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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
June 27-29, 2019

The year was 1979. Mainstream styles were on the wane and the major labels had largely abandoned jazz product, with the invention of the compact disc some three years in the future. The musical landscape in terms of jazz was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caldera: Caldera / Sky Islands

Read "Caldera / Sky Islands" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the word “fusion" and a list of familiar names often turns up: Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Return to Forever and Weather Report. But what about Caldera? Aficionados of the genre will probably know about them but, to many listeners, they will be a new discovery and, thanks to a BGO ...

NEWS: RADIO

SiriusXM's New, Original jazz radio show on Jazz Arranging "Flipped" with Host John Beasley

SiriusXM's New, Original jazz radio show on Jazz Arranging "Flipped" with Host John Beasley

To mark Jazz Appreciation Month, this April 2019, SiriusXM is launching a 4-part series on ‘arranging’. “Flipped” will explore what happens musically when jazz musicians rearrange or ‘flip’ songs from the Great American Songbook and make it their own. On SiriusXM Ch.67 “Flipped” Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 5-7:00pm ET / 2-4:00pm PT
Rebroadcasts: ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

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In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!

Read "You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast fell on the day of the Grammy awards and included new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell and Tierney Sutton respectively, composer Miho Hazama, pianist Beegie Adair and trombonist Jennifer Wharton, with birthday shout outs to Natalie Cole, Anne Marie Moss, plus a few jazz treatments of songs by Carole King in the fourth hour ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dianne Reeves at The Rose Theater

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Dianne Reeves
Frederick P. Rose Hall
New York, NY
February 16, 2019

Dianne Reeves delivered a gracefully enchanting and heartfelt Valentine's Day weekend performance at The Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. In its eighth year, JALC is still the most romantic venue for elite Jazz ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Dianne Reeves

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Dianne Reeves

This week, let's check out some videos featuring singer Dianne Reeves, who will perform next Saturday, February 9 at The Sheldon. Reeves, who last year was named an NEA Jazz Master, appeared here most recently in December 2016, presenting a Christmas show at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. She's considered one of the top jazz vocalists working ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Somi at Dazzle

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Somi
Dazzle
Denver, CO
January 16, 2019

A case can be made that all Western popular music can trace its origins to Africa. Even if that's a bit of an exaggeration, it's not when it comes to vocalist/songwriter Somi. She was born in Illinois, but her parents were immigrants from ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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This summer sizzled with jazz at The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina. The John Coltrane Youth Jazz Workshop Band led by Wally West kicked off the festival on Saturday, September 1, followed by the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, the Dirty Dozen ...