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Article: Album Review

Donna Courtell: I Want a Doll

Read "I Want a Doll" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Some music is self-evident and some needs unpacking. Donna Courtell's holiday single “I Want A Doll" is music of this latter category. Courtell splits her professional time between singing and running her Courtell Talent Agency. Her creative arc recently intersected with that of bassist Greg Nathan and by extension, Nathan's father, Charles. There is a bit ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Michelle Walker Performs Live @ The 55 Bar

Michelle Walker Performs Live @ The 55 Bar

New York, NY - Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Michelle Walker will perform the early set on Saturday August 23, 2014 at one of New York City’s most established and loved music watering-hole stages, The 55 BAR. Her sets will consist of originals, new and old standards with her refreshing and engaging arrangements starting promptly at 6:00pm. ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Michelle Walker Sings Live @ The 55 Bar On July 24th 7pm

Michelle Walker Sings Live @ The 55 Bar On July 24th 7pm

New York, NY - Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Michelle Walker will perform the early set on Thursday July 24, 2014 at one of New York City’s most established and loved music watering-hole stages, The 55 BAR. Her sets will consist of originals, new and old standards with her refreshing and engaging arrangements starting promptly at 7:00pm. ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Comes to New Bern

Read "Jazz Comes to New Bern
" reviewed by Dave Nathan


The 13th edition of New Bern's Annual Jazz Showcase sponsored by the Craven Arts Council took place on Sunday, February at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Marina. “Thirteen" was not unlucky for the jazz fans of this eastern North Carolina community who showed up for either the afternoon or evening session. They were treated to almost ...

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Article: Album Review

George Evans: Eyes for You

Read "Eyes for You" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Vocalist George Evans is getting the message. In a day and age where male balladeers come few and far between, Evans has been building up a body of vocal work relying on the tunes turned out by some of the top contributors to the Great American Songbook: Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Cole Porter and Ray ...

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Albert Burbank: Burgundy Street Blues

Read "Burgundy Street Blues" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Typically my reviews of Big Bill Bissonnette's releases on his Jazz Crusade label have been positive and affirmative. But on Burgundy Street Blues, Albert Burbank and his fellow players somehow get off track on several of the tracks. Despite the fluid clarinet playing of the leader and some fine individual efforts by some of the soloists, ...

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Article: Album Review

Gerald Kuhn: The Rat on My Piano

Read "The Rat on My Piano" reviewed by Dave Nathan


For The Rat On My Piano, Gerald Kuhn has gathered an assembly of musicians curiously termed the Eclectrophonics Jazz Ensemble. These players have applied their varied styles and talents to music played in the manner of the 1950's and thereafter, from swing to pop to funk. This disc was recorded in California with tons of overdubbing, ...

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Article: Album Review

Kelly Harland: Twelve Times Romance

Read "Twelve Times Romance" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Who says that good arrangements can't make or break an album? Especially on the initial outing from Kelly Harland, a fine fledgling vocalist from the active, burgeoning Northwest jazz scene getting her feet wet on her first record. The CD's opener, "Too Close for Comfort," is the beneficiary of an innovative, ear catching chart by pianist ...

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Article: Album Review

Peg La Centra: Peg La Centra - The Complete Recordings 1934 -1937

Read "Peg La Centra - The Complete Recordings 1934 -1937" reviewed by Dave Nathan


In early 1930's and up to the 1950's, with the enormous popularity of the big band style of jazz, especially those bands which catered to romantic ballads, there was plenty of work for big band singers. While the outcome was generally very pretty and sanguine, there was a certain parallel to the music being played with ...

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Article: Album Review

Cecil Hill: Swings His Thing

Read "Swings His Thing" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Back in the heyday of the big band, critics, reviewers, jazz journalists, etc., spent a lot of time, mostly unnecessarily, categorizing most bands into two groups: smooth sounding aggregations, and the killer diller outfits who blew the roof off the house every time they took the floor. Of course, I'm talking about those bands (and this ...


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