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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops
“Uptown Nights"
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
March 1, 2019

The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Liebman: On the Corner Live!

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When the Miles Davis album On the Corner (Columbia, 1972) was released, Davis had already begun to engage in electronic instrumentation and jazz fusion with soon to be revered recordings: In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969), Bitch's Brew (Columbia, 1970) and Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1971). On the Corner, however, was so experimental and funky that it ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

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The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
January 19, 2019

The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Liebman: Archives and Improvisations - The Past and the Now of a Life in Jazz

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Prolific saxophonist, composer, band leader, and educator Dave Liebman is a living legend, an NEA Jazz Master who has been making waves since the 1970s and never stops growing, learning, and discovering. His autobiography, What It Is (Scarecrow Press, 2012, with Lewis Porter) is an honest probing of his more than half century experience as a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope Quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Odean Pope Quartet
“Friday Nights" Music Series
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
January 11, 2019

The great tenor saxophonist Odean Pope came up in Philadelphia and still calls it home. He obtained his sea legs together with pianist Ray Bryant, John Coltrane and other young ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two

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Poetry and music are overlapping forms of expression. Poetry emphasizes the musicality of words. Music has many features of poetry including sound, syntax, and meaning. Still, only a few poets have spoken their poems in a musical context. It is hard to do effectively because speech and music have different functions: speech is about things, intentions, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Articles: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

Interviews
Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 16, 2018

History of Jazz
Monk's Trumpets
by Matt ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory

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Green Book
DreamWorks Universal
2018

Starting perhaps in the 1930s, African American jazz musicians and bands from the north, midwest, and west toured the segregationist South. There they found to their dismay that as much as they were sought after for performances, they were compelled to live in separate hotels and use ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy at St. Luke's Church

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Mary Ellen Desmond
Comfort and Joy
Church of St.Luke and the Epiphany
Philadelphia, PA
December 16, 2018

Mary Ellen Desmond is one of the most treasured Philadelphia-based vocalists, and for the last fifteen years she has provided the inspiration for and fronted the same top of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Joanna Pascale
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
November 10, 2018

The content of this show came as a complete surprise to this reviewer. I expected vocalist Joanna Pascale, who is by now a Philadelphia legend, to sing a typical set of standards from the Great American Songbook. Instead, she blew everyone ...