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NEWS: RECORDING

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music By Bruce Barth

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music  By Bruce Barth

In June, six members of Temple University’s noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by Bruce Barth. Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); Dick ...

Benny Green: Live in Santa Cruz

Read "Live in Santa Cruz" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Di sicuro Benny Green è un pianista dalle eccellenti doti. Vulcanico, inventivo, tecnicamente impeccabile, in Live in Santa Cruz Green declina in maniera eccelsa il linguaggio tradizionale del jazz. Elaborate con gusto e senso della melodia, le nove tracce del disco dichiarano la loro appartenenza al mondo hard bop. Nel fraseggiare con scioltezza e decisione insieme, ...

Benny Green: Happiness!

Read "Happiness!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Happiness is listening to Benny Green. He brings joie de vivre to the piano keys with his Herculean chops, in-the-pocket soulfulness, and tight arrangements, all of which can be heard in spades on this live date.

The scene for this spirited recording was the Kuumbwa Jazz Center--a gem of a venue in California ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Read "50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Dave Lisik and Eric Allen
316 Pages
ISBN: #9780692808580
SkyDeck
2017

During the heydays of the big bands, people swooned and jitterbugged to the swinging sounds of these large ensembles. Names like Count Basie, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dmitry Baevsky: The Day After

Read "The Day After" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Imagine a group that, in large measure, references the bebop revolution of nearly seventy-five years ago, yet steers clear of the pitfalls of nostalgia, hero worship, and blatant imitation, and ultimately wins the day with an adroit blend of teamwork and compelling individual voices. For those who believe that nothing good can come from contemporary players ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Kuhn Trio at Dazzle

Read "Steve Kuhn Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Steve Kuhn Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
April 4, 2016

Against the backdrop of a bombastic presidential election campaign with calls for nuclear proliferation and carpet bombing it's refreshing to hear nuance. The Steve Kuhn Trio understands nuance. And more. But it's the nuance that makes listening to this trio so satisfying. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band Featuring Pat Metheny at the Blue Note

Read "Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band Featuring Pat Metheny at the Blue Note" reviewed by Koby Hayon

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band Featuring Pat Metheny
Blue Note
New York, NY
March 13, 2016

Jazz luminary Roy Haynes has forever captivated audiences with his innovative playing and his concert (and 91st birthday celebration) on March 13th, at New York City's Blue Note was no different.

The ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Pianist James Collins With Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis & More - April 10 In Philadelphia - One Night Only - Free!

Pianist James Collins With Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis & More - April 10 In Philadelphia - One Night Only - Free!

Rising Star Pianist James Collins
April 10, 3pm. FREE! Featuring:
Steve Wilson
Victor Lewis
David Wong
Noah Hocker First Presbyterian Church
35 West Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 1914
(215) 843-8811 About James Collins James Collins is a young up-and-coming jazz pianist and composer ...

Jim Rotondi: Dark Blue

Read "Dark Blue" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Back in 1997 when Introducing Jim Rotondi announced that a major new trumpeter star was on the ascent, few could have predicted how important and prolific Rotondi would become to the mainstream landscape. A foremost stylist in the lineage of Freddie Hubbard and Wood Shaw, Rotondi quickly proved he had absorbed the legacy, only to jettison ...

Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out

Read "Over and Out" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

New York based saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky's fourth release as a leaderOver and Out finds the St Petersburg native in a spare setting backed only by bass and drums. With his alto's warm, organic tone in the spotlight, Baevsky interprets a mixture of his originals and standards with intense lyricism and confident and mature bravado.