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The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...

NEWS: EVENT

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches To Play Record Release Concert At DROM NYC On June 14 With Emmy-Nominated Actor Rob Morrow

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches To Play Record Release Concert At DROM NYC On June 14 With Emmy-Nominated Actor Rob Morrow

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are likely the only band today infusing elements of Gullah-Geechee and world rhythms with folk traditions, Americana, New Orleans influences, and 1920s jazz. The forthcoming sophomore album, Get Us Out Of Fearland , due June 15, builds upon the multicultural exuberance that made the band’s debut, Very Next Thing, a transcendent breath of fresh air. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Sasha Mashin Releases "Outside The Box" on Rainy Days Records

Drummer Sasha Mashin Releases "Outside The Box" on Rainy Days Records

“When I lived in jny: St. Petersburg, Sasha to me was the main drummer—the most creative, most contemporary, most looking-forward, everything else. When he moved to jny: Moscow, I actually left, too, and one reason was because playing with him regularly wasn’t possible any more.” —Zhenya Strigalev One Russian equivalent of “outside the box” (вне коробки [vne ...

Massimo Colombo: Powell To The People

Read "Powell To The People" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Powell To The People could certainly be heard as a tribute to jazz pianist Bud Powell. It could just as easily be heard as an introduction to the legend's iconic music. It fulfills both categories with the emotion and virtuosity Powell exuded in his playing.

Powell pioneered a new era of post swing bebop ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department

Read "State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Cold War that began in 1947 and ran for forty-four years, had jazz music as its primary deterrent to global tensions, and it did more to foster good will between the U.S. and global citizens than any previous program launched by the U.S. Department of State. Jazz music, even in its Golden Age, was seldom ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018

Read "Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As he approached the age of ninety, Cecil Taylor could be excused for some of his indulgences. Still highly opinionated on a range of subjects; still chain smoking, still harboring old resentments, and so on. For a man from whom new ideas sprang constantly and effortlessly, Taylor could get stuck in real-world dramas. He had a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Open Papyrus Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Open Papyrus Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Teatro Giacosa, Sala S. Marta, Caffè del Teatro
Ivrea
22-24.03.2017

Dopo l'anteprima del 17 marzo con Enten Eller e danza al Museo Garda, ancora la danza abbinata alla musica ha aperto in Sala S. Marta (i cui endemici problemi di acustica non sembrano purtroppo risolvibili) la tre giorni finale ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

Roxy Coss: The Future is Female

Read "The Future is Female" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss migrated east ten years ago from her native Seattle, seeking a life and career in jazz in New York City. That time has seen her develop a strong and focused voice both as a musician and as an advocate and activist for female artists in America's quintessential art form.

Coss gained ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix

Read "Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dafnis Prieto is one of the leading drummers and composers of his generation. Forty-four years old and Cuban born, Prieto moved to jny: New York City in 1999. The early 2000's found Prieto employed as a sideman by several prominent musicians, including Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Dave Samuels and Arturo O'Farrill. In the following ...