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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

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September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

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Mingus Big Band
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration At Jazz Standard Monday April 24, 2017

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration At Jazz Standard Monday April 24, 2017

On Monday, April 24th, the Charles Mingus Institute and the Jazz Standard will join forces to celebrate the life and work of one of the most important figures in twentieth century American music: accomplished composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. In honor of what would be his 95th birthday, the event will showcase Mingus classics as well as ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Monty Alexander: Looking Back

Read "Monty Alexander: Looking Back" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Monty Alexander
Jazz Standard
jny: New York, NY
February 1, 2017

A lot has changed since I started covering the New York beat for All About Jazz in mid-2016. In that time, we have witnessed epic changes in our city, our country, our world--changes that are already affecting our culture, including and ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

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The Cookers
Birdland
New York, NY
September 15, 2016

The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Monty Alexander At The Blue Note - August 23-28 With Three Exclusive Bands!

Monty Alexander At The Blue Note - August 23-28 With Three Exclusive Bands!

MONTY ALEXANDER TRIFECTA
AT THE BLUE NOTE THREE GREAT BANDS IN A ONE WEEK RUN!
AUGUST 23-AUGUST 28 The great Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander thrills audiences wherever he goes- from the Montreux Jazz Festival to the great jazz clubs of the world. This month the Master brings in three different bands, showcasing ...

Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band: Yo!

Read "Yo!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A tuba in a Latin jazz band? Jim Self, what were you thinking? No matter. Whatever you were thinking, the end result is far more agreeable than even you could have imagined. Yo! (sorry, we can't handle the upside down exclamation point) is a generally delightful album by Self's well-bred nonet, due in no small measure ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Returns To Ginny's Supper Club - September 11-12

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Returns To Ginny's Supper Club - September 11-12

DION PARSON & 21st CENTURY BAND Returns to Ginny's Supper Club
Back By Popular Demand!
September 11-12 Featuring Their New CD St. Thomas St. Thomas—the exciting new CD by Dion Parson & 21st Century Band hit the streets this summer and has since gained international airplay and critical acclaim. This explosive, rhythmic ensemble returns to Ginny's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 27-28, 2015

While jazz is closely associated with horns (even though there are few instruments now employed at some point across the genre) it was a couple of guitar slingers that helped light up the skies at Freihofer's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lenny Pickett: Equal Opportunity Explorer

Read "Lenny Pickett: Equal Opportunity Explorer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Lenny Pickett is one of those tenor saxophonists who people have heard over and over and, if they're not paying attention, they don't realize it. If they are listening, they will probably pick up on his wailing altissimo phrases and his ballsy, funky sound.

He's one of those players, like David Sanborn, who has ...