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Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

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Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions
Smalls
March 31, 2018

To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

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Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings Of Personal Connection On "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings Of Personal Connection On "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Some vocalists excel at lyric interpretation. They know how to tell the story of a song with subtlety and nuance. Other singers have such beautiful voices that they’d be a pleasure to listen to if they sang the periodic table set to a Brahms lullaby. It’s not easy to say which is Shirley Crabbe's strength, since ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

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So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.

From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall

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T.S. Monk Sextet
Revolution Hall
PDX Jazz 2017
Portland, OR
February 25, 2017

The centerpiece of the 2017 PDX Jazz festival was a posthumous honor bestowed upon the late great Thelonious Monk. Inarguably a pillar in the pantheon of jazz, Monk's music was delivered at this year's festival from as ...

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 2-4, 2016

The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the ...

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

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As the world continues to shrink--musically speaking of course--the melding of American jazz with Mediterranean melody is another spin cycle that makes appreciation of this evolving art form so interesting. With high expectations, Neapolitan vocalist Letizia Gambi, which hails from a theatrical family, and has extensive jazz education, releases Blue Monday, an exuberant and ambitious production ...

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Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday (ArtistShare)
Produced by Lenny White with Special Guest Ron Carter Release Date: February 12, 2016 Musicians: Lenny White: Drums; Helen Sung, Donald Vega: Piano; Gil Goldstein: Accordion; Ron Carter, John Benitez, Daryl Johns: Bass; Jisoo Ok: Cello; Hector Del Curto: Bandoneon; Pete Levin: Keyboards; Dave Stryker, Nick Moroch, Tom Guarna: Guitar; ...

Donald Vega: With Respect To Monty

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When pianist Donald Vega put together Spiritual Nature (Resonance Records, 2012), he presented an arresting mix of music that shined a light on some of his influences. There was a touch of Scriabin in the mix, pointing to classical music; a nod to pianist Oscar Peterson by way of bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen's “Future Child"; a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Donald Vega "With Respect To Monty" out July 10 on Resonance Records

Donald Vega "With Respect To Monty" out July 10 on Resonance Records

A tribute to the great living master, jazz pianist Monty Alexander In celebration of the Jamaican jazz icon, Monty Alexander, pianist Donald Vega puts together a hard-swinging compilation of Monty's great, early compositions. With Respect To Monty features an all-star lineup of Anthony Wilson (guitar), Hassan Shakur (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). Since his debut on Resonance Records, Spiritual ...