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Rob Derke & the NYJAZZ Quartet: Blue Divide

Read "Blue Divide" reviewed by J Hunter

The name “NYJAZZ Quartet" does beg the question, “What is New York Jazz?" Even narrowing the definition to “home grown" music doesn't help, since that range runs from the mainstream sounds of Birdland and the Blue Note to the next-level avant-garde associated with Smalls and the late lamented Knitting Factory. With Blue Divide, saxman Rob Derke ...

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Rob Derke & The NYJAZZ Quartet: Blue Divide

Read "Blue Divide" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Rob Derke--the man behind the jazz-promoting nonprofit known as the NYJAZZ Initiative--significantly widened his reach with Mad About Thad (Jazzheads, 2011). That album, a finely sculpted tribute to the great trumpeter-composer Thad Jones, helped to shine a light on Derke's organization and brought more deserved attention to the music of a dearly departed legend. Now, ...

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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Mad About Thad is a superb homage to the man Charles Mingus once called “Bartók with valves." Thad Jones--middle brother of the Pontiac, Michigan dynasty that produced pianist Hank Jones and his younger brother, drummer Elvin Jones--was one of the true unsung geniuses of the trumpet. He was also less frequently recognized as a composer, except ...

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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Before moving to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1978, iconic jazz trumpeter Thad Jones was an established New York City jazz legend best known for his co-leadership of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, which enjoyed a twelve-year residency at the renowned Village Vanguard. Mad About Thad is the debut from the NYJAZZ Initiative--a non-profit organization founded in 2008 ...

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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Twenty five years have come and gone since Thad Jones' passing, but interest in his music has never waned. Audiences composed of faithful fans and those new to his work still flock en masse to the Village Vanguard on Monday nights to witness the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra exploring his legacy on the very stage where the ...