randy Crawford and still ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay At Yoshi's

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Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay
Yoshi's Oakland
Post Eclipse Party
Oakland, CA
September 1, 2017

Powerhouse band Tortilla Soup lit up Yoshi's Oakland with their savory blend of soul, R&B, funk, Latin rock, and salsa along with special guest vocalist Tony Lindsay of Santana fame.

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Videos: Back Women Cross Over

Videos: Back Women Cross Over

African-American women came into their own in the early 1960s as solo pop singers. Long pegged as jazz or R&B recording artists in the '50s or members of girl groups in the early '60s, African-American women began to cross over to the pop charts thanks largely to exposure on major record labels, runs at supper clubs ...