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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater

Read "Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Monty Alexander and Friends
The Avalon Theater
Easton, MD
August 31, 2019

“Ten years," Monty Alexander wryly observed at the center-stage microphone with a disbelieving shake of the head. “Ten years of this festival, and 75 years as me." It was a celebration of multiple anniversaries at the weekend-long Labor Day ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Riccardo Del Fra: Moving People

Read "Moving People" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Per Riccardo Del Fra la musica ha un valore descrittivo e come scrive nella presentazione del disco: For me, to compose is to transmit meaning. Anche se è noto che i codici musicali hanno un labile contenuto semantico, le dieci composizioni di questo suo nuovo progetto hanno comunque il potere di evocare emozioni e derivano da ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Monty Alexander Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Monty Alexander is back to Bimhuis with his trio after his sold out gig in 2013; a fresh opportunity to catch the famous pianist in an intimate setting. Monty Alexander's playing balances jazz, soul and Caribbean styles such as calypso and reggae. As a teenager the pianist moved from Jamaica to New York. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens

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Monty Alexander Trio
The Ballroom at Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
February 11, 2017

It's generally a good sign for any show if the players onstage are smiling and laughing more than anyone else in the room. If there's been one main constant to Monty Alexander's music over his 59-year career, ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Monty Alexander: Looking Back

Read "Monty Alexander: Looking Back" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Monty Alexander
Jazz Standard
jny: New York, NY
February 1, 2017

A lot has changed since I started covering the New York beat for All About Jazz in mid-2016. In that time, we have witnessed epic changes in our city, our country, our world--changes that are already affecting our culture, including and ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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As the New York August heat blazed onto the streets on Saturday night (August 13th), Joey DeFrancesco and his trio rocketed into Dizzy's with their own burning repertoire. The B-3 wizard played four selections from his new HighNote CD Trip Mode and had an audience which included Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, and Todd Barkan roaring with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper

Read "Blue Whisper" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Pianist and composer Amina Figarova is truly a citizen of the world. Born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, she decamped to the Netherlands in the 1980s to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and then to Boston in 1989 to continue her studies at Berklee. Blue Whisper is her 12th recording as a leader, but her first ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2015

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2015 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
July 9-11, 2015

For the second time in its 36-year history, Tri-C JazzFest lit up downtown Cleveland with a three-day midsummer jazz festival that mixed paid shows from national headliners with free outdoor performances featuring musicians from Northeast Ohio. Home to all these ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival

Read "The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival" reviewed by Nick Catalano

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of jny: Pittsburgh in the annals of jazz history. Just a few of the legendary names--Ahmad Jamal, Errol Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, George Benson, Ray Brown, Stanley Turrentine--are sufficient to raise the proverbial jazz fan eyebrows. I actually performed there in the halcyon days of ...