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Article: Extended Analysis

The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66

Read "The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66" reviewed by Skip Heller


Louis Armstrong officially returned to small band leadership May 17, 1947 via a triumphant concert at Town Hall that was less comeback than reaffirmation. It was even the dawn of his second great period, full of recordings that stood tall with his epochal 1920's output, and the subsequently-assembled Louis Armstrong and his All Stars would immediately ...

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Article: Album Review

Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers


I wish I knew why the talented Philadelphia-based singer Susie Meissner chose to open her salute to the Great American Songbook with the only tune on the album that doesn't really qualify: Curtis Lewis' “The Great City." It's not a bad song but Cole Porter or Johnny Mandel it ain't. On the bright side, Meissner recovers ...

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Article: Interview

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

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Article: Live Review

The Nice Jazz Orchestra At The Opera House

Read "The Nice Jazz Orchestra At The Opera House" reviewed by Martin McFie


The Nice Jazz Orchestra The Opera House La Route du Jazz Nice, France June 19, 2019 Jazz arrived in France at the end of the First World War. A band of the 15th regiment, New York National Guard toured France extensively under the baton of James Reese Europe, playing formal ...

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Article: Live Review

The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

Read "The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA January 19, 2019 The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

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Article: Interview

George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

Read "George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz" reviewed by Doug Hall


Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role for the future of the Newport Jazz ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Incendio: The Fire Within

Read "Incendio: The Fire Within" reviewed by Jim Worsley


If sophisticated, richly dense, multi-layered instrumental music is your thing, then you may already be a fan of the critically acclaimed band Incendio. Co-founded in 2000 by guitarist Jim Stubblefield, bassist Liza Carbe, and guitarist JP Durand, Incendio boldly blends a plethora of genres. Jazz, flamenco, rock, Latin, Spanish, world, classical, pop, Middle-Eastern, and ...

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Article: Profile

Zara McFarlane: Embodying the Spirit of Jamaica

Read "Zara McFarlane: Embodying the Spirit of Jamaica" reviewed by David Burke


Zara McFarlane may have been made in Britain, but she belongs to Jamaica. The land of her mother and father is written in her soul and vibrates through her music. You can feel it in the bewitching rhythms and hear it in the socio-conscious words—both elements of reggae -that inform her distinctive version of jazz, especially ...

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Article: Live Review

Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60

Read "Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 15-17, 2017 The 60th edition of the long running Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 was well received. This year boldly continued the MJF's opulent tradition of presenting a special blend of fantastic jazz and other music genres in a casual ...

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Take Five with Debora Galan

Read "Take Five with Debora Galan" reviewed by Debora Galan


About Debora GalanThrough performances of the popular Silk band and numerous guest appearances, the voice of R & B/smooth jazz vocalist Debora Galan is becoming widely known. More fans have come on board with the release of her album, All About Love, which shows the depth of her Latin roots. Says the San Diego Troubadour: ...


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