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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles

Read "Electric Miles" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The electric music Miles Davis recorded from 1969 and into the 1970s was a game-changing event in jazz, a steamy, mysterious, ever-evolving soup of improvisation, rock, funk and electronics that launched numerous careers and inspired subsequent generations of musicians across genres. Its influence shows in the numbers of players who have since studied, dissected and interpreted ...

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The South Florida Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming

Read "The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a big band devotes an entire album to the compositions and arrangements of one musician, the obvious opening question is: why? In other words, who is Gary Lindsay and why is the South Florida Jazz Orchestra performing his music? In brief, the answer is that Lindsay, an alto saxophonist and well-respected educator, has written and ...

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Roberto Magris Sextet: Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery

Read "Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Since recording his first album as a leader in 1982, Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris has added thirty more to his impressive resume, the most recent of which is this high-powered sextet date, Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery. The session is somewhat of a departure in that most of Magris' earlier albums have been ...

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The South Florida Jazz Orchestra: Trumpet Summit

Read "Trumpet Summit" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Following its self-titled South Florida Jazz Orchestra (MAMA Records, 2008) debut, this Miami-based big band now presents a power-infused second effort. The highly anticipated Trumpet Summit showcases several wonderful jazz trumpeters. Renowned bassist, and founder and director of the band, Chuck Bergeron was inspired to feature sounds of the trumpet after remembering all of the great ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Charles Pillow: Sound Crafter

Read "Charles Pillow: Sound Crafter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Charles Pillow is a musician's musician who works with diverse ensembles from jazz to pops to classical, small group to large ensemble, straight-ahead to avant-garde. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, before eventually settling in the New York City area as a working professional.

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WDNA 'Jazz Encounter' Uniting Generations of Jazz Musicians

The 3rd Friday of each month, beginning August 20, WDNA presents Jazz Encounters—uniting generations of jazz musicians—where young musicians are invited to jam with some of the best musicians in South Florida. The venue WDNA Jazz Gallery, 2921 Coral Way, the sessions bring together musicians of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds, male and female, together in ...

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Sylvia Bennett: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Great American Songbook is full of love songs that have stood the test of time through countless interpretations by the greatest singers in the world. In searching for new ways to recast such standards--without serving up the same old tunes in the same worn out fashion--Sylvia Bennett takes her turn at voicing many of these ...

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Miami Saxophone Quartet: Fourtified

Read "Fourtified" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before even blowing a note, the Miami Saxophone Quartet has earned bonus points by doing something other such groups would be wise to emulate: it has added a rhythm section (at least on three of Fourtified's nine tracks). There's even a second quartet--viola, cello, two violins--on the aptly named three-movement “Jazz Suite for Double Quartet," Latin ...


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