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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Stunning Originals Featured On Pianist Michika Fukumori's "Piano Images" - Solo Project Produced By Steve Kuhn

Stunning Originals Featured On Pianist Michika Fukumori's "Piano Images" - Solo Project Produced By Steve Kuhn

Michika Fukumori, a native of Japan, has been living in jny: New York City since 2000. A soulful pianist, she was drawn to the U.S to study jazz and become involved in the New York jazz scene. Piano Images (Summit Records, June 22, 2018) is her third CD release since coming to States. The CD is ...

Michika Fukumori: Piano Images

Read "Piano Images" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Japanese-born, New York-based pianist Michika Fukumori's first two albums--Infinite Thoughts (Key Click Records, 2004) and Quality Time (Summit Records, 2016)--found her comfortably ensconced in piano trio settings. That most time-honored of formats served her well on both, introducing and showcasing a player with a precision touch, sure sense of swing, and imaginative leanings. For this third ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

Read "Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988" reviewed by John Kelman

Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Masters: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mark Masters è uno dei massimi esponenti contemporanei dell'orchestrazione mainstream. In trent'anni d'attività professionale ha inciso una decina di dischi, in formazioni comprendenti strumentisti di primo piano come Oliver Lake, Lee Konitz, Billy Harper, Peter Erskine o Steve Kuhn.

Come altri suoi lavori anche questo progetto è un concept album dedicato a protagonisti della ...

Meet James Busby

Read "Meet James Busby" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our youngest Super Fan to date, and our first from the west coast, James Busby was weaned on the popular music of the '70s and '80s. His first jazz concert--Donald Brown at a local club in Knoxville, Tennesse for a $3 cover--was life-changing. He may not have discovered jazz until he was in college, but ever ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Edition June 23 - July 1 - Nine Days, 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows, Youth Workshops & Jams

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Edition  June 23 - July 1  - Nine Days, 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows, Youth Workshops & Jams

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona have announced the lineup for the festival's 16th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 23 thru July 1 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 325+ shows at 19 venues. The 2017 Festival will be presented in three series: the Club ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Maurizio Zerbo

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il 2016 non è stato particolarmente felice per chi ama il jazz, non mi è stato facile stilare questa lista di 12 CD da consigliare. Particolarmente degni di nota il nuovo album di Dino e Franco Piana e soprattutto l'omaggio di Brian Lynch allo sfortunato trombettista Woody Shaw. Da amare e consigliare anche le ristampe Blue ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

Read "Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth
Josef Woodard
229 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5
Silman-James Press
2016

A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author ...