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Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh

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This week we remember the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the second hour and enjoy a sampling of standards with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh plus songs by women who wrote with pianist Jimmy Rowles whose centennial is being celebrated this year.

Playlist Lynne Arriale “Woodstock" from Give Us These Days ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

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Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Landrus: Generations

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With Generations baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus has created an ambitious set of music for full orchestra that is based in jazz but also touches on classical music, hip hop and reggae, giving prominent position to instruments like harp and vibraphone to give his ensemble an airy, spacious sound.

It all begins with the five-movement “Jeru ...

Take Five with Mike Casey

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About Mike Casey
Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album  "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Saxophonist and composer Mike Casey is proud to announce the February 7, 2017 release of his debut album The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door. Splitting his time between alto and tenor saxophone, Casey and his longtime trio present a fresh approach to the chordless saxophone trio format over the course of seven first-takes. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kayle Brecher: This is Life

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Kayle Brecher is in the lineage of jazz singers like Sheila Jordan and Lisa Sokolov who use their voices as a serpentine instrument that slides through and around melodies as deftly as any jazz instrumentalist. On this CD she does her thing on a number of jazz standards, improvisations and original songs.

She performs ...

Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald

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Long Island native and vocalist Jane Monheit pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most enduring jazz singers in history and a very influential figure in Monheit's own musical career. The singer had long thought about recording a homage project to Fitzgerald and on The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, Monheit finally accomplishes this releasing the ...

Center City Jazz Fest: Five Years Strong

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Center City Jazz Festival
Philadelphia, PA
April 30, 2016

“The Fifth Annual Center City Jazz Festival is officially sold out!" Thus tweeted a spokesperson from @ccjazzfest two days before the start of jny:Philadelphia's annual celebration (most likely its founder, local trombonist Ernest Stuart). I'm not sure if there was any backup plan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Coltrane-Younger-Douglas Trio al Cremona Jazz

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For Turiya Trio
Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi
Cremona
16.04.2016

Un contrabbasso che parte sottovoce per aumentare gradualmente di intensità, gocce di rugiada che arrivano da delicate escursioni sulle corde dell'arpa ed il sax tenore che entra in sordina per poi abbandonarsi ad un viaggio che profuma di misticismo e di spiritualità, dove ...

Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project

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Harp happenings are relatively rare in jazz, but they are there. And when two highly agreeable and strikingly different harp-centric affairs appear on your doorstep around the same time, it really makes you stop and take notice of the instrument, its potential, and the players who are moving it forward and outward in various directions. Both ...