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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
June 25, 2018

In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles.

Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

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Connie Han Trio at Smoke Jazz Club

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Connie Han Trio
Smoke Jazz Club
New York, NY
October 4, 2018

Combustible is the first word that sprung to mind as pianist Connie Han opened her first set by spring loading her wily rhythm-mates, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer/musical director Bill Wysaske through a twisty, bop energy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carlos Averhoff Jr.: iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba

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On iQba, tenor saxophonist Carlos Averhoff Jr. employs a skilled quintet to provide dance-worthy renditions of a series of jazz classics plus an original ballad, all shaped by timba, one of the homegrown musical forms of his native Cuba. It's an effective take on Latin jazz, and provides enough strong musicianship to ensure that Averhoff's challenging ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stefon Harris: Pursuing the Tradition

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Musician and composer Stefon Harris wears many hats. But he wears them all well.

He is a composer, performer, bandleader, businessman, educator and leadership trainer. He handles each with a clear head, confidence and sense of purpose. He's bright, articulate and relates to people on any level.

Harris' to-do list on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Connie Han: Crime Zone

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Twenty-two year old pianist Connie Han comes at you flashy, fast, and furious on her Mack Avenue debut Crime Zone. But it's flashy and fast with more than enough sense of history and creative curiosity to keep your ear pinned to whatever device you're listening on.

“Another Kind of Right" jumps from the start ...

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Keady Clachan

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton
Keady Clachan
Keady Mountain, Limavady
N. Ireland
September 1, 2018

The old, stone and timber-beam cottage is nestled halfway up Keady Mountain. It's typical of numerous farm outhouses throughout Ireland. On the outside at any rate. Inside, however, it has been converted by ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joris Teepe: Conversations

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Don Braden appartiene a quella schiera di sassofonisti emersi tra gli anni ottanta e novanta sull'onda di un neo bop caratterizzato da forti legami coi maestri degli anni cinquanta e sessanta (Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter) e relazioni col modello Blue Note.

In un quarto di secolo ha espresso al ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key

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Bob Reynolds, a saxophonist and composer of note with nine recordings under his own name and a work load that has him playing with artists like Larry Carlton, Snarky Puppy, Josh Groban, John Mayer and others, pauses when considering the genre of jazz and how he fits in.

Reynolds doesn't have to apply his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii: Live at Big Apple in Kobe

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Another new formation marks the eighth entry in the sixtieth-birthday series of monthly releases from Satoko Fujii. As part of the pianist's year long celebration, she has released albums as a solo performer, a duo (with Joe Fonda), a new trio configuration with Fonda and Italian saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and another with Tamura and drummer Takashi ...

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...