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Sullivan Fortner: Aria

Read "Aria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New Orleans has produced a bumper crop of notable pianists over its long and storied history--Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste--and it's not done yet. Sullivan Fortner, a twenty-eight year old piano phenom who's been a hot topic since receiving ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oran Etkin: What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

Read "What's New?  Reimagining Benny Goodman" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Those looking to preview some of the most interesting jazz offerings due to arrive in any given year know that New York's Winter Jazzfest is the place to do it. For more than a decade, this annual January happening has had its finger on the pulse of the jazz world, giving the press, the fans, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015

Read "Jazz and Joy Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015
Worms, Germany
June 19-21, 2015

The Jazz and Joy Festival, located in the German town of Worms, celebrated its 25th anniversary. Not far from Frankfurt on Main, Worms carries an illustrious historical heritage, as the site of the Middle Age Nibelung Legend, which was later masterfully rendered ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oran Etkin: Gathering Light

Read "Gathering Light" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Due compagni di viaggio d'eccezione come Nasheet Waits e Ben Allison, due ospiti (in realtà membri più che attivi del quintetto) altrettanto prestigiosi come il “Jazz Passanger" Curtis Fowlkes e il chitarrista Lionel Loueke, ed ecco che il clarinettista, sassofonista, compositore, didatta di origine israeliana Oran Etkin scodella un secondo lavoro da leader di tutto rispetto. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Newport Festivals Foundation Kids Concert: Bari Koral + Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo

Newport Festivals Foundation Continues Tradition of Bringing Great Music to Generations of Fans at Second Annual Family Concert Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 pm, at Fort Adams State Park FREE TO THE PUBLIC NEWPORT, RI – If you ask the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival staff what they like about the festivals, no doubt each and every one will get around ...

Jazz Quanta May

Read "Jazz Quanta May" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Oran Etkin
Gathering Light
Motema
2014

Multi-reedist Oran Etkin gathers his scattered points of inspiration from the whole of the Eastern Hemisphere and a good bit of the Western one. Etkin's main horn is the bass clarinet...not completely unheard of, Eric Dolphy played a mean one, but one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oran Etkin: Gathering Light

Read "Gathering Light" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Multi-reedist Oran Etkin's first album--Kelenia (Motema Music, 2009)--fused Malian sounds and Jewish music with jazz. Its follow-up--Wake Up, Clarinet! (1-2-3-4 Go, 2010)--was geared toward kids. Now, for round three, Etkin has cast his net over a huge portion of the globe, pulling together, arranging, and morphing musical ideals he's encountered while touring through Asia, Israel, and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Motema Music To Release Gathering Light From Oran Etkin, Featuring Ben Allison, Nasheet Waits, Lionel Loueke & Curtis Fowlkes

Motema Music To Release Gathering Light From Oran Etkin, Featuring Ben Allison, Nasheet Waits, Lionel Loueke & Curtis Fowlkes

Motema Music To Release GATHERING LIGHT From ORAN ETKIN Featuring Ben Allison, Nasheet Waits, Lionel Loueke & Curtis Fowlkes To be released April 8, 2014 US & Europe CD Release tour including NYC CD Release Party at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center on May 12! Inspired by tours in Indonesia, China, Japan, Israel and Europe, Oran Etkin's brilliant new ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012

Read "OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson

OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival
Shenzhen, China
October 8-23, 2012
The OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival, in Shenzhen, Gaungdong Province, is one of the youngest jazz festivals in China, yet in just two editions it has already established itself as one of the best. Financially, it can't compete with the Shanghai Jazz Festival, which for its 2012 edition attracted renowned ...

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Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012

Read "Ljubljana Jazz  Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Ljubljana Jazz Festival
Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 20-29, 2012
Ljubljana, with its 53rd edition, truly hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe. Norway's Molde, also a candidate, started one year later, in 1960. The capital of the now-independent Republic of Slovenia, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, Ljubljana is situated one hour from Trieste, two hours ...