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Kenny Drew Jr. v. Dad

Kenny Drew Jr. v. Dad

Little is known about Kenny Drew Jr., one of jazz's finest pianists in the post-1960s era. Drew Jr. was the son of Kenny Drew, a superb bebop pianist who recorded with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Miles Davis, among others. He also was on John Coltrane's Blue Trane, Sonny Rollins's Tour de Force and ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

Orlando, FL - “It’s the only talent competition of its kind in North America,” Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) said Monday. Five* of the nation’s best high school age Jazz musicians will come to Orlando in March, 2014, to perform with the UCF All-Star High School Jazztet, that will open for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phill Fest: Projeto B.F.C.

Read "Projeto B.F.C." reviewed by Edward Blanco

Living in the South Florida area for over a decade now, guitarist Phill Fest rolls out a recording of Brazilian-style modern jazz dedicated to the strong ties that make Florida and Brazil so special to the development of his personal and professional musical career. Projeto B.F.C. (Project Brazil-Florida Connection) celebrates the proud Fest family tradition in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Kenny Drew Jr. At Venice Fl Art Center October 19

Kenny Drew Jr. At Venice Fl Art Center October 19

Internationally-known jazz pianist Kenny Drew Jr. will appear with Bruce Wallace and Tom Carabasi at the Venice Art Center Friday, October 19th from 2 to 4 PM in a concert presented by the South County Jazz Club. Drew, who is equally at home in the jazz and classical realms, is known for his hard-swinging bluesy sound ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Georg Breinschmid: Fire

Read "Fire" reviewed by Larry Taylor

A mixture of outrageous humor and subtle beauty make up Fire, from Austrian bassist Georg Breinschmid. Such a conflicting opinion needs explaining.

The 14 mostly originals (plus a bonus disc of four additional tracks) combine live and studio recordings using two different groupings. There is Brein's Café--a piano/violin/bass trio; and a duo with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny Drew, Jr. and Larry Coryell: Duality

Read "Duality" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The jazz duo affords its participants wonderful opportunities to stretch out creatively. Ideas, suggestions and negotiations of all musical kinds percolate back and forth. And, in the best of instances, they birth new nuggets for further development and exploration. At the same time, the duet framework can possibly limit, as competitive natures and stylistic dichotomies might ...

Dreyfus Records: Crossing Continents with Music

Read "Dreyfus Records: Crossing Continents with Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Music, at its best, has the ability to reach across boundaries of nationality, gender and age. If there's a message in music, it's about communication, and about getting to the essence of everything: the beating pulse of a human heart. In an increasingly commercial market, where it has become more important to make music that opens ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ybor Jazz Festival Set for Nov. 2-7 at the HCC Campus

Jazz festivals in Tampa have come and gone, and most--like the USF Jazz Festival and the Ybor Jazz Festa--have been short-lived, if often impressive.

Now here comes the first Ybor Jazz Festival, and its slogan and lineup make clear its musical intentions: “There's nothing smooth about it!"

Some of the area's finest jazz artists, including pianists ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Rupert: From Memphis to Mobile

Read "From Memphis to Mobile" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Sound and swing. It seems that these two elements of the very DNA of jazz are sadly absent from much of what is offered up in some of today's recorded music. It might be smooth or contrived, but much that's heard doesn't seem in synch with the very essence of the art form. Happily, with From ...

ARTICLE: MEGAPHONE

What the F**k Happened to Black Popular Music?

Read "What the F**k Happened to Black Popular Music?" reviewed by Kenny Drew Jr.

I've decided to add this section to my website as a vehicle to express my views on various topics, musical and otherwise, that have been on my mind lately. You may wonder why I'm talking about popular music in this first installment, since I am generally thought of as a “jazz" musician. However, anyone who knows ...