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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams

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Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex Delcourt: The French Quarter

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This is the debut album of bassist Alex Delcourt, a young man who grew up in Paris and came to the U.S. to become involved in the jazz scene, where he has been composing, working as a sideman, and leading his own groups in and around Philadelphia and New York. A recipient of the Catherine R. ...

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Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio at October Revolution Festival

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Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio
October Revolution Festival
Christ Church Neighborhood House (Great Hall)
Philadelphia, PA
October 6, 2018

It isn't often one attends a jazz piano trio concert where the group plays a single totally improvised composition for about an hour. It would seem as daunting ...

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The Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda at Fringearts

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The Sai Anantam Ashram Singers with Rudresh Mahanthappa
The Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
October Revolution Festival
Fringearts
Philadelphia, PA
October 7, 2018

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (1937 -2007) was the second wife of John Coltrane. Raising a family with him, she was also a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel's Warriors Play Muhal Richard Abrams at October Revolution

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound
Marty Ehrlich, Conductor
The Music Of Muhal Richard Abrams: Soundpath
October Revolution Festival
Christ Church Neighborhood House (Great Hall)
Philadelphia, PA
October 7, 2018

The late great pianist Muhal Richard Abrams was for many ...

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Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater

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Pat Metheny
2018 World Tour
Kimmel Center Presents
Merriam Theater
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2018

I have covered the jazz “waterfront" for All About Jazz over the past two decades and although I have taken in a lot of territory, I often find ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Andrea Clearfield Salon: 32 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Jimmy Bruno and other Jazz Artists
Andrea Clearfield Salon
32 Year Anniversary Celebration
Philadelphia, PA
September 30, 2018

For thirty-two years, Andrea Clearfield's Salon has been a unique monthly musical event held at her Center City Philadelphia home with a large two-story high living room and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

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Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...