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The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake



On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS Playing Acid Mambo Jazz Celebrating 24-Years Together! November 9 & 10 at SMOKE

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS Playing Acid Mambo Jazz Celebrating 24-Years Together! November 9 & 10 at SMOKE

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS
Playing Acid Mambo Jazz
Celebrating 24-Years Together! Smoke, November 9 & 10
2 Night Engagement! Chris Washburne & SYOTOS celebrate their 24-years together as a band with two hot nights November 9 & 10 at Smoke. November 9 & 10
3 Sets: 7pm-9pm-10:30pm Smoke Jazz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Robert Rodriguez "Melodies And Fantasies" Available on September 23

Robert Rodriguez "Melodies And Fantasies" Available on September 23

Debut Trio Recording: Featuring Hans Glawischnig & Marcus Gilmore Born in jny: New York City and raised in jny: Miami, Grammy Nominated pianist and composer Robert Rodriguez returned to NYC in 2000. Since his arrival in NYC, Robert had the opportunity to perform, collaborate and record with many legendary Jazz musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Ray Barretto, ...

Gene Ammons: Boss Tenor

Read "Boss Tenor" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons' tone can be best described using the qualities of an ideally brewed cup of joe: rounded, bold, smooth, and exhilarating after first taste.

Widely regarded as an original founder of the “Chicago school of tenor sax," Ammons' nonchalant, yet indelible sound--echoing the soft, breathy tone of Lester Young--drove him to ...

Chris Rogers: Voyage Home

Read "Voyage Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Recorded in February of 2001, Voyage Home is trumpeter Chris Rogers' long-awaited debut album as a performer, composer and band leader. Released fifteen years after its original recording, the music documents performances from incredibly talented artists whom Rogers has known his entire life, including the late saxophonist Michael Brecker as well as a statement lifted from ...

Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk – 1958

Read "Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk – 1958" reviewed by Marc Davis

There's a tendency among some jazz purists to poo-poo Lou Donaldson. Not flashy enough, they say. Not groundbreaking. Too bluesy, too simple. Predictable. Derivative. A notch below the best Blue Note saxmen. A craftsman, not an artist.

Aw phooey! I like Lou Donaldson and I don't mind anyone knowing.

It has always ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics

Read "Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics" reviewed by Mark Holston

It's impossible to know beforehand what individual performance at a multi-day jazz festival will be remembered as a certifiable highlight. Sometimes the key factor that makes such a magic moment possible is unpredictable and comes out of the blue. At Colombia's recent annual Barranquijazz Festival, the curiosity of a festival staff member led to a particularly ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Legendary Latin Jazz Bassist Ray Martinez releases "Legacy"

Legendary Latin Jazz Bassist Ray Martinez releases "Legacy"

New Release with Special Guests! Bassist for Mongo Santamaria, Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto & many more! RAY MARTINEZ' LEGACY "Born out of the multicultural dynamics of New York, Ray Martinez' Legacy was created with the idea of connecting musical concepts of both Africa and the African Diaspora. This musical innovation fuses Afro-Jazz (Latin jazz), the blues, funk and ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails

Read "Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails" reviewed by Mark Holston

As the season of summer jazz festivals in the U.S. winds down to a precious few, including California's iconic, mid-September Monterey Jazz Festival, the eyes and ears of seasoned aficionados may be focused on options in other lands. Don't be surprised if an increasing number of North American fans will find much to their liking in ...

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS CD Celebration Tour Begins July 29 At Smoke!

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS CD Celebration Tour Begins July 29 At Smoke!

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS kick off their CD Celebration Tour with special guest Brazilian piano virtuoso Andre Mehmari on July 29 at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. July 29 at 7:00pm
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
CD Release Gig!
2751 Broadway, NYC 10025 Additional Dates Thursday, July 30
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts ...