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ARTICLE: RADIO

Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jo and Rosey: Two New CDs

Jo and Rosey: Two New CDs

Back in the 1950s, pop singers played a vital role in the fabric of our society. Unlike today, where many pop stars leverage dark fantasies and disturbing psychological dramas in songs to connect with audiences, singers 60 years ago were songbirds of the American Dream. They were relentlessly cheery and upbeat, and in the process lifted ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Garry Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts," on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Porter, 1993). Their latest, Rediscovered Ellington, is of course an ...

The Mica Bethea Big Band: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A young composer from Jacksonville, Florida, Mica Bethea shows an impressive command of big band writing and arranging on this set. Traces of all the usual modern large ensemble influences can be heard in his work, but he also brings his own ideas to the table and creates something fresh and energetic.

This is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

Read "David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca"

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice  Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca"

Celebrates With One Night Only
Performance New York City’s Birdland
June 4th, 2017/6 PM
315 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
212-581-3080 On her debut recording Italiana Fresca, scheduled for release on May 19, 2017, sultry songstress Vanessa Racci takes a fresh approach to classic pop, ...

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Recent And Upcoming ECM Releases: April - June 2017

Recent And Upcoming ECM Releases: April - June 2017

Look for these recent or upcoming releases on ECM Records. Aaron Parks
Find the Way Aaron Parks: piano, Ben Street: double bass, Billy Hart: drums. For the second ECM album by Aaron Parks—following the solo release Aborescence, which JazzTimes praised as “expansive, impressionistic… like a vision quest”—the prize-winning pianist has convened a cross-generational trio featuring bassist Ben ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kristin Korb: Beyond The Moon

Read "Beyond The Moon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While Johnny Mercer's place in history has been acknowledged time and again, album-length tributes to the legendary lyricist, songwriter, vocalist, and Capitol Records founder aren't as common as you might think. Yes, there are gems in that category (and/or compilations) from vocal icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney; oddities that fit ...

Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Hong Kong

Read "Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Hong Kong" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Most guides to Hong Kong list the genre melding Fringe and Bert's and the loungish Blue Room among the city's jazz venues. Very few mention “Ned Kelly's Last Stand." The oldest Hong Kong pub has presented live music sessions from the start. Among those who have graced its stage include vocalist Rosemary Clooney, saxophonist Charlie Barnet ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Half-Dozen Rosemary Clooneys

Half-Dozen Rosemary Clooneys

Rosemary Clooney was a bandleader's singer. On record, she could swing, she had intonation and she sounded extraordinarily relaxed and comfortable with herself, which is partly why Bing Crosby loved her so much. The other part is she seemed fun to be around. But it was on television where the rest of the nation fell in ...