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Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown

Read "Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jeff Lorber Fusion
Cleveland, Ohio
May 26, 2017

One of the pioneers of the fusion movement of the early '80s that ultimately morphed into the smooth jazz craze, keyboard man Jeff Lorber made his initial mark with the five albums he cut between 1977 and 1981. Leading an ensemble ...


Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

By Sean McKenzie As I watched the amazing lineup of jazz royalty remembering the true legend, Joe Sample, I had never been so moved by such a fitting musical tribute. I remember it was only a little over a year ago that Wayne Henderson had been given his regal sendoff. And now, amongst other Sample fans, I experienced a healing ...


"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

One of the featured attractions at this year’s Berks Jazz Festival (its 25th anniversary show) will be a special performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA called “Remembering Joe Sample.” This special tribute to the world renowned pianist and composer who passed away last September was organized by musical director Bobby Lyle and ...

Jimmy Haslip: Former Yellowjacket Generating a New Buzz

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Well, the Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston News Leader is probably not the best place to look for local jazz updates, even if the venue is on the base. “Tickets for the next Friday Night Jazz concert at the Fort Sam Houston Theater are on sale. Featured artists include the Jeff Lorber Fusion with ...

Pharez Whitted: For The People

Read "For The People" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Saxophonist Pharez Whitted has had an unusual recording career. Fourteen years separated Mysterious Cargo (Motown Records, 1996) from Transient Journey (Owl Studios, 2010), as Whitted dedicated himself to jazz education and sideman appearances with the likes of drummer Elvin Jones, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and pianist Ramsey Lewis. In this context, For the People comes after a ...


Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival: 19-20 May, 2012

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KL International Jazz Festival
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
May 19-20, 2012

The 19th and 20th of May, 2012 will long be remembered by jazz lovers in Kuala Lumpur as the day jazz came to town. The 13 acts that performed on the stage of the KL Convention Center made history by ...


Various Artists: Jazz For Japan

Read "Jazz For Japan" reviewed by DJ Marc Antomattei

In the wake of the barrage of natural and man-made disasters that struck Japan in early 2011, a large group of fine musicians got together for Jazz For Japan. One of the strongest compilations of the year, all proceeds are being donated to help the victims of this great tragedy.

The standards featured ...


George Duke: Facing the Music

Read "George Duke: Facing the Music" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

In jazz, there are two seminal figures called “Duke." For Edward Kennedy Ellington, “Duke" was a nickname. For George Duke, it is his surname, but the similarities with Duke Ellington don't end there. As a pianist, arranger, songwriter, bandleader and composer, George Duke has solidified his reputation as one of jazz's most important figures. Also a ...


George Duke: Deja Vu

Read "Deja Vu" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

George Duke's Deja Vu should win the 2010 Truth in Advertising award, because it will sound familiar to anyone who following the keyboard virtuoso's 40-year career. Duke, however, doesn't recycle riffs wholesale from his repertoire, as he did on 2008's tepid Dukey Treats (Heads Up); instead, he pulls back from trying to recapture past funk glories ...


Westin La Paloma to Host Father's Day Weekend Smooth Jazz All Stars Show

Westin La Paloma to Host Father's Day Weekend Smooth Jazz All Stars Show

The stars will be out on Saturday June 20 as the Westin La Paloma prepares to host the Fathers Day Weekend Smooth Jazz All-Star Party! Concert-goers will get three shows in one when a Triple Crown of contemporary jazz stars shine on Tucson. The star-studded line up features Grammy nominated keyboard legend Jeff Lorber, sax powerhouse ...