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Cecile McLorin Salvant: The Window

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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 ...

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Yellowjackets: Raising Our Voice

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Named after a rather unpleasant insect, founded by a guitar superstar to back him but then dropped, the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets--despite it all--continue to forge ahead. There's something of the MJQ about them: they dress well (if casually) and play a brand of jazz that is discreet and refined, sometimes almost to the point of becoming ...

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Raul Midon: If You Really Want

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Raul Midon plays guitar and sings like Paul Simon. Born blind in New Mexico in 1966, The New York Times once called him “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus." He was going somewhere once upon a time. Now he's back, still going somewhere.

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One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2018/The Rhythm Of The Road

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The University of North Texas has been encouraging its students to play jazz since the 1940s, when big bands were all the rage. To this end, someone came up with the idea of having a band for every hour of the day.

The One O'Clock Lab Band is what's left of that whacky ...

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Macy Gray: Ruby

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Despite selling 25 million records worldwide, Macy Gray classes herself an outsider. Asked about growing up in Canton, Ohio, she says: “I'm too tall, with a little head and big feet and this funny little voice. I didn't fit in and I still don't."

Though, now in her forties, she seems to have ...

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Vince Bell: Ojo (Vince Bell)

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Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote: “Wine is bottled poetry," which--while witty--is not strictly true. Oscar Wilde said: “A poet can survive everything but a misprint," which is witty and true. But, getting to the real nitty gritty, Robert Frost came up with: “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found ...

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Morten Haxholm: Vestigium

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Other nationalities find the double bass a cumbersome instrument. But, perhaps because they are, in the main, tall, healthy and strong and thus can handle it with relative ease, Danes love it. Since its introduction by the great native American bassist Oscar Pettiford in the late 1950s, it has come to play a major role on ...

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Allen Austin-Bishop: No One Is Alone

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Possibly the best love song ever written, Ewan MacColl composed “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for Peggy Seeger in 1957. She was in America. He was in England. Then, in those far off days before the IT revolution, when transatlantic calls cost a small fortune, he sang the song to her over the ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: Cabin In The Sky

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It is perhaps inevitable that people should start hailing Hendrik Meurkens as the new Toots Thielemans. Meurkens plays jazz harmonica, as did Thielemans, and there are not too many other people doing that.

But apart from this and similarities in technique, their musical approach is very different. Thielemans was a very warm, expressive ...

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Misha Piatigorsky: Stained Glass & Technicolor Grooves

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When the story of the Jewish immigrant influence on American jazz comes to be told, after the Trump era with its narrow perspectives has passed, the name Misha Piatigorsky will be writ large in the telling.

He is one of the most sought-after pianists on the New York scene, his music busy and ...