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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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

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 ...

Mark Hetzler: Blues, Ballads, and Beyond: Influences Outside the Concert Hall

Read "Blues, Ballads, and Beyond: Influences Outside the Concert Hall" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The trombone has proven not so an elusive lead instrument in jazz. But what of moving beyond jazz. There is classical literature addressing the instrument. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's bastardly father, Leopold, composed the first classical trombone piece, Concerto for Alto Trombone in 1756. Josef Haydn's brother, Michael, composed Concerto shortly after in 1764. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Jan ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Video: Northern Soul

Video: Northern Soul

When we think of soul, cities like jny: Detroit, jny: Memphis, jny: Philadelphia, jny: New York City, jny: Chicago and jny: Los Angeles come to mind. But while soul is most assuredly an American art form, Britain also fell in love with the music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, developing a club scene with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone

Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd at SFJAZZ

Read "Charles Lloyd at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Charles Lloyd
SFJAZZ
jny: San Francisco, CA
April 24-26, 2015

Even in the idiosyncratic world of jazz, Charles Lloyd stands apart. Born in jny: Memphis in 1938, Lloyd is a master of the tenor saxophone and flute. His ethnic mix--Irish, Cherokee, African, and Mongolian--mirrors the vast number of musical styles he ...