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Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble (featuring Clarence Penn): Forward

Read "Forward" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There's something to be said for acknowledging one's artistic debts. It's a trait especially prominent in jazz, where musicians paying tribute to their forebears is commonplace, a way to sustain the tradition and recognize its continual evolution. Trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich has certainly done that with the debut recording from his large ensemble, Forward. Although ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Biello: Vagabond Soul

Read "Vagabond Soul" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Alto and soprano saxophonist Nick Biello has been gaining momentum as an artist on the New York scene in the late 2010s, culminating in this recording for Truth Revolution Records, Vagabond Soul. His prodigious talent as an instrumentalist, composer and arranger is plainly on display on this significant offering, as it is on the myriad of ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...

Call Me the Breeze: Dave Douglas and Donny McCaslin Play Lynyrd Skynyrd

Read "Call Me the Breeze: Dave Douglas and Donny McCaslin Play Lynyrd Skynyrd" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

"Play some Skynyrd."

Anyone who has ever performed anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line has heard these words, usually yelled towards the stage by someone whose blood alcohol content is approaching whole numbers, no matter what kind of music they play or where they may be performing. When the inevitable happened recently to Dave ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Zilber: Originals For the Originals

Read "Originals For the Originals" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber is better known by fellow musicians than by the jazz public, this is an unfortunate truth. The Vancouver, B.C., native moved to Boston in his late teens, then to New York City to begin his musical odyssey. Musicians there recognized his prodigious talent, resulting in recordings with jazz royalty such as Dizzy Gillespie, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

60th Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "60th Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

The Monterey Jazz Festival marked its 60th edition with an impressive programme, featuring 500 artists and over 130 concerts spread over eight stages during the third weekend of September.

The stellar line up of musicians that graced the Monterey County Fairgrounds included Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brad Mehldau & ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Time in Jazz compie trent'anni

Read "Time in Jazz compie trent'anni" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Time in Jazz 2017
Berchidda e altri comuni
8-16.8.2017

Il testo scritto quest'anno da Paolo Fresu sul programma del Festival non voleva essere tanto una presentazione delle scelte artistiche della trentesima edizione di Time in Jazz, quanto piuttosto un riepilogo in tono estremamente poetico degli obiettivi e criteri in ...

Tim Ries With Randy Brecker at Drom

Read "Tim Ries With Randy Brecker at Drom" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Tim Ries with Randy Brecker
Drom
New York, NY
June 21, 2017

Saxophonist Tim Ries has made a name for himself internationally as a jazz educator and composer, leader and sideman. A master of tenor and soprano saxophones, since 2007, he's also known for playing in the Rolling Stones's horn section on several world ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Enrico Pieranunzi: New Spring - Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "New Spring - Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Il fascino, discreto o no che sia, rappresenta una qualità che si svela non appena ci si accosta ad una persona o un progetto artistico che -per eleganza, portamento, affabilità, gentilezza, intensità, bellezza, stile, amabilità e altri nobili appellativi -, cattura la nostra completa attenzione. Questo magnetismo può essere così forte che, anche se a volte ...