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Connie Han

Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut Crime Zone. Han explains, “This record is meant to be a statement about being rebellious but within the tradition.” At 23, Ms. Han is a young lioness on a fast-climbing trajectory to jazz stardom with rave reviews from The New York Times, Jazziz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, and more. According to Downbeat Magazine, Han has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical knowledge and enough originality to write tunes that absorb your ear easily.” Influenced by post-bop masters Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, and Kenny Kirkland, Han brings a fire, passion, and maturity that belies her youth

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Most Read Album Reviews: 2020

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2020" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2020. The Complete 1969 Recordings King Crimson by John Kelman Published: October 31, 2020 Is That So? John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan ...

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Iron Starlet

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Iron Starlet; Nova; Mr. Dominator; For the O.G.; Hello to the Wind; Detour Ahead; Captain's Song; Boy Toy; The Forsaken; Dark Chambers.

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Article: Album Review

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Read "Iron Starlet" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


At the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, pianist Connie Han dazzled the crowd with a superb and well-paced set which was one of the best performances of the weekend. Although her Mack Avenue debut, Crime Zone, had hit the streets in 2018, Han's musical acumen was still hovering below the radar of most jazz listeners. The key ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Love Being Here With You - Happy 100th Birthday to Miss Peggy Lee

Read "I Love Being Here With You - Happy 100th Birthday to Miss Peggy Lee" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of the month included new releases from Sherrie Maricle and the 3D Jazz Trio, Kari van der Kloot, Shelly Rudolph and Tania Grubbs, with birthday shout-outs to Peggy Lee (100 !), saxophonist Adison Evans, pianist Yoko Miwa, trumpeters Clora Bryant, Miles Davis and Samantha Boshnack. Thanks for listening and please continue supporting all ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley

Read "Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from the Posi-Tone Swingtet, bassist Anne Mette Iversen, vocalists Joan Watson-Jones, Rachelle Garniez, and Diane Schuur plus the Charles Pillow Ensemble, with birthday shout-outs to Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams as well as a nod to a few Jazz Mothers and their children. Thanks for your continued support ...

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Article: Album Review

Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Stark, abstract inquiries are fashioned, some resolved, some left hanging, in the jarring and resolute music of Swiss-pianist Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel. With an uncanny ability to command the moment, Ammann and his equally inspired mates—Michael Attias on saxophone, bassistNoah Garabedian, trombonist Samuel Blaser and drummerNathan Ellman-Bell—take the moment and throw in a ton of turbulence ...

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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: Radio & Podcasts

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith

Read "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Halfway through April, which is also Jazz Appreciation Month, the broadcast includes new releases from vocalist Nanette Frank, composer Wayne Alpern, trumpeter Johnny Summers and pianist Monika Herzig, with birthday shoutouts to the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, pianist Herbie Hancock, plus vocalists Marilyn Maye and Dusty Springfield. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Oscar Peterson & Charlie Parker

Read "Oscar Peterson & Charlie Parker" reviewed by Joe Dimino


During this time of COVID-19 and live jazz being silenced, Neon Jazz brings you a new episode honoring the best in today's jazz world. We also honor the legacy of the late Manu Dibango.Playlist Tim Ray “Paint if Black" Excursions and Adventures (Whaling City Sound) 00:00 Host talks 4:34 Oscar Peterson “Just a Sittin' ...


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