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ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeremy Siskind: Housewarming

Read "Housewarming" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Si apre con un'incantevole versione di “Whispering Grass" -una ballad degli anni '40 di Fred e Doris Fisher ripescata dal magazzino dei ricordi -il nuovo disco di Jeremy Siskind in trio con la cantante Nancy Harms e il talentoso multistrumentista Lucas Pino. Non potrebbe esserci migliore introduzione per questa formazione, che ha già dato più di ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tribute to Prentice “Pete” Douglas at Douglas Beach House

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Tribute to Prentice “Pete" Douglas
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, CA
October 4-5, 2014

In some ways, for all of us who time and again came to the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay to listen to some of the finest jazz anywhere, the passing of Prentice “Pete" ...

Practice, Do You? Part 2-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 2-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Continued from Part 1

I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Vocalist Kendra Shank And Guitarist John Stowell Release Extraordinary Duo Album New York Conversations April 8 On TCB – The Montreux Jazz Label

Jazz Vocalist Kendra Shank And Guitarist John Stowell Release Extraordinary Duo Album New York Conversations April 8 On TCB – The Montreux Jazz Label

There are a million jazz stories in the naked city, and New York Conversations captures some of the most revelatory ones. An extraordinary encounter between the supremely inventive vocalist Kendra Shank and the brilliant guitarist John Stowell, a player with a beautiful touch and rarified harmonic vocabulary who specializes in high-wire duo projects, the album came ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sangeeta Michael Berardi: The Mr. P Sessions

Read "Sangeeta Michael Berardi: The Mr. P Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In October of 1996, guitarist Sangeeta Michael Berardi went into Nevessa Studio in Woodstock, New York, and laid down the tracks for what would become two monumental recordings, Earthship (Sunjump Records, 2008) and Calling Coltrane (Sunjump Records, 2011). This is stunning music from a man who played with Alice Coltrane, Roswell Rudd, Rashied Ali, Archie Shepp--a ...

ARTICLE: NITE & DISK

Kate McGarry: Beauty and the Bus

Read "Kate McGarry: Beauty and the Bus" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The Bus

I recently drove into the Big Apple to see singer Kate McGarry's band celebrate the release of their Girl Talk CD (Palmetto, 2012) at the Jazz Standard. It was a stressful drive, given the rush-hour timing and need to watch for idiots steering two tons of metal with their knees as they text ...

Take Five With Kyoko Kitamura

Read "Take Five With Kyoko Kitamura" reviewed by Kyoko Kitamura

Meet Kyoko Kitamura:
A former journalist with childhood piano training at Juilliard Pre-College and a stint as a one-time war reporter on her résumé, Kyoko Kitamura is an oddball vocal improviser and composer who has performed and/or recorded with many distinguished musicians including Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Jim Staley and Taylor Ho ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kendra Shank and the Geoffrey Keezer Trio Live at the Douglas Beach House at Half Moon Bay

Read "Kendra Shank and the Geoffrey Keezer Trio Live at the Douglas Beach House at Half Moon Bay" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Kendra Shank and the Geoffrey Keezer Trio
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, CA
July 25, 2010

Having never heard Kendra Shank but respecting Geoffrey Keezer whose work on the piano is nothing shy of surprising and always engaging this concert at the Douglas Beach House on July 25, 2010 was a must ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kendra Shank Quartet Live At The Saville Theater

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Kendra Shank Quartet
Saville Theater, San Diego City College
San Diego, Ca
July 20, 2010

Jazz vocalist Kendra Shank has been a New Yorker for 12 years. She's quite active on the scene, frequently collaborating with pianist Frank Kimbrough. She's released several critically acclaimed albums recently, specifically Mosaic( Challenge 2009), and Spirit ...