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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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The marquee on Stax Records studio in jny: Memphis, Tennessee reads “Soulsville U.S.A." Although “Soulsville of the North" may be a stretch, for 10 days in July, jny: Montreal turns into a hotbed of Soul, R&B, Funk and the Blues. From the first years ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerry Granelli: Dance Hall

Read "Dance Hall" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'arzillo Jerry Granelli, batterista sensibile e cazzuto, aveva centrato nel 1992, con l'album A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing, uno dei picchi più importanti della sua lunghissima carriera. Un lavoro ormai mitico, dove metteva assieme due chitarristi illustri come Bill Frisell e Robben Ford per un modernissimo omaggio al Buddy Bolden immaginato dallo scrittore ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell & Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell & Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

Back in 1992, veteran drummer-composer Jerry Granelli went to studios in Seattle and San Francisco with an all-star cast, including trombonist Julian Priester, alto sax great Kenny Garrett, bassist Anthony Cox and guitarists Bill Frisell and Robben Ford, to record a set of blues-based tunes that resonated with his youth. The resulting album, A Song I ...

NEWS: CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

Vast audiences were first introduced to jazz through a cartoon special about Charlie Brown's uneasy relationship with Christmas… And many more were attracted by the sound of the early cross-over hit, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind“… It's fair to say that composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi helped shape the landscape of popular jazz, bringing generations along with him to ...

Groove Legacy: Groove Legacy

Read "Groove Legacy" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Built around the core of saxophonist Paulie Cerra, keyboardist Bill Steinway and bassist Travis Carlton (son of legendary guitarist Larry Carlton), Groove Legacy is just as much a sound and feel as it is this band and the title of their eponymous debut. Although they've collectively played with everyone from Al Green through Stevie Wonder to ...

India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?

Read "India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Avataar
Petal
Self-Produced
2016

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Regattabar

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John Scofield and Joe Lovano
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
September 18, 2015

John Scofield has appeared in so many different musical settings, particularly in the past twenty years, that it is easy to forget that while he is capable of exquisite blues, funk, rock and fusion, it is in ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

International Songwriting Competition Announces 2105 Judges Panel

International Songwriting Competition Announces 2105 Judges Panel

(ISC) has announced an impressive judges panel of top artists and music industry executives for the 2015 edition of the competition. The panel for the 2015 International Songwriting Competition includes many high-profile recording artists, as well as Presidents and CEOs from Atlantic, Epic, Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Warner Bros., Tommy Boy, Wind-Up, Alligator, Concord Music Group, among others.  The list of ...

Jerry Granelli: What I Hear Now

Read "What I Hear Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This is what master drummer Jerry Granelli hears now: a wide variety of left-of-center music that circumvents strict harmonic corralling, thanks to the absence of guitar or piano, and makes good use of multiple horns. Of course, if you catch Granelli a few months down the road, he might hear something completely different.

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