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ARTICLE: RADIO

Notable Songs by 21st Century Women

Read "Notable Songs by 21st Century Women" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In this episode of A Broad Spectrum we feature some gorgeous new releases and we give birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Jeri Southern, Hank Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Josh Nelson, Tony Bennett, Connie Converse, Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Weinstein, and Baby Jane Dexter among others, focusing on some notable songs written by ...

James Hall: Lattice

Read "Lattice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

James Hall uses an interesting combination of instruments you rarely hear in a jazz quintet on this CD, with his trombone and Jamie Baum's flute sharing the front line. The result, full of cool high-low harmonies, is an intriguing sound that goes in many different directions.

The lilting weave of “Shoy" showcases how well ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women 2018 – Part IV

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part IV" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Proceeding unabated is women's conquering of jazz...

As Is: Alan & Stacey Schulman
Here's to Life
Self Produced
2017

This husband-and-wife, full-ensemble recording, Here's to Life, is the sophomore effort following Alan and Stacey Schulman's duet debut, A Love Like Ours (Night, Night The Elephant Productions, 2015). The ...

How the Other Half Swings

Read "How the Other Half Swings" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there has been a frequent criticism of the Genius Guide, besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the hell I'm going on about most of the time, it would be that I have largely ignored the contributions of women to Our Music. One would think, from the body of my work to this ...

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Special Kay!

Read "Special Kay!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

WOW!

No, it is definitely not advisable to open a review with an unequivocal superlative (for one thing, it sort of gives the game away, doesn't it?). But on Special Kay!, its ninth impressive album in twenty-four years, DIVA--the gold standard among all-female big bands since its inception--really gives a commentator no reasonable ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker

Read "Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz
Chris Becker
332 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0692543603
Beckeresque
2015

Houstonian writer and composer Chris Becker had a labor of love in mind when he set out to assemble his Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz. What may have begun ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Josh Lawrence Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Josh Lawrence Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Josh Lawrence Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
February 5, 2016

Josh Lawrence is a top-of-the-line, ascending trumpeter/composer/bandleader in Philadelphia and New York who in a few short years has three solo albums under his name, is a member of Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band and is co-founder of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland

Read "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi si ricorda di Gary McFarland? Ha attraversato gli anni sessanta come una meteora fino a spegnersi a soli 38 anni, il 2 novembre 1971.
Fu un significativo compositore, orchestratore e leader che iniziò a suonare il vibrafono a 23 anni, bruciando le tappe: nel 1960, appena diplomato al Berklee College (dove studiò composizione), ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Girl Talk: Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins

Read "Girl Talk:  Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The universe of horn players ceased being a “boys club" about thirty years ago. Women have taken commanding roles in both the trumpet (Carol Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, Saskia Laroo) and saxophone (Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Nancy Wright, Virginia Mayhew, Pattie Cossentino, Jane Ira Bloom, Claire Daly). Add to these lists two new names, Nicole Glover and ...

The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland

Read "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Drummer Michael Benedict, leader of the BOPITUDE and JAZZ VIBES groups, directs a new quintet assembled for a special project that pays tribute to the late Gary McFarland on Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland. An influential composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist during the 60s, McFarland had a brief career as he met an untimely death ...