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Thundercat: It Is What It Is

Read "It Is What It Is" reviewed by John Bricker

If you're looking for some dreamy neo-soul and jazz fusion with a charming sense of humor, no one can satisfy you like Thundercat. Released on April 3, his fourth studio album, It Is What It Is, demonstrates his seemingly limitless confidence and charm as a singer, songwriter and bassist, delivering a solid crop of gorgeous and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Pop Goes the Jazz-Cast

Read "Pop Goes the Jazz-Cast" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys' interview about the origins of the podcast got them thinking that it'd been a while since they went off the rails and did a “pop" jazz-cast. So, just like Casey Jones, off the rails they went, and talked up, out, and about two “jazz-adjacent" classics of the past and two brand-new releases adding dollops ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance

Read "Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance" reviewed by Rob Garratt

When, a few years back, the mainstream media began breathlessly anointing the arrival of a West Coast-born jazz “renaissance," Thundercat's name was invariably invoked second in the evidence list— behind, of course, that of his childhood buddy Kamasi Washington. While Washington's career has gone stratospheric—with a summer co-headline tour alongside Herbie Hancock the latest summit mounted—Thundercat ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound.

Read "Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound." reviewed by Leo Sidran

In this podcast episode, saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart explains why he never fit neatly into any one category. He says, “I knew early on in my life that I could not go down a regular path. It would be hard for other human beings to totally accept me the way I am." From the very ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove

Read "Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This post-election broadcast celebrates the new wave of women in the House and Senate -also remembering Roy Hargrove (1969-2018) in the second hour plus a special 75th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell in the third hour. Playlist Roxy Coss “Nevertheless She Persisted" from The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Ethel Ennis “If Women Ruled ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Il quartetto di Jazzmeia Horn e il 9et di Francesco Cafiso a Padova Jazz

Read "Il quartetto di Jazzmeia Horn e il 9et di Francesco Cafiso a Padova Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Jazzmeia Horn Quartet / Francesco Cafiso Nonet Padova Jazz 2018 Teatro Verdi 23-11-2018 Giunto alla fase conclusiva, il ricco e variegato cartellone di Padova Jazz 2018, ha presentato il 23 novembre al Teatro Verdi il quartetto della cantante Jazzmeia Horn e il medio organico di Francesco Cafiso. Come ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shane Dylan: When It All Makes Sense

Read "When It All Makes Sense" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Shane Dylan is a young pianist studying at Boston's New England Conservatory who has put out a debut CD that tries to show the breadth of his musical interests. It is split into two halves, the first with more groove-oriented material, the second going in a more mainstream jazz direction. The first half covers ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Zara McFarlane Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Zara McFarlane Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Zara McFarlane is one of the most remarkable rising stars in British soul jazz. The singer from London, who was raised in a Jamaican family, has been compared to Erykah Badu and Cassandra Wilson. She has a pure voice and a unique, contemporary style combining soul, jazz, dub and afro-funk. The intimate vocals of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Read "A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival" reviewed by Arthur R George

It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...


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