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The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund

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A good form is hard to find, but the quintet offers plenty of variety in terms of musical texture and yet has the intimacy that a larger band often misses. Here are two artists who both take full advantage of the format of the quintet. Both are leaders who write their own tunes, and both are ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

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Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...

Sebastian Noelle: Shelter

Read "Shelter" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist Sebastian Noelle is a very busy player, but just does not make many records, which seem to come about every five years: Across The River (2006), Koan (2011) and now the marvelous Shelter.

Assembling a first rate band consisting of Marc Mommaas on tenor saxophone (heard most recently on Ballads And Standards), pianist ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

From July 18th to August 28th, in the heart of Times Square, the New York Jazz Workshop's 8th summer series will feature the whos who of jazz music with Alan Ferber , Amina Figarova, Ari Hoenig, Chris Washburne, Dan Weiss, Dave Liebman, Dave Scott, Fay Victor, Frank Kimbrough, Jacob Sacks, Jocelyn Medina, John O’Gallagher, Kenny Wessel, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marc Mommaas / Nikolaj Hess: Ballads & Standards

Read "Ballads & Standards" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Many, if not most, of today's jazz players end up, sooner or later, becoming composers. Hence, on top of searching for and hopefully finding their personal means of expression when performing (composing in real-time), they now must also develop a personal compositional style which fits their aesthetic outlook, and which is accessible enough by other players ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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: REDISCOVERY

Piacentini-Bonati-McCandless-Moreno: Circles

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Piacentini-Bonati-McCandless-Moreno
Circles
Nueva
1991

Today's Rediscovery will be a challenge for most; few will have heard of the record, and of those that have, even fewer will actually own it. Circles' biggest draw may be Paul McCandless--the reed and woodwind multi-instrumentalist who has, with Ralph Towner and Glen Moore, performed with the genre-busting ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

New York Jazz Workshop Helps Boğaziçi University In Turkey Celebrate Its 150th Anniversary!

Expertly lead by renowned jazz educators and performers, the New York Jazz Workshop School of Music helps musicians of varying skill levels gain unmatched jazz knowledge and develop professional techniques through weekly workshops, performances, summer intensive programs, and more. This summer, the faculty and staff of the New York Jazz Workshop has been selected by Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, ...