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Chris Barber Retires After 65 Years As A Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Chris Barber Retires After  65 Years As A  Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Read "Monty Alexander: Still Rolling" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

Read "This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Charles McPherson: The Man and His Muse

Read "Charles McPherson: The Man and His Muse" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Acclaimed alto saxophone wizard Charles McPherson has a new muse: his 25-year-old daughter Camille, a premier dancer with the San Diego Ballet, where he also serves as composer-in-residence these days. McPherson was a young father in his twenties, with three children from a first marriage. Thirty years up the road, after marrying the lovely Lynn, a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 15-20, 2017

Mid November in Buenos Aires is a special time of the year. True to the meaning of the city's name, the air is crisp and fresh and blossoming jacaranda trees bathe the greater metropolitan area in a dazzling shower of purple ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vaneese Thomas: The Long Journey Home

Read "The Long Journey Home" reviewed by James Nadal

With an inherited musical talent, and a professional recording career going back over thirty years, vocalist Vaneese Thomas has appropriately titled her latest release The Long Journey Home, home being her Memphis roots of blues, gospel, and soul. Her last release Blues For My Father, (2014 Segue Records) was an emotional tribute to her father, legendary ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Bibb: The Happiest Man In The World

Read "The Happiest Man In The World" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Like his mentor Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb plays and sings acoustic country blues in praise of the simple things in life. He doesn't go in for flashy solos or what used to be called “the old moody." His career spans five decades and this is 36th album. In “Prison of Time," the best, most heartfelt song ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Big Harp George: Wash My Horse In Champagne

Read "Wash My Horse In Champagne" reviewed by James Nadal

There is positive news on the blues front, as it continues to evolve and be held in high esteem by its faithful practitioners and audience. Already a generation removed from the heyday of legendary originators; there is a crop of players who have been keeping the blues flourishing, and contributing a renewed outlook to the idiom. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Johnny Summers: Piano Sessions, Volume 2

Read "Piano Sessions, Volume 2" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Canada's contribution to jazz may not be as well documented as that of the United States, but our neighbors to the North have produced some fine players such as Oscar Peterson, Jane Bunnett, Diana Krall, and Renee Rosnes. Now add to that heralded group a young trumpet player by the name of Johnny Summers who has ...