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Nicholas Payton: Afro-Caribbean Mixtape

Read "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In 2011 New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton set fire to social media with his outspoken views on the death of jazz, race and Black American music. The backdraft produced not only fiercely opposing views but also hate-mail directed towards Payton. While the debate continues on what is and what isn't jazz, there's never been a question ...

Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald

Read "The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Long Island native and vocalist Jane Monheit pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most enduring jazz singers in history and a very influential figure in Monheit's own musical career. The singer had long thought about recording a homage project to Fitzgerald and on The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, Monheit finally accomplishes this releasing the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nicholas Payton Balances Studio Work As Bandleader, Producer; "Textures," His 5th Album On Paytone Records, Set For Spring Release

Nicholas Payton Balances Studio Work As Bandleader, Producer; "Textures," His 5th Album On Paytone Records, Set For Spring Release

Grammy award-winning Nicholas Payton—one of the era’s definitive artists—has been quite busy this winter blowing with the all-star Monterey Jazz Festival on a nationwide tour, putting the finishing touches on Textures, his fifth release for his very own label, Payton Records, as well as producing and arranging Jane Monheit’s latest project, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Baby do Brasil at Blue Note Jazz Club

Read "Baby do Brasil at Blue Note Jazz Club" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Baby do Brasil
Blue Note Jazz Club
New York, NY
August 17, 2015

On the first set of her appearance at the Manhattan Jazz Club, Baby do Brasil was backed by a 6-piece band under the musical direction of her guitarist son Pedro Baby that included Ze Grey ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Returns To Ginny's Supper Club - September 11-12

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Returns To Ginny's Supper Club - September 11-12

DION PARSON & 21st CENTURY BAND Returns to Ginny's Supper Club
Back By Popular Demand!
September 11-12 Featuring Their New CD St. Thomas St. Thomas—the exciting new CD by Dion Parson & 21st Century Band hit the streets this summer and has since gained international airplay and critical acclaim. This explosive, rhythmic ensemble returns to Ginny's ...

NEWS: EVENT

Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and more to Play Michael Brecker Cancer Benefit

Once-In-A-Lifetime Concert to Also Feature: Randy Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Joey Calderazzo, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Evans, Branford Marsalis, Steve Wilson, John Patitucci and Antonio Sanchez New York, NY — On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin and Dianne Reeves along with other prominent musicians will honor the memory of their friend and colleague, 15-time Grammy-winning ...

Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1

Read "Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1" reviewed by John Kelman

While jazz purists like to think that the artists they love have always been into jazz and nothing else, the truth is often more than a little different: not only have most jazz artists who grew up in the '60s and beyond been unalterably impacted by more than just the jazz music of their time, but ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2013 Detroit Jazz Festival
jny: Detroit, Michigan
August 30-September 2, 2013
Summing up the modus operandi that seemed to characterize so much of the performances at this year's Detroit Jazz Festival, one might sagaciously go with the phrase 'wild abandon.' Now in its 34th year of existence, the festival still boasts the title of “largest free ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora

Read "Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ensemble musikFabrik
Avery Fisher Hall
July 20, 2013

Karlheinz Stockhausen and Sun Ra must surely vie for the stellar position of most cosmically attuned composer within the bounds of the omniverse. Stockhausen's Licht is arguably his major work, at least in terms of sheer scale. It's a seven-day-long operatic ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Etienne Charles: Trumpet's First Chantwell

Read "Etienne Charles: Trumpet's First Chantwell" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Trinidadian-born trumpeter Etienne Charles has made it a point to share the culture of his native homeland with the world through music, whether it is writing songs on cuatro or steel pan, incorporating Kweyol chants on the opening track to his latest album Creole Soul (Culture Shock, 2013), or playing with an undeniable Caribbean bounce that ...