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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Suncoast Jazz Festival Expands Roster To Include More Nationally Known Artists, With Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band As Headliners

Suncoast Jazz Festival Expands Roster To Include More Nationally Known Artists, With Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band As Headliners

This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Suncoast Jazz Festival, which takes place every November on the travel-award-winning Clearwater Beach. In its early years, the festival featured bands and musicians with a focus on early jazz, but more recently, working with acclaimed guitarist Nate Najar, has expanded its line-up from traditional jazz to include swing, ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75

Read "Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The penultimate week of Women's History Month broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Mimi Fox, trombonists Naomi Moon Siegel and Natalie Cressman, pianist Lara Downes, the group Five Play led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and vocalists Sivan Arbel and Patrice Jegou, as well as a first listen to the live recording of Joni Mitchell''s 75th year ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrea Domenici Trio: Playing Who I Am

Read "Playing Who I Am" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The traditional road to musical success has been to make and promote a first recording, aiming for the kind of critical and public attention that leads to prestigious bandmates and gigs. But the fine pianist Andrea Domenici paves a new path with his masterful debut Playing Who I Am, since it arrives after he has already ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Vocalist Abigail Rockwell

Read "A Conversation with Vocalist Abigail Rockwell" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Join me in a conversation with Abigail Rockwell, a talented vocalist whose singing effortlessly tells a unique intimate story to each listener. Her new album, Autumn Noir, is a collection of 12 songs with arrangements that are meticulously executed to preserve the power and intimacy of Abigail's interpretation. Autumn Noir features Abigail Rockwell on vocals, Quinn ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Four Others - and more

Four Others - and more

A few years ago, Marian’s Jazzroom in Switzerland asked Harry Allen to put together a four-saxophone band for its Bern Jazz Festival. He quickly thought of the classic sound of the Four Brothers sax section from Woody Herman’s Second Herd in the late 1940s. That renowned unit featured tenor players Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall

Read "Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Celebrating mid-October birthdays with songs by pianist/composer Roy Kral, who with his wife vocalist Jackie Cain formed the duo group Jackie & Roy, and also Thelonious Monk a year after his centennial. Also remembering songwriter Carol Hall (1936-2018) best known for the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but who also contributed lyrics to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Lawrence: Sonic Paragon

Read "Sonic Paragon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sonic Paragon is a satisfying set grounded in the idea of broad appeal. Drummer Jay Lawrence is no purist, and he's certainly not stubbornly set on a single course, yet he's wholly cognizant of the fact that music is both for the makers and the takers. And with an understanding of that need for balance and ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Allen's birthday today!

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, \'My technique, Al Cohn\'s ideas, and Zoot\'s time.\' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen." BMG recording artist Harry Allen has ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...