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A Birthday Celebration Kenny Garrett's 50th Birthday Celebration at The Iridium October 9, 2010

A Birthday Celebration Kenny Garrett's 50th Birthday Celebration at The Iridium October 9, 2010

At fifty years old, the saxophonist Kenny Garrett has definitively come into his own. Despite forever being associated with Miles Davis, where he spent five years with the iconoclast trumpeter from 1986 through 1991, he is only credited on one Davis album “Amandla" from 1989. It is time to evaluate the fine saxophonist on his own ...

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Ravi Coltrane with the Geri Allen Trio at The Iridium, NYC

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Ravi Coltrane with the Geri Allen Trio
The Iridium
New York, NY
November 21, 2009

The Iridium is a major jazz club in the midtown section of New York City. As you approach the club, you can't help but be overwhelmed by the bombardment of intense streaming lights--like a ...

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Ron Horton/Tim Horner Little Big Band Plays the Music of Andrew Hill in Teaneck, N. J.

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The Ron Horton/Tim Horner Little Big Band
Play the Music of Andrew Hill
The Puffin Cultural Forum
Teaneck, New Jersey

August 29, 2009

It was a warm, overcast evening, within a few short miles of the George Washington Bridge, in suburban Teaneck, that offered the rare opportunity to make the trek to the Puffin Cultural ...

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Opening Night: The Tim Hagans Quintet at Birdland

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Tim Hagans Quintet
Birdland
New York, NY
July 8, 2009

Established as the “Jazz Corner of the World" in 1949, Birdland is the quintessential jazz club in New York City. Tim Hagans, the hi-powered trumpeter, and his quintet began his run of four consecutive nights at the club on a ...

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Jazz Journalist Association 2009 Awards Dinner

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2009 Jazz Journalists Association Awards
Jazz Standard
New York, New York
June 16, 2009



On Tuesday, June 16th I was privileged to attend this year's Jazz Journalists Association Awards held at the Jazz Standard in New York City. It was a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with some iconic artists, some up-and-coming musical ...

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Van Morrison Concert in Palace of Jewels: Less Than Dazzling

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Van Morrison in Concert
United Palace Theater
New York City
March 15, 2008





The air was cool and the streets were filled with middle-aged transplanted white folks from the suburbs, all making there way to the upper reaches of Manhattan island--175th Street and Broadway, to be precise--the area known as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jack Reilly: Making the Most of the Gift of Life

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After nearly three-quarters of a century, Jack Reilly's career is hardly in need of queries from one more interviewer--questions about his past associations, his musical history or his previous recordings and accomplishments. These have been fairly well documented. The accomplished and well-traveled pianist/composer, though undeniably obscure to the general public, has made an indelible mark in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Slow Poke: At Home

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This re-mastered recording of Tony Scherr's 1998 basement record, Slow Poke At Home , is a joy for those who can appreciate the slow cooked, steamy sound of master musicians plying their trade in a gutsy, simmering, sweetly rhythmic stew of sounds. The label, Palmetto Records, should be applauded for taking a now defunct band and ...

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Pablo Ziegler: Buenos Aires Report

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To hear the delightful sounds of Argentinean tango/jazz pianist, Pablo Ziegler and his trio on Buenos Aires Report is to allow oneself the indulgence of being transported to strolling the streets of Buenos Aires or to be swept into a scene of casual open-air dining at a late night café in Paris. The music is a ...

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Bill Mays: Fantasy

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For those who have never seriously incorporated classical music in their musical diet, Fantasy, the new crossover album from pianist Bill Mays, trumpeter extraordinaire Marvin Stamm and cellist Alisa Horn, collectively known as The Inventions Trio, is a good starting point for some exposure to classical pieces rendered with a sensibility toward improvisation.



Mays, ...