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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: IN PICTURES

San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018

Read "San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

The exciting 2018 edition of jny: San Francisco's long running Fillmore Jazz Festival took place over the June 30-July 1 weekend. This year's 34th edition of the SFFJF featured an extensive artist line up that included: Kim Nalley, Groove 8, Pamela Rose Presents Blues Is A Woman; Lloyd Gregory and Friends, Lavay Smith & The Red ...

NEWS: EVENT

In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series—New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends To Los Angeles

In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series—New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends To Los Angeles

This month, In Touch Entertainment is launching a monthly vocal-centric jazz program in Los Angeles, a sister to the hugely successful Vocal Mania series started in New York this spring. The first West Coast event, co-hosted by acclaimed vocalists Denise Donatelli and Paulette McWilliams will take place on June 29 and feature jazz singer Kenny Washington. On ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Read "Gilmore Keyboard Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Gilmore Keyboard Festival
Kalamazoo, Michigan
April 25 to May 12, 2018

Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lee Konitz: Frescalalto

Read "Frescalalto" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For over seven decades, since his participation in Miles Davis's 1949-1950 Birth of the Cool sessions, Lee Konitz has carved out a tireless path as one of jazz's most illuminating improvisers. Recorded at the tail end of 2015, when he was already 87 years old, Frescalalto sees Konitz in a straight-ahead session effectively marshalled by the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

Read "2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit featuring Tony Monaco, Gerard Gibbs, and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Hope College
Holland, Michigan
March 9-11, 2018

Back in the fall of 2016, a small liberal arts college on the banks of Lake Michigan decided to serve as the epicenter of activity aimed at gaining more ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

California-based jazz singer builds his fan base one gig at a time

California-based jazz singer builds his fan base one gig at a time

Jazz singer Kenny Washington has it all, musically. The diminutive vocalist, based for more than two decades in Oakland, California, has range, fluidity and a natural sense of swing. He grew up singing gospel music as a child in New Orleans- and that music's passion fuels his soulful artistry. His creativity- singing, scatting and even whistling- was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk

Read "Nicole Henry with the John Toomey Trio in Norfolk" reviewed by Mark Robbins

The Attucks Jazz Series kicked off the 2017-2018 season with bombastic vocalist Nicole Henry backed by John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass and Chuck Redd on drums. Ms. Henry, winner of the Soul Train's “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," presented a varied repertoire including songs by Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers and many jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roxy Coss: Chasing the Unicorn

Read "Chasing the Unicorn" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The title of the third, and latest release of New York based saxophonist Roxy Coss, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), enables a vision that all artists embrace-that elusive and mythical state of total expression attained by only an elite few, that which not only presents beauty and passion to the universe, but is integrated into the ...