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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Susanna Risberg: Bold As Love

Read "Susanna Risberg: Bold As Love" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Listen to Susanna Risberg playing and it doesn't take long to realize that the twenty-eight-year-old Swedish guitarist is a bit special. Despite her relatively young years Risberg has been gigging for fifteen years already, turning more than a few heads along the way with a style that is unflashy yet exciting, technically impressive yet emotionally keen. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

Read "Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy 90th birthday to alto saxophonist Vi Redd, who opens the broadcast, along with Downhearted Blues from fellow Libra Lovie Austin. In the third hour, some hurricane inspired music followed by tributes to John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Leonard Cohen with a reminder from Willie Nelson to stay “Young at Heart."

Playlist Vi ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

Setting down roots in Pittsburgh two years ago has borne fruit for alto saxophonist Richie Cole in the form of his beautiful new album, Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs. The CD, his first all-ballads album, will be released on his Richie Cole Presents imprint on October 21. “I don’t play the saxophone, I sing the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Miles Okazaki: Cleaning the Mirror

Read "Miles Okazaki: Cleaning the Mirror" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

In the backyard of his home in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, guitarist Miles Okazaki has spent time constructing a multifaceted backyard/garden filled with overhanging plants, stone walkways and a wooden pavilion surrounding a table and benches. The slats of the pavilion's floor seem to have been crafted merely for aesthetic purposes, but there's another process at work: ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Steve Bailey Named Chair of Berklee's Bass Department

Berklee College of Music announces that Steve Bailey has been named chair of the college's Bass Department. Bailey, six-string fretless bass pioneer, educator, and author, begins his tenure this summer. He succeeds Rich Appleman, who retired in May 2012 after holding the position for 40 years. A partial list of Bailey's extensive recording and performance credits ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings

Read "Plays and Sings" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Youthful precociousness is one thing. There is typically an element of immaturity present. Fully developed and evolved at a young age is something else entirely. Israeli Dida Pelled has emerged fully formed as singer and instrumental soloist in New York City, after completing her obligation to the Israeli military and relocating there (not unlike fellow countryman/saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

Read "For All Those Living" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While guitarist Sheryl Bailey's A New Promise was a tribute to another tremendously talented female guitarist--the late Emily Remler--For All Those Living touches on a wide variety of figures, both here and gone. Bailey's music pays direct tribute to fellow guitarists, like Jack Wilkins ("Wilkinsburg"), Masa Sasaki ("Masa's Bag") and the late Jimmy Wyble, but she ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luciano Troja: At Home with Zindars

Read "At Home with Zindars" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Italian pianist Luciano Troja--like saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, drummers Philly Joe Jones and Tony Williams, accordionist Dino Saluzzi, guitarists Larry Coryell and Emily Remler,and trumpeter Donald Byrd before him--discovered the beauty of pianist/composer Earl Zindars's music via the numerous interpretations of pianist Bill Evans. Enchanted by Zindars's compositions, Troja embarked on a five-year odyssey to meet the ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Visit the new Freedom Jazz Dance website

Visit the new Freedom Jazz Dance website

Dig fresh new jazz reviews, listen to rare jazz tracks and keep the jazz conversation going at the new Freedom Jazz Dance website! Jazz DJ and writer Ken Hohman is pleased to announce that the new Freedom Jazz Dance website is live and online at www.freedomjazzdance.net. Pay a visit today and dig through the ear and eye ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year

Read "Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The holiday season is upon us, which means it's a perfect time to name my choices for the best big band albums of 2010. Looking back, this was a better year for large ensembles than memory envisaged, and narrowing the list of candidates to 10 wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. Nevertheless, the ...