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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaco Pastorius

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaco Pastorius

All About Jazz is celebrating Jaco Pastorius' birthday today!

“Jaco" was born John Francis Pastorius III, the first of three sons born to John Francis Pastorius II and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius. He had Finnish, German, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Although “Jaco" was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the family subsequently moved to Fort Lauderdale. Jaco ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Massimo Colombo: Italy's Erudite Jazz Pianista

Read "Massimo Colombo: Italy's Erudite Jazz Pianista" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Nestled in Northern Italy, the city of Milano is steeped in artistic tradition. Revolutionary in the historical sense in literature, music, art, science, and other scholarly endeavors, Milano is still today a hotbed of innovation and a source knowledge and creation.

Enter one Massimo Colombo to the forefront of the conversation. A gifted jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater

Read "Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Metheny
2018 World Tour
Kimmel Center Presents
Merriam Theater
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2018

I have covered the jazz “waterfront" for All About Jazz over the past two decades and although I have taken in a lot of territory, I often find ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Line Matter: In Motion

Read "In Motion" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The hauntingly memorable melody to “Into The Woods," one of five tracks on In Motion written by Jonathan Moore, is enhanced by the guitarist's subtle yet assured technique which recalls the likes of Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny. Moore's opening salvo is hotly pursued by Francesco Acanfora, adding a confident tenor solo.

Whilst ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication

Read "Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Over the past decade, bassist Linda May Han Oh has been hailed as one of the most gifted bassists, bandleaders and composers of her generation. She is a virtuoso who can swing hard while keeping instrumental grace and precision, structuring her lines through a most free-flowing cascade of ideas. After completing her master's degree at the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2" reviewed by James Fleming

Days 1-2 | Days 3-4

Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 24-29, 2018

July 24, 2018 The Garavogue River flows slow and lazy through the centre of town to Sligo Harbour. Mountains stand in the distance out in Yeats country, green and rocky, overlooking the fields on the ...

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake

Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Kurt Elling: The Questions

Read "The Questions" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dall'inizio del nuovo millennio Kurt Elling ha sempre più escluso dal suo repertorio brani swinganti e dinamici a favore di ballad o pop song. Gli esuberanti interventi in scat e le fantasiose escursioni vocali dei primi dischi (mutuate dal suo iniziale modello, Mark Murphy) hanno lasciato il posto a interpretazioni da crooner confidenziale, privilegiando interpretazioni eleganti, ...