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Duke Ellington


By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for the royalty and for the common people and by the end of his 50-year career, he had played over 20,000 performances worldwide. He was The Duke, Duke Ellington. Edward Kennedy Ellington was born into the world on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. Duke’s parents, Daisy Kennedy Ellington and James Edward Ellington, served as ideal role models for young Duke, and taught him everything from proper table manners to an understanding of the emotional power of music


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Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

Read "The Eye is the First Circle" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

The music on The Eye is the First Circle is undeniably outstandingly composed and arranged by Vanessa Perica. Her second outing--following Love is A Temporary Madness (Self released, 2020)--with another supersonic ensemble, it was superbly recorded at the Sing Sing East Studios in Melbourne, showcasing numerous flawlessly performed solos by some of Australia's best improvising musicians. ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Claudio Angeleri e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Claudio Angeleri e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Compositore, pianista e didatta (è presidente del Centro Didattico Produzione Musica Europe), Claudio Angeleri ha appena pubblicato per la Dodicilune l'album Concerto. Un omaggio ai grandi lombardi della storia, della cultura e dell'arte, realizzato in compagnia di Gianluigi Trovesi al clarinetto, Giulio Visibelli a sax soprano e flauto, Gabriele Comeglio al sax alto, Marco Esposito al ...


Article: Live Review

Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX

Read "Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Bill Charlap Trio Jazz, TX San Antonio, Texas November 14, 2023 Back in March 2020, the Bill Charlap Trio featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington was the last act hosted by Jazz, TX before the pandemic shut everything down. They made a deep impression, and--nearly four years later--the club was ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Greg Osby e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Greg Osby e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica La mia musica è una chiara rappresentazione dei miei interessi e delle mie priorità . La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Nei musicisti cerco dedizione e integrità. Prediligo anche i giovani musicisti che hanno spiccate capacità di memorizzare musica originale.


Article: Liner Notes

Bill Evans: Duos With Jim Hall & Trios '64 & '65 Revisited

Read "Bill Evans: Duos With Jim Hall & Trios '64 & '65 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

Although the evidence is circumstantial, it is more than possible that Bill Evans' collaborations with Jim Hall came about through proximity to George Russell. Even Alan Douglas, the producer of the duo's first album, did not claim credit for the liaison; and Douglas, who the same year brought together Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kate Gentile's New Opus, Music For Hi-Fi Bugs, David S. Ware

Read "Kate Gentile's New Opus, Music For Hi-Fi Bugs, David S. Ware" reviewed by David Brown

This week, an ambitious electro-acoustic release from drummer/composer Kate Gentile; big band works from Benny Carter, Pete Rugolo, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Gard Nelssen; Ellingtonia from the '60s new thing, and finally a birthday remembrance of David S. Ware. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of ...


Article: Live Review

Terence Blanchard at The Carver Community Cultural Center

Read "Terence Blanchard at The Carver Community Cultural Center" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Terence Blanchard with the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet The Carver Community Cultural Center / Jo Long TheatreSan Antonio, TXNovember 4, 2023 San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center has long been a primary presenter of African American musical and educational programming in the city. Its first incarnation was as the Colored ...


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Joey Alexander: Continuance

Read "Continuance" reviewed by Neil Duggan

At some point, even a child prodigy grows up. Now 20 years old, Balinese pianist, Joey Alexander has come long way from the six- year-old exposed to Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, the eight-year-old playing in front of Herbie Hancock and the ten-year-old winning improvisation competitions. It may be hard to believe but Continuance ...

Article: Album Review

The Angelica Sanchez Nonet: Nighttime Creatures

Read "Nighttime Creatures" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pubblicato dalla Pyroclastic Records, Nighttime Creatures è il magistrale debutto del nonet della pianista Angelica Sanchez, organico che riunisce alcuni protagonisti della scene musicali di New York, Los Angeles e San Francisco: i sassofonisti Chris Speed e Michael Attias, il clarinettista Ben Goldberg, il cornettista Kenny Warren, il trombettista Thomas Heberer, il chitarrista Omar Tamez, il ...


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