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2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

Read "Marina Crouse At The Sound Room" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Marina Crouse
The Sound Room
First Time Out
Oakland, CA
January 30, 2016

Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone

Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am

Read "Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman likes using the term consummate to describe musicians and colleagues that he's played with. While it would be difficult to speak to every notable musician that Sherman's played for and ask about their opinion about Juilliard graduate and professor, it is safe to assume that they would also describe Sherman as a consummate ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Project THEM: Project THEM

Read "Project THEM: Project THEM" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman has been knocking around for a while, and though he's a seasoned professional who's won several Downbeat polls it seems that he's one of those artists that's perpetually seen as a newcomer. It's telling that his Downbeat wins were in the “Rising Star" category, though he's been active on the New York jazz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Miles Okazaki: Cleaning the Mirror

Read "Miles Okazaki: Cleaning the Mirror" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

In the backyard of his home in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, guitarist Miles Okazaki has spent time constructing a multifaceted backyard/garden filled with overhanging plants, stone walkways and a wooden pavilion surrounding a table and benches. The slats of the pavilion's floor seem to have been crafted merely for aesthetic purposes, but there's another process at work: ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Shemekia Copeland to Perform in Sellersville & Kutztown

Grammy-nominated and Harlem-bred vocalist Shemekia Copeland will perform at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Wednesday, April 11 and as part of The Performing Artists Series at Ursa Minor's Cafe in Kutztown on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Copeland's powerhouse music has garnered her praise from mainstream press and radio and earned her many awards. Deluxe Edition ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jimmy Scott: Across the Universe

Read "Jimmy Scott: Across the Universe" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Listening to Little Jimmy Scott sing is different from listening to any other singer. His high-pitched voice carries more emotion than any instrument can reasonably bear, and seems to come from a special place deep within his heart. Yet that voice also seems to resound from a profound source far beyond any one man, a place ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Shemekia Copeland to Perform in Blue Bell on April 2

Shemekia Copeland to Perform in Blue Bell on April 2

Shemekia Copeland to Perform in Blue Bell: Touring in Support of the New Alligator Records best-of CD Deluxe Edition "Copeland delivers a gutsy collection of bluesy tunes steeped in Memphis soul and Muscle Shoals. She is a singer with fervor and funk, power, chops and range."—USA Today Grammy-nominated and Harlem-bred vocalist Shemekia Copeland will perform at Montgomery County ...

Take Five With Antoinette Montague

Read "Take Five With Antoinette Montague" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Antoinette Montague:

Antoinette Montague likes to say she simply sings “people music." Make no mistake about it, she is a jazz singer through and through, but one who pushes the genre's boundaries. On her new recording, Behind the Smile, Montague sings classic jazz standards (new and old), resurrects lovely-but-obscure melodies, blends in blues and ...