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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

Matteo Bortone

Read "Matteo Bortone" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Paul Bley, Closer (ESP, 1966).
Esplorare senza paura di cadere nel vuoto. Barry Altschul incredibile. A mio avviso, uno dei migliori dischi di piano trio.

2. Elliott Smith, Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars, 1997).
Cantautorato struggente post Nick Drake. ”Between the Bars” una delle mie preferite, se avessi una chitarra acustica ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nirvana: Black Flower

Read "Black Flower" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is not a newly unearthed recording by the Seattle-based grunge rock band, Nirvana. Hence, this Nirvana was a short-lived progressive pop unit that formed in 1965, led by the duo of Irishman Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Greek composer Alex Spyropoulos, both supplying the vocals. Once again, UK-based Cherry Red Records stokes the olden flames to remaster ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

Ten Men

Read "Ten Men" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My unscientific estimate contends that there are three female vocalists for every male vocalist. This does not mean that there are no male vocalists out there as evidenced by these ten examples. They just take a little longer to accumulate.

Jay Leonhart and Tomoko Ohno
Don't You Wish
Chancellor Music

MUSICIAN Born:

Brandon Tomasello

Brandon Tomasello was introduced to the performing arts at a young age. In the year 2000 , when the charter school boom in Philadelphia began its ascent, young Brandon entered the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School as a third grade student. Even in the school’s first year in existence, it enabled Brandon’s unique voice a place to be discovered. While he had always been naturally talented, Brandon’s love affair with music began when he was in the fourth grade. There was nothing unordinary when Brandon came home from school one particular spring day. As he entered his home, his grandmother was busy fixing dinner and was enjoying music as she worked

MUSICIAN Born:

Carlos Dias

The Brazilian-born, Manhattan-based singer, actor, and model Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil’s highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. Born in São Paulo, Carlos graduated in 1998 from Teatro Escola (Theater School) Macunaíma, a center for artistic experimentation and freedom of expression. In his hometown he attended Escola Wolf Maya, another respected acting school; studied film acting at Studio Fátima Toledo; and joined the theater company Teatro Amador Produções Artísticas (TAPA)

The Ken Peplowski Big Band: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Many contemporary big bands are all about “breaking new ground" and “exploring new pathways." Not this one. Ace clarinetist Ken Peplowski, who has performed and recorded with myriad large ensembles, at home and abroad, but has seldom led one--although he did record one other big-band album, Last Swing of the Century (Concord Jazz, 1999)--simply wants to ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Incendio: The Fire Within

Read "Incendio: The Fire Within" reviewed by Jim Worsley

If sophisticated, richly dense, multi-layered instrumental music is your thing, then you may already be a fan of the critically acclaimed band Incendio.

Co-founded in 2000 by guitarist Jim Stubblefield, bassist Liza Carbe, and guitarist JP Durand, Incendio boldly blends a plethora of genres. Jazz, flamenco, rock, Latin, Spanish, world, classical, pop, Middle-Eastern, and ...