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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Radka Toneff: Fairytales

Read "Fairytales" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Norway's best-selling jazz album ever is also a recording laced with tragedy. Only weeks after its 1982 release, singer Radka Toneff was found dead in the Bygdøy woods, near Oslo. She was aged thirty. The verdict was suicide caused by an overdose of sleeping pills.

Toneff was born in 1952 and by her ...

NEWS: RECORDING

On The Eve Of His 50th Year As A Composer/Entertainer, Indian Icon Bappi Lahiri Delivers Divine Power

On The Eve Of His 50th Year As A Composer/Entertainer, Indian Icon Bappi Lahiri Delivers Divine Power

Los Angeles/Mumbai: With nearly 50 years of songwriting, composition, and performances under his belt, global icon Bappi Lahiri is set to release Divine Power, the most personal, soul-stirring album of his distinguished career. Honoring the deity Krishna with a compelling presentation of Shanti, Om, chanting and vocalizations, Divine Power is a transformational journey nonpareil and one that is setting ...

Lohninger and Fischbacher: Soul Garden

Read "Soul Garden" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Austrian-American musicians Elisabeth Lohninger and Walter Fischbacher have been an integral part of the New York City jazz community for closing in on 20 years. In that time, the creative pair have contributed to the urban musical terrain by running their Lofish Recording Studios until 2015 and releasing a series of well-received recordings. These include: Beneath ...

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Smokey Robinson at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Smokey Robinson
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
October 11, 2015

Smokey Robinson stood at the center of the small revolving stage of the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. It was just him and a lone spotlight, the band situated off-stage in the pit, Robinson, dressed all in white ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Donna Lewis: Brand New Day

Read "Donna Lewis: Brand New Day" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Pop culture's love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic point of view focuses on ...

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Craig Greenberg Band at Joe's Pub

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Craig Greenberg Band
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
August 23, 2014
New York, NY

On his debut as a bandleader at Joe's Pub, singer-songwriter Craig Greenberg took to the stage with his band for a show billed as his “Birthday Show," opening with the original “I'm Coming ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Norm Drubner Woos Listeners On "Love Letters" CD

Norm Drubner's Love Letters is a collection of easy listening love songs with smooth vocals that suit an evening of wooing times. The unforced vocals soothe and make for sophisticated listening. "Love Letters" has lovely piano that sounds so close to Aretha Franklin’s performances, complementary and unobtrusive. The lyrics introduce an effective delivery, each unique yet making ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lenny Pickett with the UMO Jazz Orchestra: The Prescription

Read "The Prescription" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lenny Pickett è stato membro distintivo dei Tower of Power per il decennio 1972-81, direttore musicale della Saturday Night Live Band fino al 1995, collaboratore di David Bowie}}, Elton John, David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz, il gruppo Little Feat e molti altri. Nonostante questo, il sassofonista ha inciso pochissimo a suo nome e questo è appena il ...