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Why Is Jazz A Big Deal Everywhere… Except In The US?

Why Is Jazz A Big Deal Everywhere… Except In The US?

BY CHRIS MAY
February 20, 2024

Dateline: London, February 20, 2024. A bewildered friend in Los Angeles asks: Why is jazz so under-appreciated in the United States when it is revered everywhere else?Lest we forget, jazz was born and spent its formative years in the US and is arguably the country's most valuable contribution to world culture. But the stats show its home-turf profile dimming.Here in Britain, by contrast, jazz grows ever more popular; it is still niche but less so. The ......

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Italian Jazz Luminary Francesco Cataldo To Release First Solo Piano Album - 'Amaranto'

Italian Jazz Luminary Francesco Cataldo To Release First Solo Piano Album - 'Amaranto'

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
February 20, 2024

Upcoming solo recording Amaranto marks acclaimed jazz guitarist Francesco Cataldo’s first release focusing on keyboards. Amaranto pays tribute to Cataldo’s friend, mentor and inspiration, humanitarian Giuseppe Agosta. Francesco Cataldo, among the most highly regarded Italian jazz musicians of his generation, has long established a reputation as a triple-threat talent, celebrated for his skills as guitarist, composer and arranger. Expect Cataldo to advance to quadruple-threat status soon, as he adds solo piano to his list of achievements with the release of ......

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Is it OK for artists to pay writers for reviews?

Is it OK for artists to pay writers for reviews?

BY JOHN KELMAN
February 19, 2024

As a public service, we will periodically republish this article as it remains relevant and opportunists with dishonorable intentions are still out there operating without impunity (see the comments section below). When did it become acceptable or common practice for artists to pay for an album review? Recently, All About Jazz writers have been asked by artists--and with increasing regularity--if they would write an album review for pay. We have also encountered writers actively soliciting musicians ......

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When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?

When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?

BY JOHN KELMAN
February 17, 2024

This article was first published at All About Jazz on May 20, 2011. It's becoming almost pandemic for jazz festivals around the world to be challenged for deciding to broaden their programming into areas either peripherally related to jazz... or, in some cases, away from jazz entirely. Festivals like the near-iconic Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Ottawa International Jazz Festiva have become easy targets for purists, who are loudly proclaiming “This ......

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In With The In Crowd: Popular Jazz in 1960s Black America

In With The In Crowd: Popular Jazz in 1960s Black America

BY RICHARD J SALVUCCI
February 16, 2024

In With The In Crowd Mike Smith232 Pages ISBN: 978-1496851154 University Press of Mississippi/Jackson 2024 There is a legal adage that hard cases make bad law. Extreme circumstances make it difficult to accommodate less fraught or complex situations. Histories of jazz in the United States can be a bit like that. Controversial subjects, players or recordings can obscure the importance of less extreme ones. Lord knows, jazz in America has had more than ......

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Dazzling Live Sides By Sonny Rollins Receive First Authorized Release On Resonance's Record Store Day Offering 'Freedom Weaver: The 1959 European Tour Recordings'

Dazzling Live Sides By Sonny Rollins Receive First Authorized Release On Resonance's Record Store Day Offering 'Freedom Weaver: The 1959 European Tour Recordings'

BY TERRI HINTE
February 16, 2024

Resonance Records, the award-winning home of archival jazz treasures, will proudly present a new, fully authorized live collection by tenor master Sonny Rollins, Freedom Weaver: The 1959 European Tour Recordings, as a limited edition four-LP set on Record Store Day, April 20. Never before issued as a legitimate release, these much-bootlegged sides—which feature Rollins, at the height of his early powers, with bassist Henry Grimes and drummers Pete La Roca, Kenny Clarke, and Joe Harris—will subsequently reach stores as a ......

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606 Club In London

606 Club In London

BY SAMMY STEIN
February 15, 2024

The 606 Club in Chelsea has long been a Mecca for jazz fans who enjoy tasty food and great music. Entered by descending steep steps from the busy, bustling streets in one of London's busiest areas, 606 feels like a secret world where cozy tables, attentive staff, and superb music can be found in abundance. Owner Steve Rubie trained originally as a dentist before going on to study classical flute at Trinity (College, London) and jazz with Peter Ind. We ......

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When Is A Jazz Festival Not A Jazz Festival?

When Is A Jazz Festival Not A Jazz Festival?

BY CHRIS MAY
February 15, 2024

Dateline: February 13, 2024. Today Britain's long-running Cheltenham Jazz Festival announced its line-up for this summer's event. The press release is headlined thus: Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2024--Dionne Warwick, Robert Plant, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack Savoretti, UB40, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Morgan, Morcheeba And More. Dee Dee Bridgewater is not the only jazz artist on the bill--others are mentioned further down the press release--but the emphasis is heavily on rock and pop stars. ......

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Innovative TV Director-guitarist Kerilie McDowall Celebrated At Win Awards

Innovative TV Director-guitarist Kerilie McDowall Celebrated At Win Awards

BY KERILIE MCDOWALL
February 15, 2024

Humbled and honored, TV film Director of In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, jazz guitarist Kerilie McDowall was surprised and thrilled to win the Women of Influence WIN Creative Innovator Award, an award sponsored by Canada’s Inland Truck & Equipment. McDowall attended the evening with 100 fellow nominees in 11 categories in her city of Nanaimo, British Columbia in February 2024. The Women of Influence WIN objectives were extremely special to McDowall. Proceeds went to the Footprints Infertility & Pregnancy Loss ......

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The Jazz Photographer: Philip Arneill

The Jazz Photographer: Philip Arneill

BY B.D. LENZ
February 14, 2024

I always find it fascinating when art forms collide. In this case, photography and music. Of course, each has their commonalities but they also have their differences. And, when an artist of one medium can intersect with another medium, their perspective is going to be very interesting. In this case, not only is there a crossing of art forms but also of cultures. Philip Arneill is from Northern Ireland but, through his photography, has documented a dying Japanese institution known ......

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John Patitucci Trio At The Jazz Forum

John Patitucci Trio At The Jazz Forum

BY SCOTT LICHTMAN
February 14, 2024

John Patitucci Trio The Jazz Forum Tarrytown, NY February 9, 2024 Elite bassist John Patitucci brought his trio to Tarrytown, NY, on Friday night. Known for his eclectic work over four plus decades with artists including Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and scores of others, Patitucci, pianist David Virelles and drummer Adam Cruz delivered a tight and uplifting set of originals plus a bebop standard. The performance was held at the Jazz Forum, arguably ......

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Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation At Nublu Sunday, February 25, 2024

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation At Nublu Sunday, February 25, 2024

BY ROBERT C. FORD
February 14, 2024

On February 25, 2024 at 7:30pm, Composers Concordance presents The Sound Liberation Trio at Nublu (151 Avenue C, NYC). The trio is comprised of Gene Pritsker (Matrix Resurrections, Joe Zawinul) guitar, Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson, Brave New World) moog/synth and David Cossin (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) drums in a program of eclectic trio compositions. Joining the trio are trumpeter Franz Hackl (Outreach Music Festival) and trombonist Dick Griffin (Sun Ra's Arkestra) as well as poets Kelsea Brunner, Robert ......

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Taj Mahal To Headline On Opening Night June 21 At Rochester International Jazz Festival

Taj Mahal To Headline On Opening Night June 21 At Rochester International Jazz Festival

BY JEAN DALMATH
February 13, 2024

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is proud to present legendary blues guitarist, Taj Mahal, on the Festival's opening night Friday, June 21, at 8 a.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The Festival's 21st Edition will be held June 21 to 29 at 20 indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Rochester, New York. Tickets for Taj Mahal are $93 / $83 / $63 / $43 plus service charges and go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. only ......

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Hermon Mehari: American Jazz, Eritrean Echoes

Hermon Mehari: American Jazz, Eritrean Echoes

BY NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO
February 12, 2024

Award-winning trumpeter, composer and educator Hermon Mehari is a modern day Renaissance Master. Born in the United States of Eritrean parents who were refugees, Mehari has brilliantly crafted a musical presence and branding that melds American jazz and its deep traditions with Eritrean overtones. A true visionary, Mehari has recorded a handful of highly-acclaimed albums, including Asmara (Komos Records, 2022) hosts a live radio show, teaches and tours worldwide as both leader and sideman. He currently resides in Paris, France. ......

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A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn

A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
February 12, 2024

This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2001. Ah, the classics. In every art form painting, literature, architecture, dance, music there are works which possess timeless beauty, works with themes that resonate emotionally across decades, through centuries, and are masterfully presented. Joel Dorn's name is indelibly written in the book of jazz classics, though he's never written, hummed, strummed, blown, or otherwise struck a single musical note. He produced albums, in the ......

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Johnny Smith featuring Stan Getz: Moonlight In Vermont

Johnny Smith featuring Stan Getz: Moonlight In Vermont

BY CHRIS MAY
February 11, 2024

The last word in glacial serenity, this version of Karl Suessdorf's “Moonlight In Vermont" was, as a single on the Roost label, a bigtime jukebox and radio hit for Johnny Smith and Stan Getz in 1952. At the time both musicians were salaried musicians at NBC radio and TV studios in New York. In all, in 1952 and 1953, Smith and Getz recorded eight tracks for Roost, which were included on the 1956 compilation album Moonlight In Vermont. Perhaps the ......

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Josh White: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

Josh White: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

BY IAN PATTERSON
February 11, 2024

Josh White could probably have made a career just as a singer, but for his wonderful guitar playing. Good job he refused doctors' advice to have his left hand amputated after a bar fight when he was just 22. An influence on everyone from Peter Seeger to Elvis Presley and Harry Belafonte, and from John Fahey and Ry Cooder to John Renbourn. This clip from 1962 finds him in spellbinding form. According to Village Vanguard owner Max Gordon, “The greatest ......

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Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival Unveils Spectacular Lineup In New York City

Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival Unveils Spectacular Lineup In New York City

BY CHARLES CARLINI PRESENTS
February 10, 2024

Charles Carlini Presents is proud to present the inaugural Guitar Masters Festival, a five-day extravaganza set to electrify New York City from April 25th to 29th, 2024. Renowned impresario Charles Carlini, the visionary behind the festival, has curated a lineup featuring some of the world’s most exceptional guitarists, promising an unparalleled celebration of guitar mastery. The festival will kick off on April 25th with an enchanting opening night gala at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium within the New York City ......

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Meshell Ndegeocello: Gatsby

Meshell Ndegeocello: Gatsby

BY SCOTT LICHTMAN
February 10, 2024

For 2024, the Grammys introduced a new category for Best Alternative Jazz Album, i.e. a genre-blending, envelope-pushing hybrid that mixes jazz with other styles. The first winner is Meshell Ndegeocello for The Omnichord Real Book. While Ndegeocello's pieces span jazz, hip hop, African, folk, and electronica influences, she's also capable of writing beautiful ballads. Have a listen to “Gatsby." Is it a fresh perspective on the classic novel The Great Gatsby or perhaps a reflection about her life... or yours? ......

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Linda May Han Oh Quintet at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society

Linda May Han Oh Quintet at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society

BY ROY STRASSMAN
February 10, 2024

Linda May Han Oh Quintet Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, CA January 28, 2024 Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society is a fantastic seaside venue for enjoying gemütlich hospitality and late Sunday afternoon jazz. On this Sunday, the tides rolled in Linda May Han Oh and her formidable quintet. Linda May is a remarkable bassist and has an enchanting presence. Attired in a full-length Hawaiian grass--type skirt, she played--or should I ......

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