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ARTICLE: GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman

Read "Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

For those of you who may not be aware, Your Own Personal Genius was once a fresh-faced music major at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. My principal instrument was euphonium (I also had a minor in trombone). Later, I left to study Jazz with Ellis Marsalis during his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Jack McCarthy

This article was first published at the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia website.

Jazz began to emerge as a distinct musical style around the turn of the twentieth century, a merging of two vernacular African American musical styles--ragtime and blues--with elements of popular music. New Orleans, the “cradle of jazz," was the most important city in ...

Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke: We Like It Hot

Read "We Like It Hot" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nuovo album da leader per Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke, una delle più interessanti voci nostrane, che -dopo l'originalissimo Contradanza -torna a frequentare un repertorio a lei carissimo, ovvero quello delle origini del jazz, che aveva esplorato nel suo primo CD, Racine Connection. Amante dei progetti ben delineati e al tempo stesso poeticamente enigmatici, l'artista segue in questa ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches

Read "Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for New York-based, Japanese violinist/composer Tomoko Omura, whose second CD as leader, Roots (Inner Circle Music), has earned high praise from critics and peers alike. The roots of the title refer to Omura's heritage as she reimagines popular Japanese tunes through the prism of jazz. The ten tracks draw inspiration from ...

Lisanne Tremblay: Violinization

Read "Violinization" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Say “jazz" and the musical instrument that comes to mind might be the saxophone or the trumpet. Say “classical" and it's probably the violin. But there's a long history of players of that have taken that quintessentially classical instrument and moved into the jazz/improvised music world: Stephane Grappelli (1909-1997) and his swinging Quintette du Hot Club ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

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Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort
Malaysia
December 4-7, 2014

It was business as usual at the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, following the tenth anniversary celebrations of the previous year. That milestone was no small feat for Festival Director Paul Augustin, business partner Chin Choo Yeun and their ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Luca Ciarla: Violinair

Read "Violinair" reviewed by Duncan Heining

"I would be interested to know what you think of my record." The reluctant reviewer takes the CD, heart sinking, thinking to themselves, “I very much doubt it." On this occasion, I am, however, grateful to Italian violinist, Luca Ciarla. He's certainly not without self-assurance but, fortunately, that confidence is well-matched by the genuine talent evident ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Read "Little Dipper" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz fiddlers are not exactly household renowned. Joe Venuti, Ray Nance, Stephane Grappelli, Michal Urbaniak, Svend Asmussen, Jean-luc Ponty and Regina Carter pop to the forefront, but then the list falls off quickly. Presently there emerges one Nora Germain (a name made to be in lights if there ever was one) who not only fiddles but ...

NEWS: RADIO

Swinging Duos At The Landing This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, we're pairing up some of our favorite jazz artists in a broadcast of swinging duos. On their own, each one of these musicians lights up the stage, but together, they’re off the charts. The program is distributed in the US by ...