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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones

Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he ...


Article: Live Review

The Justin Varnes Orchestra's Rhapsody In Blue At The Jazz Corner

Read "The Justin Varnes Orchestra's Rhapsody In Blue At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

The Justin Varnes Orchestra The Jazz Corner Rhapsody in Blue Hilton Head Island, SC May 12, 2019For Mother's Day luncheon, The Jazz Corner presented another in their “Classical meets Jazz" series of concerts, “Rhapsody in Blue."The opening clarinet trill, a scale, then the slowly extruded glissando ...


Article: Live Review

Dave Cullen and Tony Miceli, Reading Public Museum, Berks Jazz Fest

Read "Dave Cullen and Tony Miceli, Reading Public Museum,  Berks Jazz Fest" reviewed by David Tartaglia

Dave Cullen and Tony MiceliReading Public Museum 22nd Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz FestReading, PAMarch 25, 2012Guitarist Dave Cullen and vibraphonist Tony Miceli played the final Reading Public Museum Bagels & Brunch concert of the season. Held in conjunction with the 22nd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, the museum atrium provided interesting ...


Article: Album Review

Jonathan Smith Quintet: En Route

Read "En Route" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Portland-based guitarist Jonathan Smith spent three decades putting out fires, but he lets things burn on En Route. The retired firefighter-cum-jazz guitarist assembled a crew of musicians with whom he'd performed in live settings at various times, to record a debut album which, as Smith himself says, “delivers solid and accessible jazz." Smith's music isn't made ...


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