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NEWS: EVENT

First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

A coalition of Philadelphia jazz organizations including representatives from WRTI 90.1 FM, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, SOUTH Jazz Kitchen and All About Jazz & Jazz Near You are hosting the first annual Jazz Industry Day at Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00am to 6:30pm with an ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz Cosmos: Music and Modern Physics

Read "Jazz Cosmos: Music and Modern Physics" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

To the memory of Leonard Bernstein, the greatest musical educator of all time, a great conductor and composer who loved jazz and whose televised lectures brought a whole generation of listeners into insightful contact with the music.

Maybe you remember how astrophysicist Carl Sagan's vision of “billions and billions of stars" captured the awesome ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Reissue Of "With A Little Help From My Friends" Before The Election

Reissue Of  "With A Little Help From My Friends" Before The Election

It all started with an interview request by podcaster Jacob Haller asking Suzanne Cloud if he could talk to her about the tune “Below the Beltway” for his show “Tell Me About Your Song." It had been some time since she had heard it—she first recorded this song about money in politics in 1995—but after hearing ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli: Alone Together

Read "Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli: Alone Together" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Duets allow two musicians to work together intimately without the complications of a rhythm section. Such recordings are often done on the spot at the suggestion of one of the musicians or an agent. Historically, two iconic collaborations of this type were a studio gig with Jerry Mulligan and Thelonious Monk (Mulligan Meets Monk, Riverside, 1957 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Diane Monroe/Tony Miceli: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Violinist Diane Monroe and vibraphonist Tony Miceli have been working together in various contexts for about three decades, but that doesn't mean they had instant comfort with the idea of working as a duo. When they first visited the idea in 2009, both Monroe and Miceli were a bit apprehensive. Regardless, they decided to move past ...

Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label

Read "Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Any fan of the great American music that is jazz is surely aware that the art form's history depended on the convergence of geography, individual talents, and inspiration. Cities such as jny: New Orleans, jny: Kansas City, jny: Chicago, and New York are synonymous with particular styles of jazz. One often overlooked city is jny: Philadelphia, ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Jim Miller Honored as "Jazz Hero" on April 15th at LaRose Jazz Restaurant

Jim Miller Honored as "Jazz Hero" on April 15th at LaRose Jazz Restaurant

Jim Miller—Philadelphia jazz percussionist, composer, recording artist, music journalist, and jazz educator—will be named a “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association on April 15th. The ceremony honoring this jazz icon will take place at LaRose Supper Club, 5531 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, during an evening’s performance by saxophonist Tony Williams, from 6 to 9 p.m. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jef Lee Johnson: It's Been So Long Since I've Seen with My Eyes

Read "Jef Lee Johnson: It's Been So Long Since I've Seen with My Eyes" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

[ Editor's Note: This 2002 article was republished in memory of Jef Lee Johnson who died at age 54 on January 28, 2013. ]

Jef Lee Johnson is a true American original and a true American gift to the musical world. Guys like Jef are the embodiment of every reason to use the phrase, “He's ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

George Rabbai Quartet @ Collingswood Community Center on January 5th

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave in Collingswood NJ, on January 5th will be trumpeter George Rabbai with his band, featuring guitarist Brian Betz, bassist Steve Varner and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 856-858-8914. Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit that ...

Jordan Berger: First

Read "First" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jordan Berger is a young bassist who, on this debut album as a leader, manifests a mature conception of the post-bop jazz idiom with his assembled group of mostly Philadelphia-based musicians, collectively producing a sophisticated, intelligent, and lively groove. The tracks are mostly originals which, by virtue of their resonances with the jazz legacy, sound delightfully ...