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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mica Bethea: Quintessential Band Geek

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It's Sunday afternoon. Mica Bethea rolls into the Cue Note Billiard Room in Palm Coast, Florida. The 34-year old arranger, composer, bandleader and entrepreneur has arrived for Cue Notes weekly Sunday Afternoon Jazz Rendevous.

Bethea (sounds like 'buffet') is the “Note" part of Cue Note, which he co-owns with partner and pool guru John ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gregg Allman: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017

Read "Gregg Allman: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Well, I'll keep on moving. Things are bound to be improving these days. One of these days..."

Gregg Allman recorded Jackson Browne's lament for his 1973 Capricorn release Laid Back. The song clung to him like smoke, the length of his career, surfacing here and there, until, finally he sang the song with its ...

Jax Jazz Collective: All the Things You Are: The Music of Jerome Kern

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This is a marvelous approach to making jazz recordings: picking one Great American Songbook composer at time and exploring a set of his tunes, with a personal touch. Pianist Oscar Peterson released a series of tributes to the Standards tune-smith's on Verve Record back in the 1950s, tagged “Songbooks," celebrating George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, ...

NEWS: TRENDS

The United Sates Of Events: America's Top Concert Going Cities By Genre

The United Sates Of Events: America's Top Concert Going Cities By Genre

Ticketing and event platform Eventbrite has released a list of America’s top event-going cities and the United States of Events, a visualization of the event-going trends in America's largest 25 cities. The company leveraged its platform of millions of events to zoom in on attendance themes. Overall Music Ticket Sales 1. jny: Austin
2. jny: San Francisco
3. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jax Jazz Collective: Lotus Blossom: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

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Duke Ellington (1899-1974)--Americas's finest bandleader, America's finest composer--released his own tribute to Billy Strayhorn, his partner in music and tune smithing. It was called ...And His Mother Called Him Bill (RCA, 1967). Ellington and Strayhorn's music was so intertwined that the Duke's less that fanatic fans might think that “Lush Life," “Take the A Train" and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Allen Weber Signs Digital Distribution Agreement With The Jazz Box

Allen Weber Signs Digital Distribution Agreement With The Jazz Box

Jacksonville FL — Hot of the heels of the Allen Weber Hot Shock album making it’s 88.5 fm radio debut on a jazz show hosted by Kenny MacKenzie, local Jacksonville musician and leader of Hot Shock Band, Allen Weber has just signed a digital distribution agreement with Canadian distributor TheJazzBox.ca who specializes in all genres of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Allen Weber Making Jazz Fusion Accessible

Guitarist Allen Weber Making Jazz Fusion Accessible

Jacksonville FL – Sine the early 1970's when Miles Davis put out his album Bitch's Brew, John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra released their hard fusion, Chick Corea released his jazz fusion saying the word “Jazz” makes most people shiver in fright. They have been afraid of the term “Jazz”. Their eyes glaze over, and they think ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Allen Weber And His Band Hot Shock Finalizing Debut Album

Allen Weber And His Band Hot Shock Finalizing  Debut Album

Jacksonville, FL: After months of planing, writing, and rehearsal, jazz fusion guitarist Allen Weber and his band Hot Shock have just finished recording the debut album. The recording was done in the storied Jacksonville FL studio Warehouse Studios—Ryan Turk engineered the recording. It is being mixed at“TrueTone Studios with Andrew Perlowich engineering the mixing. When asked to describe ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Doug Carn’S Black Jazz Legacy Band to Debut in Harlem

Doug Carn’S Black Jazz Legacy Band to Debut in Harlem

Jazz keyboardist and composer Doug Carn and his Black Jazz Legacy Band are coming home to Harlem.

Carn and the Black Jazz Legacy Band will be performing the music that made him famous more than 30 years ago on April 17 and 18th at the historic Lenox Lounge in Harlem, NY.

In the 70’s, Carn ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz Greats Perform at Northeast Florida Jazz Fest

The sounds of jazz are resonating throughout Flagler County, FL this week. The Legacy Jazz Festival '08 marks the official 20th anniversary of the North East Florida Jazz Association (NEFJA), a not-for-profit all-volunteer group dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of jazz, America's indigenous musical art form. The highlight of the Festival will take place on ...