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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il musical West Side Story è stato un enorme successo di Broadway. Dal 1957 ha conosciuto centinaia di repliche nei teatri di tutto il mondo, una trasposizione cinematografica che vinse 10 oscar e numerose versioni discografiche: dalla operistica diretta dallo stesso Bernstein con José Carreras a quelle rock (Yes, Nice, Pet Shop Boys) di suoi noti ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2019 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

Read "For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians. As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, “the present day composer refuses to die" and the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove

Read "Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This post-election broadcast celebrates the new wave of women in the House and Senate -also remembering Roy Hargrove (1969-2018) in the second hour plus a special 75th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell in the third hour. Playlist Roxy Coss “Nevertheless She Persisted" from The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Ethel Ennis “If Women Ruled ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

Read "Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa Aguas Ota Records 2018 Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Jack Bowers

William Shakespeare's epic tragedy Romeo and Juliet made a huge splash when it reached Broadway in 1957 in the guise of West Side Story, in which the warring Montagues and Capulets were replaced by New York City street gangs, the Italian-American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. The newer version, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Dionne Warwick for my “House Call" column in the Mansion section. There's nothing like picking up the ringing phone and hearing, “Mr. Myers? Dionne Warwick." Dionne's voice is unmistakable—like a long wooden match being drawn slowly and seductively across a flint. We talked about childhood and growing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story

In August 1957, West Side Story opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. The musical was fashioned after Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and was set on New York's Upper West Side in a neighborhood polarized by Puerto Rican and working-class white families. The show received positive reviews, and four years later the musical was adapted for the ...


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