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Django Reinhardt

The man who became the 1st European jazz giant was born Jean Baptiste Reinhardt on January 24 1910 in a Gypsy encampment at Liberchies Belgium. His father was a traveling entertainer so he lived with his mother and her tribe. His early childhood was spent in and around Liberchies. At age 8 he moved with his mother and her clan to France and settled in a camp outside the gates of old Paris. He first started playing music on an old banjo/guitar at age 12 and soon started playing in cafes and dance halls in Paris accompanying and accordionist. He made his first recordings under the name of Jiango Reinhardt when he was in his late teens. On November 2nd, 1928 a fire destroyed the caravan that Django Reinhardt shared with his wife together with all their belongings and severely burnt his left hand and his right leg

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Kansas Smitty's: Things Happened Here

Read "Things Happened Here" reviewed by Chris May

Kansas Smitty's is the house band at a London jazz bar of the same name. Band and bar are fronted by the American-Italian alto saxophonist, clarinetist and bass clarinetist Giacomo Smith, who with guitarist David Archer wrote most of the material on this album. The band's style embraces swing era Kansas City through to more recent ...

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Tim Stine Trio: Fresh Demons

Read "Fresh Demons" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There was a time when making progression with jazz guitar meant plugging in. Charlie Christian did this and took jazz guitar playing to a new level. But these days, the most radical thing a jazz guitarist can do is to plug out and play acoustically. While an endless number of electric guitarists explore a rock-oriented approach ...

Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman Records: Ten High Altitude Albums

Read "Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman Records: Ten High Altitude Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Bob Thiele is best remembered for his years as the artistic director and house producer of Impulse!. He took over from founder producer Creed Taylor in 1961 and stayed with the label until 1969, when he left to run his own Flying Dutchman Records. Thiele's tenure at Impulse! was its most glorious period, when Thiele curated ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli: Remembering Family Rhythms On The Roads Of New Jersey

Read "Bucky Pizzarelli: Remembering Family Rhythms On The Roads Of New Jersey" reviewed by Arthur R George

Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, from 1926 to his passing at age 94 on April 1, lived his entire life in New Jersey, and had said that he couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Forget the turnpike jokes. Remember instead the nearness to jazz in New York, the closeness of family, shared driving in the New Jersey night, the ...

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Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 18th Independent Music Awards

Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 18th Independent Music Awards

Multi-Award winning guitarist, bandleader and producer Roman Miroshnichenko was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee in The 18th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs). Nominated for the Best Compilation Album Category Roman's latest album “Top 10 Songs of 10 Years (Anthology)"—a compilation of ten selected original Award-winning compositions composed, produced and recorded ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The suggestions from musicians eager to share, in these trying times, the music they turn to when they need to uplift or sooth their souls keep pouring in. Here's the third volume of this immuno-booster jazz mix-tape series, featuring a compelling mix of jazz masters, contemporary jazz guitar heroes, latin tinge, soul and new gospel.

Hot Club of Baltimore

Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of Django Reinhardt repertoire, French Musette and Jazz. Michael Joseph Harris (Ultrafaux) is guitarist and artistic director of the group which consists of a collective of top jazz musicians. The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations which include the instrumental trio of 2 guitars and bass, the classic quintet with violin, the late 40's "Django in Rome" sessions adding piano, drums, and horns, and the big band sound of the early 50's when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington. The group often features captivating vocalist Alexis Tantau on gypsy jazz renditions of Occitan folk songs, Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Maxine Sullivan, Charles Trenet, Jacques Dutronc, Ella Fitzgerald, and Henri Salvador.

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Ultrafaux

The Baltimore-based Ultrafaux Ensemble performs original Gypsy Jazz-inspired music with elements of swing, funk, blues, Brazilian choro, and French musette. Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris is one of the most prolific writers in this style rooted in the technique of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Harris and 2nd guitarist Sami Arefin trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies along with a rotating cast of sidemen including Dallas Vietty - accordion, Jason Anick - violin, Evan Price - violin, Aaron Malone - violin, Giacomo Smith - clarinet, Connor Stewart -clarinet, Jonathan Greene - clarinet and many more

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Zandra Queen Of Jazz at Smock Alley Theatre

Read "Zandra Queen Of Jazz at Smock Alley Theatre" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Zandra Queen Of Jazz Smock Alley Theatre jny: Dublin, Ireland February 2, 2020 Jazz women are like hen's teeth in general histories of jazz. It took Sally Placksin's Jazz Women 1900 To The Present: Their Words, Lives and Music (Pluto Press, 1985) to acknowledge the contributions of dozens of jazz's ...


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