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Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan—such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations

Read "Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This Christmas Eve's broadcast included new releases by Allison Au, Camille Thurman and John Daversa Big Band, with a first look at some Grammy nominees, plus birthday shout outs to Edith Piaf, Bob Brookmeyer and Lil Green , among others.

Playlist Geri Allen “Joy and Wonder" from The Gathering (Verve) 00:00 Champian Fulton “Merry ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

Read "Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy 90th birthday to alto saxophonist Vi Redd, who opens the broadcast, along with Downhearted Blues from fellow Libra Lovie Austin. In the third hour, some hurricane inspired music followed by tributes to John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Leonard Cohen with a reminder from Willie Nelson to stay “Young at Heart."

Playlist Vi ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Read "Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem, Loren Schoenberg emerges from a crowded back room with an unusual looking recording. Aluminum discs like the one he holds, were the first instant, electrical means of recording. Invented in 1929 they were a means of allowing radio stations to record and archive live programs that could be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carol Welsman: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Welsman unveils her eleventh album as leader with the audacious Alone Together where she's never alone and altogether very spicy and splendid on vocals as well as on the keys. The album contains a superb selection of time-honored standards like Sammy Cahn's “Day By Day," Rodgers & Hammerstein's oft-recorded “It ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Laura Tate: I Must Be Dreaming: A Tribute to the Music of Mel Harker

Read "I Must Be Dreaming: A Tribute to the Music of Mel Harker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Were Bobby Short a woman and New York City's Café Carlyle a Dallas honky tonk, then he would be one Laura Tate playing a brand of roadhouse cabaret in her hometown. Tate's third recording (after Songs From My Suitcase (Self Produced, 2013) and Blue Train (Self Produced, 2014)), I Must Be Dreaming is a fine-tuned affair ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974

Read "The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969 -1974
Edward Allan Faine
229 Pages
ISBN: #9780985795245
IM Press
2014

There is something puzzling and curious about a book documenting jazz performances at the White House specifically during the Nixon Administration. A thoroughly divisive historical figure, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bettye Lavette Returns To Café Carlyle With All New Show & A New CD, January 27-February 7

Bettye Lavette Returns To Café Carlyle With All New Show & A New CD, January 27-February 7

Café Carlyle is pleased to welcome back iconic R&B songstress Bettye LaVette for a two- week engagement, January 27–February 7, where she will showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career, as well as the world premiere of selections from her new album, Worthy. The album, which Cherry Red releases on January 27, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jack Phillips: Cafe Nights In New York

Read "Cafe Nights In New York" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New York is, and always has been, a study in contrasts when it comes to the jazz it presents. The Big Apple has a reputation as the place to be for those looking to hear, explore and partake in all that's modern in this music, but it also plays home to certain venues that serve as ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

February Forays

Read "February Forays" reviewed by Nick Catalano

February is one of those months when this New York Beat column could expand into a full periodical because of the plethora of jazz activity occurring in Gotham.

I began my trek early in the month, when the city was buried in crystal mounds of snow from winter storms that had pounded the ...