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Stephanie Richards: Take The Neon Lights

Read "Take The Neon Lights" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Trumpeter/composer Steph Richards kicks ass and she wants you to know it from the very first cutting, fluttering evocations of Take The Neon Lights' title tune/opener to the near “Taps"-like silence that closes things out, “All the Years of Our Lives."

With a colorful CV of playing alongside such boundary-busting, risk-taking players as David ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music

Read "Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music" reviewed by Tyler Henderson

Stephan Crump is a bassist with many talents, his skills ranging from funk and rock to straight ahead jazz and folk. The Grammy-nominated artist cut his teeth on the jny: New York City jazz scene, working there since the 1990s. He's been a collaborator and a bandleader, working with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Ashford Simpson, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Sixth Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival In Brooklyn, Taking Place June 9 And 16 In The Urban Meadow

big bang productions presents the sixth annual RED HOOK JAZZ FESTIVAL on two consecutive Sundays, June 9 and June 16 in the Urban Meadow, a community garden on the Columbia Waterfront District. Both days start at 1pm and end at 6pm. Celebrating its sixth installment of this homegrown jazz festival, this year's line-up features some of the world's most forward-thinking jazz musicians and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011

Read "Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Day 1 | Day 2

Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 7-8, 2011


Kirk Knuffke Quartet

Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke certainly has an enthusiasm for the “hot" jazz of the 1920's, even if it isn't straight from the source. Knuffke's quartet--co-fronted by trombonist Brian Drye, and backed by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Carney: Ways & Means

Read "Ways & Means" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Pianist James Carney takes the parameters involved in scoring films and applies them with the discipline of a jazz composer on the ambitious Ways & Means, the kind of challenging and cohesive work that listeners have come to expect from this exemplary musician.

Carney's band is as great a gathering of talent as one ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The (Modern) Big Band Era: Dave Rivello, James Carney, Joris Teepe

Read "The (Modern) Big Band Era: Dave Rivello, James Carney, Joris Teepe" reviewed by J Hunter

In an economic climate where jazz quartets are reviving the time-honored “Everybody in one Winnebago" tour strategy, it's amazing that big bands even exist, let alone put out the dynamic, challenging music that's come from Maria Schneider, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the assorted large units associated with maintaining bassist Charles Mingus' legacy. What's more, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Carney Group: Ways & Means

Read "Ways & Means" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Keyboardist James Carney framed the compositions on this recording from a cinematic perspective. Three of the tunes are improvisations and Carney succeeds with both his stances. He and his artful band bring in plenty of drama, a sense of adventure and pure emotional force.

Carney is an accomplished pianist who finds his groove in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Carney Group: Ways & Means

Read "Ways & Means" reviewed by Matt Marshall

It's good to see the jazz community is not shying away from pressing political and social issues of the day. Guitarist Brad Shepik, with his Human Activity Suite (Songlines, 2009), and drummer Alex Cline, with Continuation (Cryptogramophone, 2009), have both made musical pleas for the environment in 2009, following in the socially conscious footsteps of Max ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Carney Group: Ways & Means

Read "Ways & Means" reviewed by Troy Collins

Inspired by his work scoring Edward Sloman's 1925 silent film, His People, for the Syracuse International Film Festival in 2006, New York-based keyboardist James Carney continued to explore the narrative potential of cinematic structures. Funded in part by commissions from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Carney produced Ways & Means, a “virtual ...

Firehouse 12 to Present the James Carney Group May 15th

Firehouse 12 to Present the James Carney Group May 15th

On Friday, May 15th, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by Brooklyn-based pianist/composer James Carney and his longstanding working ensemble, the James Carney Group. Carney and the band, which features trumpeter Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Mark Ferber, will preview segments of his new virtual film score, Ways ...