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Amy Cervini: No One Ever Tells You

Read "No One Ever Tells You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As we mature, grow, and enter new phases of life, we constantly discover things that no one ever told us about. In those revelations, be they related to profession, partnership, or parenthood, the truth stands naked. Sometimes it's enlightening in its disrobing; other times it's mildly depressing in its unfolding; and on occasion, it's absolutely gut-wrenching ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hilary Gardner/Ehud Asherie: The Late Set

Read "The Late Set" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you're looking for the definition of a class act, look no more. This is most certainly it. With The Late Set, kindred spirits Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie make us simultaneously pine for an era long gone and appreciate what's right in front of us.

If you've followed either one of these ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Internationally Renowned Vocalist Dominique Eade Performs Recital Featuring Original Music And Songs By Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan And More

Internationally Renowned Vocalist Dominique Eade  Performs Recital Featuring Original Music And Songs By Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan And More

Internationally renowned vocalist/composer Dominique Eade is joined by pianists Jed Wilson and Ran Blake, oud player Kenan Adnawi and setar player Nima Janmohammadi in a faculty recital melding Eade’s original music with songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan and more. The concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

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 ...

Oded Lev-Ari: Threading

Read "Threading" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's more to music than often meets the eye. While educated jazz fans often laud and focus on the artists whose names adorn the cover of albums and the sidemen that support and converse with them, far fewer people applaud the work of figures like Oded Lev-Ari--those men of many hats who work out of sight, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Composer-Arranger Oded Lev-Ari - Producer Of Anat Cohen, Marty Ehrlich, Duchess And More - Makes Leader Debut With Inspired Chamber Jazz Of Threading

Composer-Arranger Oded Lev-Ari - Producer Of Anat Cohen, Marty Ehrlich, Duchess And More - Makes Leader Debut With Inspired Chamber Jazz Of Threading

Threading - to be released via Anzic Records on April 28, 2015 - presents Lev-Ari's instrumental and vocal works played by an all-star 11-piece band including Anat Cohen and Matt Wilson Composer-arranger-producer Oded Lev-Ari has crafted acclaimed albums by the likes of hit band 3 Cohens, clarinet icon Anat Cohen and woodwind sage Marty Ehrlich, as well ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hilary Gardner: The Great City

Read "The Great City" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel traboccante panorama delle nuove jazz singers, Hilary Gardner ha saputo emergere già con questo debutto, che spicca per la sentita adesione al jazz anni quaranta/cinquanta senza timore d'apparire demodé. La Gardner è una suadente interprete di ballads che disegna con profonda musicalità, purezza espressiva ed elegante chiarore timbrico secondo i modelli di Julie London, Peggy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

DUCHESS: DUCHESS

Read "DUCHESS" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a new vocal super group in town, and it proves that bonhomie hasn't been banished from jazz. DUCHESS--the sublime combination of Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou--is a serious musical force, but it makes some seriously friendly music.

Cervini, Gardner, and Stylianou each delivered superb releases on the Anzic imprint in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Three Swinging Singers - Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner & Melissa Stylianou - Make Their Trio Debut As Duchess

Three Swinging Singers - Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner & Melissa Stylianou - Make Their Trio Debut As Duchess

The new jazz vocal trio - whose first album arrives from Anzic Records on Feb. 17, 2015 - bottles an irresistibly fizzing style, inspired by the pioneering harmonies of the Boswell Sisters Duchess - backed by an ace band including drummer Matt Wilson - plays its album release show at New York City's Jazz Standard on March ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does an album end up on this list? It really comes down to two things: strength on impact and staying power. Some records hit hard from the start, ultimately losing power with play after play. Other records come on gently, growing on the ear and the mind over time. But it's the truly rare one ...