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ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?

Read "A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been around as a musician long enough to understand when a promoter or booker ghosts me. “Yeah, sure, send me an email," they say in that sincere way that sounds like someone saying, “Of course I love you" just to shut you up. It comes with the territory, and a musician has to be Zen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Hempton: Night Owl

Read "Night Owl" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If jazz belongs to a single breed of believers, it would have to go to the night owls. Those loyalists who live a nocturnal existence—the listeners. sitting at the bar while they drink in their surroundings, and the performers, playing into the wee small hours in basement hideaways—are the heartbeat of this music, and saxophonist Nick ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Daniel Freedman, Omer Avital & Peter Bernstein: The Essence of NYC's Jazz

Read "Daniel Freedman, Omer Avital & Peter Bernstein: The Essence of NYC's Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Daniel Freedman's Trio featuring Omer Avital and Peter Bernstein embodies all that is great about jazz in New York: the connection to a rich history and the desire not to be bound by it, transcending rigid stylistic categories while drawing inspiration from the many cultural traditions that make this city so vibrant.

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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rachelle Garniez: Swimming Pool Blue

Read "Swimming Pool Blue" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Tutto vero, non ci nascondiamo dietro un dito: per molti ascoltare la Rachelle Garniez di questo sobrissimo e super-elegante Swimming Pool Blue, potrà sembrare una operazione di pura nostalgia per i bei tempi andati del jazz cantato al femminile, un album nato dalla e per la voglia di regalarsi ancora una volta una seduta discreta e ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrés Vial: Sphereology Volume One

Read "Sphereology Volume One" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Pianist Andres Vial has been working on this Sphereology project since 2005, when he organized a Thelonious Monk music festival in his Montreal hometown. “My band played four nights of Monk's music there," he recalls. “I transcribed about fifty of his tunes for those gigs, and the festival ran for four years."

“Even though ...

Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

Read "Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hip Spanic All-Stars
Old-School Revolution
Self-Produced
2018

If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

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"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Humanity Quartet: Humanity

Read "Humanity" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This release is from four veteran, first-call jazz instrumentalists who are all concerned about the worldwide loss of humanity (hence, the title of both the quartet and the CD), and wanted to demonstrate what can happen when grown-ups truly connect. As co-producer, bassist, and composer Sean Smith explains in his articulate and passionate liners, ..."the Humanity ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Humanity Quartet: Humanity

Read "Humanity" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Music with a message? With a name like the Humanity Quartet and a CD titled Humanity, one might certainly presume no less. Music designed to help save the world from itself? Well, that's an exceedingly tall order. The Humanity Quartet, bassist Sean Smith writes, was indeed created with such a lofty goal in mind, “recognizing the ...