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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers at Red Rocks

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Denver, CO
July 29-30, 2017

The Tedeschi Trucks juggernaut continues to snowball. The band's inaugural Denver concert in November 2011 was at the Fillmore Auditorium; capacity 3,000. The venue quickly shifted to an annual summer show at Red ...

Terrie Odabi: My Blue Soul

Read "My Blue Soul" reviewed by James Nadal

Blues singers have always been scarce, maybe that's why they are so special. It requires real-life experience, intense commitment and a profound sense of emotion to interpret this music, which represents so much for so many. After paying dues in her hometown of Oakland, blues singer Terrie Odabi finally steps into the national spotlight and tells ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd at SFJAZZ

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Charles Lloyd
SFJAZZ
jny: San Francisco, CA
April 24-26, 2015

Even in the idiosyncratic world of jazz, Charles Lloyd stands apart. Born in jny: Memphis in 1938, Lloyd is a master of the tenor saxophone and flute. His ethnic mix--Irish, Cherokee, African, and Mongolian--mirrors the vast number of musical styles he ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alexis P. Suter Band at Gwynedd Mercy University

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Alexis P. Suter Band
Women in the Blues
Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Valley, PA
February 7, 2014

A frozen night in Pennsylvania was made immensely warmer when the Alexis P. Suter Band took the stage at Gwynedd Mercy University in suburban Philadelphia. The bass-voiced blues diva electrified the crowd ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

5 After 4: Rome In A Day

Read "Rome In A Day" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Rome In A Day is the sixth recording by 5 After 4. Led by drummer/composer Vito Rezza, the Canadian jazz-fusion quartet has an appealingly varied approach. Despite some 21st Century touches, such as Rezza's playful rhythmic displacements during its theme, “10,000 Days" has a down-home funky soul sound that recalls the Crusaders circa Chain Reaction (MCA, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

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Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

George Lipsitz

Hardcover; 264 pages

ISBN-10 0816666784

University of Minnesota Press

2010

For six decades, Johnny Otis played just about every role you can play in the music business: musician (on drums, vibes and piano), singer, songwriter, arranger, bandleader, talent maven, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roy Gaines and his Orchestra: Tuxedo Blues

Read "Tuxedo Blues" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Blues singers and big bands used to go together like bread and butter, but somewhere along the way the singers must have become superfluous in the minds of the leaders or the public. Nowadays, large ensembles are still happy to play the blues--be they well-known warhorses or obscure gems--but husky-voiced singers are rarely seen delivering a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Roy Gaines & His Orchestra: ­"Tuxedo Blues" Streets November 1

Jazz, blues, R&B and soul—legendary guitarist/vocalist/composer Roy Gaines, who has made a name for himself as a versatile master craftsmen playing music beyond category in a career spanning over seven decades, brings his vast wealth of experience all together on Tuxedo Blues. Fronting a full size jazz orchestra, the likes of which is seldom heard these ...

Mia Vermillion: Alone Together With the Blues

Read "Alone Together With the Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Mia Vermillion has a big vocal presence. She sings with the wild abandon of Janis Joplin controlled by the fluid precision of Bonnie Bramlett, the gusto of Big Mama Thornton, and the blues foundation of Bessie Smith. She infuses her singing with more humidity than Ma Rainey and more sex than Lena Horn.

Tacitly a blues ...


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