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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics

Read "Dialectics" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While it may be tempting to simply call Dialectics a straight-ahead session, Kevin Sun's liner notes set the record straight: According to Sun, “neo-hard bop" is a more accurate term for this music. What's most important to note, however, is that the music is pretty irresistible, regardless of what you call it.

On ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New York-Based Canadian Jazz Drummer Curtis Nowosad To Launch Second Album Dialectics On March 17, 2015

New York-Based Canadian Jazz Drummer Curtis Nowosad To Launch Second Album Dialectics On March 17, 2015

Winnipeg-raised, New York-based jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Curtis Nowosad presents his sophomore album Dialectics, a collection of dynamic and swinging original compositions by Nowosad, as well as selected interpretations of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Mercer/Schertzinger. Dialectics is Nowosad’s debut recording on the renowned Canadian jazz label Cellar Live and will be released on March 17, 2015. The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike Clark: East Bay Funk

Read "Mike Clark: East Bay Funk" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I remember the first time I heard the classic Herbie Hancock album Thrust (Columbia, 1974). It was on the radio, if you can believe it. The song “Actual Proof" burned into my brain: I had been a fan of Herbie's, especially of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Laff House Comedy Club brings Derrick Gardner to Philadelphia

Laff House Comedy Club brings Derrick Gardner to Philadelphia

International jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets to perform Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at Laff House Comedy Club located at 221 South St. Laff House Comedy Club features live jazz on the first Sunday of every month in the Jazz on South Street series. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets will be performing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 4-10: June 27-July 3, 2011

Read "TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 4-10: June 27-July 3, 2011" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2011
Toronto, Canada
June 24-July 3, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

On Monday evening, fans had a few hard choices to make among the headliners. At Koerner Hall, award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater paid tribute to Lady Day, Billie Holiday.

Meanwhile at the Enwave Theatre, Kurt Elling ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vincent Gardner: Three-Five

Read "Three-Five" reviewed by George Kanzler

The title here refers to both trombonist Vincent Gardner's age and the time signatures (3/4 and 5/4) of the majority of the tracks on this CD. Gardner says the “idea for the date was to try these pieces in a different meter. It's amazing that when you drop a beat and take a tune usually played ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Brothers in Jazz

Read "Brothers in Jazz" reviewed by Elliott Simon





Curtis Brothers Quartet Blood, Spirit, Land, Water, Freedom Truth Revolution Records 2009 Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets + 2 Echoes of Ethnicity Owl Studios 2009 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Honesst Jons Records 2009



While in a metaphorical sense we are all brothers ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Derrick Gardner Wins Independent Music Award for Jazz Album "Echoes of Ethnicity"

Derrick Gardner Wins Independent Music Award for Jazz Album "Echoes of Ethnicity"

INDIANAPOLIS, January 26, 2010 - Echoes of Ethnicity, the most recent album by Derrick Gardner and The Jazz Prophets for Owl Studios, today was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a Winner in The 9th annual Independent Music Awards, the influential awards program for independent bands and fans, for Best Jazz Album. This prestigious award ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Trumpeter Derrick Gardner Receives Two Independent Music Award Nominations

Trumpeter Derrick Gardner Receives Two Independent Music Award Nominations

INDIANAPOLIS - Owl Studios is proud to announce that bandleader and trumpeter Derrick Gardner has received two nominations from the Independent Music Awards. Derrick and his group The Jazz Prophets have been nominated in the Jazz Album Category for his 2009 Owl Studios release Echoes of Ethnicity. The second nomination for Owl Studios and Derrick Gardner ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Indianapolis Jazz Festival: Day 1, September 26, 2009

Read "Indianapolis Jazz Festival: Day 1, September 26, 2009" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Day 1 | Day 2
The Indianapolis Jazz Festival
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sept. 26, 2009

With two outdoor stages at The Lawn at White River State Park, the heavy clouds blowing across the sky brought just the right amount of the tension to the mix for the final weekend of the Indy Jazz Festival. The ...