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NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Michelle Walker Performs Live @ The 55 Bar

Michelle Walker Performs Live @ The 55 Bar

New York, NY - Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Michelle Walker will perform the early set on Saturday August 23, 2014 at one of New York City’s most established and loved music watering-hole stages, The 55 BAR. Her sets will consist of originals, new and old standards with her refreshing and engaging arrangements starting promptly at 6:00pm. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Davis: For The Love Of Lori

Read "For The Love Of Lori" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Charles Davis' paean to his late wife, For the Love of Lori, is more of a musical celebration of her spirit than a requiem. Sure, there are moments of intense sorrow and nostalgic melancholy but they are enveloped in positive, swinging creativity.

On “What'll I Do?" for instance, Davis' wistful soliloquy is filled ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Dezron Douglas

Read "Take Five With Dezron Douglas" reviewed by Carla Parisi

Meet Dezron Douglas: On Dezron Douglas: Live at Smalls, the bass prodigy is presented with a band of his peers: the highly original Stacy Dillard, the fiery Josh Evans, pianist David Bryant and the veteran drummer Willie Jones III.

Hailing from Hartford, CT, Douglas is a product of the Jackie McLean institute. Quickly establishing himself ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Journeys

Read "Journeys" reviewed by Larry Taylor

During a career spanning 20 years, Cyrus Chestnut has risen to be one of the most esteemed and productive of jazz pianists. Journeys makes 16 recordings under his name. He regularly performs with his trio and is the go-to guy on numerous recording dates and gigs.

Having apprenticed with the incomparable vocalist Betty ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Gently, Gently, a Drummer Leads His Pack

Why are so many good jazz gigs led by drummers these days? Possibly it’s just labor logic: the star system has broken down, the circuit has shrunk and there are fewer high-profile working bands led by great front-line soloists — saxophonists, trumpeters, guitarists. The burden to be charismatic has drained away from jazz a bit, too, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Neal Smith: Some of My Favorite Songs Are...

Read "Some of My Favorite Songs Are..." reviewed by Elliott Simon

Debut recordings can give a deceptively strong impression of a leader, since his or her best hour of material is showcased. Many an artist can't match that initial effort and fall prey to the dreaded sophomore jinx. Drummer Neal Smith has confounded that scenario by releasing his second recording along with his first--and when they are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Neal Smith: Swingin' Is Believin'

Read "Swingin' Is Believin'" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Swingin' is Believin' is evidence that Neal Smith is well aware of the Indian proverb “A good drummer listens as much as he plays. Not to say that Smith is a wallflower. Au contraire, he has that much-desired talent of solidifying an organized sound while driving the music in interesting directions. Coupled with an obvious connection ...