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Chris Barber Retires After 65 Years As A Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Chris Barber Retires After  65 Years As A  Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75

Read "Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The penultimate week of Women's History Month broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Mimi Fox, trombonists Naomi Moon Siegel and Natalie Cressman, pianist Lara Downes, the group Five Play led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and vocalists Sivan Arbel and Patrice Jegou, as well as a first listen to the live recording of Joni Mitchell''s 75th year ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lizz Wright: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by James Nadal

In reaffirming the adage that you can go home again, Lizz Wright did just that. The songs on Grace reflect a homecoming to the singer's southern heritage--a personal rite of passage to glean inspiration and redefine her musical origins. She revisits her rural Georgia upbringing and Atlanta gospel roots, and finds comfort at her current home ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vanessa Collier: Meeting My Shadow

Read "Meeting My Shadow" reviewed by James Nadal

During the golden age of rhythm and blues, the saxophonist, who often doubled on vocals, was the leader of the band, and the star of the show. Fast forward, and we find Vanessa Collier who is all of the above, and also a genuine quadruple threat. With an honored degree from Berklee, and having spent several ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

Read "Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie" reviewed by Martin Longley

Benjamin Booker
O2 Academy
September 6, 2014

Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alexis P. Suter Band at Gwynedd Mercy University

Read "Alexis P. Suter Band  at Gwynedd Mercy University" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Alexis P. Suter Band
Women in the Blues
Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Valley, PA
February 7, 2014

A frozen night in Pennsylvania was made immensely warmer when the Alexis P. Suter Band took the stage at Gwynedd Mercy University in suburban Philadelphia. The bass-voiced blues diva electrified the crowd ...

NEWS: RADIO

Whiz Kid Of Swing John Hammond This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Whiz Kid Of Swing John Hammond This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with guests Dick Hyman, Topsy Chapman, Harry Allen and others, explore the towering legacy of John Hammond, the man called “the most influential talent scout and music producer in history.” The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray at the Musical Instrument Museum

Read "Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray at the Musical Instrument Museum" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray
Musical Instrument Museum
“Saluting the Pioneers of Women Who Rock"
Phoenix, Arizona
October 16, 2013

Four women musicians performed a joyous tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie, black pioneers in gospel and early blues styles that became the roots ...

Beyond The Blues

Read "Beyond The Blues" reviewed by Skip Heller

Back when I was a kid--I was born in 1965--the first comprehensive push for children's education about American Black History was on. Elementary school libraries suddenly included books about Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver, and there were even a few books about jazz and blues for young readers.

I wish I could ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

It may be the final week of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, but the festival isn’t winding down when it comes to exciting performances. This week, Lincoln Center celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Soul at the Center, highlighted by Valerie Simpson’s first tribute to her late partner, Nick Ashford, since his passing. The pair ...