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Vijay Iyer Trio and Kurt Elling with the ZJM Big Band Orchestra at the Zagreb Jazz Festival 2021

Vijay Iyer Trio and Kurt Elling with the ZJM Big Band Orchestra at the Zagreb Jazz Festival 2021

BY NENAD GEORGIEVSKI
December 5, 2021

Zagreb Jazz Festival Lisinski Concert Hall Zagreb, Croatia November 5-7, 2021 Held in the historical Lisinski concert hall, the 12th Zagreb Jazz Festival--directed by the tireless Dražen Kokanović-unfolded over three days, although this review covers only the first two, which featured Vijay Iyer's trio with bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, and Kurt Elling with the ZJM Big Band Orchestra. Traveling with the ZJM Orchestra was a blast but ......

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The Persistence of Big Bands

The Persistence of Big Bands

BY GENO THACKARA
December 4, 2021

It's faintly amazing to be able to talk at all about big-band recordings--plural--emerging during an ongoing pandemic with no end in sight. Nonetheless it's a milieu that still enjoys plenty of devotion, and musicians (especially jazz players) are no strangers to realizing ideas that seem practically impossible. Here we have scores of them willing to keep the tradition alive, whatever the difficulties. Jens Wendelboe Against All Odds Losen Records 2021 You'll be disappointed ......

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The Django Kick-Starts The New Year With Pat Martino Tribute, CD Release Concerts, A French Jazz Festival, And More

The Django Kick-Starts The New Year With Pat Martino Tribute, CD Release Concerts, A French Jazz Festival, And More

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
December 4, 2021

The Django, downtown Manhattan’s premier jazz club, begins 2022 by opening its doors another day—now, patrons can enjoy jazz in the cellar six days a week Monday-Saturday. On January 6th, The Django stage humbly hosts an evening dedicated to the great guitarist Pat Martino comprising a documentary screening, and tribute concerts by Rick Germanson, four all-star guitarists Peter Bernstein, Dave Stryker, Paul Bollenback and Mark Whitfield, and special guests. The Django plays host to two CD release concerts: drummer Evan ......

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Dan McClenaghan's Best Jazz Recordings of 2021

Dan McClenaghan's Best Jazz Recordings of 2021

BY DAN MCCLENAGHAN
December 3, 2021

The top jazz recordings of 2021, in the order in which they were encountered... Aki Takase / Christian Weber / Michael Griener Auge Intakt Records The ever mercurial Japanese-born, Berlin-based pianist Aki Takase presents her take on the piano trio. Teaming with bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Griener, she creates Auge, wide open, unpredictable music full of odd grooves and serpentine twists and turns. By turns frenetic and pensive, prickly and fluidly beautiful, ......

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 6, 2021

JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 6, 2021

BY MICHAEL RICCI
December 3, 2021

All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek Radio Chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations in the United States. Enjoy!

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 5 1 Nicholas Payton Smoke Sessions (Smoke Sessions) 251 240 +11 2 40 1 5 2 1 2 Joey DeFrancesco More Music (Mack Avenue) 222 288 -66 0 36 1 10 3 2 3 Houston Person Live In Paris ......

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Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

BY CHRIS MAY
December 2, 2021

"Fire! That's what people want. Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life. You're supposed to make them turn around, pat their feet. That's what jazz is about. Play with fire. Play from the heart, not from your brain. You got to know how to make the two meet." So said drummer and hard bop pioneer Art Blakey in an interview with David Rosenthal in the 1980s. To which his partner in funk, the ......

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Citadelic 2021

Citadelic 2021

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
December 2, 2021

Citadelic Citadelpark Gent, Belgium August 16-18, 2021 Your scribe took a three-day slice out of the six-day Citadelic festival, which had returned to its accustomed Citadelpark following a switch of location in 2020. He arrived for the second half of this 14th edition, catching three or four acts each day. Admission was free, as usual, pulling a healthy gathering, at least within the esoteric realms of free jazz and abstract improvisation. Light ......

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Meet Vocalist G. Thomas Allen

Meet Vocalist G. Thomas Allen

BY SANFORD JOSEPHSON
December 1, 2021

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When G. Thomas Allen was a freshman vocal performance major at Baltimore's Morgan State University, he initially concentrated on classical music, “because of my range. I'm classified as a countertenor (a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of the female contralto or mezzo-soprano voices). I was really more connected to jazz though," he continued, “and, my teacher said, 'Find a tune you can ......

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Rubén Blades at the Oakland Paramount Theater

Rubén Blades at the Oakland Paramount Theater

BY ROY STRASSMAN
December 1, 2021

Rubén Blades Paramount Theater Oakland, CA November 20, 2021 The November night was brisk, and the expectant crowd gradually swelled. Sausage vendors were selling onion-and pepper-laden sandwiches right alongside the scalpers. The queues were long—for checking vaccine cards and gaining entry or even just to partake of a juicy pre-show sausage. Excitement was in the air. The 3,000-plus-seater Oakland Paramount Theater soon filled. Rubén Blades' 21-piece Panamanian band—courteously waiting for the arriving ......

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The Grammy Award-Winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Will Celebrate Its 19th Season With The Annual Big Beat Gala Fundraiser Hosted By Big Freedia On December 4th

The Grammy Award-Winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Will Celebrate Its 19th Season With The Annual Big Beat Gala Fundraiser Hosted By Big Freedia On December 4th

BY ARE GROUP
December 1, 2021

The Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will celebrate its nineteenth season with the first annual Big Beat Gala fundraiser hosted by Big Freedia on Saturday, December 4th. The gala is co-chaired by renowned author Walter Isaacson, Laverne Toombs, Executive Director of the New Orleans Black Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Adonis Rose, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint, was the fourth studio recording by the Orchestra and the first under new ......

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Times Remembered: The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio

Times Remembered: The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio

BY NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO
November 30, 2021

Times Remembered -The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio Joe La Barbera and Charles Levin 206 Pages ISBN: #13 978-1-57441-844-6 University of North Texas Press 2021 Reading about the life, career, and ultimate tragedy that was Bill Evans--as opposed to listening to his glorious playing--is neither an easy nor enjoyable task. So much has been written about his “decades-long suicide" by way of heroin addiction, intravenous cocaine use, and health abuse ......

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The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Announces 2022 Jazz Line-Up

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Announces 2022 Jazz Line-Up

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
November 30, 2021

A world of jazz music just minutes from home. 2022 Schedule Sat 1.08 | Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Series: Brandee Younger Co-presented by the Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers, NJPAC continues its free concert series in 2022 with the hottest harpist on the scene today: Brandee Younger. This event takes place at Bethany Baptist Church at 117 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ. FREE Fri 1.21 @ 8:00 p.m. | George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic with Special Guests 80th Birthday ......

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Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans

Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
November 30, 2021

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in May 2017. In his own unassuming way, Bill Evans changed the face of jazz piano trio forever. He made the piano a lyrical, expressive voice for the most subtle and deep emotions, and he transformed the rhythm section from a time-beating, swing-maintaining outfit into an intimate, conversational musical unit. He loved tradition. It was just his grasp of the music and the special way that he composed, arranged, ......

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Cuban Pianist Dayramir Gonzalez - Van Van Discussion On Dec. 3 At Ideal Glass Studios - Performing Buena Vista Social Club Tribute on Dec. 5 At Chelsea Table + Stage

Cuban Pianist Dayramir Gonzalez - Van Van Discussion On Dec. 3 At Ideal Glass Studios - Performing Buena Vista Social Club Tribute on Dec. 5 At Chelsea Table + Stage

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
November 29, 2021

PIANO PHENOM DAYRAMIR GONZÁLEZ Launching the Official Van Van Project Friday, December 3rd-6pm Ideal Glass Studios 9 W. 8th St. New York, NY 10001 Ideal Glass Studios was, and still is, a place for all to transcend the norm and exist in a space where alternative modes of thought and expression are encouraged and celebrated. The Presentation will include 5-6 songs of the Concert, a Q&A followed by a short piano solo set. Doors Open at 6pm. ......

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Motian In Motion

Motian In Motion

BY IAN PATTERSON
November 29, 2021

Motian In Motion Aquapio Films 2021 There could have been no more apt title for film maker Michael Patrick Kelly's documentary film on drummer, Paul Motian (1931-2011), who buzzes about his New York business—in and out of taxis on the way to and from gigs or the recording studio—with perpetual wind in his sails. Even when simply chatting with friends, Motian always seems to be in movement. A hug is never far away, and ......

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Paul Motian: There's a Million Songs Out There

Paul Motian: There's a Million Songs Out There

BY PAUL OLSON
November 29, 2021

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2006. Paul Motian doesn't like being interviewed. That said, the 75-year-old drummer has plenty to say, and doesn't hesitate to speak his mind. Motian first came to prominence in the late 1950s as one-third (with bassist Scott LaFaro and pianist Bill Evans) of the great Bill Evans Trio, which upended expectations of just what a jazz piano trio was supposed to do (at ......

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Michael Jackson & Jimmy Smith to Stevie Wonder & Dizzy Gillespie — My Top Ten Jazz/Pop Encounters

Michael Jackson & Jimmy Smith to Stevie Wonder & Dizzy Gillespie — My Top Ten Jazz/Pop Encounters

BY ALAN BRYSON
November 27, 2021

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" column explores ways to do just that. One of my go-to approaches is finding common ground, and pop music is perhaps the ......

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Canaries In A Musical Mineshaft

Canaries In A Musical Mineshaft

BY RICHARD J SALVUCCI
November 26, 2021

1955 was an interesting year. Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA The Mickey Mouse Club made its TV debut. A quiz show called “The $64,000 Question," (we might call it, with reason “The $1,000,000 Question" today) was all the rage. The singer Donna Brooks briefly joined Hal McIntyre's band. At the relatively late age of 30, jny: Philadelphia singer Terry Morel released her first recording on Prestige. If you are a devoted reader of All About Jazz, you just ......

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 29, 2021

JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 29, 2021

BY MICHAEL RICCI
November 26, 2021

All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek Radio Chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations in the United States. Enjoy!

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 2 1 Joey DeFrancesco More Music (Mack Avenue) 288 300 -12 0 41 1 9 2 1 2 Houston Person Live In Paris (HighNote) 286 305 -19 0 45 1 6 3 4 3 Joe Farnsworth City of Sounds (Smoke ......

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Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love

Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love

BY MICHAEL RICCI
November 25, 2021

As always, we're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing two very important groups of people: our fund drive supporters who helped make much of the 2021 website improvements possible and our staff who contributed articles and reviews to All About Jazz. Both contributions are immeasurable and we thank you all for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. With deep appreciation, thanks again! A daily ......

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