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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

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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: RECORDING

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday (ArtistShare)
Produced by Lenny White with Special Guest Ron Carter Release Date: February 12, 2016 Musicians: Lenny White: Drums; Helen Sung, Donald Vega: Piano; Gil Goldstein: Accordion; Ron Carter, John Benitez, Daryl Johns: Bass; Jisoo Ok: Cello; Hector Del Curto: Bandoneon; Pete Levin: Keyboards; Dave Stryker, Nick Moroch, Tom Guarna: Guitar; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hailey Niswanger: PDX Soul

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Saxophonist Hailey Niswanger's third release is a stylistic departure from her previous bop based two. Dedicated to versatile Portland based keyboardist Janice Scroggins, who passed away shortly after the recording, the engaging PDX Soul primarily channels an old school funk energy and a retro R&B charm. Scroggins and her rhythm section lay down an electrified backdrop ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jonathan Batiste: New York, NY, December 12, 2012

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Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band
National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church
New York, NY
December 12, 2012
Go to any of the major New York City jazz venues and you'll sometimes get the feeling you're in church. The crowds are polite and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Hailey Niswanger's 2nd CD, "The Keeper," Due For April 24 Release

Saxophonist Hailey Niswanger's 2nd CD, "The Keeper," Due For April 24 Release

Hailey Niswanger created an indelible impression in the jazz world with the release of her 2009 debut, Confeddie. Then 19, the saxophonist was even the subject of an enthusiastic Wall Street Journal profile by veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff. The headline read: “This Teenager Has Got It.” Now 22, freshly graduated from the Berklee College of Music ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Portland Sax Phenom Plays Boxley's in North Bend

Portland Sax Phenom Plays Boxley's in North Bend

Twenty-one-year-old saxophone phenom and Portland native Hailey Niswanger, who won the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival saxophone competition three years ago, brings her quartet Monday to Boxley's, the lively North Bend restaurant and showcase for Seattle's Pony Boy Records. A stone swinger, Niswanger plays alto with a burly, broad tone and a trace of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Either/Orchestra: New York City, February 11, 2011

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Either/Orchestra
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
February 11, 2011

If you graduated school to work for a law firm or a contracting company, your reunion would probably not be a raucous or joyous event. However, if you and your classmates went on to be the employees of Lee Konitz, Lester Bowie, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Russ Gershon: Time Traveler, Four Million Years Later

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Twenty-five years is a long time in jazz. When saxophonist/composer/bandleader Russ Gershon founded the Either/Orchestra back in 1985, trumpeter Miles Davis was on the crest of his jazz/funk comeback wave, and the so-called Young Lions movement fronted by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was coming into prominence, just as Weather Report--the last of the great '70s fusion bands--was ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2010: Female Instrumentalists

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More experienced editors before me have already posted their best choices for this past year. Instead of adding yet another list of some of the same, I would like to take a slightly different approach. Here are my top 10 picks for 2010, by female jazz instrumentalists:

Mary Halvorson Quintet

Saturn Sings

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Jazz Festival 2010: 33rd Edition is Strong

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2010 Freihofer's Jazz Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 26-27, 2010
Watching Kendrick Scott's Oracle band in the warmth and sunshine of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently brought into focus everything that's good about the two-day event created by legendary impresario George Wein in 1978 and carried on more than capably by Danny Melnick's ...