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Amina Figarova

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Amina Figarova is without doubt one of the most productive jazz composers and talented jazz piano players from Europe. Now living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Amina started playing piano and composing at a very early age. She studied as a classical concert pianist at the Baku Conservatory, jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Amina Figarova performs with her own group at many jazz festivals and jazz clubs around the world, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Capetown International Jazzfestival, Salvador Bahia Jazz Festival, Brasil, JakArt Festival, Indonesia, Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, Blue Note jazz club New York, and has given concerts in Israel, Europe, United Arabs Emirates, Mexico, USA, Azerbaijan, and many others. Recorded her first CD "Attraction" in 1994, a start of a wonderful career as pianist and composer, a CD with all compositions and arrangements of Amina, almost all the music on her CDs are composed by herself

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Article: Album Review

Dmitri Matheny: Cascadia

Read "Cascadia" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and his quintet play perfectly on Cascadia. There is no surprise there--with a rhythm section of pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Mark Ivester backing the front line of Matheny and saxophonist Charles McNeil-- perfection is the expectation. Matheny grew up in Georgia and Arizona, spent a formative and ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Article: Album Review

Amina Figarova: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Il pregio della varietà sostanzia la cifra artistica della pianista Amina Figarova, non circoscritta entro i soli confini del jazz. Dopo il progetto orchestrale del penultimo CD, la musicista azera residente a New York apre la finestra del suo etereo pensiero compositivo verso i territori della fusion, del funk, del rap. Da queste premesse discende un ...

Album

Persistence

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Persistence; I've Got No Time; Lil' Poem; Morning Blue; R Song; Horizons; Bliss.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

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Article: Album Review

Amina Figarova: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Veteran jazz pianist Amina Figarova embarks on a bold new step with her genre-bending Persistence, creating a new sound for the pianist with music that produces an electric-influenced groove mixing funk-jazz, jazz fusion, hip-hop, classical and R&B rhythms found on this new exploratory album. After two decades leading an acoustic sextet, her new quintet ensemble, Edition ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial

Read "Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast includes new releases from Duchess, Kandace Springs, Nina Simone and Carla Hassett with birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae on her centennial, Alberta Hunter, (who was not only a superb performer but also a professional health care worker for more than 20 years), Billie Holiday, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe and pianist Marian McPartland.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hell's Bells - That Special Time of Year

Read "Hell's Bells - That Special Time of Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Includes more holiday songs penned by women as the season is in full swing, with Christmas albums from B3 Kings, Martina DaSilva, Dan Chmielinski, Noel & Maria and new releases from Rez Abbasi and Isabelle Olivier, Carmen Souza, Iro Haarla, plus birthday shout outs to Cassandra Wilson (pictured), Sylvia Syms, Dave Brubeck, Cory Weeds, Kerry Marsh, ...

Album

Road To The Sun

Label: Amfi Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Road To The Sun; All We Dance; Snow Mess; Explorations; Tumbling Prisms; Morning Mist; Fall Eclipse; On My Way; Cool Breeze; Circles; No Time For.


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