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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

Read "George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz" reviewed by Doug Hall

Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role for the future of the Newport Jazz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brazilian Pianist / Composer Abelita Mateus Releases "Mixed Feelings" on August 1st

Brazilian Pianist / Composer Abelita Mateus Releases "Mixed Feelings" on August 1st

From São Paulo to New York City.... Everybody Loves Samba!
Featuring Guitarist Romero Lubambo, Bassist Peter Slavov and more! "A mixture of excitement, sadness, 'saudades', happiness, failure, regret, luck- all of the things I was feeling at the time are in my music. I lived in Brazil for the first 30 years of my ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

Read "Sidney Hauser:  Justice and Jubilation" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Michael Leonhart: The Painted Lady Suite

Read "The Painted Lady Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A trent'anni esatti dalla scomparsa di Gil Evans, la sua lezione orchestrale rivive e si alimenta di nuove suggestioni. Il sorprendente e straordinario debutto della Michael Leonhart Orchestra rinnova un'estetica che in questi decenni ha ispirato Maria Schneider, in parte Darcy James Argue e alimentato la ricerca filologica e la rielaborazione di Ryan Truesdell.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR: Symphonic Bowie at Central Park SummerStage

Read "Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR: Symphonic Bowie at Central Park SummerStage" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR
Central Park SummerStage
Symphonic Bowie
New York, NY
June 9, 2018

New York City can't stop saying goodbye to David Bowie. And with good reason. The rock legend lived in Manhattan for more than 20 years and often spoke fondly of his adopted city. On ...

The Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, aka TJO, was created to perform music by the major jazz composers, like Miles Davis and his Miles Ahead (Columbia Records, 1958), the trumpeter's collaboration with Gil Evans, for one. With 20, the group celebrates the composition and arranging skills of its artistic director, Josh Grossman.

With a twenty year ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Apply Now! Generations Performance Program 2018

Apply Now! Generations Performance Program 2018

From Saturday, 29 September till Saturday 06 October 2018 the 11th edition of the renowned Generations International Jazzfestival Frauenfeld will take place. The jazz ensemble master class lasting several days is one of the reasons why Generations has become an international insiders’ tip; a stage for many upcoming national and international jazz talents. In 2018 this ...

Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This project by pianist Edward Simon blends together many diverse elements. The music combines classical formalism with jazz energy and is performed by a combination of Simon's jazz quartet, Afinidad, and the woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, with some guest musicians added in. The compositions themselves are movements of two separate suites written by Simon, “Sorrows And ...

Dave Ballou: Quadrants (for solo trumpet)

Read "Quadrants (for solo trumpet)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dave Ballou è un trombettista di cinquantacinque anni (il 22 aprile) del Rhode Island con all'attivo, a partire dal 1997, undici album a suo nome con a fianco musicisti del calibro di Michael Formanek, Cameron Brown, Tony Malaby, Randy Peterson, Drew Gress e svariati altri, nonché incisioni a firma dello stesso Formanek (il bellissimo The Distance, ...