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ARTICLE: OPINION

Beatles, Oscars, Grammys & Overachieving: The Best Cliché Ever, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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So... the awards season is over. From the Golden Globes to the Grammys, the Winter Olympics to the Oscars, it's been a long and winding road.

Among people competing for the various honors and annual awards, one of the more popular topics of conversation was: OK, let's say I am the winner--what then? Good ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lorraine Feather: I Love You Guys

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The great pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, is credited with the remark that “writing about jazz is like dancing about architecture." But don't dash off and try to authenticate the quote. One, it'll just take you down a rabbit hole, and two, whether or not he ever actually uttered those words doesn't really matter. Because far ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nora Germain: Let It Rip!

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How good is your memory? Remember when the gold standard in jazz was that the music needs to swing?

Good memory, eh? Remember jazz violin, that four-stringed instrument that was bowed and tucked under the musician's chin, not stood on end?

Jazz violin is a tradition which has faded to such a ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Jazz, Baseball, Politics and the Beltway Blues: Our American Dialogue, Part II

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Ref: How Life Imitates the World Series (Penguin, 1983) by Thomas Boswell

Well, that's over.

$2.6 billion later, the U.S. presidential election is history. No more polls, no more red state / blue state electoral maps, no more trash-talking. Right on its heels, the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) announced the results of ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Jazz, Politics, Edward Kennedy and the Ghosts of Richard Nixon: Our American Dialogue and the Hatfields and McCoys

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To get into heaven, don't snap for a seven
Live clean, don't have no fault
Oh, I take the gospel, whenever it's possible
But with a grain of salt

--"It Ain't Necessarily So," from Porgy & Bess
by George and Ira Gershwin

Edward Kennedy ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit: Hollywood, CA, August 11, 2012

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Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit
Catalina Jazz Club
Hollywood, CA
August 11, 2012

After kicking off Saturday night's festivities with a hard-charging version of Cole Porter's “It's Alright With Me," a beaming Cheryl Bentyne welcomed Catalina Jazz Club's capacity audience by effusing over the wide array of talent that had assembled ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Radio Killed the Roneo Star?

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Recently I began doing a series of short CD reviews with WJSU-FM 88.5, a station broadcasting from the campus of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The opportunity to do it came along within days of learning that KABC's parent company, Cumulus Media, Inc., had pulled the plug on the last remaining AM radio jazz programming ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Lorraine Feather

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Like her contemporary Kurt Elling, Lorraine Feather is that rare jazz vocalist and lyricist who reinvents herself with every project. With the February 2012 release of Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media) comes a new self so different that casual fans may not recognize her at first. Some might feel challenged or mystified by these ambitious ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lorraine Feather's Next CD "Tales of the Unusual" Debuts Valentine's Day 2012 (Jazzed Media)

Lorraine Feather's Next CD "Tales of the Unusual" Debuts Valentine's Day 2012 (Jazzed Media)

Tales of the Unusual follows on the heels of Lorraine Feather's album Ages, which received a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. As with Ages, the words are all Lorraine's, with music by Feather's close longtime collaborators Russell Ferrante, Eddie Arkin and Shelly Berg, also featuring music by Duke Ellington, Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, ...

ARTICLE: ON THE ROAD WITH...

Lenny White and RTF IV: Switzerland, France and Italy

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Intro | #2 | #3 | #4

[Editor's Note: Lenny White and his fellow jazz/rockers have already returned home to the States, and picked up an opening act, Dweezil Zappa and his crack outfit, Zappa Plays Zappa. After touring the East Coast and Midwest, they have been lighting up the Left Coast. Today's ...