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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

Read "Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010.

Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Because of circumstances too complicated and mundane to relate, there will be no Monday Recommendation today. Stuff happens. Maybe there will be a Tuesday Recommendation tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a Rifftides post that appeared nearly ten years ago. Possibly you had forgotten about it. The staff has removed outdated links and added video that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Partisans, Rascals Of Rhythm, Amok Amor, John McEntire & Schneider Kacirek

Read "Live From Birmingham: Partisans, Rascals Of Rhythm, Amok Amor, John McEntire & Schneider Kacirek" reviewed by Martin Longley

Partisans
Wolverhampton Arena Theatre
November 14, 2015

Partisans have now been playing together for two decades, in a completely unchanging four-piece configuration. Bonds have been formed, lines have intertwined, rapport greases repertoire negotiation, and comfort encourages greater risk-taking. The band made several comments about savouring the Arena Theatre's vibrations, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On

Read "Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, soloist and accompanist Dick Hyman has already lived several jazz lifetimes, and as he contemplates his 86th birthday in March 2013, his career shows no sign of slowing down.

A New York City native, Hyman served as pianist with a Dixieland band and with Lester Young at the December 1949 opening ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mel Powell: Four Classic Albums Plus

Read "Mel Powell: Four Classic Albums Plus" reviewed by David Rickert

Mel Powell

Four Classic Albums Plus

Avid Records

2012

Mel Powell replaced Teddy Wilson in the piano chair in the Benny Goodman band, took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the leader's demise, and followed both gigs with a career in the studios as a pianist and arranger. Then in the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

Read "Mike LeDonne:  Where There’s Smoke" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...

NEWS: RADIO

Remembering Ralph Sutton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Remembering Ralph Sutton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

In an encore presentation this week, Riverwalk Jazz presents pianist Ralph Sutton’s 2000 visit to The Landing in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Between tunes, Sutton talked with host David Holt about his early experiences and influences and how he came to join Jack Teagarden’s band. Longtime Jim Cullum Jazz Band pianist John Sheridan ...

NEWS: RADIO

Dick Hyman's Life In Music This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Dick Hyman's Life In Music This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

In a recent edition of “A Blog Supreme" on NPR Jazz, Dick Hyman was referred to as “A Living, Breathing Encyclopedia Of Jazz." This week, Riverwalk Jazz celebrates the music of Dick Hyman. Hyman discusses the musical influences that shaped his career, and he joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on pieces by his favorite composers, including ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tony Bennett 'Romantic' Set in Time for Valentine's Day

Tony Bennett 'Romantic' Set in Time for Valentine's Day

Of the numerous balladeers to emerge on the music scene in the years during and immediately after World War II, Tony Bennett is considered one of the most versatile and enduring. In a career that spans six decades, he has embraced a host of styles, including swing, pop, jazz, show tunes, orchestral music and more. Along ...