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ARTICLE: RADIO

The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach
Is There a Time?
Phoneector
2018

Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Davis: Correlations

Read "Correlations" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Exploration and innovation may be the aspiration of modern jazz, but trombonist Steve Davis' Correlations exemplifies the fact that nothing proves more compelling than the timeless art of gathering a group of musicians who work remarkably well together. A veteran of The Jazz Messengers, One For All, and The Jazztet, Davis has a wealth of experience ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...