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Club d'Elf: Live at Club Helsinki

Read "Live at Club Helsinki" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Club d'Elf and their sprawling live records present a unique challenge to folks who write about them. This double Live at Club Helsinki set reveals every modern style and multiple Moroccan rhythms (except for opera and bluegrass--maybe). But often we want so much to relate or explain these sounds, and there's so much going on in ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

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Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Booker T. Jones at Yoshi's

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Booker T. Jones
Yoshi's
Oakland CA
February 6, 2016

The esteemed Booker T. Jones and his band performed in front of a sold out house at Yoshi's in Oakland. He presented a set of Booker T. & the MGs vintage originals mixed in with some popular songs from artists he has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz à Juan 2014

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54th Jazz à Juan
Juan-les-Pins, Antibes
France

On the sunny Côte d'Azur, Juan-les-Pins offers a jazz festival every year by mixing all-stars bands, and daring to take risks in offering new artists not exclusively from the jazz sphere. Jazz à Juan (Jazz in Juan) is first of all a wonderful site, ...

Jazz Quanta May

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Oran Etkin
Gathering Light
Motema
2014

Multi-reedist Oran Etkin gathers his scattered points of inspiration from the whole of the Eastern Hemisphere and a good bit of the Western one. Etkin's main horn is the bass clarinet...not completely unheard of, Eric Dolphy played a mean one, but one ...

NEWS: EVENT

Booker T Jones And Sol Roots Perform At The Hamilton In DC

Soul music legend Booker T Jones performs Friday February 21 at The Hamilton! Funky guitarist and soulful singer, Sol Roots opens the show! It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity.  On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

JJ Grey & Mofro Celebrate New Release with Live Performance in Philadelphia

Down-home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey and his band Mofro will celebrate the release of his first-ever live DVD/CD two-disc set, Brighter Days, with a live performance at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Friday, January 27, 2012. The 78-minute CD and 2-hour DVD were recorded at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse in January 2011. Both as ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Booker T. Jones

Interview: Booker T. Jones

Not sure who Booker T. Jones is? If I took away “Jones," would that help? Yep, he's that Booker T. In today's Wall Street Journal (go here), I interview Booker T. of Booker T. & the M.G.'s about his new solo album, The Road From Memphis, as well as a range of other topics. [Photo by ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Booker T. Jones Tours with a New Album That Breaks the Mold

For about three seconds, Booker T. Jones' new album, Potato Hole, is exactly what you'd expect.

"Pound It Out," the opening track, begins with the unaccompanied notes of a Hammond organ, an instrument whose quavering sound was integral to the records Jones made in the 1960s, both as part of Booker T & the MGs and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Bon Jovi Set for First Jazz Fest Appearance New Orleans

Bon Jovi Set for First Jazz Fest Appearance New Orleans

Bon Jovi has been added to the lineup of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this spring. The rock act will make its first appearance at the festival on May 2.

Bon Jovi joins previously announced performers Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, ...