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Content by tag "Jymie Merritt"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense

Read "Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

[This is the first of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues," in which we will explore the current state of jazz around the world. Jazz has expanded in many directions. The business, educational, geographical, recording, and entertainment aspects have undergone major transformations. Today, there ...

John Swana: Bright Moments

Read "Bright Moments" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Simply put, this album is so listenable and stood out so noticeably among the many CDs I've been spinning for myself recently, that I thought All About Jazz readers ought to know about it. I first heard then trumpeter John Swana a decade or more ago when he jammed at pianist Tom Lawton's memorable long-term gig ...

I Called Him Morgan at Belfast Film Festival 2017

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I Called Him Morgan (2016)
A film by Kasper Collin
Belfast Film Festival
Strand Arts Centre, jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 31, 2017

There was something appropriate about the screening of Kasper Collin's documentary I Called Him Morgan in the Strand Arts Centre. The furnishings of this old, art-deco cinema ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2016: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson

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Whisper Not
Benny Golson and Jim Merod
335 Pages
ISBN: 9781439913338
Temple University Press
2016

jny: Philadelphia has always been a cradle for outstanding jazz talent, though when it comes to durability surely none can match Benny Golson, who began playing seventy years ago. At 87, Golson--an NEA ...

Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia – 1961

Read "Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia – 1961" reviewed by Marc Davis

Dizzy Gillespie's “A Night in Tunisia" has been done almost to death. Wikipedia says it has been recorded at least 500 times and it is the title track to at least 30 albums. It might be the most recorded bop tune of all time.

Who did it best? Take your pick.

Dizzy ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016

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Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence
Jimmy Mak's
PDX Jazz Festival
Portland, OR
February 18-19, 2016

Any American burg that aspires to “great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble: Philadelphia Songbook Vol. 2

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Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble
Philadelphia Songbook Vol.2 American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2015

At the outset of a busy weekend of jazz events in Philadelphia, this concert directed by versatile pianist- composer-arranger Terry Klinefelter was an amalgam of two musical genres: straight-ahead mainstream jazz and rhythm-and-blues, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paris Jazz Diary: Pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap

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Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap
Duc des Lombards, Sunside-Sunset Jazz Clubs
Paris, France
July 3, July 4, July 14, 2015

New York City pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern and Bill Charlap led trios in three separate concerts as part of a pair of annual summer-season ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Denise King: Making the Tradition New

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Denise King is a jny: Philadelphia vocalist who has made the world her oyster with her unique ability to navigate between rhythm and blues and sultry jazz standards. Discovered in the 1980s by an R&B songwriter-producer, King quickly found her way in the City of Brotherly Love with some of the top musicians in both popular ...


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