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Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Read "Monty Alexander: Still Rolling" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jimmie Vaughan: Baby, Please Come Home

Read "Baby, Please Come Home" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jimmie Vaughan has never risen to the level of stardom his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan attained, but the elder sibling hasn't been any less loyal to the blues during the course of his career. Founding and maintaining the Fabulous Thunderbirds since 1974 (quite a bit prior to the renaissance of the genre his younger and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, 3rd Edition

Read "Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, 3rd Edition" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, 3rd Edition
John Broven
360 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1455619511
Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
2016

Where Julian C. Piper's Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton Rouge (Pelican Publishing, 2018) represents a history told vertically, drilling deep into a small slice of time ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

Read "New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 15-20, 2017

Mid November in Buenos Aires is a special time of the year. True to the meaning of the city's name, the air is crisp and fresh and blossoming jacaranda trees bathe the greater metropolitan area in a dazzling shower of purple ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Granelli: Dance Hall

Read "Dance Hall" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'arzillo Jerry Granelli, batterista sensibile e cazzuto, aveva centrato nel 1992, con l'album A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing, uno dei picchi più importanti della sua lunghissima carriera. Un lavoro ormai mitico, dove metteva assieme due chitarristi illustri come Bill Frisell e Robben Ford per un modernissimo omaggio al Buddy Bolden immaginato dallo scrittore ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr.: February 26, 1928-October 24, 2017

Read "Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr.:  February 26, 1928-October 24, 2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"A lot of people seem to think I started this business...But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that." --Elvis Presley, Jet Magazine, 1957

What's in a name? ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy T Band: Double Strike

Read "Double Strike" reviewed by James Nadal

It's hard enough to find a contemporary blues record with a decent vocalist, so it is quite special to encounter one with two. As the title boldly states, Double Strike by the Andy T Band, features a pair of veteran blues singers, Nick Nixon and Alabama Mike (Michael A. Benjamin), though the circumstances surrounding the production ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Fats Domino: Birthday Doc

Fats Domino: Birthday Doc

It's hard today to fully appreciate the innovation and influence of Fats Domino. Back in the spring of 1952, Domino already had three hits on the R&B chart and was about to have his first No. 1 with Going Home. Up until Fats, R&B in the post-war years was largely a “jump blues" affair, powered by ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Eric Burdon & the Animals at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Eric Burdon & the Animals at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Eric Burdon & the Animals with special guest the Edgar Winter Group
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
August 28, 2015

Eric Burdon is an iconic member of the '60s British Blues Invasion. Burdon's band, the Animals, along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Dave ...