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ARTICLE: RADIO

Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds

Read "Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz--the quintessential open door genre--has a capacity to beautifully integrate all kinds of sources. From music from faraway places to compositions written and instruments used for completely different genres. When it comes to the human voice, jazz has shown an uncanny openness to its endless possibilities finding a musical role for all sorts of non verbal ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley decided, according to the liner notes, to make his twenty-first recording an all-covers collection. The title of the recording, he writes, comes from his thought that if “literature" connotes a body of work in classical music, then why not in jazz as well--and so he's collected a dozen of the songs that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Swingadelic: Mercerville

Read "Mercerville" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swingadelic loves a good tribute. This little big band's first date for Zoho was all about Duke--Pearson, not Ellington--and its second set on that imprint focused on the music of New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint. Now the group has set its sights on another singular figure, taking a trip to Johnny Mercer country with positive results. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca"

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice  Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca"

Celebrates With One Night Only
Performance New York City’s Birdland
June 4th, 2017/6 PM
315 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
212-581-3080 On her debut recording Italiana Fresca, scheduled for release on May 19, 2017, sultry songstress Vanessa Racci takes a fresh approach to classic pop, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Davies Big Band: The Expensive Train Set

Read "The Expensive Train Set" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tim Davies, who led a big band in his native Australia before relocating to Los Angeles in 2000, reprises that experience on parts of The Expensive Train Set, returning home to supervise his Melbourne ensemble on four selections, presiding over his Los Angeles-based band on four others, and somehow managing to blend the two groups together ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Cheerin' Up The Universe," New CD By Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill, Due For Sept. 4 Release By Accurate Records

"Cheerin' Up The Universe," New CD By Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill, Due For Sept. 4 Release By Accurate Records

Trumpeter/vocalist Bob Merrill has had an amazingly varied career in and around music—mentored by his late father-in-law Joe Bushkin, Jaki Byard, and Red Rodney; starting and operating Hip Pocket Recording Studios in jny: New York City; and recording as a leader himself. Cheerin’ Up the Universe, his new CD and fourth to date, is being released ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience

Read "Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience
Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter
384 Pages
ISBN: #978-1-60461-089-5
Bella Musica Publishing
2015

In this meticulously researched and anecdote-included work, authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter present a truly fascinating perspective on both the history ...

Danny Bacher at the Metropolitan Room on June 16, 25, 26, 28

Danny Bacher at the Metropolitan Room on June 16, 25, 26, 28

Upcoming Debut CD Swing That Music! Advance EP features: Warren Vache, Bill Goodwin, Ray Drummond, Howard Alden, Houston Person & Cyrille Aimee! Danny Bacher - vocals, soprano sax
Jason Teborek - piano
Dean Johnson - bass
Tim Horner - drums
Warren Vache - cornet
Jay Rodriguez - tenor sax ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

A book by Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter. Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Louie Bellson, Lennie Tristano, Tony Bennett, Buddy DeFranco, Flip Phillips, and Joe Lovano: These are just some of the hundreds of musicians of Italian descent whose talents have enriched jazz. Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica is more than just a book about jazz. From ...