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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan les Pins 2018

Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan les Pins 2018

The Cote d'Azur, France's legendary playground, celebrated the first jazz festival 70 years ago but the concept did not become an annual event until the early 1970s. Set beside the impossibly blue Mediterranean, jazz festivals are celebrated all along the coast from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Here we look at two major events in July, Nice ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Umbria Jazz 2018 In Perugia From July 13-22: Celebrating 45 Years Of Jazz In Italy And Beyond

Umbria Jazz 2018 In Perugia From July 13-22: Celebrating 45 Years Of Jazz In Italy And Beyond

Not many festivals have had the kind of impact that Umbria Jazz has had on the musical history of a country and on its social history as well. When it started out in 1973, Umbria Jazz was simply an attempt to combine the passion of a group of jazz lovers with the needs of a region ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

In conversation with Matti Nives, Jeff Cascaro and Enrique Simon

Read "In conversation with Matti Nives, Jeff Cascaro and Enrique Simon" reviewed by Nico Kanakaris

Welcome to the first installment of Blue Notes on All About Jazz where I play the best in jazz, blues and soul. This week I speak with Matti Nives, the founder of the Finnish label We Jazz Records, with German jazz singer and trumpet player Jeff Cascaro and with Spanish pianist Enrique Simon.

The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Linley Hamilton: Strings Attached

Read "Linley Hamilton: Strings Attached" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nearly all recordings are labours of love. Passion and a huge amount of work are the essential ingredients. Some recordings in particular, however, mark the realization of a life-long dream. For Northern Irish trumpeter, BBC jazz broadcaster and university lecturer Linley Hamilton, Making Other Arrangements (Teddy D Records, 2018) is just such a recording.

Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call

Read "A Social Call" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'impatto di Jazzmeia Horn sulla scena vocale afro-americana ricorda quello recente di Cécile McLorin Salvant e di Gregory Porter. Già vincitrice nel 2013 e nel 2015 di due prestigiosi concorsi statunitensi, la 26enne cantante texana ha evidenziato in questo debutto le sue ricche doti: vibrante tensione emotiva dai chiari rimandi blues e soul, scura voce contralto ...

Ellen Doty: Goosebumps All Over

Read "Ellen Doty: Goosebumps All Over" reviewed by Kevin Press

Calgary's Ellen Doty drops her second LP March 2. Come Fall is a stripped-down collection of gorgeous jazz pop that features Doty on vocals, Davide Di Renzo on drums and Mark Lalama on piano.

The absence of bass, horns and all the rest was an inspired choice. Doty, whose crystal-clear voice must be heard ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women 2018 – Part II

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part II" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hey, this is starting to become a habit.

Nina Simone
Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles
Bethlehem Records
2018

Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Dara Tucker: Seeds of the Divine

Read "Dara Tucker: Seeds of the Divine" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Rising jazz star Dara Tucker has added three new trophies to a rapidly growing lineup of awards. At this year's Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMAs) she won Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Jazz Album, and Song of the Year for her April release, Oklahoma Rain (Watchman Music). These three awards follow closely on the heels of her ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

December 2017: Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington

Read "December 2017:  Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The holiday season may be behind us, but the Jazz Bastard Podcast keeps rolling on. Here's a look at December's episodes.

On podcast 130, we celebrate our fifth anniversary by discussing four recordings by quintets. Rare recordings by Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet evoke Miles Davis' second great quintet for us and ...