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ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Rina Yamazaki: Conversations with a Rising Star

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Born in Japan, up and coming pianist Rina Yamazaki has lived in in the USA since she was accepted at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2015. Both before moving to the US and after Yamazaki has earned a number of well-deserved accolades for her high-level musicianship. From receiving the Jazz ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Pianist Romain Collin Releases Fourth Video In #Taurussesh Series

Pianist Romain Collin Releases Fourth Video In #Taurussesh Series

Romain Collin releases another new video in #TaurusSesh, a series of intimate videos in which he explores the vast musical possibilities offered by his unique combination of acoustic piano, vocal loops and textures, and the bass synthesizer Moog Taurus. The Collin original “Clockwork“ features Collin with producer Jeremy Loucas on drum programming. Videos showcase spontaneous collaborations with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Multi-Instrumentalist and award-winning drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga will be performing at Saloon in Davis Square featuring the Anthony Crescente Quartet. They will perform on December 31, 2018, from 10:00 PM-2:00 AM at the Saloon, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA. The ensemble features Anthony Crescente on guitar, Tatsuya “Tat" Yoshinaga on drums, Alex Peabody on saxophone, and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Dexter Gordon: Portrait of a Sophisticated Giant

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon
261 Pages
ISBN: #9780520280649
University of California Press
2018

Maxine Gordon was the last of Dexter Gordon's several wives and she has written a biography of Gordon, a task with which he charged her before he died in ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff

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Sonny Rollins--Meditating on a Riff
Hugh Wyatt
304 Pages
ISBN: #978-0-9981219-2-5
Kamama Books
2018

Author Hugh Wyatt doesn't hide his friendship with Sonny Rollins-Rollins is his daughter's godfather-he has written a spiritual biography of saxophone great Sonny Rollins which is perilously close to hagiography. He says in the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Tracy Fessenden: Religion Around Billie Holiday

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Religion Around Billie Holiday
Tracy Fessenden
280 pages
ISBN: #9780271080956
Cambridge University Press
2018

This is one of the most unusual books about a jazz figure that I've encountered in a long time. The premise, as spelled out in this interview with author Fessenden, is fascinating. She is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
December 4, 2018

In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two Exciting And Poignant Albums From Wendy Eisenberg

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A fearless improviser with a refreshing disregard for genre, Wendy Eisenberg is a poet, banjoist and vocalist yet Eisenberg's guitar fully showcases her mastery. This virtuoso explores all dimensions of her instrument with fiery elegance and a vibrant sense of adventure to her music. In 2018 she released two stimulating and unique albums: Its Shape is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

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Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
October 19, 2018

For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
The Lilypad
Cambridge, MA
November 12, 2018

As a protégé of legendary trombonist/arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory in Boston, Ayn Inserto was part of a very special tribute last March when she treated the audience to a pre-release performance of the title composition from her ...