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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Elton John at the FedEx Forum

Read "Elton John at the FedEx Forum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Elton John FedEx Forum Farewell Yellow Brick Road Memphis, TN October 30, 2019 The New York Times movie critic A. O. Scott made what seems an antithetical remark regarding Elton John when reviewing Dexter Fletcher's stylized biopic Rocket Man (New Republic Pictures, 2019): “But the point of “Rocketman" ...

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40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center

Read "40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

40th Annual Blues Music Awards Memphis Cook Convention Center Memphis, Tennessee May 9, 2019 Mississippi writer David L. Cohn, in his 1948 book, Where I was Born and Raised (Houghton, Mifflin), defines the length of the Mississippi Delta thusly: The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100

Read "Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100" reviewed by Peter Coclanis

Few cities in the U.S. have musical traditions so strong and varied as Chicago's. Although cases can be made for other cities--jny: New Orleans, jny: Detroit, New York, jny: Philadelphia, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Memphis come to mind--in no other city is the range and depth of musical expression so strong as in Chi-Town. Other ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Attention Grammy members: For you consideration, Low Society's Sanctified is on the ballot for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the American Roots category. Low Society have a long way to go to actually win it, but their latest album Sanctified has been entered for consideration. The Memphis based band's music may be way too sexy for ...

Low Society: Sanctified

Read "Sanctified" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (2014, Ice House Records) was a revelation to me. I had long ago grown jaded believing that vibrant, genre-expanding blues and Americana had passed into extinction. Then I heard “Need Your Love," my ears stiffened and I sniffed the air... hmm, something special here. I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Low Society: High Time

Read "High Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When one listens to a whole lot of music, it becomes easy to be lulled into the friendly confines of being satisfied with good without ever hearing great. That is, until something exceptional comes along and then it is experienced as an epiphany. So were my feelings hearing Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mike Zito: Keep Coming Back

Mike Zito: Keep Coming Back

After sideman work, then membership in cooperative groups with Cyrille Neville, Devon Allman and others, in 2012 the jny: St. Louis blues guitarist and singer Mike Zito formed his band, The Wheel. Few dedicated jazz listeners also keep up with developments in the music that grows out of country blues pioneers like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert ...

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Beale Street Music Festival 2016

Read "Beale Street Music Festival 2016" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Beale Street Music Festival Memphis in May International Festival Tom Lee Park Memphis, TN April 29-May 1, 2016 “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. The Peabody is the Paris Ritz, the Cairo Shepheard, the London Savoy of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Bo-Keys: Heartaches By The Number

Read "Heartaches By The Number" reviewed by James Nadal

There is an ongoing resurgence in retro-soul music, as contemporary artists emulate the style and sound from the golden age of soul and rhythm and blues. But there are still many of the original musicians from that era out there doing it, of which The Bo-Keys are a primary example. Delving deep into the sub-genre of ...


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