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Take Five with Dave Rivello

Take Five with Dave Rivello

BY AAJ STAFF
October 6, 2022

Meet Dave Rivello Dave Rivello is an American-born composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader working primarily in Jazz, contemporary media, and modern classical idioms. He apprenticed with Rayburn Wright, Bob Brookmeyer, Manny Albam, Bill Holman, and Sam D'Angelo. He leads a 12-piece ensemble, The Dave Rivello Ensemble, that is his main orchestral voice. He is also the author of the book, Bob Brookmeyer in Conversation with Dave Rivello (ArtistShare). His debut recording, Facing The Mirror, received strong praise from ......

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Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen

Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen

BY JOSEF WOODARD
October 5, 2022

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 23-25, 2022 For the finale of the arena portion of this year's Monterey Jazz Festival programming, Gregory Porter channeled one of the aspects which make him special in the jazz pantheon, as spirit mover with gospel roots, and with show biz instincts in tow. Launching into his moving, swaying anthem “No Love Dying" as an encore for his festival-closing set, Porter invoked the classic “lighter" moment ......

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Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp

Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
October 4, 2022

Giuseppe Paradiso & Meridian 71 Parallel Dimensions Ubuntu Music 2022 Parallel Dimensions steers the listener's imagination through a luxurious multicultural tapestry woven in music by drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Giuseppe Paradiso and his sextet. It explores broad musical horizons that can sound radiantly bright or dark, often features several instrumental or melodic voices at the same time, and is strongly colored and shaped by African rhythms. Parallel Dimensions ......

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Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project at the Gothic Theater

Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project at the Gothic Theater

BY GEOFF ANDERSON
October 3, 2022

Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project Gothic Theater Englewood, COSeptember 24, 2022 “Age ain't nothin' but a number." That's a common mantra chanted by the militantly aging. “Everything wears out." That's a quote from a wise auto mechanic. When those two concepts meet: CRASH! Saturday night, drummer Billy Cobham demonstrated exactly how to skirt any potential wreckage and carry on despite the inevitable deterioration wrought by Father Time. At age 78, Cobham has ......

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Paolo Fresu: When Musician Turns Poet

Paolo Fresu: When Musician Turns Poet

BY NATHALIE TAMARA FRESON
October 2, 2022

Paolo Fresu—a multidimensional artist whose creative overdrive has shaped the Italian jazz scene for almost forty years. With definite hints to Chet Baker and Miles Davis, Fresu has honed a particularly mellow, velvety sound which is absolutely compelling. Even when he tackles coarser, more upbeat tempos, he captivates his listeners with his original approach, switching between trumpet, muted trumpet and flugelhorn, and sometimes employing electronic effects. Indeed, using technology in a creative process, as Paolo Fresu occasionally does in live ......

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Take Five with Joanna Pearl of SoulCal

Take Five with Joanna Pearl of SoulCal

BY AAJ STAFF
October 2, 2022

Meet Joanna Pearl of SoulCal With influences ranging from Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Tower of Power, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and Donna Summer to Bruno Mars, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Teena Marie, Jill Scott and Whitney Houston, SoulCal is a 10-piece Soul/R&B/Funk show band. The jny: San Diego-based ensemble, is the brainchild of Vas Panos and Craig Harris; two respected and accomplished musicians in the music community. They have hand-selected elite performers from all over Southern California, enlisting ......

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Tomasz Stańko: Desperado, An Autobiography

Tomasz Stańko: Desperado, An Autobiography

BY IAN PATTERSON
September 30, 2022

Tomasz Stańko: Desperado, An Autobiography Tomas Stańko with Rafał Księżyk 358 Pages ISBN-13 978 180050 2222 Equinox Publishing 2022 Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko packed a lot into his 76 years before succumbing to lung cancer in 2018. A lot of music, most of it of lasting value, and a lot of living. In fact, given his numerous substance addictions, it is a wonder that he was quite so prolific, and that he lived ......

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3x3: Piano Trios: September 2022

3x3: Piano Trios: September 2022

BY GENO THACKARA
September 29, 2022

Teemu Kekkonen Here/There Self produced 2022 Teemu Kekkonen does indeed cross a lot of both “heres" and “theres" during the course of Here/There. His debut has one foot in his native Finland's folk roots and one in the most urbane of metropolitan clubs. It could instead refer to jazz's past and present, as it channels the class of Bill Evans with the modern rock-influenced fusion pioneered by Esbjörn Svensson (the pianist's CV includes some time ......

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The Series Presenter: Jon Poses

The Series Presenter: Jon Poses

BY B.D. LENZ
September 28, 2022

You know you're doing something right when it seems to only get stronger year after year. Such is the case for the “We Always Swing" Jazz Series which takes place in the heartland of America, jny: Columbia Missouri. Now in its 28th year, “We Always Swing" has grown from humble beginnings, even thriving during COVID, to a highly regarded jazz series that has presented hundreds of concerts over the years. It's so endeared itself to some of the musicians who ......

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Quiet Knowing: The Music Of Gentiane MG

Quiet Knowing: The Music Of Gentiane MG

BY KERILIE MCDOWALL
September 27, 2022

My first impression upon hearing Gentiane MG's work for the first time was that her writing is phenomenally brilliant. She is a standout talent. Michaud-Gagnon's music flows masterfully with poise and grace. She commands the piano with elegance, subtlety, and a refined quiet knowing. Her music and artistry are mysteriously intriguing, with the enchanting deep influences of the great impressionistic French composers like Ravel and Debussy from cultural roots lying deep within Gentiane's sublime approach. Phenomenally arranged sound ......

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Contemporary Records 70th: Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes on vinyl

Contemporary Records 70th: Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes on vinyl

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
September 27, 2022

Almost a century ago, times were different and folks with the gumption to forge their own paths were more likely to make a mark on history. When you think of the documentation of jazz, names like John Hammond, Francis Wolff, and Ahmet Ertegun were integral to spreading the word of America's unique art form. Far less known is Lester Koenig and his iconic west coast endeavor, namely Contemporary Records. Founded in 1951, the label was home to such key artists ......

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Lew Tabackin: On Becoming and Barolo

Lew Tabackin: On Becoming and Barolo

BY KRISTEN LEE SERGEANT
September 26, 2022

"You looking for Lew?" a waiter standing outside Gennaro, a homey Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, asks as I scan the outdoor dining area for a sign of my interview subject for the evening. “He's inside." They definitely know him here. Ushered into the dining room, the staff graciously points me towards a table in the back, where Lew Tabackin, comfortably ensconced at a corner table with a promising bottle from his cellar, is ready for ......

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September 2022: Jazz Child

September 2022: Jazz Child

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
September 26, 2022

Sheila Jordan Live At Mezzrow's Cellar Music 2022 Nonagenarian Sheila Jordan is a jazz singer enjoying an incandescent twilight. In late 2021, Jordan appeared on Roseanna Vitro's Sing A Song of Bird (Skyline Records, 2021) singing a song contra-composed in her honor from Charlie Parker's “Cheryl," -"Sheila, Jazz Child." Jordan, along with drummer Roy Haynes, remains the last living connection to the famous alto saxophonist, who is generously represented on Jordan's Live at Mezzrow. ......

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My Conversation with Pharoah Sanders

My Conversation with Pharoah Sanders

BY AAJ STAFF
September 26, 2022

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 1999. When I first heard “The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost" off of John Coltrane's Meditations, I was floored. I got the same reaction when I first heard Maria Callas sing “Vissi d'arte" in Victor de Sabata's interpretation of Puccini's Tosca. Callas was simply better than everyone else. She was on a whole different level than we were and thus the ......

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Gov't Mule at the Fox Theatre

Gov't Mule at the Fox Theatre

BY GEOFF ANDERSON
September 25, 2022

Gov't Mule Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado September 17, 2022 What's new with Gov't Mule? Like every other band in the world, they had to take a COVID break from touring. And now, like many bands, they are back on the road after their forced vacation. One thing that's new is their stage setup. After spending decades on stage right (left as you look at the stage), Warren Haynes now takes centerstage. And that's appropriate since ......

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Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar

Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar

BY AAJ STAFF
September 24, 2022

Meet Ricardo Bacelar Ricardo Bacelar is a Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He began his musical career at a young age and was initially influenced by classical, jazz, and Brazilian styles, which significantly contribute to his work today. Throughout his career, he has had numerous accomplishments, garnering top radio play in the U.S., among other notable media coverage domestically and abroad. For many years, Bacelar was a member of the Hanoi Hanoi rock band from Rio de Janeiro that experienced ......

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

BY JACK GOLD-MOLINA
September 24, 2022

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Seattle, WA August 12, 2022 Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band performed two sets at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on Friday, August 12th. Still touring to support 2019's Trane's Delight, they have faced numerous cancellations and delays due to COVID restrictions. As Mr. Sanchez pointed out, between the time that the album was released and he was finally able to schedule dates to support it, it had ......

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience

Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience

BY PAUL RAUCH
September 22, 2022

Detroit Jazz FestivalHart Plaza and Campus Martius jny:Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2022 The main lobby of the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center was abuzz with greetings and joyful conversation. You could feel the ardent positivity in the room as well as you could feel the near ninety-degree heat and accompanying steady breeze just outside, along the Detroit Riverwalk. A quick glance around the room revealed festival resident artist Chucho Valdes and trumpeter Brian Lynch among ......

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Tony Williams and Al Foster: Give The Drummers Some

Tony Williams and Al Foster: Give The Drummers Some

BY DOUG COLLETTE
September 21, 2022

Are drummers the most colorful members of the jazz community? Certainly as the keepers of the beat, the bands in which they play rotate around them, whether they are at center stage or off to the side in performance or behind baffles right alongside them in the studio. And the assertive and authoritative likes of such dashing contemporary figures as Brian Blade, Mike Clark and Allison Miller only offer further testament to that hallowed notion. As does the late Tony ......

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Vintage 31

Vintage 31

BY ROBERT SLENTZ-KESLER
September 21, 2022

Max marched through the front door and looked at his watch. “Where's Louie?" “We still have ten minutes." I was setting up the music stands. “Yeah, but we need time—" “Maxie! Mad Max! Max the Mad Hatter!" Louie walked in with an extended open palm, his upright bass case strapped to his back. “Hello, Louie." Max shook his hand. Louie looked at me. “Amos the ......

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