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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Drummer LaFrae Sci Travels From Guatemala To Siberia--Teaching & Performing

Drummer LaFrae Sci Travels From Guatemala To Siberia--Teaching & Performing

LaFrae Sci: Jazz, Rock, Session Drummer, Composer, Educator—Travels From Guatemala To Siberia- Teaching & Performing To Global Students Conducts Only All-Female Orchestra
In Latin America: April 10-20!
Next Stop: A Return To Siberia! World-renowned drummer, composer, educator LaFrae Sci brings the beat to Guatemala on April 10-20 to lead masterclasses with La Orquesta Sinfónica ...

Laurie Antonioli: Songs Of Shadow, Songs Of Light: The Music Of Joni Mitchell

Read "Songs Of Shadow, Songs Of Light: The Music Of Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The concept of a jazz-informed program of Joni Mitchell tunes isn't exactly novel anymore. Herbie Hancock's high profile River: The Joni Letters (Verve, 2007) took home two Grammy Awards; vocalist Tierney Sutton got some well-deserved attention when she put her own spin on Mitchell's work with After Blue (BFM, 2013); somewhat under-the-radar releases from artists like ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer/Composer Omar Hakim Set To Release His First Album In 14 Years "We Are One" Debuts March 3 On Ozmosis Records

Drummer/Composer Omar Hakim Set To Release His First Album In 14 Years "We Are One" Debuts March 3 On Ozmosis Records

We Are One features an all-star cast of longtime friends and musical collaborators including Jerry Brooks, Chieli Minucci, Gregoire Maret, Jimi Tunnell and Rachel Z With a long and varied list of credits that reads like a Who’s Who in Rock and Jazz (Weather Report, Miles Davis, Madonna, Sting, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Daft Punk, among countless ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Nimrod Speaks At The Cheltenham PA Center For The Arts On Wednesday, March 6th

Nimrod Speaks At The Cheltenham PA Center For The Arts On Wednesday, March 6th

Jazz Bridge in Cheltenham! presents bassist Nimrod Speaks, appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts—439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—on Wednesday, March 6th. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30. Information: 215-517-8337. Nimrod Speaks has been playing acoustic and electric bass for more than half of his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabrizio Sotti: The Key to Music

Read "Fabrizio Sotti: The Key to Music" reviewed by Fernando Rodriguez

Invited to perform at the 16th edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, this past November, guitarist Fabrizio Sotti was sitting on the beach in Cabarete, along the country's north coast, when this interview took place.

Sottis' most recent release, Inner Dance (E1, 2010), was almost his third release, following the guitarist's This World Upside ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Celebrates Landmark 35th Anniversary

Headliners Include Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, Yellowjackets, Maceo Parker, and more! Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1 SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY: The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festiva will celebrate its landmark 35th Anniversary at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 30 and July 1, with a dynamic lineup of more than 20 acclaimed artists and ensembles ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Mimi Jones In Society Hill On Thursday, May 17th!

Jazz Bridge Presents Mimi Jones In Society Hill On Thursday, May 17th!

Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse for the last concert of this season is bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and her band featuring Shirazetti Tinnin on drums and pianist Rachel Eckroth at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street in Philadelphia on May 17th. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. For info: ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young New York bassist Colin Dean is adept at playing the music of different genres as his jazz debut Shiwasu demonstrates, with its influences from world music and hip-hop styles. Dean is very comfortable in other genres; in fact after graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he formed the Roots and Groove ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

"It's so relaxing," says the person introduced to a type of jazz found to be pleasing, palatable--and inoffensive. The challenge for an artist is to create ambient music that can be accepted by those unfamiliar with jazz, without putting others to sleep. Acoustic bassist Colin Dean makes it happen with Shiwasu.

Dean was born ...