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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

For vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Christine Hitt, music is a family affair. Her father was a band director and her mother was a piano teacher and professional vocalist. Hitt married a trumpet player, and two of her three sons appear on Hitt’s newest CD, Magical Kite. Hitt’s warm voice can express a rich tapestry of tones, and she sings ballads ...

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VII

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Well, that didn't take long. What started as “Five Women" quickly grew into the present “Seven Women" and will continue to the end of this year as “Seven Women (Plus Three) as a continuing reflection of the state of female vocalists and instrumentalists. We are blessed with an abundance of musical riches.

Adi Meyerson ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Introducing Phil Stewart: Melodious Drum

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Cellar Live Records continues its run of admirable mainstream albums with Melodious Drum, Canadian-born and New York City-based Phil Stewart's debut as leader of his own groups, which range from trio to sextet. It's an interesting title, as Stewart's drums may be congenial but aren't melodious in the manner of, say, Jeff Hamilton, Ed Thigpen, Shelly ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan

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Christian McBride strode onto the stage of the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA. to announce that his regular pianist, Christian Sands, and drummer, Jerome Jennings, (refereed to as his younger brothers) could not be with him for their performance. He phoned a couple of his friends, (referring to them as his big brothers), to see if ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cory Weeds: Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire

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When last heard from, Canadian Cory Weeds was wielding a mean neo-swing tenor saxophone with the superb Jeff Hamilton trio on the albums Dreamsville and This Happy Madness. On Let's Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Weeds moves from tenor to alto (with no loss of merit) alongside tenor and fellow Canadian Steve Kaldestad, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival featured excellent performances by some of the lesser known artists, fine concerts by headliners and a great after-hour jam sessions. It was another splendid day with much great music. My day at the fest started out mid-afternoon with a fine performance by accomplished trumpeter ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five on Cellar Live

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Corey Weeds' Cellar Live label is dedicated to the most organic of jazz: small ensemble acoustic performance. In 2000, Weeds had opened his Cellar Jazz Club, originally located at 3611 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC. A year later followed the inauguration of the Cellar Live imprint. In spite of the club's closing in 2014, the label remains ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
June 22-22, 2017

Although the Newport and Reno festivals have had a longer track record, there are many intriguing connections between the jny: Detroit and Tri-C jazz festivals, both of which are celebrating their 38th birthdays this season. Fostering a strong educational component, ...

Akiko Tsuruga: So Cute, So Bad

Read "So Cute, So Bad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On more than one occasion I've sat back while listening to jazz organ giants of yore and thought to myself, “they don't make 'em like this anymore." And while it's true that one-of-a-kind greats like Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, and Jimmy McGriff are gone for good, and nobody ...