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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Troels Jensen and The Healers feat. Miriam Mandipira: My Love

Read "My Love" reviewed by Chris Mosey

After studying music in her native Zimbabwe, Miriam Mandipira moved from that unhappy country, first to South Africa, then 10 years ago to Denmark. Here she became a mainstay of the local blues scene. Her influences, she said, were Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith but she sounded more like Aretha Franklin and Randy Crawford and still ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff

Read "The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville
Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff
420 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1496810021
University Press of Mississippi
2017

In the late 1970s, I began a more academic approach to blues music. In addition to listening to the music, I began ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith At Firehouse 12

Read "Wadada Leo Smith At Firehouse 12" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Wadada Leo Smith
Firehouse 12 Create Festival
New Haven, Connecticut
April 8-9, 2017

It is rare to experience the arc of a prolific artist's work while they are still active, and in the case of Wadada Leo Smith, to witness it at the simultaneous height of creative power ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano

No matter what the style where African-American influences and developments upon the modern music scene have been pervasive--work songs, ragtime, jazz, stride, and boogie-woogie, the most important contribution has been the Blues. The country Blues as heard by pioneers such as Robert Johnson, The City Blues epitomized by Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Rhythm n' Blues ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Spirit Of Abbey Lincoln Invoked Through Up And Coming Jazz Singer's Theatrical Tribute And New Album Release

Spirit Of Abbey Lincoln Invoked Through Up And Coming Jazz Singer's Theatrical Tribute And New Album Release

For two weekends in March, up and coming jazz singer-songwriter Kosi, accompanied by a four-piece band of world class musicians (Brendon Biagi, Aron Marchak, Christopher Hall, and Isaiah Pierce), will be performing a tribute to recently departed jazz icon Abbey Lincoln at the WOW Cafe Theater in jny: New York City. This tribute, called Ghosts Appearing ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival

Read "The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival" reviewed by Nick Catalano

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of jny: Pittsburgh in the annals of jazz history. Just a few of the legendary names--Ahmad Jamal, Errol Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, George Benson, Ray Brown, Stanley Turrentine--are sufficient to raise the proverbial jazz fan eyebrows. I actually performed there in the halcyon days of ...

Kosi: Pictures of Us

Read "Pictures of Us" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This is an album whose authenticity and directness of expression is matched only by its underlying artistic complexity and conceptual nuances. Kosi Gyebi Sorensen (Akosua Gyebi) is a New York-based singer and composer whose vocal persona on this album is that of a young woman of humble origins struggling with the trials of intimacy and love, ...

NEWS: EVENT

The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival celebrates Newark author Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50

The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival celebrates Newark author Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50

Past and present journeys of all kinds – spiritual, professional, musical and cultural—intersected at the Newark Museum, where poet and playwright Amiri Baraka was honored and musician Craig Harris was featured during NJPAC’s TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival. The celebrated Newark author was there in recognition of his seminal exploration of African-American music and culture, Blues People: Negro Music in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Concord Original jazz Classics Remasters: Monk, Evans, Adderley, Montgomery, Baker and More

Concord Original jazz Classics Remasters: Monk, Evans, Adderley, Montgomery, Baker and More

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on July 23, 2013. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, several bonus tracks on nearly each disc (some previously unreleased) and new liner notes providing historical context to the original material, the series celebrates the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records, ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Doc Cheatham, Bob Haggart And Joe Williams

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Doc Cheatham, Bob Haggart And Joe Williams

This week on Riverwalk Jazz: Doc Cheatham, Bob Haggart and Joe Williams share their music and stories with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. You can also drop in on a continuous stream ...