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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at Cologne Philharmonie

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Cologne Philharmonie
Cologne, Germany
November 22, 2019

As the sprawling local Christmas markets prepared for a holiday tourist onslaught, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon presented masterful skills transcending any singular celebration. The concert was part of the trio's celebratory 20-year anniversary tour and there was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

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After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums--four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner At The Jazz Corner

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 8-9, 2019

Wycliffe “Pinecone" Gordon is an Armstrong-styled horn player and has won a Louie award to prove it. He displayed that same laid-back behind the beat timing as Louis Armstrong, which belied the clarity of phrasing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

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While he achieved fame and fortune as a pops crooner of the 1950s-60s, Nat “King" Cole firmly occupies a place in jazz history. Unlike Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and others who began their careers as singers, Cole started out as a pianist, composer/arranger, and band leader, working small clubs in Chicago, soon adding vocals ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

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There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Hendriksen: / Fabian Gisler: The Song Is You

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Try as you might, you can't help but sing along, I got to get my old tuxedo pressed/I got to sew a button on my vest/'Cause tonight I gotta look my best, yeah/Lulu's back in town. Saxophonist Alex Hendriksen and bassist Fabian Gisler's rendition of “Lulu's Back in Town" may take you back to Leon Redbone's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Hot Sardines: Welcome Home, Bon Voyage

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The Hot Sardines' impressive musicianship and infectious energy make it hard to accept that early 1900s swing and proto-jazz ever went out of style. The New York-based eight-piece band gives a perfect example of how they revitalize classics on Welcome Home, Bon Voyage, a collection of live recordings from sets at Joe's Pub in New York ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Polly Gibbons: Jazz or Blues, It's The Feeling

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British singer Polly Gibbons is past the up-and-coming stage. Her strong will, passion and impressive talent continue to propel her down a path where more good things are sure to come. An indication of her prodigious talent is heard on her latest release, and third for Resonance Records, All I Can Do.

It's a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday

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This broadcast includes new releases from bassist Nicki Parrott, pianist Anat Fort and vocalists Judy Wexler, Georgia Mancio, Paul Jost and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shout outs to Fats Waller at the top of the show, Peggy Lee, Jackie Cain and Miles Davis in the second hour, plus Sheryl Bailey, Cynthia Sayer and Denise Donatelli, among ...

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Steve Wilson at the Jazz Room

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Steve Wilson
The Jazz Room
Charlotte, NC
June 21, 2019

Saxophonist Steve Wilson has an extensive discography. In addition to his recordings as a leader, he has played with such jazz musicians as pianist Chick Corea, saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Dave Holland, big band arranger Gerald Wilson, and saxophonist Joe Henderson. ...