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NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

South Bend Jazz Festival Returns For Its 7th Year For Two Dates. Friday, October 5th & Saturday, October 6th

South Bend Jazz Festival Returns For Its 7th Year For Two Dates. Friday, October 5th & Saturday, October 6th

Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th @ Century Center: 5:00 – 11:00 pm
We start off with a Festival Night at Merriman’s Playhouse, October 4th @ 8:00 pm Festival Tickets are $15.00 available @ instantseats.com and $18 @ Door. You can purchase a ticket for both nights for $25. Party to World Class Jazz, ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

Read "Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...

Norman Connors: Love From The Sun

Read "Love From The Sun" reviewed by Chris May

Love From The Sun is the last unalloyed jazz album recorded by drummer, composer and bandleader Norman Connors under his own name, before he changed course towards R&B and then descended--yes, let us embrace a judgemental moment--into the quagmires of disco and smooth jazz. In autumn 1973, when this album was recorded, Connors, who had made ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Theo Croker: Escape Velocity

Read "Escape Velocity" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A distanza di due anni da Afro-Physicist, Theo Croker incide con la nuova formazione DVRK FUNK mostrando di avere ancora idee da sviluppare nel connubio tra bop, soul, funk e fusion. Come sappiamo è un terreno quanto mai affollato e catturare l'attenzione degli ascoltatori non è facile. Ma ci riesce, confermando il suo talento di solista, ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Support Jazz in Philadelphia... Win a Tablet!

Support Jazz in Philadelphia... Win a Tablet!

Since the Fall of 2014, Philadelphia Jazz Project and our partner, Jazz Near You / All About Jazz have been engaged in a campaign to remind Jazz fans of the vibrancy of the music, as well as introduce new audience members to the wonders of Jazz & Grown Folks Music. Our goal is to develop a ...

Mark Lomax Trio: Isis and Osiris

Read "Isis and Osiris" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Record collectors and DJs are fond of the term “spiritual jazz." Like most colloquialisms, its meaning is nebulous and vague; more emotional than factual, more indicative of a feeling that the music projects, as opposed to a distinct lineage or coterie of musicians. For many, the term refers to jazz that incorporates African and Middle Eastern ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Sam Rucker’s Messages Being True And Getting Through

Saxophonist Sam Rucker’s Messages Being True And Getting Through

“Tell You Something” earns praise as the single “Be True 2 Who U R” gains radio play Williamsburg, VA: Hip hop producer turned contemporary jazz sax evangelist Sam Rucker stands out from the bunch by preaching melodic messages of hope and inspiration on “Tell You Something,” his sophomore set that was released today by Favor Productions featuring ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Sam Rucker urges “Be True 2 Who U R” ahead of the June 3 release of “Tell You Something” Williamsburg, Virginia: Hip-hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker has something to say. Blending jazz, hip-hop, soul and gospel, he communicates through inspirational instrumentals that meaningfully resonate with listeners. Nearly three years in the making, his sophomore ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions

Read "Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions" reviewed by John Kelman

The past couple years have been banner ones for reviving the legacy of Woody Shaw, a trumpeter and composer who--emerging in the early '60s on albums by extant jazz stars like Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver, and contributing to on-the-rise names including Larry Young and Chick Corea--has all-too-often been overlooked. Still, with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drew Davidsen's Guitar Leads The Way On His Journey To Self-Diiscovery

Drew Davidsen's Guitar Leads The Way On His Journey To Self-Diiscovery

“TRUE DREW” garners praise from his idol and reviewers as the first single climbs the charts Towson, MD: An intimate musical portrait depicting the life and loves of a jazz man and his guitar, “TRUE DREW,” the fifth album from Drew Davidsen, was released today by Oznot Records and drew praise from Davidsen’s idol, contemporary jazz legend ...