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NEWS: EVENT

Dr. Lonnie, Monaco & Gibbs: Hope College’s Jazz Organ Summit

Dr. Lonnie, Monaco & Gibbs: Hope College’s Jazz Organ Summit

By C. Andrew Hovan The old saying goes that everything old is new again. The same can also be said for the current resurgence in the use of the Hammond organ. Although the instrument never really went out of style with jazz practitioners, a new crop of players are dedicating themselves to advancing the vernacular established by ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Ronnie Foster: Emotion, Excitement, Energy, and Passion

Read "Ronnie Foster: Emotion, Excitement, Energy, and Passion" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to jazz history, few would argue that the years between 1950 and 1970 were a golden era filled with exciting music crossing many stylistic genres. From the concert stage to the Chitlin' Circuit, the era was ripe with talented musicians of all persuasions, many of whom have since faded from memory. Rarely is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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Jazz Organ Summit
Hope College
Holland, Michigan
September 9-10, 2016

Located in Western Michigan along the banks of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, the small college town of Holland is not the type of place you might imagine for a gathering of musicians, students and jazz organ aficionados. Nonetheless, this quaint spot ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit

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Columbus, Ohio native Tony Monaco is primed and ready to place jazz organ in a whole new spotlight. Although he has been a playing musician for most of his life, it has been during the past sixteen years that he has made the biggest strides as an artist. A gifted educator with a unique approach to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kevin Kaska Jazz Orchestra: Shades of Rio

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Seductive melodies and danceable rhythms carry the day on Shades of Rio, a tasteful debut recording by the southern California-based Kevin Kaska Jazz Orchestra, which earns the name by using a full string section on most numbers to complement its well-upholstered twenty-three member core ensemble anchored by master drummer Harvey Mason. Kaska, a story unto himself, ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Julio Iglesias, Doug Morris, Harvey Mason, Dee Dee Bridgewater To Receive Honorary Degrees At Berklee Commencement May 9

Julio Iglesias, Doug Morris, Harvey Mason, Dee Dee Bridgewater To Receive Honorary Degrees At Berklee Commencement May 9

Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown will present Julio Iglesias, Doug Morris, Harvey Mason, and Dee Dee Bridgewater with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee's commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 9, at the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena at Boston University. More than 900 Berklee graduates, their parents, and invited guests will be in attendance. This year's honorary doctorate recipients are ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Maxwell Enlists Eclectic Lineup For Caribbean Cruise

Maxwell Enlists Eclectic Lineup For Caribbean Cruise

Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Joe, Chrisette Michele, DL Hughley and more have been invited for the inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas, May 3-10, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona: On May 3, 2015, platinum soul star Maxwell will launch the maiden voyage of his own seven-day Caribbean cruise featuring a stellar lineup of R&B and contemporary jazz artists. ...

Harvey Mason: Chameleon

Read "Chameleon" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When you've been making music as long as Harvey Mason has as a solo artist and manning the drum chair for Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Donald Byrd,and more artists than there is space here to list, you are not only pleasing longtime fans, you're making new converts as well. Some who might ask, “This guy's pretty ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988

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As Legacy Records slowly works its way through complete album collection boxes for artists ranging from Stanley Clarke and The Brecker Brothers to the massive Miles Davis and Johnny Cash boxes, one of the notable absences has been keyboardist Herbie Hancock. While he was not a Columbia artist for as long as either Cash or Davis, ...

Robben Ford: Bringing It Back Home

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Robben Ford's most focused, unembellished album in like, forever, may have also been the easiest album the virtuosic blues/jazz/rock/you-name-it guitarist has made in a long spell, too. In talking about Bringing It Back Home, the guitarist/vocalist says, “The results are really pure, and the most fun I've had making an album in years." In “bringing it ...