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February 2018: The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason

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After a January of unusual episodes, the boys are back in the groove for February.

Episode 133 features a wide spread of entries, from Juli Wood's tribute to Finnish folk music Synkka Metsa to the Vienna Art Orchestra's energetic homage Duke Ellington's Sound of Love. Alex Sipiagin's Returning also gets a thorough look-in, along ...


Mica Bethea: Quintessential Band Geek

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It's Sunday afternoon. Mica Bethea rolls into the Cue Note Billiard Room in Palm Coast, Florida. The 34-year old arranger, composer, bandleader and entrepreneur has arrived for Cue Notes weekly Sunday Afternoon Jazz Rendevous.

Bethea (sounds like 'buffet') is the “Note" part of Cue Note, which he co-owns with partner and pool guru John ...


2017: The Year in Jazz

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A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...


Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

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Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...


James Mahone at SFJAZZ

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James Mahone
The Music of Booker Little
San Francisco, CA
November 16, 2017

Way back in the early 1960s, a major new composer and trumpeter emerged on the scene, teamed up with extraordinary jazz musicians such as Reggie Workman, Julian Priester, Max Roach, Ron Carter and Eric Dolphy to ...


Aaron Goldberg: Exploring the Now

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Aaron Goldberg is a jazz pianist and composer based in New York City. He's released five albums with his trio, featuring Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. His album The Now, recorded with that same rhythm section and featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. As well as ...


The NJE: Afloat

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When a jazz act takes on Jimi Hendrix, you know they do not lack for confidence. Are they experienced? They certainly are, for The NJE (Near Jazz Experience) is led by saxophonist Terry Edwards, whose many credits include Keziah Jones, Tom Waits and P J Harvey.

The NJE trio tackles Hendrix's “Voodoo Child" with ...


Michael Zilber: Originals For the Originals

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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, ...


Natasha Agrama: The Heart Of Infinite Change

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The Heart Of Infinite Change (Alpha Pup/World Galaxy, 2017), is an update of the 2015 album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama. In addition to a different record label, the current release features one new track “Lover Man" and deletes four others from the earlier album. Heart consists of songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, Joni Mitchell ...


Mark Turner: Grounded in a Spiritual World

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This article first appeared in issue no 8 of Music & Literature Magazine.

I remember being at Berklee and listening to Mark in the practice room. A lot of people used to gather outside his practice room at various times and just listen to him. He would be in there ten hours a day, ...