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ARTICLE: RADIO

That Special Time of Year

Read "That Special Time of Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast gets into the swing of the season, which includes holiday releases by Duchess and Laura Dickinson plus a new recording by pianist Kelly Green, with birthday shout outs to Gloria Lynne, Etta Jones, Arthur Schwartz, Johnny Mandel, June Christy and Hoagy Carmichael, among others.

Playlist Geri Allen “In Appreciation" from Geri Allen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

'Tis the season. Just ask Jazz At The Ballroom. That Bay Area-based non-profit arts organization is making spirits bright with this collection of music showcasing top-flight artists who've appeared in its concerts. Everybody from the illustrious Freddy Cole to the supremely suave Nicki Parrott to the bright-eyed Champian Fulton gets in on the action. Good vibes ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Notable and Nearly Missed 2015

Read "Notable and Nearly Missed 2015" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

John Petrucelli Quintet--The Way (Self Produced, 2014). New Jersey-native saxophonist John Petrucelli is an ambitious young man releasing his debut recording, The Way, as a two-CD set. The eleven selections presented are divided roughly in half, original compositions to standards. Petrucelli's quintet contains both a guitar and piano as harmony instruments, providing a fully-realized foundation for ...

Jazz Vocals June

Read "Jazz Vocals June" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Andrea Balducci
Bloom
Schema
2012

Italian vocalist Andrea Balducci is so earnestly hip and so perfectly coiffed (he is a lawyer, after all) he is almost a metaphor: a talented metaphor. His debut recording, Bloom is equally hip and coiffed as the singer himself. With a keen ear ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Gang: Kat Gang

Read "Kat Gang" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Kat Gang must have been thinking of the old show business adage, “always leave them wanting more," when she conceived of and recorded this four-song EP; this sub-sixteen-minute musical appetizer whets the appetite, as Gang inhabits each song with a world-wise voice and delivery, and certainly leaves room for a larger portion to fill the ...

Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

Read "Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dartstadter Big Band

Kentomania

Self Published

2010

Of all the recorded tributes to the legendary Stan Kenton released during the centennial of his birth (2011), the Darmstadter Big Band's Kentomania (it's spelled that way on the jacket cover and disc) is unequaled for one reason alone: it has former Kenton ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jane Scheckter: Easy To Remember

Read "Easy To Remember" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Music from The Great American Songbook is getting quite a workout these days, with more musicians and singers spinning their renditions of old standards and classics than ever before. On the stellar Easy To Remember, jazz-cabaret singer Jane Scheckter taps into the well, lending her interpretations to songs from this repertoire with an all-star cast of ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Golden Rings for Christmas

Read "Five Golden Rings for Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The 2011 holidays are nearly upon us and with them, the requisite focused recordings. The number of such offerings has diminished in the last number of years. What has not diminished is the quality of the recordings, as evidenced by these five “golden rings."

Happy holidays, jazz fans.

Elisabeth Lohninger Band

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Carlton: Plays The Sound of Philadelphia

Read "Plays The Sound of Philadelphia" reviewed by John Kelman

Regardless of context, guitarist Larry Carlton has built a reputation as one of the tastiest guitarists around, whether he's supporting singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, jazz/pop hybrid Steely Dan or soulful jazz/funksters The Crusaders. His own records, while always accessible--at times, crossing the line into smooth jazz territory--demonstrate a distinctive blend of sweet and gritty tone, bluesy soulfulness, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tony DeSare Finding the Mercer That Suits Him Best

Imagine youre in Johnny Mercers hometown, Savannah, Ga. It is spring 1952, buds are budding, and you can hear train whistles in the distance.

That is how the singer and pianist Tony DeSare, a baby Sinatra, set the scene for his reverent centennial tribute, Mercer, Moon River and Me, at the Oak Room of the Algonquin ...