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Andrea Claburn

Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a classical pianist mother and a jazz aficionado father, Andrea Claburn knew what she wanted to do by the age of four. “I started begging my mother to let me to take piano lessons. She would play Chopin and Beethoven, and I would go to the piano when she was done and try to recreate what I’d heard. I wanted to play so badly.” Her mother finally relented when Andrea reached the ripe old age of six. “My mom was very smart. She said, ‘you’re not ready’ when I was in preschool. She was the opposite of a pushy stage mom. By making me wait to study piano, she made it clear that it was a privilege and I should treat it accordingly.” Meanwhile, her father introduced her to his favorite jazz artists: Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, the MJQ, Bill Evans

ARTICLE: RADIO

What We Need Are Hearts On Fire

Read "What We Need Are Hearts On Fire" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Sample sweet holiday music from Beegie Adair, plus new releases by pianists Harold Mabern and Sue Palmer, with birthday shout outs to Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams (celebrating his centennial this year), Jazz Master Bob Dorough, Cassandra Wilson and lyricist Morgan Ames, among others.

Playlist Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band “The Little Drummer ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women 2018 - Part I

Read "Seven Women 2018 - Part I" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If 2017 taught me anything, it was that my “Five Women" column would need to expand. So, this year, we will enlarge the format to “Seven Women" and be the better for it.

Anat Cohen Tentet
Happy Song
Anzic Records
2017

Anat Cohen's excellent Happy Song was released last ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

Read "C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This year marks my 20th contributing to AAJ. Twenty years ago, I was 38 years old looking for an outlet for my music writing that had somehow avoided me until I came across an opportunity disguised as a call for articles from one Michael Ricci in jny: Philadelphia. I emailed my review of Art Pepper's San ...