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ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?

Read "A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been around as a musician long enough to understand when a promoter or booker ghosts me. “Yeah, sure, send me an email," they say in that sincere way that sounds like someone saying, “Of course I love you" just to shut you up. It comes with the territory, and a musician has to be Zen ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: January 2019

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

I am adopting my “Bailey's Bundle" format as sole vehicle for my music reportage. Moreover, I am sharpening my focus to three segments of the jazz universe, in this order: (1) Jazz Vocals, (2) Archival Releases, and (3) Everything Else. I have changed the title to the more inclusive “Ten Artists," better reflecting how I have ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

A lot of great things have happened in John Proulx’s life. He recorded three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, played with some amazing musicians and toured extensively, making many friends and fans across the country. But after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away and the catalogue was sold to Mack Avenue Records, Proulx decided it was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Shelton: An Englishman In Love In L.A.

Read "An Englishman In Love In L.A." reviewed by Edward Blanco

English-born actor Richard Shelton is a veteran of British theatre and television who recently moved to the United States for the opportunities that Hollywood may offer. As an actor, Shelton played the role of Frank Sinatra on the London stage in a play based on the book 'Rat Pack Confidential,' a dream come true for the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lyn Stanley: Interludes

Read "Interludes" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist/producer Lyn Stanley has established herself as a foremost stylist of the Great American Songbook. That is no mean feat. The sheer amount of vocal music made each year around the Songbook is impressive. It is too bad that the quality of a great many of those recordings is not equally impressive. Stanley's two previous recordings, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed

Read "The Dream I Dreamed" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

In describing his perspective of the state of certain vocal efforts existing today, a wag, respected for his pungent commentary, once said: “There's no substitute for crass." Yet, there are singers who dwell in more refined melodic places--environs of elegance and refinement--"musical champagne," if you will, who preach using melody, lyric and rhythmic subtleties. They are ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest

Read "Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Duke Ellington Orchestra
Highlands Church
2015 Arizona Musicfest
Scottsdale, Arizona
February 6, 2015

The Duke Ellington Orchestra delivered a solid mix of swing and ballads from the colossal repertoire of its namesake and his gifted composing colleague, Billy Strayhorn. The enduring sophistication of their collaborative creativity was interpreted by a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

H2 Big Band: It Could Happen

Read "It Could Happen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Shakespeare wrote, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Who would dare argue with that? The point is that It Could Happen,the second recording by the H2 Big Band, is performed by a world-class ensemble. It's just not the H2 Big Band, which essentially remained home in Colorado ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Cat House, the follow-up to her superb debut album, Cat Tales, California-based vocalist Cat Conner shows again that she has the astuteness and chops to leave many other contemporary jazz vocalists floundering in her wake and gasping for air. This time around, Conner has chosen a baker's dozen of what she calls her “lucky tunes," ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dennis Rowland Benefit Concert at the Herberger Theater Center

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Dennis Rowland Benefit Concert
Herberger Theater Center
Phoenix, AZ
November 6, 2013

Monica Mancini headlined a troupe of national and local musicians to perform a benefit concert for former Count Basie Orchestra vocalist Dennis Rowland, raising funds for his stroke rehabilitation and ongoing health care. Nine singers and a dozen instrumentalists delivered ...