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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011

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32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
September 2-5, 2011
In its 32nd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival decided to drop “International" from its name, only to turn around and proclaim “We Bring You the World." An interesting distinction, but the festival's scope was covered, nonetheless. The celebration brought to Detroit not only artists and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

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The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wessell Anderson: Warm It Up, Warmdaddy!

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Alto saxophonist Wessell Anderson is a traditionalist who clearly enjoys upending tradition. On Warm It Up, Warmdaddy! several of the songs rework the harmonic structures of some cherished standards and their titles are the work of someone who embraces the classics without taking them too seriously.

The mischief begins with “What Is Dat Thang?," ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Allen Toussaint Quartet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Allen Toussaint Quartet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

An unforgettable evening with a true New Orleans legend. A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a singer, pianist, producer, and composer, Allen Toussaint presents his quartet of Renard Poche (guitar), Roland Guerin (bass), and Herman LeBeaux (drums). Sunday, October 18 at The Triple Door, 7:00PM & 9:30PM $26. For 9:30 PM, must be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson: Warm It Up Warmdaddy!

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Wessell “Warmdaddy" Anderson has been playing alto saxophone professionally for over 20 years, much of the time with the Wynton Marsalis Sextet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but has only four albums to his name as a leader. Warm It Up Warmdaddy! is a re-packaging, by Nu Jazz Records, of his self-released 2006 CD, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kermit Ruffins: Swingin' and Smilin'

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There's a rebirth occurring in New Orleans music, and trumpeter/vocalist Kermit Ruffins finds himself front and center. While the post-Katrina recovery has meant many things for the Crescent City, in a number of ways it's been musicians who have taken the lead in bringing the city back to its traditions. Prior to the storm, many musicians ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marcus Roberts: Has A Lot More To Do

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With a foundation in the church and a passion for America's music, Marcus Roberts is easily one of the most prolific pianists of his generation. Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida and influenced by the early exposure to his mother's gospel singing, he decided that he wanted to be a jazz pianist after listening to the music of ...