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NEWS: RECORDING

Nicholas Payton Balances Studio Work As Bandleader, Producer; "Textures," His 5th Album On Paytone Records, Set For Spring Release

Nicholas Payton Balances Studio Work As Bandleader, Producer; "Textures," His 5th Album On Paytone Records, Set For Spring Release

Grammy award-winning Nicholas Payton—one of the era’s definitive artists—has been quite busy this winter blowing with the all-star Monterey Jazz Festival on a nationwide tour, putting the finishing touches on Textures, his fifth release for his very own label, Payton Records, as well as producing and arranging Jane Monheit’s latest project, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective
Thomas W. Jacobsen
208 Pages
ISBN: 0807156981
LSU Press
2014

This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue).

Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

24 Jazz Heroes in 22 cities Announced by Jazz Journalists Association

24 Jazz Heroes in 22 cities Announced by Jazz Journalists Association

Educators, Presenters, Philanthropists, Fans, Players, Poet and Dentist Hailed as Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz Honored New York, NY: Two dozen “JazzHeroes"—activists of positive influence on their musical communities—have been announced today by the Jazz Journalists Association, a non-profit organization of media professionals, in collaborations with grassroots organizations andsupporters in 22 U.S. cities, launching ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis" to be Released October 22

"The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis" to be Released October 22

Pulitzer Prize and nine-time Grammy Award®-winning musician, and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis digs into his rich collection of spiritually inspired recordings at the Columbia and Sony Classical labels for The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis. This special collection of 15 divine tracks will be available everywhere October 22 through ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Michael White - Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (2011)

Michael White - Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (2011)

As much as famous folks like Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. have burnished the city of New Orleans' role in jazz, they didn't do it by playing in the style that made the city famous. Enter Michael White, beginning with a career-making sideman turn on Wynton's 1989 recording Majesty of the Blues. Seemingly untouched by the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Playboy Jazz Festival: June 11-12, 2011

Read "Playboy Jazz Festival: June 11-12, 2011" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Playboy Jazz Festival
Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
June 11-12, 2011
June gloom blanketed Los Angeles and the Hollywood Bowl last Saturday, but it wasn't long before jazz heat from the 33rd Playboy Jazz Festival burned away the last traces of fog. Playboy Jazz producer, Darlene Chan, who ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dr. Michael White's Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 Coming This Month

Dr. Michael White's Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 Coming This Month

Basin Street Records have set a June 21, 2011 release date for Dr. Michael White's Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (Part 2 will be released in early 2012). White has recorded ten projects under his own name and has participated on over forty recordings including the latest projects of Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and Marianne ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2011

Read "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2011" reviewed by Sandy Ingham

Days 1-3 | Days 4-7

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA
April 27-May 6, 2011

Day 1: April 29, 2011
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival turned 42 this year. I've been to 25, and the thrill of anticipation entering the fairgrounds and crossing to the ...

Lajos Dudas: 50 Years With Jazzclarinet: The Best Of Lajos Dudas

Read "50 Years With Jazzclarinet: The Best Of Lajos Dudas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music of Hungarian-born clarinetist Lajos Dudas doesn't fall under a neat little heading. While no mere label can define an artist, some clarinetists can be categorized in a fairly accurate manner, using few words. We have neo-traditionalists (Ken Peplowski), New Orleans torch bearers (Evan Christopher and Dr. Michael White), technical marvels who brilliantly bridge the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2011 Playboy Jazz Line-Up Announced

By Chuck Koton There are many reasons for Americans to express their collective gratitude to Hugh Hefner. He played a fundamental role in sophisticating society's senses in the1950s. And there are the women. There is the ground breaking path Hef carved in transcending the puritanical sexual mores of the Eisenhower era. And there are the women. There ...