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David Robert Jones was born in Brixton on January 8, 1947. At age 13, inspired by the jazz of the London West End, he picked up the saxophone and called up Ronnie Ross for lessons. Early bands he played with – The Kon-Rads, The King Bees, the Mannish Boys and the Lower Third –provided him with an introduction into the showy worlds of pop and mod, and by 1966 he was David Bowie, with long hair and aspirations of stardom rustling about his head. Kenneth Pitt signed on as his manager, and his career began with a handful of mostly forgotten singles and a head full of ideas. It was not until 1969 that the splash onto the charts would begin, with the legendary Space Oddity (which peaked at #5 in the UK)


Article: In Pictures

David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience at The Roads Bistro

Read "David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience at The Roads Bistro" reviewed by Mark Robbins

The Roads Bistro--a new restaurant / listening room--has recently opened in Virginia Beach, VA. Located in a strip mall across the street from the Tidewater Community College, one would be surprised to learn it's the current home of some of the best food and best jazz in the area. Owner, Michael Baldwin, has defied the odds ...


Article: Liner Notes

Yuri Honing: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts

Read "Yuri Honing: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's fitting that saxophonist, composer and quiet visionary Yuri Honing should be acknowledged as one of the pivotal voices in the history of the Netherland's world-renowned North Sea Jazz festival, described in 1990 by Jazz Times as “the best jazz festival in the world." Honing's first appearance at the NSJF's was in 1995, where he performed ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Multi-Instrumentalist Jason Vitelli

Read "Take Five with Multi-Instrumentalist Jason Vitelli" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jason Vitelli We now find Brooklyn-based musician Jason Vitelli standing at a crossroads, pivoting from being a prolific songwriter into an eclectic composer. Though he has previously written for video, his upcoming 4th album, 1. Ambient Corridors (2024), stands out as an inaugural collection of captivating works. He curates an opus of twelve pieces, weaving ...


Article: Book Review

Singularity Codex: Matthew Shipp on RogueArt

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Singularity Codex: Matthew Shipp on RogueArt Clifford Allen 205 Pages ISBN: # 2953150870 RogueArt 2023 Clifford Allen, a contributor to a number of jazz publications including All About Jazz, is the author of Singularity Codex: Matthew Shipp on RogueArt, Allen's first book. He takes on the iconic improviser's ...


Article: Live Review

Vicenza Jazz 2023

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2023" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza Jazz 2023--New Conversations Varie sedi 10--20.5.2023 Almeno due sono state le idee portanti che hanno caratterizzato la ventisettesima edizione di Vicenza Jazz--New Conversations. Innanzi tutto, come ha spesso ripetuto il direttore artistico Riccardo Brazzale nel presentare i concerti, più che in passato si è voluto puntare lo sguardo su proposte ...


Article: Catching Up With

José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male

Read "José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male" reviewed by Peter Jones

Jazz singer José James considers Erykah Badu to be the Joni Mitchell of his generation, a woman who has constructed a world of her own in order to tell her own alternative story. To prove the point, earlier this year he released On & On (Rainbow Blonde), a whole album of Badu songs, which he has ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Playing the Beatles (Again)

Read "Playing the Beatles (Again)" reviewed by Geno Thackara

How to present some of these oh-so-familiar songs yet again? With a catalogue as universally known as The Beatles,' the best guideline would seem to be the more reinvention, the better. Everyone involved in these tributes, fortunately, seems to agree. Rubber Soul Quartet Something Losen Records 2023 In ...


Article: Album Review

Brad Mehldau: Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles

Read "Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In the press release and liner notes, Brad Mehldau, a spiritual man who delves deeply into subjects that matter to him, talks a lot about the Fab Four's continued universality and to the strangeness of their originality and our assimilation of it. But he never really gets to the point as clearly, personally and succinctly as ...


Article: Album Review

Paul Marinaro: Not Quite Yet

Read "Not Quite Yet" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Singer Paul Marinaro issued his acclaimed debut album Without A Song (122 Myrtle Records) in 2013. Seven years after the release of his follow-up, “One Night In Chicago" (122 Myrtle Records), and with almost a decade of performing from coast to coast at top-end clubs, including New York's Birdland, he has released Not Quite Yet, which ...


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