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Meet Davis Wilson

Read "Meet Davis Wilson" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Jeopardy contestant, amateur pianist, dance teacher, actor, sailor, postal worker, our July Super Fan has lived all over the place and done it all. Now based in St. Paul, Minnesota, he met “zillions of artists" as keeper of the flame at the old Artists' Quarter jazz club. But he stumbled upon one of the most memorable ...

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

Chris Rogers: Voyage Home

Read "Voyage Home" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Il jazz non è soltanto un genere musicale: per qualcuno è anche un luogo affettivo, dove ritrovare le proprie radici, vecchie conoscenze, episodi della propria vita, atmosfere familiari. Accade anche per Chris Rogers in Voyage Home, il cui titolo, che può essere tradotto con “rotta verso casa," lascia intendere come l'autore abbia voluto percorrere un viaggio ...

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The Cookers at Nighttown

Read "The Cookers at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The Cookers
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
February 8, 2017

The jazz business is a fickle mistress. Few things stay the same and what's here today isn't always there tomorrow. As such, the norm for many decades has been for leaders to assemble groups of different sizes and varieties for recordings purposes and ...

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David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard

Read "David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard" reviewed by David Weiss

Noted trumpeter, composer, and New Jazz Composers Octet founder, David Weiss shares several stories about his experience with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. As told to David Kaufman.

I met Freddie Hubbard soon after he damaged his lip. I guess what basically happened was he had a blister on his lip that popped and got ...

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Black Art Jazz Collective: Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club

Read "Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Black Art Jazz Collective was founded in 2013 by saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and drummer Johnathan Blake, with bassist Dwayne Burno added shortly thereafter, and further expanded by trombonist James Burton (III) and pianist Xavier Davis. The group's first performance was Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in April, 2013. Sadly, Burno died in December ...

Chris Rogers: Voyage Home

Read "Voyage Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Recorded in February of 2001, Voyage Home is trumpeter Chris Rogers' long-awaited debut album as a performer, composer and band leader. Released fifteen years after its original recording, the music documents performances from incredibly talented artists whom Rogers has known his entire life, including the late saxophonist Michael Brecker as well as a statement lifted from ...

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Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra: Blues for Tahrir

Read "Blues for Tahrir" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Che il jazz sia una musica sorprendente lo sappiamo bene ma spesso le sorprese ti piombano dal cielo (o per meglio dire, dal web) quando meno te le aspetti. E sono varie ed eccitanti.
Il leader di questo medio organico è un clarinettista (basso) statunitense con radici familiari egiziane ed è stato scelto tra i ...

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Steve Turre: Spiritman

Read "Spiritman" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Torna Steve Turre, il “suonatore di conchiglie," o -se preferite -il sideman di giganti come Ray Charles e Carlos Santana. Spiritman rappresenta un vero e proprio back to the roots, verso quella essenzialità swing che il trombonista sembrava aver messo da parte da tempo in favore di percorsi più concettuali e, in parte, segnati anche dall'utilizzo ...

Marianne Solivan: Spark

Read "Spark" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Marianne Solivan si connette alla grande tradizione di cantanti di jazz come Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter e Carmen McRae. La forma vocale esuberante, lo spessore timbrico, la tensione bluesy, la fantasia interpretativa ne fanno un'interprete di primo piano sulla scena musicale di New York. Questo secondo disco da leader -dopo il debutto del 2012 con Prisoner ...