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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero

Read "Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

German-born and US-based pianist, author and composer Monika Herzig released her most accomplished work to date the sublime Sheroes in March of 2018. This cohesive album is a celebration of women in music and particularly jazz, on it Herzig's group of women instrumentalists stimulatingly interpret several originals and two covers. Herzig has a doctorate in music ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Who Needs Monk?

Read "Who Needs Monk?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

2017 is Thelonious Monk's hundredth anniversary year and as good a time as any to ask whether he has anything to teach young, ambitious, up-and-coming jazz musicians today.

Monk's recordings still nurture and entertain countless jazz fans, and the clarity and directness of his conception makes him a wonderful “introductory" artist for newbies. Gigging ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning

Read "In the Beginning" reviewed by Luca Canini

Anche i giganti hanno cominciato da piccoli. Lontani dai riflettori e dalle luci delle capitali del jazz, sui palchi più o meno scalcagnati di una città qualunque. Indianapolis, nel caso di Wes Montgomery. Prima della fama, prima di cambiare per sempre il concetto di sei corde applicato all'improvvisazione, è nel cuore del Midwest che il chitarrista ...

Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

Read "Messin’ with Mister T" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell ...

Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band: Fly!

Read "Fly!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una splendida sorpresa! Il debutto di Mitch Shiner a capo della BloomingTones Big Band è un'ulteriore dimostrazione che il lavoro orchestrale negli Stati Uniti attrae molti giovani talenti e si configura come una vera tendenza.
Abbiamo già considerato alcune ragioni in precedenti articoli ma possiamo aggiungere il prezioso apporto dato dalle università sparse nel ...

Ritmos Unidos: Ritmos Unidos

Read "Ritmos Unidos" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il percussionista Michael Spiro ha coinvolto gli alunni della Jacobs School of Music -dipartimento dell'Indiana University-e guida questa formazione spaziando tra le differenti diramazioni della musica latina. Vediamo quindi coesistere in un'unico percorso musicale le varie forme del latin jazz e i folklori delle isole dei caraibi (Cuba, Porto Rico, Trinidad, Tobago) con suggestioni che vengono ...

Mitch Shiner And The BloomingTones Big Band: Fly!

Read "Fly!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

"Hoosier Jazz" isn't an actual sub-genre of music, but that geographical tag fits this album so well. Drummer/Percussionist Mitch Shiner, a graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, put together a Bloomington-based big band built around his IU chums, be they students, alums, local hotshots or professors. Then he simply fed them some killer arrangements ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Kevin Mahogany Headlines South Bend Jazz Festvial August 16th

Kevin Mahogany Headlines South Bend Jazz Festvial August 16th

We are proud to announce the 3rd annual South Bend Jazz Festival, Saturday, August 16th from 4:00 p.m till 11:00 p.m; in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Free to the Public! Featuring Six international acts from a Variety of Jazz genre. Performing are Headliner Kevin Mahogany; Turkish guitar sensation Ondor Facon with strings; Broadway singer/actress Ntom'khona ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Becky Archibald: Midnight At Monteton

Read "Midnight At Monteton" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist and composer Becky Archibald's sixth release as a leader, Midnight at Monteton is a diverse collection of highly polished originals with catchy harmonic hooks. Recorded over a span of three years, Archibald is heard mostly with a variety of her regular collaborators creating a relaxed amicable mood that permeates the entire album.

The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Becky Archibald: Midnight At Monteton

Read "Midnight At Monteton" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Becky Archibald is an extremely talented lady. Relatively new to jazz, her composing and arranging skills at best warrant comparison with those of such great names as Marty Paich and Mary Lou Williams. Though they are all her own and bang up to date.

A native of Anderson, Indiana, she sums up her ...