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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond with the Victor North Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Mary Ellen Desmond with the Victor North Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
February 3, 2018

It was the Saturday night before the Superbowl kickoff, and the crowds were out and about in Philadelphia with a “Go Eagles" attitude. A full house crowded into Chris' Jazz Café to hear their vocalist ...

Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent: Songbook

Read "Songbook" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Twenty years ago Georgia Mancio, the London-based singer and songwriter, began listening to pianist Alan Broadbent's recordings with Irene Kral. In 2013 the pair began working together as a duo after Mancio sent Broadbent a message “on a whim." In 2015 and 2016 they recorded together and Songbook is the result: a dozen original compositions--music by ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sara Bielanski: From the Heart

Read "From the Heart" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This is vocalist Sara Bielanski's debut album, and for it she brought together a group of fine musicians with connections to the Berklee School of Music and The New England Conservatory, institutions where for well over more than a half-century many of our most outstanding players have gotten their jump start. Bielanski herself is a fine ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joanna Pascale: To Tell a Story in Song

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Among jazz vocalists, there are two main categories: those who belt out a tune with flourish, ornamentation, punctuation, and improvising known as “scat." Ella Fitzgerald is the prime representative of that approach. Then there are those who omit the superfluous, carefully crafting every word and note, bringing out the underlying emotions. Think of Billie Holiday. Joanna ...

Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

Read "America The Beautiful" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In the brief liner essay that accompanies America The Beautiful, pianist Alan Broadbent notes that he has “an aversion to being clever," but the rest of the music world never received that memo. Everybody from Irene Kral to Diana Krall and Charlie Haden to Charlie Rich has benefited from his brilliance with a pen and/or a ...

Take Five With Dee Bell

Read "Take Five With Dee Bell" reviewed by Dee Bell

Meet Dee Bell:
Dee Bell has three jazz albums that have all been at the top of the airplay charts. The most recent, Sagacious Grace (Laser Records) with Houston Person, was released in August 2011 and hit the JazzWeek charts at 31. Bell's debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rebecca DuMaine & The Dave Miller Trio: Better Than Anything

Read "Better Than Anything" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Better Than Anything is about past and present, songs and singers, influences and memories, and father-and-daughter chemistry. It's the second album, following Deed I Do (Summit Records, 2012), that finds vocalist Rebecca DuMaine joining forces with her father, pianist Dave Miller.

DuMaine and Miller share more than genetic code, as they both seem ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

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Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Gran Canaria Big Band

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Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra

Journey Home

Tbone Records

2011

Alan Broadbent and Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra: a rendezvous that took many years to bring about and is clearly long overdue--but as the saying goes, better late than never (in this case, much better!). Broadbent, a Grammy-winning composer / arranger ...

Irene Kral: Second Chance

Read "Second Chance" reviewed by Jim Santella

Singer Irene Kral (1932-1978) communicated with her audience through more than just music; she could make everyone in the room believe in what she had to say and take the message home with them for keeps. Recorded in 1975, this program of jazz standards features a nightclub performance with vocalist, acoustic piano trio and swirling emotions.