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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Read "Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Another tribute album from leader / arranger Mark Masters whose splendid ensemble has previously paid homage to trumpeter Clifford Brown, saxophonist Lee Konitz, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and the Gershwin brothers (Porgy & Bess Redefined). This time around it's the music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, better known by their collective name, Steely Dan. The album, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sara Gazarek: Blossom & Bee

Read "Blossom & Bee" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Sara Gazarek was in a recording slumber for the past half decade, but 2012 seems to be the year that this sleeping jazz vocal beauty finally awakens. She eased her way back into the ears of her fans with Where Time Stands Still (Charleston Square Recordings, 2012), a collaboration that paired her with Germany's Triosence, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sara Gazarek: Blossom & Bee

Read "Blossom & Bee" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

All chicken or feathers, feast or famine, flood or drought; regarding jazz vocal releases, there is always a healthy steady stream of new music being produced. The vast majority is good while, as it should be, the truly exceptional are of a rarer variety. The release of Kate McGarry's exceptional Girl Talk (Palmetto, 2012) might have ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague Band: Mill Creek Road

Read "Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague Band: Mill Creek Road" reviewed by Robert Bush

Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague Band

Mill Creek Road

SBE Records

2011

Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and guitarist Peter Sprague have combined their considerable musical forces in forming this band, the first fruits of which are available now as Mill Creek Road on Sprague's own SBE Records. They are joined in this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Denise Donatelli: When Lights are Low

Read "When Lights are Low" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A recent news photo depicted pop singer, Lady Gaga, accepting an MTV Video Music Award bedecked in a gown of raw meat. While reactions to that stunt went to understandable extremes--condone as art or revolt as déclassé--it's easy to wonder what women jazz vocalists might have thought of it. Based upon the marvelously entertaining and stylistically ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Helen Sung at Dizzy's San Diego

Read "Helen Sung at Dizzy's San Diego" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Helen Sung
Dizzy's San Diego
September 23, 2010
Helen Sung came to jazz relatively late, during her classical music studies at University of Texas at Austin. After listening to Houston-bred and now New York-based pianist Helen Sung perform at Dizzy's in San Diego, it's hard to imagine her as a classical player, where ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

KSDS Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival

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Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival
Winston's, Hodad's Stage, The Harp
Ocean Beach, CA
September 11, 2010

Perfect day for a party: the sun shone bright in a cloudless sky, it's heat mitigated by a cool ocean breeze. After a one year hiatus due to the terrible economy of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kendra Shank Quartet Live At The Saville Theater

Read "Kendra Shank Quartet Live At The Saville Theater" reviewed by Robert Bush

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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

March Jazz at Charlie O's

March Jazz at Charlie O's

March jazz performances a birthday celebration for Bill Henderson on the 27th and a birthday celebration for Madeline Vergari Neumann on the 16th.

The official release of Brandinos Melodies and Songbook and the Brandino and Friends Live at Charlie Os CD (if you purchased the original CD, please bring it back and you will receive the ...