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A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Mela Alves

A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Mela Alves

BY KARL ACKERMANN
January 20, 2022

The music of the Iberian Peninsula is as rich and diverse as any in the world. Its influences are many yet it developed in the pre-global bubble of geography. Early music of the peninsula was impacted by much of the known world in the primeval period and the Middle Ages. The peninsula was isolated by the Pyrenees Mountains effectively blocking off modern Spain and Portugal from the rest of Europe but cultural aspects of the Roman Empire, Turkic tribes, and ......

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Erkin Kydykbaev Keeps Jazz Alive in Central Asia

Erkin Kydykbaev Keeps Jazz Alive in Central Asia

BY SCHAEN FOX
January 19, 2022

An unintended consequence of Stalin's murderous dictatorship is that many Soviet citizens developed a fondness for jazz after he began punishing anyone caught listening to the forbidden art form. As a result, even today in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, a people with their own ancient musical traditions, enough interest in jazz survives that jazz is taught in at least one university. Jazz clubs have also popped up in the cities, and there is a yearly International Jazz-Bishkek Festival. ......

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Jared Schonig's Two Takes

Jared Schonig's Two Takes

BY JEROME WILSON
January 17, 2022

Drummer Jared Schonig has tried something different on his first recording as a leader. He has released two albums featuring the same eight original compositions played in two different settings, one with a quintet and one with a big band. The drive and muscular rhythmic pulse of his writing come through in both configurations. Jared Schonig Two Takes -Vol. 1: Quintet Anzic Records 2021 Outside of four brief drum interludes, all ......

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Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

BY RICHARD J SALVUCCI
January 16, 2022

For many listeners, the name John Coltrane is synonymous with the tune “Giant Steps." Whether or not you happen to agree with the proposition that this was the “greatest" or most important composition Coltrane ever recorded—for some, it would be “My Favorite Things," and for still others, “A Love Supreme." This is not an attempt, largely futile, to settle that question. There probably is no answer. The great bassist Jimmy Haslip once said that hearing Jaco Pastorius play ......

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Saturdays With Mort (Fega)

Saturdays With Mort (Fega)

BY ROB MARIANI
January 15, 2022

This article first appeared at All About Jazz on December 26, 2006. We've embedded John Mariani's dedication to his brother Rob (the author) on his Almost Golden radio show which is embedded in the Soundcloud section below. Coming out of the fifties at 19 years old, I'd had my fill of doo-wop and R&B. One windy Saturday afternoon in April, I heard this music on the radio coming from a little station in New Rochelle, NY, WNRC AM ......

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Terry Teachout (1956-2022)

Terry Teachout (1956-2022)

BY AAJ STAFF
January 15, 2022

Yesterday afternoon, my literary agent called with terrible news. Terry Teachout had died hours earlier. I had to sit down. I couldn't believe it. My agent also was Terry's agent. In fact, Terry was the one who had introduced us years earlier at a book party. Now Terry was gone at age 65. For those unfamiliar with Terry, he was the drama critic for The Wall Street Journal and a tireless essayist who cranked out gorgeous pieces on the arts—high ......

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Jazz Is Led at Neighborhood Theatre

Jazz Is Led at Neighborhood Theatre

BY MARK SULLIVAN
January 14, 2022

Jazz Is Led Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC January 7, 2022 There is a history of jazz-oriented covers of rock bands, especially of the jam-oriented ones with an improvisational practice that is at least somewhat jazz-compatible. Jazz Is Dead has been interpreting the music of the Grateful Dead off and on since 1998, and more recently Jazz Is Phish has done the same for the music of the jam band Phish. Heavy metal avatars Led Zeppelin ......

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Jazz Bridge Project Names Kim E. Tucker  As New Executive Director

Jazz Bridge Project Names Kim E. Tucker As New Executive Director

BY MICHAEL RICCI
January 12, 2022

Jazz Bridge Project, the non-profit organization devoted to assisting Philadelphia-area jazz and blues artists with their crisis needs, has named Kim E. Tucker as its new Executive Director. Ms. Tucker is the fourth person to hold this position in the organization’s 17 years of existence. “We believe Kim is the perfect choice to lead the organization,” said Rhenda Fearrington, a jazz vocalist who is President of the Jazz Bridge Board of Directors. “As the daughter of the late Sue Ford, ......

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Harumo Imai Band at Keystone Club

Harumo Imai Band at Keystone Club

BY JOHN E ALLEN
January 12, 2022

Harumo Imai Band Keystone Club Tokyo, Japan December 19, 2021 The Harumo Imai Band energized the Keystone Club in Tokyo, Japan, before a lively sold-out audience. The band played two electrifying sets of music ranging from jazz, soul, R&B to rap and hip hop. The stellar band, led by the exceptionally talented saxophonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist Harumo Imai, presented a broad sonic palette of musical choices, creating a flow that blended seamlessly from ......

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Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021

Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021

BY MARK SULLIVAN
January 11, 2022

2021 may have been a year best forgotten in many ways, as the pandemic continued to make “normal life" look like a distant memory. There was a brief bright spot after the introduction of the vaccines, only to be crushed by the emergence of the Delta variant, then the Omicron. Yet somehow there was plenty of glorious music of all kinds. Here are my favorites (including a few exceptional reissues) with too many excellent releases to choose from. The list ......

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All About Jazz & Jazz Near You 2022 Promotional Solutions

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You 2022 Promotional Solutions

BY MICHAEL RICCI
January 11, 2022

2021 was another productive year for both All About Jazz and Jazz Near You as we explored new technologies, established partnerships with industry leaders, and significantly improved what has become the most sophisticated content publishing platform in jazz. Website traffic and outbound clicks continued their upward trend as we enhanced our suite of promotional services to more effectively reach the largest collection of jazz enthusiasts and jazz professionals online. Whether it's a run-of-site or a geo-targeted advertisement or razor focused ......

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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
January 11, 2022

Even as it seemed that jazz continued its trajectory into the outer limits, there was no lack of pure swinging excellence to experience this past year. Although many of these releases probably flew under the radar of jazz followers with wider ranging tastes, this reviewer always finds it necessary to remind us all how vital and engaging the mainstream vernacular can be in the right hands. In addition, drummers placed at the top with highly musical efforts, while the ever-popular ......

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Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series

Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series

BY KARL ACKERMANN
January 10, 2022

Depending on the source, New York native, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Robinson is associated with the electronic, classical, world, or jazz genre. The ambiguousness is a byproduct of an artist whose more than one-hundred-sixty albums have touched upon all those categories. Robinson's influences include Bartók, Yeats, Chinese poetry, Morton Feldman, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane and Lee Konitz. He has been particularly immersed in the music of North India producing more than a decade's worth of releases on his Azure Miles ......

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Vocalist Giacomo Gates Releases 'You' on January 28, 2022

Vocalist Giacomo Gates Releases 'You' on January 28, 2022

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
January 10, 2022

Jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates is blessed with a smooth and supremely expressive baritone voice and an all-inclusive musicality which encompasses a hipster-like coolness, a smattering of vocalese, an Eckstine-like seductiveness, the story telling ability of a griot, a firm footing in the blues and a sense of swing which is second-to-none. His performances can be quiet and full of insight (or innuendo) or be ebullient and joyful. Whatever style Gates may offer—be it sensitive, sensuous or syncopated—he infuses the music ......

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Cronies, A Burlesque: Adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead</em>

Cronies, A Burlesque: Adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead

BY DOUG COLLETTE
January 9, 2022

Cronies, A Burlesque: Adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead Ken Babbs 518 Pages ISBN: #978-0989446297 Tsunami Books 2022 Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1968) will no doubt recognize the name 'Ken Babbs.' Something of an operations guru to the main idea man of the Merry Pranksters, novelist and cultural icon Ken Kesey, Babbs was in the thick of things ......

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Leading Contemporary Composer / Clarinetist Sam Sadigursky Celebrates The Release Of A Three-CD Set Inspired By New York’s Borscht Belt Region

Leading Contemporary Composer / Clarinetist Sam Sadigursky Celebrates The Release Of A Three-CD Set Inspired By New York’s Borscht Belt Region

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
January 9, 2022

Between international tours with the critically-acclaimed Philip Glass Ensemble, the award-winning composer/clarinetist Sam Sadigursky today announced the upcoming release of his latest recording project The Solomon Diaries. A sophisticated collection of true era-defining cross-genre composition, this trio of compelling albums showcases Sam’s wide-ranging eclecticism that references jazz, world music, and post-minimalism. Inspired by the dramatic rise and fall of the famous Borscht Belt region, The Solomon Diaries is an aural reflection on America’s Jewish Vacationland celebrating the monumental place that ......

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The Gift: Motown Unwrapped

The Gift: Motown Unwrapped

BY CHRISTINE PASSARELLA
January 8, 2022

The Children Are Listening “What are you listening to Christy?" my mother asked. “Cousin Ray gave me this album, it is the group the Temptations," I replied. It was around 1968 and I was continuing to build my record collection at eleven years old. 'I Wish it Would Rain' was spinning on my record player. The cover was a photo of five black men, members of the incredible Temptations. My mother smiled when I was enjoying music as she too ......

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Cajun French Chanteuse Juliet Varnedoe Release Single 'Mon Chéri' on January 14, 2022

Cajun French Chanteuse Juliet Varnedoe Release Single 'Mon Chéri' on January 14, 2022

BY JULIET VARNEDOE
January 8, 2022

New York-based singer songwriter Juliet Varnedoe developed her musical foundation in the bayou lands of southeast Louisiana surrounded by Cajun French, jny: New Orleans jazz, and Acadian traditional songs. Her years of performance in New York cabaret clubs and swing dance halls solidifies her stage persona as a Cajun French chanteuse, a unique America voice sharing the joie de vivre of the Cajun people. “Mon Cheri" is the first single release from her debut album Cajun Bleu featuring Juliet Varnedoe ......

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A Tale of Two Genres: The Surprising Similarities in the Development of Jazz and Classical Music

A Tale of Two Genres: The Surprising Similarities in the Development of Jazz and Classical Music

BY KURT ELLENBERGER
January 7, 2022

Jazz and classical music are two of the most monumental achievements in human history. Together, they encompass a range of expressive capability that is simply astounding, giving voice to the human experience from centuries past to the present and in doing so, enriching our lives immeasurably. This is more remarkable when one considers that they have nothing to do with our survival as a species, but rather serve to nurture our emotional and intellectual needs, occupying a place in our ......

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The Title Track From Yaniv Taubenhouse's Upcoming Solo Piano Album 'hope' Is Out Now!

The Title Track From Yaniv Taubenhouse's Upcoming Solo Piano Album 'hope' Is Out Now!

BY YANIV TAUBENHOUSE
January 7, 2022

Pianist/Composer Yaniv Taubenhouse Announces the Release of Solo Piano Recording – Hope Available on Fresh Sound New Talent – February 18, 2022 Extraordinary times often produces extraordinary art. In the case of pianist Yaniv Taubenhouse, his new solo piano recording, Hope, was created during the onset of the global pandemic, in February 2020, against a backdrop of news about the virus spreading, coupled with anxiety and fear of the unknown, but also a survival instinct laced with hope. ......

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