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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

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Article: Interview

Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

The Touch of Your Lips, Part 3: The Essential Touch in Jazz Piano

Read "The Touch of Your Lips, Part 3: The Essential Touch in Jazz Piano" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 It would be nice and tidy if the development of tone color as a primary in jazz piano matched its development in the other instruments, but that is not the case. From early on in jazz's history, composers and bandleaders like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt & JJ Johnson (1946 - 1950)

Read "Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt & JJ Johnson (1946 - 1950)" reviewed by Russell Perry


In the past several hours of Jazz at 100, we have featured the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Max Roach. In this hour, we will continue to present bebop innovators—pianist/composer Tadd Dameron and his frequent (but short-lived) collaborator Fats Navarro, the next great bebop trumpeter after Dizzy Gillespie, ...

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Article: Interview

Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

Read "Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...

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Article: Live Review

Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Chris Oatts Quintet Chris's Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA June 23, 2017 Philadelphia keeps churning out great musicians, and one of those who is beginning to generate considerable interest is Chris Oatts. A graduate of Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, he is the nephew of legendary saxophonist Dick Oatts, ...

Article: Extended Analysis

In Paris: The ORTF Recordings

Read "In Paris: The ORTF Recordings" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Ogni tanto gli archivi sparsi nel nostro pianeta si aprono per regalare belle e rare emozioni agli attenti cittadini del mondo della musica. Non è cosa così semplice come potrebbe apparire superficialmente: per trovare questi tesori nascosti serve anche l'energia di un gruppo di persone che si appassiona e si mette a caccia delle cose nascoste ...

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Article: Album Review

Luis Perdomo: Twenty-Two

Read "Twenty-Two" reviewed by Dave Wayne


There are so many really good jazz piano trio albums bouncing around of late, that it's truly unusual to hear something that stands out these days. The first few tracks of Luis Perdomo's seventh album as a leader, Twenty-Two, are as technically accomplished and downright pretty as anything out there, but they struck me as less ...

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Article: Album Review

Manuel Valera: Self Portrait

Read "Self Portrait" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


On Self Portrait, Grammy-nominated pianist Manuel Valera's first solo piano outing, the artist displays a supple and exquisite touch on his instrument, reflecting the erudition and precision of his classical background. This is worth saying right off because Valera is best known for his vivacious Latin jazz ensemble outings, New Cuban Express (Mavo Records, 2012) and ...

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Article: Interview

Claudio Filippini: Facing North

Read "Claudio Filippini: Facing North" reviewed by Robin Arends


Pianist Claudio Filippini, born in Pescara in 1982, is one of the bright young stars of Italian jazz. With his album The Enchanted Garden (CAM Jazz, 2011) he was hailed as the new “wonder boy" of Italian jazz. Now he is regarded as a pianist/composer of international stature, with his album Facing North (CAM Jazz, 2013) ...


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