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Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and resembles a little village. There are ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Gregory Savage

Beautiful sunshine and perfect temperatures, were the backdrop for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival. Coupled with good food and jazz lovers everywhere, the setting for an incredible weekend. But, this was only the icing. The “cake" was 500 musicians showing up for work, including some of the greatest jazz artists of all time. Headlining the hit ...

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2017 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Read "2017 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

The City Parks Foundation kicked off its 25th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Wednesday August 23, 2017 at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. On Thursday August 24th and Friday August 25th the festival continued its musical celebration uptown in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park. It featured the work of Jason Samuels Smith's “Chasing ...

Billy Childs: Rebirth

Read "Rebirth" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's been a while since we've heard pianist Billy Childs really dig in. While he certainly hasn't been dormant, reaching tremendous artistic heights in semi-recent times with a pair of highly refined chamber jazz explorations and a much-lauded tribute to Laura Nyro, the Childs of yore--the man that would throw down the gauntlet night after night ...

Gregory Porter: Take Me To The Alley

Read "Take Me To The Alley" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ineffable charms of Gregory Porter can't help but woo and win over the ear. He's the epitome of soulful sophistication--part tender poet, part cogent preacher, fully a man of the people--and he has a voice that can make the angels weep. While we often bemoan the choices that fame's fickle index finger makes, it pointed ...

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Kersten Stevens: Inspire Me

Read "Inspire Me" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On her fourth release Inspire Me violinist Kersten Stevens has successfully tackled the daunting task of creating a unified work with a large cast of characters and a variety of influences. The central theme of the album, steeped in a strong religious sense, is an exploration of artistic motivation.

“Right Where You Are," for instance, ...


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