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Harry Edison: The Swinger

Harry Edison: The Swinger

Trumpeter Harry “Sweets" Edison is perhaps best known for providing chrome-tinged obbligatos behind jazz-pop singers. His muted trumpet can be heard playing tightly wound touches on the albums of singers such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. When they paused between verses, arrangers had Edison fill the space. At times, he mirrored the vocalist's phrasing before ...


The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Special Kay!

Read "Special Kay!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, it is definitely not advisable to open a review with an unequivocal superlative (for one thing, it sort of gives the game away, doesn't it?). But on Special Kay!, its ninth impressive album in twenty-four years, DIVA--the gold standard among all-female big bands since its inception--really gives a commentator no reasonable ...


Debby Moore: My Kind Of Blues

Read "My Kind Of Blues" reviewed by James Nadal

For the record hounds (you know who you are) out there that seek and scavenge the garage sales and flea markets for old albums, there is such a thing as redemption. After scoring My Kind Of Blues by singer Debby Moore at a flea market for one dollar, further research revealed a mysterious back story with ...


Denise King: Making the Tradition New

Read "Denise King: Making the Tradition New" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Denise King is a jny: Philadelphia vocalist who has made the world her oyster with her unique ability to navigate between rhythm and blues and sultry jazz standards. Discovered in the 1980s by an R&B songwriter-producer, King quickly found her way in the City of Brotherly Love with some of the top musicians in both popular ...


Charlie Shavers: Blue Stompin'

Charlie Shavers: Blue Stompin'

I like measuring jazz trumpeters on the heat scale. Imagine Chet Baker and Bix Beiderbecke all the way over on the cool left end and guys like Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw on the other end. You can almost plot all trumpeters along this line. In the case of Charlie Shavers, I'd probably put him to ...

Red Norvo: Four Classic Albums

Read "Red Norvo: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

Red Norvo played the vibes while leading his own band during the swing era and grew into smaller groups in the forties and fifites once the practicality of leading a large ensemble became too much. He was one of the first to specialize of what has always been somewhat of an unusual instrument for jazz, but ...


Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival
Various Venues
October 29-November 3, 2013

A short quote, repeated to me more than once over the course of a few days in Barcelona, proved to be at the heart and soul of the 45th Barcelona Voll-Damm Internacional Jazz Festival. It goes something like this--"On the ...


"Originals By Originals" This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

"Originals By Originals" This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, jazz legends perform their own compositions with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. We dig into the archive for “Originals by Originals." The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. You can also drop in on ...


Ed Wise & New Orleans Jazz in Cheltenham, PA on January 4th

Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham PA on January 4th 2012 will be bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337. This Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit ...


Jesper Thilo: Jesper Thilo & The American Stars

Read "Jesper Thilo & The American Stars" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Jesper Thilo was the Danish saxophonist of choice for nearly all the great US jazz musicians who played Copenhagen in the 1980s. Johnny Griffin, that most demanding of tenor players, pushed him to the limit and had no hesitation in naming him a “great Dane."

Among those who included him on their recording ...