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Take Five With Mandolinist Joe Brent

Take Five With Mandolinist Joe Brent

BY AAJ STAFF
May 22, 2024

Meet Joe Brent Called, “one of the truly exceptional musicians of his generation," a mandolinist about whom it has been said, “there has never been a mandolinist with greater technical skills," and a composer whose music, “touches and communicates the essence of what it means to be an alive, feeling human being," Joe Brent has forged a career as both instrumentalist and composer with unparalleled fluency across multiple genres. HIs latest album Strum features his chamber jazz trio 9 Horses. ......

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Säje: I Can't Help It

Säje: I Can't Help It

BY SCOTT LICHTMAN
May 22, 2024

It is rare to encounter, an all-female, professional jazz vocal ensemble. The quartet säje (pronounced like “beige") not only has established itself in this genre with a Grammy nomination, but they raise the bar for all vocal groups. The singers--Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, Erin Bentlage and Johnaye Kendrick--are practically telepathic in synchronizing their phrasing. Any big band would be ecstatic to inject fluid horn hits the way these ladies do. In addition, they transform a potential limitation of female quartets--modest ......

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A Final Ode To Camilo Valencia: The Video 'Made In Miami' Marks A Legacy

A Final Ode To Camilo Valencia: The Video 'Made In Miami' Marks A Legacy

BY DR. ALEX SINO
May 22, 2024

The “Made in Miami” video (see below) not only showcases the rich musical heritage of Miami but also holds a special place in the hearts of Latin music enthusiasts as it is from the 2-time Latin Grammy Award-winning album. The official video, featuring Milton Salcedo on the piano, is a visual and auditory feast. It opens with the pulsating beats of the city as the camera sweeps through the iconic landscapes that define Miami’s skyline. The scene then shifts to ......

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The Recording Industry's Music Performance Trust Fund Invests $1.1 Million in Grants to Communities to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

The Recording Industry's Music Performance Trust Fund Invests $1.1 Million in Grants to Communities to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

BY MICHAEL RICCI
May 22, 2024

The recording industry's Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF), a leading non-profit organization enriching lives and uniting communities through the power of music, wrapped up its annual initiative to present admission-free live musical performances celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April. Nearly 5,000 professional musicians in 78 markets across North America performed for appreciative audiences from Honolulu to Saskatoon to New Orleans and beyond. Events were held in parks, libraries, schools, art galleries, assisted living residences, community centers, churches, and other ......

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Ahmad Jamal: After Poinciana

Ahmad Jamal: After Poinciana

BY CHUCK LENATTI
May 21, 2024

Part 1 | Part 2 On Location and at the Penthouse In an apparent effort to capitalize on the new-found popularity from his 1958 record, At the Pershing, But Not for Me (Argo LP628), Ahmad Jamal released a flurry of albums between 1958 and 1970, many of them recorded on location. Musically, it was a very productive period for Jamal, and these 20-plus albums do nothing to tarnish Jamal and his ensembles' reputation as among the most vital ......

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Atlas Maior Celebrates Vinyl Release 'Hadal Deluxe Edition' With  Vinyl Release Show On June 7th At Monks Jazz Club

Atlas Maior Celebrates Vinyl Release 'Hadal Deluxe Edition' With Vinyl Release Show On June 7th At Monks Jazz Club

BY MERCEDES ROMANA
May 21, 2024

The internationally lauded global jazz ensemble Atlas Maior is presenting a culmination of their creative work from 2020-2024 with their very first vinyl release Hadal Deluxe Edition. The new record is due out on June 7th, and will be celebrated at their record release party at The Monks Jazz Club, Austin, TX! Hadal Deluxe Edition vinyl is reflective of Atlas Maior’s highly collaborative nature and features original and cross-cultural collaborative compositions. Reflecting back on a career of musical journeys, Atlas ......

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Organist Radam Schwartz Releases 'Saxophone Quartet Music' on Arabesque Jazz

Organist Radam Schwartz Releases 'Saxophone Quartet Music' on Arabesque Jazz

BY JIM EIGO
May 21, 2024

Radam Schwartz is well-known in the jazz world as one of its top organists. His associations with such notables as Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Al Hibbler, David “Fathead” Newman, Russell Malone and Cecil Brooks III. His series of recordings as a leader have helped invigorate the hard bop and soul jazz traditions. In addition to his organ and piano playing, Radam Schwartz is a talented arranger-composer, and an influential jazz educator. He has written a series of pieces for a saxophone ......

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Nicola Caminiti: Adam Arturo

Nicola Caminiti: Adam Arturo

BY JOHN CHACONA
May 20, 2024

Every generation or so, a rhythm section comes along and changes the game. Think of Count Basie's “All-American Rhythm Section" with Freddie Green, Walter Page and Jo Jones, or Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams from Miles Davis' second great quintet. It's up to history to render the verdict about pianist Lex Korten, bassist Ben Tiberio and drummer Miguel Russell. Still, given the fire, precision and reflexes they flash behind saxophonist Nicola Caminiti (no slouch himself) on Vivid Tales ......

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Roxana Amed: A Prayer

Roxana Amed: A Prayer

BY JOHN CHACONA
May 19, 2024

The U.S. recording career of Argentine-born vocalist Roxana Amed is a study in the frustration that assumptions about genre can create. Both 2021's Ontology and the following year's Unánime, released by Sony Music, were nominated for Latin Grammy Awards. That was well-deserved, yet these were also among the best jazz vocal recordings of those years. Her 2023 Sony Music release Los Trabajos Y Las Noches, to texts by Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik, is backed by a trio of Frank Carlberg ......

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'Early Jazz,' A New Book by Fumi Tomita

'Early Jazz,' A New Book by Fumi Tomita

BY JIM EIGO
May 18, 2024

Early Jazz is an overview of the beginnings of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots through 1929, when elements of the Swing Era began to emerge. It is the first book on early jazz history in over fifty years and fills a compelling need for an update that reflects recent research. With a broad definition of jazz that encompasses the artistic and the commercial, the book's inclusive tone allows for a wide spectrum of musicians, including not only pioneering African American ......

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The Mount Rushmore of Hard Bop

The Mount Rushmore of Hard Bop

BY MICHAEL RICCI
May 18, 2024

Member votes were tabulated and the top four vote-getters represent the Mount Rushmore of hard bop. Thank you to everyone who voted. 1Horace Silver2Art Blakey3Lee Morgan4Hank Mobley5John Coltrane6Miles Davis7Sonny Rollins8Freddie Hubbard9Cannonball Adderley10Clifford Brown11Wayne Shorter12Thelonious Monk13Max Roach14Charlie Parker15Dexter Gordon16Dizzy Gillespie17Charles Mingus18Kenny Dorham19Jackie McLean20Bobby Timmons21Benny Golson22Joe Henderson23Curtis Fuller24Paul Chambers25McCoy Tyner26Herbie Hancock27Jimmy Smith28Bud Powell29Donald Byrd30Philly Joe Jones31Sonny Clark32Grant Green33Bill Evans34Red Garland35Wes Montgomery36Ron Carter37Art Farmer38Art Pepper39Bobby Hutcherson40Lou Donaldson41Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers42Duke Ellington43Billie Holiday44Ahmad Jamal45Eric Dolphy46Cedar Walton47Michael Brecker48Phil Woods49Roy Hargrove50Elvin ......

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Harmony and the Harmonic Series: I-V to Rule Them All

Harmony and the Harmonic Series: I-V to Rule Them All

BY KURT ELLENBERGER
May 17, 2024

Preamble Since writing my article on Music and Evolution, I have received many emails asking the same question: “How does harmony and the movement of chords function in conjunction with the harmonic series and our ability to predictively 'hear' simple resolutions to complex wave relationships?" This article will try to answer that question by delving into the relationship between the three most important chords in tonal music--I, IV, and V. These three chords and their relationship with each other are ......

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Chromatic Harmonica Virtuoso Randy Weinstein Explores Seven Of Monk’s Enduring Favorites On 'HarmoniMonk'

Chromatic Harmonica Virtuoso Randy Weinstein Explores Seven Of Monk’s Enduring Favorites On 'HarmoniMonk'

BY JIM EIGO
May 17, 2024

Randy Weinstein is a veteran musician who has mastered both the chromatic and diatonic harmonicas, performing jazz, blues and other styles of music in his career. When the COVID epidemic hit, Weinstein used his free time to become expert at recording techniques, and to dedicate himself to recording Thelonious Monk compositions, but in his own way. For HarmoniMonk, Weinstein performs fresh and memorable renditions of seven of Monk’s pieces, creating inventive arrangements that cast a new light on the vintage ......

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Steps Ahead: Trains

Steps Ahead: Trains

BY SCOTT LICHTMAN
May 17, 2024

"Trains" by Steps Ahead, represents an apex of a certain era of jazz-rock fusion. The band was a supergroup, featuring Michael Brecker on saxophone, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone and rotating top names filling out guitar, drums, bass and keys. By the mid-'80s, the band had evolved from an acoustic sound to one based more on synthesized timbres, power electric guitar and sharp snare/bass drum rhythms. With the release of Magnetic in 1986, they hit gold with “Trains," a head-bobber of ......

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Winner Of The 7th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition Announced

Winner Of The 7th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition Announced

BY FRANK VARDAROS
May 16, 2024

The Blues Alley Jazz Society is pleased to announce the winner of the 7th annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition—Dani Assis (New Canaan, CT). 2nd Place Winner is Aviana Gedler (West Des Moines, IA), and 3rd Place Winners are Angelina Kolobukhova (Minsk, Belarus), Arvin Ma (Shanghai, China), and Tina Hashemi (Charlottesville, VA). The competition included some of the most musically versatile student vocalists from around the globe and has attracted submissions from continents and countries as expansive as the “First ......

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George Colligan Quartet At Magy's Farm

George Colligan Quartet At Magy's Farm

BY IAN PATTERSON
May 16, 2024

George Colligan Quartet Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland May 8, 2024 Ordinarily the words George Colligan and Dromara would not belong in the same sentence. Colligan is one of the world's great modern jazz pianists. Dromara is a small village and sparsely populated townland in the County Down hills that bleed into the Mourne Mountains. Since the early '90s, Colligan has worked with heavyweights of the genre such as Lee Konitz, Benny ......

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Budapest Jazz Club

Budapest Jazz Club

BY SAMMY STEIN
May 16, 2024

The Budapest Jazz Club is a vibrant, colorful place where people meet to eat, drink, and enjoy good music. On the map, what appears to be a narrow lane, turns out in reality to be a wide bustling public walkway, and about halfway along, the small sign for the jazz club sits over a large entrance, complete with a door attendant. Entering the club there is a seating, drinking, and eating area and a small door to the rear reveals ......

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The Allman Brothers Band In Five Covers

The Allman Brothers Band In Five Covers

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
May 15, 2024

The original Allman Brothers Band, the pre-October 29, 1971 version, was the brainchild of Duane Allman. The aural record of the band from this period has been augmented substantially since the advent of compact discs and streaming. A review of this music reveals that Allman intentionally kept the band's setlist limited, ostensibly so the band could perfect their sound and musical approach. The early band can be characterized by five song covers that were included in the majority of sets ......

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David Sanborn: First Song

David Sanborn: First Song

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
May 15, 2024

There are many ways to remember David Sanborn and we decided to turn to the album that, in our conversation about his collaboration with Hal Willner, the legendary saxophonist described as his favorite, and also happens to be our favorite, Another Hand (Elektra Musician, 1991). It dates back to the time when Sanborn and Willner worked together on the cult TV show, Night Music. The mournful, yet sweet, and unmistakable sound of David Sanborn's saxophone on Charlie Haden's ......

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Composer / Saxophonist / Clarinetist Aaron Irwin  Leads His Trio In New Poetry-infused Album '(after)'

Composer / Saxophonist / Clarinetist Aaron Irwin Leads His Trio In New Poetry-infused Album '(after)'

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
May 15, 2024

Composer-saxophonist-clarinetist Aaron Irwin, guitarist Mike Baggetta, drummer Jeff Hirshfield, and contemporary poets unite for an album of songs inspired by poetry Aaron Irwin releases (after) on Adhyâropa Records (#AR00060), his ninth album, a collection of works inspired by poetry as interactions between sound and verse weave together melancholy, effervescence, and at times, anxiety sparked by chaos. Creating a collective musical voice that is direct, honest, and unique, composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist Aaron Irwin is joined by Mike Baggetta (guitar), and ......

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