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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Brussels Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey
Brussels, Belgium
January 10-19, 2019

The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Thailand International Jazz Conference 2019: World-Class Jazz Artists Join The Stage Of The TIJC!

Thailand International Jazz Conference  2019:  World-Class Jazz Artists Join The Stage Of The TIJC!

The College of Music, Mahidol University, host of the event, brings together the selection of the world-class jazz artists from America and Europe, the region recognized as producing the world's best jazz artists of today. Together with the renowned Thai artists that will give you the ultimate joy in TIJC 2019, the 11th Thailand International Jazz ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

John Escreet, The Expansions and More

Read "John Escreet, The Expansions and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

To open this week's episode of Neon Jazz we feature the British pianist John Escreet and one of his heroes, Keith Jarrett. The show pays tribute to the talented jazz singer Kellye Gray and profiles The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble out of Kansas City Kansas Community College. Also spotlighted are jazz icons like Dexter Gordon and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek

Read "Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This final show of 2018 is highlighted by trios of the usual piano-bass-drums (Simon Nabatov-Barry Guy-Gerry Hemingway and Elias Stemeseder-James Banner-Ugo Alunni), bass-saxophone-drums (Gonçalo Almeida-Yedo Gibson-Vasco Furtado), and trumpet/saxophone/drums (Flavio Zanuttini-Piero Bittolo Bon-Marco D'Orlando). Pianist Yuko Yamaoka performs the music of Satoko Fujii from Fujii's eleventh release in 2018, and the eclectic Dutch Ensemble, Vlek, makes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Escreet: Learn To Live

Read "Learn To Live" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Take some sweet melodies from Jeff Lynn's ELO, add Keith Emerson on synth and think of an underlying rumbling towards more experimental sound collages, rooted somewhere between the electronic approach of Brian Eno and Miles Davis' early organic-fusion extravaganzas and you'll end up with... well, let's be honest, it still won't sound anything like what keyboardist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jamie Baum Septet: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Far from prolific, Jamie Baum has recorded just four albums in the past decade. However, each recording has clearly been created because the flutist was inspired to contribute something new. Bridges is presented as six songs separated equally by the three part “Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite." This almost cinematic 20-minute centerpiece composition is an expansive ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival

Read "2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival" reviewed by Antonio Baiano

The 2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival took place from November 15 through November 25, featuring Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective, Antonio Sanchez and Migration, Chaise Baird, Charles Altura, Thana Alexa, John Escreet, Orlando le Fleming, Fabian Almazan, David Ginyard, and Oscar Seaton. The festival has run since 2000 in the town of Moncalieri, Italy, right outside of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

Read "Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Sounds - Walter Smith III, John Escreet and Maisha

Read "New Sounds - Walter Smith III, John Escreet and Maisha" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Demonstrating the wide variety of music in the jazz world recent releases from Walter Smith, John Escreet and Maisha are featured on this show. With other material, old and new, in between, there is mixed bag of styles, and, sounds on display.

Playlist Walter Smith III “Ask Me Now" from Twio (Whirlwind) 00:00 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Escreet: Learn To Live

Read "Learn To Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

From the light, airy smoothness of “Opening," through the nomadic, polyrhythmic, suite “Broken Justice (Kalief)" (which brings to contemporary life Weather Report's axiom: “Everyone solos but no-one solos") to the poppy, practically Stevie Wonder-ish “Lady T's Vibe," keyboardist/composer John Escreet's fusion proves to be a many-headed, sinewy hybrid. All are brought to the forefront on Learn ...