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Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero

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German-born and US-based pianist, author and composer Monika Herzig released her most accomplished work to date the sublime Sheroes in March of 2018. This cohesive album is a celebration of women in music and particularly jazz, on it Herzig's group of women instrumentalists stimulatingly interpret several originals and two covers. Herzig has a doctorate in music ...

Monika Herzig: Sheroes

Read "Sheroes" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist and composer Monika Herzig pays tribute to women in jazz, on her captivating Sheroes. The artistically superlative, all-female band explores various cadences, harmonies and moods on this exquisite album, all the while deftly maintaining thematic unity.

Eight of the tracks are originals by ensemble members, and two are Herzig-arranged covers. These are the ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

Read "Randy Brecker:  Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ada Rovatti: Disguise

Read "Disguise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

An initial spin of saxophonist Ada Rovatti's Disguise says she hasn't lost a step since 2009's The Green Factor (Piloo Records). There's still the judicious funk grooves, the tight arrangements, and catchy and distinctive melodies that make for an engaging and edifying listening experience. And she's still a wonderfully soulful saxophonist.

These are quintet, ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

The Brecker Brothers: Heavy Metal Bebop

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The Brecker Brothers
Heavy Metal Bebop
Arista
1978

While artists more often than not look for an album title that in some way reflects the music contained within, few have come up with a name that, in three simple words, says it all as much as today's Rediscovery: The Brecker Brothers' Heavy Metal Bebop. ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Final Lineup Announced For 10th Annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

Oct. 10-19 Festival Presents Wide-Ranging Program, with Jazz Prodigy, Documentary Film, National and Local Performers PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced the final lineup for the tenth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Oct. 10-19, 2014 throughout the City’s Upstreet Cultural District. A signature cultural event of the fall foliage season in western Massachusetts, the music spans the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New CD From Vocalist Carmen Lundy, ‘soul To Soul’ Set For Release September 23

New CD From Vocalist Carmen Lundy, ‘soul To Soul’ Set For Release September 23

A Myriad Of Special Guests Including Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Warren Wolf And More Los Angeles, CA. - “Soul To Soul,” a passionate new song cycle from vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician Carmen Lundy, is set for release September 23rd, 2014 via Afrasia Productions. “Soul To Soul”, Lundy’s 14th album, is the ...

NEWS: WEBSITE

All About Jazz Launches Three New Advertising Services: Video of the Day, Soundcloud Player of the Week and Big Bopper

All About Jazz Launches Three New Advertising Services: Video of the Day, Soundcloud Player of the Week and Big Bopper

All About Jazz has developed three highly effective advertising opportunities by leveraging YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter and its tremendous website reach. Video of the Day Presented at the very top of media.allaboutjazz.com (and stretching 1,000 pixels wide, an advertiser's video is featured for one day on the media home page, on the All About Jazz home page (to ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: A Fusion Legacy

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On stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland last July, the ubiquitous trumpeter Randy Brecker lowered his horn after playing two joyous and funky numbers on the stage that is one of the festivals largest venues, serving as a hockey arena during the appropriate season. There were throngs of people, sitting and standing, gleefully ...