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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Claire Daly: 2468 West Grand Boulevard

Read "2468 West Grand Boulevard" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Full disclosure--I am far from an expert on Motown music, having pretty much lived in a jazz bubble. And this album is a salute to some of jny: Detroit's legends including The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, The Temptations and especially Smokey Robinson, who is identified with five of the eleven songs here.

Claire ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Girl Talk: Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins

Read "Girl Talk:  Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The universe of horn players ceased being a “boys club" about thirty years ago. Women have taken commanding roles in both the trumpet (Carol Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, Saskia Laroo) and saxophone (Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Nancy Wright, Virginia Mayhew, Pattie Cossentino, Jane Ira Bloom, Claire Daly). Add to these lists two new names, Nicole Glover and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Final Lineup Announced For 10th Annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

Oct. 10-19 Festival Presents Wide-Ranging Program, with Jazz Prodigy, Documentary Film, National and Local Performers PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced the final lineup for the tenth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Oct. 10-19, 2014 throughout the City’s Upstreet Cultural District. A signature cultural event of the fall foliage season in western Massachusetts, the music spans the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jeff "Tain" Watts Family Reunion Band at the Jazz Standard

Read "Jeff "Tain" Watts Family Reunion Band at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Tomas Pena

Jeff “Tain" Watts Family Reunion Band
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
January 23, 2014

Sigmund Freud would have had a field day with Jeff “Tain" Watts' compositions. Case in point: “The Devil's Ringtone," where Watts conjures up an imaginary conversation between Satan and a corrupt politician. The tune features ...

Angela Davis: The Art of The Melody

Read "The Art of The Melody" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Saxophonist and All About Jazz contributor Angela Davis has made it official, releasing her debut recording, The Art of The Melody. Davis joins a growing legion of female reeds players that includes Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Virginia Mayhew, Claire Daly, and Mercedes Figueras, who are flexing their respective chops in the ravenous particles of digital music.

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Berkshires Jazz Announces Ambitious Spring Programming

Berkshires Jazz Announces Ambitious Spring Programming

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Berkshires Jazz, which organizes and presents festivals, concerts, and other jazz events in Berkshire County, has announced several new events that celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation Month, a long-standing initiative of the Smithsonian Institution. The spring programming spans the timeframe from late March to early May, and includes CD release events featuring the Claire ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

Read ""Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

Before We Say Goodbye To 2012

Read "Before We Say Goodbye To 2012" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In consumer culture, where we are all guilty of looking for the next new thing, the emphasis is always on new releases, and what the next, best, super-improved product will be. It seems that even before this week's movie opens, we are being told about next week's blockbuster.

Before we turn our attention fully to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2012 Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition

Read "2012 Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

It can never be said that the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz does anything halfway. Held annually at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this year's competition and gala concert was ambitious and extravagant--equal parts a celebration of jazz drumming, a salute to women's past and present contributions to the art form, and a promotion for ...