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Meet Davis Wilson

Read "Meet Davis Wilson" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Jeopardy contestant, amateur pianist, dance teacher, actor, sailor, postal worker, our July Super Fan has lived all over the place and done it all. Now based in St. Paul, Minnesota, he met “zillions of artists" as keeper of the flame at the old Artists' Quarter jazz club. But he stumbled upon one of the most memorable ...

John Beasley: Monk'estra, Vol. 2

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Dopo il primo volume (Monk'estra vol.1, Mack Avenue 2016), John Beasley amplia l'organico e invita nuovi ospiti per un'altra rivisitazione del pianeta Monk. Galvanizzato dalle ottime accoglienze del debutto, il bandleader presenta nuovi estrosi arrangiamenti dal classico songbook del pianista. In effetti il vocabolario orchestrale monkiano รจ quasi tutto da costruire se si eccettuano i progetti ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Neil Slater: Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas

Read "Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1942, a University of North Texas graduate music student, M. E. Hall, was asked to teach dance band arranging to two students, an activity that led to his thesis on a closely related topic. That thesis developed into the foundation of the school's jazz curriculum. Years later, Hall helped launch the jazz program which included ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Nuove Orchestre Alla Ribalta

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Da anni non si vedevano all'opera tanti nuovi ensemble, sia negli Stati Uniti che in Europa. Le cinque formazioni che presentiamo spaziano da quella giovanile come l'italiana New Talents Jazz Orchestra guidata da Mario Corvini (Extempora) alla big band di John Beasley ricca di stelle (Monk'estra -Vol. 1); dai progetti norvegesi del pianista Rune Klakegg (Fjon) ...

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

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Mingus Big Band
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration At Jazz Standard Monday April 24, 2017

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration At Jazz Standard Monday April 24, 2017

On Monday, April 24th, the Charles Mingus Institute and the Jazz Standard will join forces to celebrate the life and work of one of the most important figures in twentieth century American music: accomplished composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. In honor of what would be his 95th birthday, the event will showcase Mingus classics as well as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joel LaRue Smith: The Motorman's Son

Read "The Motorman's Son" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The impact that parents can have on their children is absolutely incalculable. They're responsible for rearing and guiding, instilling and imprinting a series of attitudes and virtues on what essentially amounts to a human blank slate. Their acts inspire the actions and beliefs that come to largely define their progeny. That's an idea that pianist Joel ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

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The Cookers
Birdland
New York, NY
September 15, 2016

The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in ...

Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters

Read "Colors for the Masters" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to the contemporary trombone artists, there are two schools of exploration. Steve Turre is an advocate of the more melodic school of which elder champions include Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson. The more ebullient and bop-inflected side of things has its greatest proponent in Conrad Herwig. No one method should be considered the ...