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Branford Marsalis

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Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. When the brothers left to form the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, the world of uncompromising acoustic jazz was invigorated

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Article: Interview

Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness

Read "Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Saxophonist Dave McMurray's discography is reflective of the musical melting pot of his hometown jny: Detroit. Dave came up playing with everyone from bluesman Albert King, pianist Geri Allen, even Kid Rock. He is most known for his decades-long association with eclectic producer, and Blue Note label President, Don Was. Through Was, ...

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Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz 2021

Read "Umbria Jazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Perugia Varie sedi 09--18/07/2021 Fra i molti festival jazz che si sono affollati e sovrapposti nei mesi di giugno e luglio, probabilmente Umbria Jazz è quello che più ha sofferto della situazione pandemica. L'impossibilità di organizzare i concerti gratuiti nel centro storico, la mancanza di turismo, la defezione, anche all'ultimo minuto, di ...

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Article: Radio

Arturo Sandoval & Max Haymer

Read "Arturo Sandoval & Max Haymer" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a new live album recorded in Los Angeles, we start the 708th Episode of Neon Jazz with Max Haymer. We also delve into new material from musicians making 2021 vibrant from the likes of David Detweiler, Dave Shelton, Hailey Brinnel and Tobias Meinhart. In between, we listen to tracks from a variety of mentors to ...

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Article: Radio

Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of great tunes that--for a reason or another--were concealed to great effect but also never received the attention they deserved. We'll try to remedy that focusing on ghost-tracks, and other ghostly jazz. We were supposed to select ten tunes... but there were at least thirteen more, plus a couple more ghost-related tunes. ...

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Article: Radio

Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Even if ghost tracks existed well before the invention of the compact disc, they certainly became a less rare occurrence in the era of the silver disc. So, if you belong to the CD-generation, you are certainly familiar with the sense of surprise and joy that comes at the end of an album when, as you ...

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News: Festival

Roman Miroshnichenko And Mario Parmisano Celebrated Astor Piazzolla’s 100th Anniversary And Honored Chick Corea With Grandiose Shows In Russia

Roman Miroshnichenko And Mario Parmisano Celebrated Astor Piazzolla’s 100th Anniversary And Honored Chick Corea With Grandiose Shows In Russia

The 24th international World Of Guitar music festival took place on May 24-28, 2021 in Kaluga, Russia. This year, during the main portion of the festival, on May 26th took place joint concert of guitar virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko and his band with outstanding tango nuevo interpreter—Argentinian pianist Mario Parmisano, featuring the 50-piece Moscow City Symphony. “It ...

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Article: Radio

His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook, Part 2

Read "His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the second part of this week's show we continue exploring the compositional genius of Keith Jarrett on the occasion of his 76th birthday, focusing on renditions of his tunes by other musicians. It is one of the ways we can celebrate the lasting contributions Keith Jarrett has made to the music world at a time ...

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Article: Album Review

Noah Haidu: Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett

Read "Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


American poet Walt Whitman said it. Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan said it, too, on his Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia Records, 2020). They said: “I Contain Multitudes." Pianist Keith Jarrett also contains multitudes—though it has never been reported that he has said so. Those multitudes include early work with the groups of drummer Art Blakey, ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...


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