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Notable Songs by 21st Century Women

Read "Notable Songs by 21st Century Women" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In this episode of A Broad Spectrum we feature some gorgeous new releases and we give birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Jeri Southern, Hank Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Josh Nelson, Tony Bennett, Connie Converse, Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Weinstein, and Baby Jane Dexter among others, focusing on some notable songs written by ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Basie Summer Jazz Fest 2018 Set For June 2-3 In Red Bank, NJ

Basie Summer Jazz Fest 2018 Set For June 2-3 In Red Bank, NJ

The historic Count Basie Theatre, the state’s top-selling performing arts theater and the namesake of jazz great William J. “Count” Basie, has announced its second-ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest, starring Michael Franks, Lee Ritenour + Dave Grusin, Bob James Trio and Lizz Wright on Saturday, June 2, plus Snarky Puppy, Esperanza Spalding and Moonchild on Sunday, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

Read "Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Dara Tucker: Seeds of the Divine

Read "Dara Tucker: Seeds of the Divine" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Rising jazz star Dara Tucker has added three new trophies to a rapidly growing lineup of awards. At this year's Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMAs) she won Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Jazz Album, and Song of the Year for her April release, Oklahoma Rain (Watchman Music). These three awards follow closely on the heels of her ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

An unfortunate reality for too many musicians--even those who are well-known--is that most of their audiences are aware of but a portion of their true work...their fullest capabilities. Recordings only tell part of the story, since artists often tour with groups that are never documented. And even those tours, for those fortunate enough to experience them, ...

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 ...

Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo': TajMo

Read "TajMo" reviewed by James Nadal

When two generations of blues giants as Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' teamed up for the production TajMo, the best of both personalities and talents merged for an adventurous take on traditional blues. Taj Mahal's recording trajectory goes back to the late 1960's, when he released Taj Mahal, quickly followed by The Natch'l Blues, both on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater

Read "Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Lizz Wright, Vocalist; Danilo Perez, Pianist and Music Director
Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk
Merriam Theater
Kimmel Center Presents
Philadelphia, PA
September 30, 2016

This well conceived theme-based jazz show anticipated the 100th birthdays and celebrated the music of four jazz icons all ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Nine-Day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 24

Nine-Day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 24

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival returns to Rochester for its 15th anniversary edition June 24-July 2 with nine days of amazing creative improvised music from around the world. The 2016 Festival will present more than 1500 artists in 325+ shows at 19 venues in three series- the Club Pass series with 235 shows, Headliner Series with six ...