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ARTICLE: RADIO

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Time for tunes that moved you from Shows 361-370. Our concerts in Baton Rouge clearly resonated with you. Many of the most commented upon tracks featured artists that performed in Baton Rouge this Winter and Spring. Works for me. Just because you may be out-of-town shouldn't phase you though. We tally all of our listener comments ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

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We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

Read "The Definition of Insanity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did you order it? Somebody ordered the party platter, because B3 maestro Tony Monaco is delivering. His music is for all intents and purposes a celebration. With The Definition of Insanity, a reference to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, he confesses to be under the influence of the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

The first show of the month means it's time for a dive into the Blue Note vault for our monthly celebration of Blue Note 50th anniversaries. Before that, the doctor presents a selection of recent music that caught his ear. As a bonus, you will find Albert Ammons, from the second Blue Note release, which was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

Read "Live at Nectar’s" reviewed by Joe Gatto

A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Drummer LaFrae Sci Travels From Guatemala To Siberia--Teaching & Performing

Drummer LaFrae Sci Travels From Guatemala To Siberia--Teaching & Performing

LaFrae Sci: Jazz, Rock, Session Drummer, Composer, Educator—Travels From Guatemala To Siberia- Teaching & Performing To Global Students Conducts Only All-Female Orchestra
In Latin America: April 10-20!
Next Stop: A Return To Siberia! World-renowned drummer, composer, educator LaFrae Sci brings the beat to Guatemala on April 10-20 to lead masterclasses with La Orquesta Sinfónica ...

Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969

Read "Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969" reviewed by Marc Davis

1969 was the grooviest year in a very groovy decade. The Beatles, on the verge of a breakup, urged everyone to get back and come together. The Temptations couldn't get next to you. And Sly Stone took everyone higher at Woodstock.

At that very moment, in the waning days of 1969, Reuben Wilson funked ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery

Read "Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery" reviewed by John Sharpe

One of the fastest-rising stars of the UK jazz scene, pianist Alexander Hawkins is remarkable in that he shines equally in both the further reaches of free improvisation and the creation of ingeniously crafted charts. Indeed, Hawkins' particular talent might be in bringing the two so close that it's hard to distinguish between them. At times ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Hammond B3 Organ Film In Post Production

TAMPA , Fla. – A seven-year labor of love, “Killer B3” features some of the greatest Hammond organists in the U.S. Three have died since the project began, most notable among them the king of the B3, Jimmy Smith of Philadelphia, who brought the instrument from the church to the club in the 1950s. “Killer B3” captures gripping personal stories and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Changing of the Guard: The 33rd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "Changing of the Guard: The 33rd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The 33rd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, Michigan
August 31- September 3, 2012
They don't call it the largest free jazz festival in North America for no reason. Every Labor Day weekend in Detroit, jazz fans try to wrap their brains around the diverse and generous offerings of one of the country's most successful jazz festivals, ...