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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ryan Meagher: Lost Days

Read "Lost Days" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Lost Days, guitarist Ryan Meagher offers up ten expressive and entertaining compositions that run the gamut from blues to funk and from swing to rock. His compositions are hot and spontaneous--they break apart and fuse back together in kaleidoscopic fashion.

The Portland, Oregon-based Meagher is backed by a talented group. Tenor saxophonist Bill ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Otto: Soliloquy

Read "Soliloquy" reviewed by Don Phipps

A soliloquy according to the dictionary is “an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers....." No more apt title could be assigned to Matt Otto's wonderful album Soliloquy. Reminiscent of Matisse's use of color, Otto uses his music to paint a cool canvas of evocative sounds that describe thoughts ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Otto/Andy Ehling: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Don Phipps

A Los Angeles import whose left an indelible mark on the Kansas City jazz scene, tenor sax and composer extraordinaire Matt Otto continues his run of successful jazz explorations with Reunion, a collaboration with 30-year friend and Bay Area, CA alto saxophonist Andy Ehling.

Otto's music has always seemed a bit out of place ...

Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica: Iberica

Read "Iberica" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Matt Otto presents the ambitious Iberica, a trip into the sounds of music from the Iberian Peninsula--Spain and Portugal. Ensemble Iberica joins him, a guitar trio that adds--in addition to their guitars--the cavaquinto, the oud, and the Cuban tres, crafting a delicate yet expansive soundscape in this tranquil, flowing, chamber jazz outing.

This ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

2015 Jazz Palette Composition Contest Winners Announced

2015 Jazz Palette Composition Contest Winners Announced

The American Jazz Museum is proud to present the winning compositions from our Jazz Palette composition contest in a special performance by the Hermon Mehari Quintet in the Blue Room, Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. "The opportunity to combine another public program such as this type of event with our current exhibition in the Changing Gallery, entitled Jazz ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Twin Cities

Read "Twin Cities" reviewed by Andrea Canter

Welcome to the first in a series of Jazz Near You articles where we raise the awareness of advocacy and catalyst organizations whose efforts are making a positive impact on their local jazz communities.

This article was co-written by Don Berryman

The Jazz Police website launched in spring 2004, initially intending to ...

Roberto Magris Space Trek: Aliens in a Bebop Planet

Read "Aliens in a Bebop Planet" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nel doppio CD Aliens in a Bebop Planet Roberto Magris si lascia ampiamente apprezzare sia per la qualità della scrittura (sono previsti quasi esclusivamente brani originali) che per l'ottima duttilità interpretativa, capace di condurre l'ascoltatore attraverso diverse stanze sonore, arredate con gusto ed equilibrio. In apertura del primo disco troviamo Magris in un piano solo dai risvolti ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

Read "Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

The Artists Recording Collective celebrated its 5th anniversary on Pearl Harbor Day this month. Also, commonly known as ARC, the company is a registered Kansas Limited Liability Company (LLC) in good standing that is based in the scenic Kansas City metropolitan area at Leavenworth. ARC is simply a recording label and low intensity marketing platform that utilizes an innovative business ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Blue Room On Historic 18th And Vine Line Up For July 16th-21st

The Blue Room, one of the Down Beat Magazine’s top ranked jazz clubs, has another week of great performances lined up. The Blue Monday Jam kicks off on July 16th with Dr. Todd Wilkinson a saxophone virtuoso whose talents have had him performing and teaching around the country. Musicians bring your instruments and join the jam. On Thursday July 19th, see ...