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Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet master David Krakauer was born in raised in New York City. As he spread his considerable chops throughout NYC's classical, electronica and jazz scenes, he became known as a Klezmer specialist but just as often appeared as a soloist or member of various symphony orchestras, string quartets and chamber ensembles alongside a head-shaking variety of ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

Read "Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
This Could Be That
Self-Produced
2016

This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On

Read "Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, soloist and accompanist Dick Hyman has already lived several jazz lifetimes, and as he contemplates his 86th birthday in March 2013, his career shows no sign of slowing down.

A New York City native, Hyman served as pianist with a Dixieland band and with Lester Young at the December 1949 opening ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Natalie Merchant Performs with North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, May 29

RALEIGH, N.C.—Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will join the North Carolina Symphony for a single performance on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra announced today. The concert takes place at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh's Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for this one-night-only performance will go on sale on Monday, Jan. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Hope Waits' Debut Album Available July 26 on Spann Records

Hope Waits' Debut Album Available July 26 on Spann Records

Introducing Hope Waits—the debut release from enigmatic singer/songwriter Hope Waits—was released digitally July 26th on Spann Records. The debut recording from the Louisiana native brews up a sonic gumbo that will satisfy audiences' appetites for impassioned and beautifully handcrafted jazz-tinged blues music. In addition to the physical album's 12 tracks produced by Peter Malick (Norah Jones), ...

Hazmat Modine: Cicada

Read "Cicada" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

To call this band is eclectic is a understatement; to call it spectacular is a simplification; to say it is led by a mouth-harp duo is approximating a partial truth, but ignores the other seven people that comprise the troupe, not to mention ten other “past, adjunct and intermittent Hazmaticians!" However, the start and end has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Natalie Merchant: Motherland

Read "Motherland" reviewed by Ashley King

People have been expecting big things from Natalie Merchant. While her latest release, Motherland, may not make many “Best of" lists for 2001, it most definitely made some “Most Anticipated" lists prior to its November release. On the heels of an American Folk Music tour and out of a collaboration with renowned roots-rock producer T-Bone Burnett ...