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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ruby Rushton: Ironside

Read "Ironside" reviewed by Don Phipps

Ruby Rushton's Ironside is like a trip back to the jazz of Dave Grusin's late 1980s film soundtrack The Fabulous Baker Boys. Hard driving bop, the music bubbles along with syncopated riffs and upbeat, energetic shuffles interlaced with soulful intervals.

Woodwind player Edward Cawthorne penned six of the tunes, keyboardist Aidan Shepherd penned two ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

Read "The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Summer City

Read "Summer City" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This Summer in the City broadcast includes new releases from bassist Marlene Rosenberg, vocalists Greta Matassa and Rosana Ekert, the Akiko/Hamilton/Dechter Trio and the Wayne Wallace Jazz Quartet, with birthday shout outs to Dave Grusin, vocalists Madeline Eastman, Tierney Sutton, Lena Horne and harpist Brandee Younger, among others.

Playlist Jennifer Wharton “The Year of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

Read "WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!].

Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Basie Summer Jazz Fest 2018 Set For June 2-3 In Red Bank, NJ

Basie Summer Jazz Fest 2018 Set For June 2-3 In Red Bank, NJ

The historic Count Basie Theatre, the state’s top-selling performing arts theater and the namesake of jazz great William J. “Count” Basie, has announced its second-ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest, starring Michael Franks, Lee Ritenour + Dave Grusin, Bob James Trio and Lizz Wright on Saturday, June 2, plus Snarky Puppy, Esperanza Spalding and Moonchild on Sunday, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Tasty Tunes

Read "Tasty Tunes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tasty Tunes is the fifth CD by Ira B. Liss' stalwart San Diego-based Jazz Machine, which was formed almost forty years ago, in 1979--a span that, when reckoned in big-band years, is much closer to a century or more. While other bands have come and gone the Jazz Machine has adamantly stayed the course, presenting dynamic ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Stuttgart Jazz Open 2017

Read "Stuttgart Jazz Open 2017" reviewed by Jean-Francois Kalka

Over the course of ten days, the Stuttgart Jazz Open (SJO) played host to 40 performances across six venues, in and across greater Stuttgart. An outstanding cast of performers from the likes of Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, Lee Ritenour, to the young and talented Isabella Lundgren, recognized by the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma

Read "Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin
Forum Music Village
Live Session e Masterclass
Roma
26-27.03.2017

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin, forti di una collaborazione che dura da oltre 40 anni, sono due dei musicisti più direttamente legati alla musica fusion, genere che ha imperversato per almeno due decenni a partire ...