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Matt Pavolka

Matt Pavolka is, like, a dude who plays the bass. Some people think that he's totally awesome. He started out as a trombonist but couldn't take the derision. He thought chicks would dig him if he played the bass. He had it confused with the guitar. He is a redneck from the State of Indiana. He was born in Muncie. His parents went to college there with David Letterman. He grew up in Bloomington. Not far from there is a town called Raccoon, and another one called Needmore. He went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, mostly to get the hell out of Indiana. He played a lot of music there

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William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More

Read "William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Back in 2017, one of the great quartets was in a celebratory mood over the release of a new recording, so they booked the Shapeshifter Lab in New York for their record release party. Someone had the smarts to record those musical proceedings and the results are a new album by bassist William Parker and In ...

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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Brad Whiteley has had a lot of varied experiences in his career. He has played with rock artists like Regina Spektor and David Byrne and improvisers like Dave Liebman and Cameron Mizell. He's also worked on film soundtracks and played in the pit band of a Broadway show. That eclecticism is reflected in Presence--his second ...

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Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw

Read "Jigsaw" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jigsaw mapped out by trombonist Alan Ferber's splendid New York City-based ensemble comprises a number of dissimilar pieces, drawn from a broad range of musical patterns, which makes its assemblage arduous yet ultimately rewarding. Ferber's sophisticated arrangements manifest a pensive, and at times ethereal, temper that is far removed from the realm of flag-wavers and ...

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Martin Longley

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016 Urban Meadow Community Garden Red Hook, Brooklyn June 12 & 19, 2016 This ninth edition of the Red Hook Jazz Festival appeared to draw its biggest crowd yet. Not that it's a large- capacity event, but perhaps a setting close to the water's ...

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9th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn's Urban Meadow, June 12 & 19 From 1-6pm

9th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn's Urban Meadow, June 12 & 19 From 1-6pm

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York ...

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Richard Nant / Alan Plachta: Un Viaje

Read "Un Viaje" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Things are happening right now in Argentina. There is a jazz scene that just seems to keep on growing and growing. Fortunately, international collaboration has also started to happen and Argentinian musicians are travelling around the world to share their special take on the jazz tradition. For instance, cutting edge pianist Paula Shocron has recently been ...

The Horns Band

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Acid Metacognition; The Evening Redness in the West; Lullaby; That Night the Blind Man Dream That He Was Blind; The Evolution of Artificial Light; Guermo; Vheissu; Recollected Forward; Anti-Green Plate Gives Mr. H. More Power.

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Day 2 Of 8th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Re-scheduled To September 20, 1-6pm

Day 2 Of 8th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Re-scheduled To September 20, 1-6pm

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill... The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nate Radley: Morphoses

Read "Morphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It took Nate Radley a while to graduate from sideman/band member to leader, but The Big Eyes (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2012) was an impressive debut that called for a quick follow-up. Happily, Radley seems to be on a roll. Carillon (Steeplechase, 2013) pitted Radley alongside Ted Poor, Chris Cheek and Matt Clohesy on an eclectic ...


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