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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: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz for all Ages at Sonesta Resort

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Sonesta Resort
Jazz for all Ages
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 2-5, 2018

It takes a few years for a jazz festival to define its character and purpose. Now, in its fifth year, the jazz festival on Hilton Head Island, SC, has achieved both goals. The character of the festival ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love, A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams

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Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's aptly titled King of Swing, is celebrating forty years as a professional jazz pianist and composer in 2016. These two releases span the last twelve months and find Monteiro in two quite distinct settings. The first recording, To Paris with Love: A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand finds Monteiro in a ...

Darren English: Imagine Nation

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South African trumpeter Darren English (now living in Atlanta) makes an impressive debut on Imagine Nation, a mix of originals and standards. The album's centerpiece is formed by three compositions that are part of a suite paying tribute to freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. The title tune opens the album, an anthemic piece played by English with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darren English: Imagine Nation

Read "Imagine Nation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Darren English carries the spirit of South Africa and the entire history of jazz in his horn. On this, his debut album, the Cape Town-born, Atlanta-based English pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, matches wits and chops with fellow trumpeters Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden on “Cherokee," partners with vocalist Carmen Bradford on a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Count Basie Orchestra
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
December 19, 2015

The Count Basie Orchestra solidified its 80-year reputation for strong swingability, inventive solo segments and supreme section cohesion during two back-to-back concerts on a tour in support of the band's first-ever Christmas-theme album. But those seasonal charts ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2015

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Various locations
Toronto, Canada
June 18-29, 2015

With festival season in full swing, it's always an opportunity to see what the state of jazz is and to hopefully discover something new. The challenge is of course that there are always many choices and one might be guided ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz this week: Carmen Bradford, New York Voices, Ramsey Lewis, and more

Jazz this week: Carmen Bradford, New York Voices, Ramsey Lewis, and more

Check out more events at Jazz Near You: St. Louis. This week's lineup of jazz and creative music in and around St. Louis includes a couple of shows by touring jazz vocalists that require a bit of a trek from the city, but should be worth the trip, plus the usual variety of musical styles closer to ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

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One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The 11th Annual Jazz Cruise: January 29-February 5, 2012

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Tributes to saxophonist Benny Golson and pianist Oscar Peterson highlighted the 11th annual Jazz Cruise, January 29 to February 5, 2012. As well, stellar performances were turned in by an assemblage of over 80 musicians, onboard for the Holland America cruise of the Caribbean. The spacious Westerdam ship was christened in 2004 and is one of ...