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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Mike Thornton

Mike Thornton blends traditional classic jazz standards with a passion for performing works by live, contemporary composers. Mike is following the footsteps of giants of vocal jazz by interpreting a new generation of jazz artists. Performing on stages across the U.S. over his career, Mike has dedicated his life to being an ever-evolving musician. Mike is a vocalist, musical director, actor, nationally-known political satirist, director and producer. Before launching his professional career as a singer (and actor), he attended Hartt School of Music, where he studied voice and music education and had the opportunity to study with the great Jackie McLean. During his days in NYC, Mike’s Jazz Quartet played clubs like the 55 Bar, Arthur’s Tavern, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Garage, Red Blazer, Augie’s, and Torch. In the Washington D.C

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non un bootleg registrato alla meno peggio chissà da chi e chissà come; e nemmeno il remake di un remake spacciato per novità assoluta dopo un paio di goffi aggiustamenti e magari una manciata di minuti mai ascoltati prima. Stavolta l'inedito è clamoroso: quattordici brani fissati su nastro dal quartetto di John Coltrane il 6 marzo ...

Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

Read "Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones).

Ben Paterson
That Old Feeling
Cellar Live Records
2018

Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of ...

Take Five with Vincent Eury

Read "Take Five with Vincent Eury" reviewed by Vincent Eury

Meet Vincent Eury:
This proud Salisbury, North Carolina native grew up singing in several local churches and as a soloist. Additionally, he became the premier wedding singer. Vincent has been and still is the most sought after vocalist of his hometown area. Upon enlisting in the United States Armed Forces, Vincent was lead vocalist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Deborah Brown: Kansas City Here I Come

Read "Kansas City Here I Come" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jazz vocalists occupy a wide swath of styles from those who mercilessly belt out a tune to those who use the ever evolving vocabulary of the jazz idiom with care and precision. Deborah Brown is one of the most sophisticated of the latter genre. She is a true artist. She never wastes a note, inflection, or ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Allan Harris at SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club

Read "Allan Harris at SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Allan Harris
SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
September 28, 2016

Allan Harris was born in Brooklyn to a tight-knit family that loved music. His mother was a classical piano prodigy who grew up in Harlem and graduated in the first class of the High School Of Performing Arts, ...

Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano

Read "Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

A Newport Jazz Festival-New York concert at Carnegie Hall in the early 1970s got Queens native Francesca “Cha Cha" Miano hooked on hearing live jazz--even though, she says, some of the music she heard on the mixed bill that night was way ahead of her at the time. Little did she know that her magnificent obsession ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Hartman

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Hartman

All About Jazz is celebrating Johnny Hartman's birthday today!

John Maurice Hartman was a critically acclaimed baritone jazz singer who specialized in ballads. Born in Louisiana but raised in Chicago, he began singing and playing the piano by age eight. In 1940, Hartman graduated from DuSable High School where he studied music under Walter Dyett ...

Who Listens to Jazz

Read "Who Listens to Jazz" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

There is an old Indian legend about several blind men examining an elephant. Each examines a different part of the creature and comes to a completely dissimilar conclusion as to what it is. Then the elephant, in a state of musth, stomps the helpless bastards to death to get at a '67 VW Microbus he mistakes ...