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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

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Sadness naturally hovers like a black cloud over life's December days, but hope and joy can often find a way to peak through the overcast skies. That's a message that comes through most clearly on Jimmy Scott's beautiful parting gift to the world.

I Go Back Home manages to serve as swan song, ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home
Kemper Music, Sine Qua Non Music
2016

“Little" Jimmy Scott (1925-2014) was for a long time the world's greatest jazz singer nobody ever heard of. Enormously talented, with an intuitive grasp of the jazz idiom and the blues, he began his ascendance as a singer with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dennis Rowland Benefit Concert at the Herberger Theater Center

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Dennis Rowland Benefit Concert
Herberger Theater Center
Phoenix, AZ
November 6, 2013

Monica Mancini headlined a troupe of national and local musicians to perform a benefit concert for former Count Basie Orchestra vocalist Dennis Rowland, raising funds for his stroke rehabilitation and ongoing health care. Nine singers and a dozen instrumentalists delivered ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lorraine Feather: I Love You Guys

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The great pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, is credited with the remark that “writing about jazz is like dancing about architecture." But don't dash off and try to authenticate the quote. One, it'll just take you down a rabbit hole, and two, whether or not he ever actually uttered those words doesn't really matter. Because far ...

H2 Big Band / Tempest Little Big Band / Deutsch Oper Berlin Big Band

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The H2 Big Band

You're It!

Jazzed Media

2010

Big-band album of the year? There have been a number of worthy aspirants in the first half of 2011, and now comes another strong contender: the Denver-based H2 Big Band, whose debut recording, You're It!, is a paragon of straight-ahead blowing pleasure ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye

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While writing the tune “Scrabble" for her recently released CD Ages (Jazzed Media, 2010), lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather's songwriting partner, Dick Hyman, had an unusual request that bordered on a dare: could she work the name of the venerable pianist/composer's family friend Dushka into the lyrics? After all, the middle section of his stride composition ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
April 15-25, 2010

In its 31st offing, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland followed a familiar yet engaging formula. One that, over the years, has made it the largest music festival in Ohio and the largest educational jazz festival in the country. The clinics and workshops for ...

Take Five with Joel Fairstein

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Meet Joel Fairstein:

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Joel Fairstein has earned critical praise as jazz pianist, composer, producer, and studio musician. His first album, Umbra, an LP recorded at age 24 with eighteen sidemen has since become a sought-after collectors item.

Joel graduated from Berklee college in 1983 and freelanced regularly in Boston ...

Monica Mancini, et. al.: Ultimate Mancini

Read "Ultimate Mancini" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

Henry Mancini is without a doubt one of the most prolific and award-winning composers of our time. With Ultimate Mancini Concord Records celebrates “The Year of Mancini by recording a tribute to some of his best-known repertoire. Tributes are a hard nut to crack, as they are usually poorly thought out attempts to make some quick ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Monica Mancini: Cinema Paradiso

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Monica Mancini, the daughter of the legendary Henry Mancini, grew up with an affinity for themes and scores. On her sophomore Concord release, she builds on a theme while settling the score regarding her own place in the Jazz vocalist pantheon. Opening with the English translation of Ennio Morricone’s lovely theme from the titular film, Mancini ...