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Oran Etkin: What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

Read "What's New?  Reimagining Benny Goodman" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Those looking to preview some of the most interesting jazz offerings due to arrive in any given year know that New York's Winter Jazzfest is the place to do it. For more than a decade, this annual January happening has had its finger on the pulse of the jazz world, giving the press, the fans, and ...

Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin

Read "Bathtub Gin" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions, but her music isn't covered with cobwebs or dated in any way. On Bathtub Gin, this singer-composer puts a new coat of paint on the songs of the '20s and '30s, contributes originals sympathetic to the sounds of those times, and ...

Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On

Read "The River Rolls On" reviewed by James Nadal

Versatile pianist Monty Alexander has been around long enough, and played through a myriad of styles and ensemble configurations, in a constant quest to get it right. Since his foray back to his Jamaican roots in “Jamento" (1978 Pablo Records) there has been numerous reggae influenced recordings highlighted by his covering the Bob Marley catalog in ...

Awa Sangho: Ala Ta

Read "Ala Ta" reviewed by James Nadal

The ancient West African culture that spans across the sands of the Sahara has created a rich and vibrant musical legacy which continues to yield stimulating artists. Vocalist Awa Sangho hails from Mali, was raised in musically rich Bamako, and began her singing and composing career in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast. There she honed her ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

NYC Insider Secret - Vocalist/Songwriter Joelle Lurie - Debuts CD @ NYC's Subculture Tonight / Formerly Featured at Lincoln Center

NYC Insider Secret - Vocalist/Songwriter Joelle Lurie - Debuts CD @ NYC's Subculture Tonight / Formerly Featured at Lincoln Center

Recently Featured At Lincoln Center, Vocalist Joelle Lurie Pops Up Jazz and Jazzes Up Pop on Her Debut Album Take Me There (September 30) CD Release September 29 @ Subculture, New York City "A magnificent voice and charming demeanor..." —Metro A favorite secret inside the New York City music scene, Joelle Lurie’s bright voice and effervescent performance style has made her a ...

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: The Offense Of The Drum

Read "The Offense Of The Drum" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Offense Of The Drum may be the least cohesive record in Arturo O'Farrill's discography, but that's largely by design. Here, O'Farrill firmly adheres to his stated “artistic vision"--"to bend what the world knows as Afro Latin jazz over the acoustic horizon"--better than anywhere else in his discography. Guests galore and a belief in Afro Latin ...

Stacey Kent at Birdland, Ottawa Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Festival With New Brazilian-Inspired CD "The Changing Lights"

Stacey Kent at Birdland, Ottawa Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Festival With New Brazilian-Inspired CD "The Changing Lights"

Grammy-Nominated Stacey Kent Tours US and Canada with New CD The Changing Lights on Warner Bros Records Featuring Longtime Partner Jim Tomlinson, Famed Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and Brazilian Legend Roberto Menescal Birdland, June 10-14, New York City
Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 25, Canada
Palais Montcalm, Quebec City, June 27, Canada
Montreal Jazz ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

First Spring Exit 0 Intl Jazz Festival In Historic Oceanside Village Of Cape May, NJ: May 30 - June 1

First Spring Exit 0 Intl Jazz Festival In Historic Oceanside Village Of Cape May, NJ: May 30 - June 1

The 3rd Exit 0 International Jazz Festival May 30-June 1, 2014, in Historic Cape May, NJ, Launches Spring Version with An Outdoor Stage Featuring New Jersey Winemakers and Jazz on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Crossing from Delaware Features Grammy Winners Dee Dee Bridgewater & Roy Hargrove; Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Kermit Ruffins of New Orleans; Fest Party Faves Red Baraat ...

Zach Brock: Purple Sounds

Read "Purple Sounds" reviewed by John Kelman

Virtuosity isn't defined by notes-per-minute; true virtuosity is instrumental mastery surrendering to the demands of the song. Sometimes that can mean shredding with furious intensity, yes; but the real deal also respects music that demands less, rather than more. Violinist Zach Brock is, indeed, the real deal, and Purple Sounds, his second release for Holland's Criss ...

Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

Read "The Changing Lights" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent's voice operates at the intersection of knowingness and innocence. She delivers every song with finesse, balancing a sense of wide-eyed wonderment with soft-handed confidence. Perhaps that's why she's been able to build such an enormous fan base since starting her singing career and showing up on listener's radars near the turn of the century. ...