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Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

Read "Unbroken" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One of the greatest talents of the great talent, vocalist Betty Carter, was her ability to sing in different voice personalities. She could purr the purest ballad, scat the fastest bop run, and dig the deepest in the blue notes. Carter's legacy has been wanting for a new talent to bestow its mantle...and that talent is ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

Read "Jazz House Kids:  The House that Jazz Built" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Celebrating centennials at Moncalieri Jazz Festival

Read "Celebrating centennials at Moncalieri Jazz Festival" reviewed by Antonio Baiano

After the two concerts which opened its 20th edition, the Moncalieri Jazz Festival shifted to full throttle with four more great nights of music, each celebrating the centennials of jazz giants born in 1917.

The first evening was dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald. Italian-Algerian vocalist Karima performed “Voices," a special project commissioned by the festival, ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning

Read "Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

"Primary progressive aphasia" was a disease I had not heard until March of 2014. Now it is darkly stained into my life, since it is the form of dementia that afflicts my wife, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. As Rebecca and I walk down this road, we are not alone. We have our church, our friends, and our ...

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Roger Beaujolais: Sunset

Read "Sunset" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Maybe it should be a law that every vibraphonist is required to cover Bobby Hutcherson's “Little B's Poem." Okay, perhaps we don't need such a law, but as with pianists covering compositions by Thelonious Monk, a requirement like this would enable us to get the measure of the musician. Here Roger Beaujolais, on his 19th studio ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

2017 Montclair Jazz Festival

Read "2017 Montclair Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

The 8th annual 2017 Montclair Jazz festival in Nishuan Park in Montclair NJ came alive on August 12 with the sights and sounds of jazz. Actress S, Epatha Merkerson, from the hit TV series “Law and Order" was once again mistress of ceremonies along with WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM announcer Gary Walker. This festival had performances ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

Photos of the Umbria Jazz Festival, featuring among many others Wayne Shorter, 5 by Monk by 5: Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green and Dado Moroni; the trio of Egberto Gismonti, Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holland and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra directed by Ryan Truesdell featuring Steve Wilson, Paolo Fresu, Jay Anderson and ...

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Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz
Perugia
Varie sedi
7-16.7.2017

Mantenendosi fedele alla sua consolidata formula, Umbria Jazz si è protratta per dieci giorni su vari palcoscenici, con concerti gratuiti e a pagamento, cercando di adeguare stili e proposte differenti ai diversi contesti interessati e rivolgendosi quindi a diverse fasce di pubblico. In particolare, la ...

Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore ...

Take Five with Sergio Pamies

Read "Take Five with Sergio Pamies" reviewed by Sergio Pamies

About Sergio Pamies
Born in Granada, Spain in 1983, Pamies has published three albums under his name; Entre Amigos (PSM, 2008), Borrachito (Bebyne Records, 2011), and What Brought You Here? (Bebyne Records, 2017). Critics have acknowledged his talent for composition, the lyrical qualities of his playing, and his natural and spontaneous ability to fuse ...