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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

Read "George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz" reviewed by Doug Hall

Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role for the future of the Newport Jazz ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Michael Moody

A native New Yorker Michael Moody has studied with today’s leaders of jazz music including NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, legendary jazz singer Marion Cowings, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, and free jazz vocalist Jay Clayton. Legendary Bebop singer Sheila Jordan once told Moody “You got soul baby” Michael has performed on stage with Sheila Jordan, John Patitucci, Francisco Mela, and Randy Brecker. In November 2017 Moody released his debut album “I Wish You Love

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cecile McLorin Salvant: The Window

Read "The Window" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Cécile McLorin Salvant has one of the most powerful voices in jazz. Which doesn't make her always easy to listen to. Sometimes she instills new meaning to an old lyric, other times she tries too hard and goes over the top. Still, at least she tries.

She comes from Miami, daughter of a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob James: Piano Player

Read "Bob James: Piano Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

In a career that spans about five decades, Bob James has made an impact on a variety of musical genres. His roots are in jazz, but he has run the gamut from playing avant-garde jazz on the outer fringes--which he was doing when discovered by Quincy Jones--to composing and arranging for a variety of people in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazzmeia Horn

Read "Jazzmeia Horn" reviewed by BIMHUIS

There is great anticipation surrounding Jazzmeia Horn. She has already been compared to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, and she received compliments from Jon Hendricks and Al Jarreau. Her singing and vocalese skills are of the highest level, and on top of that she does not shy away from addressing current social issues.

On ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

Erin McDougald: Outside the Soiree

Read "Outside the Soiree" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Erin McDougald is a big-voiced Chicago-based singer who calls herself the “Flapper Girl" after the “flappers" of the 1920s,' looking back on them as emancipated, fearless women. That identity carries into her singing which comes across with a confidence and flair you rarely hear among younger jazz vocalists today. With her voice carrying a low, sultriness ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Missing Iconic Photo of Carmen McRae Found and Restored

Missing Iconic Photo of Carmen McRae Found and Restored

The photo sat in an antique frame in the subject's guest room in Beverly Hills, California. Canadian author Robert Joseph Greene recalls how mesmerized he was by it. “The technique, the pose, and her whole persona. It really encompassed how I visualized my cousin singing," said Greene. Greene had just graduated from the University of San ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sarah Vaughan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sarah Vaughan

All About Jazz is celebrating Sarah Vaughan's birthday today!

In the 1940s, when most women singers adorned big bands as stage attractions rather than legitimate members of jazz ensembles, Sarah Vaughan, along with her predecessor Ella Fitzgerald, helped elevate the vocalist\'s role as equal to that of the jazz instrumentalist. A woman known for her ...

Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call

Read "A Social Call" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'impatto di Jazzmeia Horn sulla scena vocale afro-americana ricorda quello recente di Cécile McLorin Salvant e di Gregory Porter. Già vincitrice nel 2013 e nel 2015 di due prestigiosi concorsi statunitensi, la 26enne cantante texana ha evidenziato in questo debutto le sue ricche doti: vibrante tensione emotiva dai chiari rimandi blues e soul, scura voce contralto ...