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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Pittsburgh, PA
June 20-23, 2019

Now in its ninth year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival continues to grow and prosper as one of the country's best jazz festivals. Tied to the efforts of the city's August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the festival continues to prosper under ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gwen & Tiana: African Time

Read "African Time" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It's not immediately clear that African Time is a jazz album at all. However, perusing the CD digipak's details, there are obvious clues that if not exactly jazz, it is certainly jazz-related. The first indication is the revelation that sharing the composing duties along with singers Gwen Thomas and Tiana Ewane is co-composer and guitarist Femi ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Charlie Parker Festival 2018

Read "Charlie Parker Festival 2018" reviewed by Rudolph Lu

Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park's Summer Stage was the site of two separate concerts that were part of New York City's Charlie Parker Festival 2018. This 26th edition truly celebrated the diversity and styles of jazz.

August 24th opened with noted vocalist Brianna Thomas performing jazz standards with her talented swinging band. Charles Tolliver led ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Wyatt: Look To The Sky

Read "Look To The Sky" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Look To The Sky is a story of family, navigating the world of jazz, and extolling those who helped light the way. To call it a tribute record would be to frame it inaccurately, but it's most certainly built around the personalized song of praise.

Saxophonist Eric Wyatt, a brawny Brooklynite with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Keyon Harrold: The Mugician

Read "The Mugician" reviewed by Thomas Earl

Back in October of 2015, Keyon Harrold had his laptop and seven hard drives worth of material stolen from his car in New York. Although intended for his second album, Harrold's reaction was indicative of his attitude to life and music, stating philosophically, “the universe says that wasn't supposed to come out."

Thankfully, two ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Trumpet Miming in Film: Mostly Jive

Read "Trumpet Miming in Film: Mostly Jive" reviewed by Steve Provizer

No surprise that filmmakers want to feature trumpet players in their films. After all, we are a complicated, sometimes volatile and, ahem, sexy cohort. I've written here about the odd character-illogical bent that movies show toward the species, but in this post, I'll restrict myself to analyzing how well filmmakers pull off the act of shooting ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Keyon Harrold sampler

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Keyon Harrold sampler

This week, let's peruse some videos featuring trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold, who now lives in NYC but is coming home to perform on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Jazz at the Bistro. Harrold will be part of an ensemble including pianist Lawrence Fields and drummer Kimberly Thompson, two more former St. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Will Calhoun Pays Tribute to a Profound Influence on "Celebrating Elvin Jones" – Available Now on Motéma Music

Drummer Will Calhoun Pays Tribute to a  Profound Influence on "Celebrating Elvin Jones" –  Available Now on Motéma Music

Although he's best known as the hard-driving, groove-oriented drummer for the pioneering rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun has played in a staggering variety of styles and traditions over the course of his eclectic career. Straight-ahead jazz, fusion, traditional African percussion, funk, hip-hop, and of course hard rock—Calhoun has explored them all, and he traces the ...