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African-American Music: A retrospective at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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One of Jazz at Lincoln Center's most thoughtful concert ideas in recent memory came to life at the Appel Room on March 2, 2018. Dubbed “Rags, Strides & Habaneras" the intimate program managed to survey a host of strategic forms from origins in West Africa that shaped the art of music in the Americas.

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Fats Waller by Maurice Waller & Anthony Calabrese

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Fats Waller
Maurice Waller and Anthony Calabrese
256 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1-5179-0391-6
University of Minnesota Press
2017/1977

With regards to the jazz piano, who came before Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. Well, it was James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion" Smith and Thomas Fats Waller. The latter of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Saltzman: Blues, Preludes and Feuds

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Solo piano albums have the special place in the cannon of improvised music as a mode of presentation and holds an honored place in jazz; the history could even be traced to music predating the origins of the genre. In mechanical terms, it has not changed, one musical artist sitting at the piano for well over ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bill Charlap Trio at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

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Bill Charlap Trio
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Jazz on Stage with Matt Wilson
Brookville, NY
November 8, 2015

To witness pianist Bill Charlap in action is to receive an education, so who better than the newly-appointed Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University to help kick ...

A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On

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This encore presentation from January 2009 celebrates Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Ms. Bach died on May 27th at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.

It is probably the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time. Fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of ...

Ehud Asherie with Harry Allen: Lower East Side

Read "Lower East Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In this day and age, when shock-and-awe maneuvers and new-thing sounds tend to get all the plaudits and press in jazz, it says a lot when a throwback duo date is widely admired by critics and fans alike. Such was the case with pianist Ehud Asherie's Upper West Side (Posi-Tone, 2012), which brought him into contact ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival: Barcelona, Spain, November 24-30, 2012

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Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival
Barcelona, Spain
November 24-30, 2012
Sometimes picking a few festival highlights is easy. A big name turns on the charm, one or two young Turks announce their arrival on the scene, someone famous steps up at a jam session--the rest is okay, just nothing special. The Barcelona Voll-Damm Internacional Jazz Festival ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire

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This article appears in the prologue of The Jazz Standards A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012).

Introduction

When I was learning how to play jazz during my teenage years, I kept encountering songs that the older musicians expected me to know. I eventually realized that there were ...

Spike Wilner: La Tendresse

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There are few greater champions of the old and new in jazz than pianist/club owner/musical antiquarian Spike Wilner. His role in resuscitating and running one of the most important night spots for jazz in New York--Smalls Jazz Club--has made him a hero to those who frequent that bastion of musical integrity, but he's also revered as ...

Spike Wilner: La Tendresse

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Joy.

But having been told that one word reviews aren't sufficient, how about this: Pianist Spike Wilner's disc La Tendresse is pure joy.

Wilner can probably best be described as an old soul occupying a modernist corpus. His foundations in ragtime and stride piano inform the music heard here, but like Thelonious Monk, he ...