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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Live from Stern Grove Festival

Read "Live from Stern Grove Festival" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Putting together your follow-up can't be easy when your self-produced, self-titled debut wins the notoriously competitive Best Tropical Latin Album GRAMMY® Award. Where could trumpeter Steffen Kuehn (from Germany) and pianist Christian Tumulan (from Mexico) lead the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) from there?

Tumulan and Kuehn smartly construct PMO's second release to do what ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oakland Art + Soul Festival 2015

Read "Oakland Art + Soul Festival 2015" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Oakland Art + Soul Festival
Oakland, CA
August 1-2, 2015

Oakland's 15th annual Art+Soul Festival continued its ongoing tradition of featuring the rich variety of music and art of the jny: San Francisco Bay Area. A+SF's multiple venues highlighted Blues, soul, rap, Latin jazz, spoken word and dancers along with ...

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

Read "There Goes That" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Noted guitarist Ray Obiedo's There Goes That (Rhythmus Records) is his first album since 1999's Modern World (Domo Records). Over his 4 decades plus career, Obeido has worked with an impressive Who's Who List of musicians including: Herbie Hancock, Bobbi Humphrey, George Duke, The Whispers, Brenda Russell, Pete Escovedo, Grover Washington, Jr., The Rippingtons and Lou ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter’s fifth album, due October 28, features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix. Atlanta, Georgia (25 September 2014): Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey ...

Take Five With Jon O'Bergh

Read "Take Five With Jon O'Bergh" reviewed by Jon Carl O'Bergh

Meet Jon O'Bergh:
Jon Carl O'Bergh, known as the “Jedi Of Cool," has released nine albums, including his new smooth jazz/funk/fusion album Skin Deep (Pearl Jazz, 2014). Skin Deep marks O'Bergh's first solo jazz album on the Pearl Jazz recording label. O'Bergh's first release, Millenial Landscapes (Self Produced, 2000) reached no. 2 on the NAV ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Power of Jazz

Read "The Power of Jazz" reviewed by John Wesley Reed Jr.

"Jazz has the power to make men forget their differences and come together...Jazz is the personification of transforming overwhelmingly negative circumstances into freedom, friendship, hope, and dignity." Spoken by Quincy Jones at the First International Jazz Day in 2012 at the United Nations.

The soul of Jazz is expressed in the life of its ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2013: The Year In Jazz

Read "2013: The Year In Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The West Coast now has a jazz edifice of its own with strong roots, International Jazz Day grew in scope during year two, jazz made its mark on (and off) Broadway, and the number of musicians lost during the year was large and painful. Here's a look at significant happenings across the jazz world over the ...

Soul Of Summer A Multicutural Affair

Soul Of Summer A Multicutural Affair

U.S. concert tour featuring Jonathan Butler, Sheila E. and Elan Trotman launches May 25th in San Diego Los Angeles, CA: The spirit of spring is followed by the Soul of Summer, which this year will take on an international flair. The third edition of South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler’s summer concert trek will feature multi-talented Latina Sheila ...

NEWS: EVENT

DRUM! Magazine, Tom-Tom Mag And Major Drum Companies Conduct “Hit Like A Girl” Beat Breaking Female Drum Contest

San Jose, Calif., DRUM! Magazine, Tom-Tom: A Magazine About Female Drummers, and several drum products companies have joined to launch the “Hit Like A Girl" drumming contest. This ground-breaking contest for female drummers officially begins (today) Feb. 1st. The announcement of this major female drumming event was made during NAMM 2012 and featured in an interview ...