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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ada Rovatti: True Artist

Read "Ada Rovatti: True Artist" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

For Ada Rovatti, a saxophonist whose musical journey took her from her homeland of Italy, then inevitably to the United States, the road taken has not always been easy. A bright and sensitive artist, she can have misgivings about her work at times.

But that work, with other bands or the leading voice on ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

Read "Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley

An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

Read "New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Peter Jurew

New York Japanese Jazz Festival
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
June 25-27, 2019

The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Kikoski: Phoenix Rising

Read "Phoenix Rising" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist David Kikoski and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, among the brightest lights on New York City's jazz scene for more than two decades, have known each other for almost as many years but Phoenix Rising marks the first time they have recorded together. After listening, one observation springs immediately to mind: it's about time.

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Three Spectacular Days Of Cultural Bridges At The New York Japanese Jazz Festival At Smoke Jazz Club From June 25-27, 2019 In NYC!

Three Spectacular Days Of Cultural Bridges At The New York Japanese Jazz Festival At Smoke Jazz Club From June 25-27, 2019 In NYC!

The inaugural New York Japanese Jazz Festival will be launching June 25-27, 2019, as part of a three-day series heralding the undiscovered talents from the island on the other side of the world. Featuring a “who’s who” of American Jazz Greats, with a treasure trove of Jazz music’s future stars there will be something for everyone ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 14-19, 2018

Over the course of its 11-year history, the annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival has taken Monk's “Straight, No Chaser" creed to heart. When it comes to programming, few festivals in the world can match the Argentine event for its choice ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death.

On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Armacost: Time Being

Read "Time Being" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

La natura di un fenomeno è data dalla sommatoria di vari fattori, da una parte ci sono gli elementi che lo compongono, caratterizzandone i connotati, dall'altra il modo in cui quelli si combinano, e che ne costituiscono la forma. La capacità del demiurgo, dell'artista, si manifesta nell'abilità di manipolare la materia in modo che l'accostamento delle ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Escoffery: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Non vi sono dubbi sulla natura di quest'ultima fatica discografica del tenor sassofonista Wayne Escoffery (londinese di nascita e newyorkese di adozione): si tratta di un progetto che declina senza remore alcuni paradigmi sonori intrinseci alla musicalità di John Coltrane.

Il suono muscolare, incisivo, quasi palpabile del sassofono di Escoffery funge da guida per ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Armacost: Time Being

Read "Time Being" reviewed by Geno Thackara

From the initial trotting bass solo smoothly segueing into a toe-tapping slice of timeless bop, Time Being's opening jaunt makes an introduction fascinatingly tricky and inviting. Those familiar with the wide-ranging saxophonist Tim Armacost, however, know he's got much more still up his sleeve--and that no matter how complicated things get, they'll stay listenable and accessible ...