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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

Read "The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More

Read "River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Happy 89th birthday to Mr. Sonny Rollins!

After some 21st century music from Hudson, Joshua Redman (his latest), UK pianist Zoe Rahman [whew!], Chicagoland's Geof Bradfield & Kamasi Washington, we preview the Baton Rouge River City Jazz Masters 2019-2020 season at the Manship Theatre (Eddie Palmieri, Eric Alexander, Nicholas Payton AND Jazzmeia Horn)! It's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
June 27-29, 2019

The year was 1979. Mainstream styles were on the wane and the major labels had largely abandoned jazz product, with the invention of the compact disc some three years in the future. The musical landscape in terms of jazz was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Five Tadd Dameron Clips

Five Tadd Dameron Clips

The beauty and sophistication of Tadd Dameron's compositions and arrangements are impossibly seductive. Let's extend the Dameronia week with five YouTube clips: Here's Vanessa Rubin singing Dameron's On a Misty Night... Here's John's Delight in 1947, named for a line guitarist John Collins conceived... Here's Dizzy Gillespie's big band in 1947 playing Good Bait... Here's Barry Harris playing Casbah... And here's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tadd Dameron: Fontainebleau

Tadd Dameron: Fontainebleau

One of the prettiest octet albums of the 1950s was Tadd Dameron's Fontainebleau. Recorded in March 1956, the album for Prestige featured Kenny Dorham (tp), Henry Coker (tb), Sahib Shihab (as), Joe Alexander (ts), Cecil Payne (bar), Tadd Dameron (p,arr), John Simmons (b) and Shadow Wilson (d). The regal quality of Dameron's compositions and arrangements are ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lee Morgan, Mike Downes & Nick Sanders

Read "Lee Morgan, Mike Downes & Nick Sanders" reviewed by Joe Dimino

With a legendary voice out of jny: Cleveland, Ohio on an ablum paying full respects to Tadd Dameron, we start the 599th episode of Neon Jazz with the tune “Kitchenette Across the Hall." From there, we listen to Sarah Vaughan and hear the great Tadd Dameron with his Sextet with the tune “The Squirrel." As the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Various venues
Bray, Ireland
May 3-5, 2019

The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

These days a lot of jazz records seem to require a musical concept or an idea that unites the compositions on the album, but it doesn't have to be so complicated. After a tour in January 2019 with his European Quartet, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf went into a studio in Copenhagen with the band, and a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vanessa Rubin: The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Read "The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tadd Dameron is regarded as the great romantic of bebop-era jazz composers, a writer with a talent for creating smooth, memorable melodies that could evoke real emotion. Most of his works are known mainly as instrumentals but Vanessa Rubin has compiled lyrics written for some of his tunes, had new lyrics written for others and even ...