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Article: Album Review

Sam Rivers: Braids

Read "Braids" reviewed by John Sharpe


With the fourth issue in its Sam Rivers archival series, the NoBusiness imprint has unearthed a cracking concert recording of a terrific quartet, completed by bassist Dave Holland, drummer Thurman Barker and tubaist Joe Daley. Very few can match Rivers' breadth of experience, which includes not only with leading lights of the 1960s New Thing like ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wayne Escoffery, Art Blakey, Gunhild Carling and More

Read "Wayne Escoffery, Art Blakey, Gunhild Carling and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


As this COVID-19 pandemic has silenced the world of live music, jazz musicians continue releasing more and more great albums. This week we focus on some of them, Wayne Escoffery, Warren Wolf, Gunhild Carling and Ran Blake. Enjoy the music. Playlist Wayne Escoffery “Benedictus" The Humble Warrior (Smoke Sessions Records) 00:00 Host talks 5:23 ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


Often nicknamed “Little Bird," Jimmy Heath began on the alto saxophone acquiring this informal title by dedicating his studies to Charlie Parker and his wee stature. Although not a familiar name to many outside of the devoted jazz community, Heath would go on to pursue a remarkable 76-year career sadly passing away in January, 2020. A ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Coleman Hawkins: Fifty Years Gone, A Saxophone Across Time

Read "Coleman Hawkins: Fifty Years Gone, A Saxophone Across Time" reviewed by Arthur R George


Fifty years ago this past year, Coleman Hawkins, considered the father of tenor saxophone in jazz, passed away. Thelonious Monk was pacing back and forth in the hallway outside Hawkins' hospital room when the saxophonist succumbed at age 64 on the morning of May 19, 1969, from pneumonia and other complications. Monk was holding a short ...

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Article: Hi-Res Jazz

New Music in an Anxious Time: Teis Semey, Peggy Lee and Philipp Gropper

Read "New Music in an Anxious Time: Teis Semey, Peggy Lee and Philipp Gropper" reviewed by Mark Werlin


Historians of jazz identify the African-American civil rights struggle circa 1945-1965 as the locus for the most active involvement of jazz music in expressions of social and political protest. One of the earliest recorded instances of explicit political protest in jazz, “Strange Fruit," was refused by Decca, singer Billie Holiday's record label, for fear of reprisals ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

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Article: Album Review

Jami Lynn: Sparse

Read "Sparse" reviewed by Don Phipps


Recorded live at the Community Reformed Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sparse offers up new ground for folk singer Jami Lynn. The album is a collaborative effort with bassist Andrew Reinartz and members of the JAS quintet. Sparse presents a modest reading of such jazz standards like “Autumn Leaves" and the Billie Holiday/Arthur Herzog Jr. blues ...

News: Music Industry

Six Degrees Records Signs Meklit Hadero to World-Wide Record Deal

Six Degrees Records Signs Meklit Hadero to World-Wide Record Deal

Six Degrees Records is pleased and excited to announce the world-wide signing of singer/composer, TED Senior Fellow & cultural activist Meklit Hadero. Born in Ethiopia & based in San Francisco for the past nine years, Hadero became a sensation with the release of her debut On a Day Like This. A luminous album featuring original songs ...

News: Recording

The Spy From Cairo Announces New Album 'Arabadub'

The Spy From Cairo Announces New Album 'Arabadub'

One of the amazing things about the deeply Jamaican music called Dub is its ability to act as a conduit. From its early days as stripped down versioning of popular Reggae tunes to its indoctrination into late 80 / early 90s UK Soundsystem & Dance Music culture, to its current massive mutation (with the “Step” planted ...

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News: Event

Bill Cosby MC Fundraiser Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund @ Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) September 15th!

Bill Cosby MC Fundraiser Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund @ Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)  September 15th!

A Ruby Flower Production Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street & Thompson St , NYC September 15, 2011 7:30-10:30 PM Announces Bill Cosby Master of Ceremonies Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most influential figures in many American musical forms, having first revolutionized jazz in the 40s by ...


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