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ARTICLE: RADIO

Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More

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Exactly one day after the funeral of his beloved wife, and urged by friends and family, Polish saxophonist Leszek Żądło along with bassist Andrzej Cudzich and drummer Janusz Stefański entered Studio Stebo in Krakow, Poland in 1995 and recorded some very emotional and powerful music. Finally released, that recording is the feature on this week's episode ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jonathan Finlayson, Master Oogway & More

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These days touring is maybe the most critical aspect of a jazz musician's ability to not only promote one's music but also to survive financially. Toronto drummer Ethan Ardelli is proof of that pudding. He's taken his fine quartet and hit the road across Canada for the month of November--23 events from coast to coast--and will ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Johnny Griffith: Dance With The Lady

Read "Dance With The Lady" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian saxophonist and composer Johnny Griffith is a multi-JUNO Award nominee and leads a vibrant quintet of first-call musicians on their debut recording entitled Dance With The Lady, comprised of nine stellar originals in the contemporary jazz mold exhibiting influences from the great Joe Henderson, Kenny Wheeler, Andrew Hill and Anton Weber among others. Grounded in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Johnny Griffith: Dance With The Lady

Read "Dance With The Lady" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Can jazz stay the inventive course while remaining true to its swinging precedents and historical framework(s)? This record makes the argument that it can.

Toronto-based saxophonist Johnny Griffith has put together a program of original music that's firmly grounded in tradition, yet his approaches aren't rigidly dogmatic in nature; in other words, this ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta April

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

April is no more the cruelest month than the moon is made of cheese. For consideration this month we have nine recordings from far and wide: Antonio Adolfo to Little Feat far and wide.

Antonio Adolfo
Rio, Choro, Jazz
AAM Music
2014

Before there was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Newton: Within Reach

Read "Within Reach" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The piano only has 88 keys but an infinite number of possibilities are trapped within those black and white beauties. The instrument just sits and waits for the right people to come along and discover these yet-to-be-heard sounds. Judging from this album, Matt Newton is one of the right people.

On Within Reach, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nancy Walker: New Hieroglyphics

Read "New Hieroglyphics" reviewed by John Kelman

Amidst an overcrowded community, even the cream of the crop has difficulty getting heard beyond their own locales. A regular visitor to relatively nearby Ottawa, Toronto-based Nancy Walker is an Ottawa Jazz Festival regular as part of John Geggie's trio at the late night jam sessions--also participating on the bassist's recent Across the Sky (Plunge, 2010), ...