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Article: Album Review

Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger

Read "Art of the Messenger" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Tenor saxophonist Carlos Vega is a steeped-in-the-tradition fan of early bebop, displaying his passion for the genre with his nods to alto saxophonist Charlie Parker on Bird's Ticket (2016) and Bird's Up (2017), both on Origin Records. With Art Of The Messenger he shifts his focus to Art Blakey, the drummer who led the Jazz Messengers ...

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Article: Album Review

Leon Lee Dorsey: Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Read "Thank You Mr. Mabern!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


He's studied classical double bass with Ron Carter and he's played alongside many of our most revered, among them Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, andCassandra Wilson. Still, bassist/composer/arrangerLeon Lee Dorsey's name doesn't roll off everyone lips when discussing the top ranks of today's foremost, fearless bassists. But here's breaking news: Dorsey's got himself one hell of a ...

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Théâtre de Verdure Nice, France July 16-20, 2019 Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...

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Article: Album Review

Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Mark Corroto


You may wish you had paid more attention in your high school chemistry class, because listening to Rhyme And Reason by trumpeter Jason Palmer calls to mind the description of the nucleus of an atom. Spinning and spinning, various protons and neutrons are both attracted and held off by each other. Same can be said of ...

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Article: Live Review

Newport Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe


Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2017 The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on ...

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Article: Album Review

Horace Silver: The Hard Bop Grandpop

Read "The Hard Bop Grandpop" reviewed by Marc Davis


With musicians, and artists generally, there's a tendency to think the best work is the earliest. It's usually true. Paul McCartney was never better than when he recorded with the Beatles. Chuck Berry's best work was the early hits like “Johnny B. Goode" and “Roll Over Beethoven." Tom Wolfe hasn't written anything as good ...

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Article: Opinion

What's Wrong With Today's Live Jazz

Read "What's Wrong With Today's Live Jazz" reviewed by Richard Lawn


What's wrong with today's live jazz scene? There has been a great deal of whining about the climate for live jazz these days. The complaints are sometimes accompanied by speculation about why jazz seems to have slipped off the radar, particularly in many major cities such as jny: Philadelphia. The complaints, however, are often ...

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Article: Interview

Dwayne Burno: Tradition

Read "Dwayne Burno: Tradition" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] Dwayne Burno is one of the great bass players of his generation. Originally from jny: Philadelphia, Burno has been on the New York and international jazz scene since 1990. He has played with so many of the great legends of jazz: ...

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Article: Interview

Jeff Ballard: Paid Dues

Read "Jeff Ballard: Paid Dues" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I recently did some teaching in the U.K. at the Birmingham Conservatoire; I was the lone guest clinician/guest performer. Last year, roughly around the same time of year, I teamed up with drumming great Jeff Ballard. I had kind of forgotten ...


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