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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

Read "New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume

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Mark Morganelli has long been known as a fine trumpet player and a promoter with years of experience in the jny: New York City area dating back to a jazz loft 39 years ago, through booking at the Village Gate, Birdland, morphing into his nonprofit Jazz Forum Arts organization known for the summer concert series he ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Zoller: Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk

Read "Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Younger readers may not believe this, but there was a time when all-Thelonious Monk tribute albums were a rarity. During most of Monk's lifetime, musicians focused on a few of his best-known tunes ("Round Midnight" was--and remains-- the obvious favorite). But then Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, and other champions of Monk began to devote whole albums ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound

Read "Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

What is it that drives Walt Weiskopf? It's all about the music, all about the sound.

He's reached a large audience in ten years of touring with Steely Dan. He's written a half dozen books on jazz improvisation techniques and methods, and he's taught at the Eastman School of Music, Temple University and New ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

Hey, George Frazier--I’m 10 Years Old Over Here

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I went a little crazy when I discovered jazz as an 8-year-old kid. I already played trumpet in the school band, but none of that music swung. My ears begged for something with more energy and urgency. The family record collection was of little help. We owned precisely five albums, the jazziest of which was Herb ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective
Thomas W. Jacobsen
208 Pages
ISBN: 0807156981
LSU Press
2014

This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue).

Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Super Bowl's Jazzy Halftimes

Super Bowl's Jazzy Halftimes

Yesterday's Super Bowl was amazing—perhaps the most astonishing finish in NFL history. But the halftime show was a bit of a disappointment. A little too playful and silly for me, and not nearly enough intensity or drama. Which reminded me that in the beginning, the Super Bowl halftime show was a modest jazzy affair. The turning ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974

Read "The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969 -1974
Edward Allan Faine
229 Pages
ISBN: #9780985795245
IM Press
2014

There is something puzzling and curious about a book documenting jazz performances at the White House specifically during the Nixon Administration. A thoroughly divisive historical figure, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Jazz Bridge"Jazz At The Center,” First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series In Cheltenham Presents Ed Wise And His New Orleans Jazz Band

The Jazz Bridge “Jazz at the Center,” First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—presents bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band on Wednesday, December 3. One show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: ...

NEWS: RECORDING

'Getz/Gilberto' Turns 50

'Getz/Gilberto' Turns 50

In early 1963, the bossa nova was still a novelty in the U.S.—something like “cha-cha-cha lite." Yes, a year earlier Stan Getz had released Jazz Samba—which became a hit album with a hit single, Desafinado—and Dave Brubeck had released Bossa Nova USA. But both albums were really jazz interpretations of the real thing being recorded with ...