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Keith Oxman: Two Cigarettes In the Dark

Read "Two Cigarettes In the Dark" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With the impressive Two Cigarettes in the Dark, Denver-based saxophonist Keith Oxman delivers what is most probably one of the finest albums on the contemporary jazz scene today. Imagine being in a dark room where you see nothing and suddenly two cigarettes are lit; naturally your attention will be focused on the cigarettes and the smoke ...

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Gary McFarland: The In Sound & Soft Samba

Read "The In Sound & Soft Samba" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

Arranger, vibraphonist and singer Gary McFarland is regarded as one of the major purveyors of orchestral jazz--a type of jazz which had its heyday in the 1960s, but which is not heard as much anymore. A fine line separates orchestral jazz from the dreaded “easy listening" tag. A line so fine, they're often one and the ...

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Bekken and Gjems: Spell

Read "Spell" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Dr. Bekken's last record, Live At Bar Moskus (Blue Mood, 2017), was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (the Spellemannprisen). That was a hard-driving solo, boogie-woogie upright piano performance. For Spell, the good doctor writes a new prescription for traditional Norwegian folk infused with New Orleans style jazz. Harmonicist Richard Gjems is co-featured. Bekken and ...

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser

Read ""Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser" reviewed by Tish Oney

A host of seasonal songs may be categorized correctly as standards, and this well-known piece is no exception. “Baby, It's Cold Outside" is particularly noteworthy in that, in North America, it fits any month between mid-autumn and early spring. This makes the song particularly versatile as a seasonal favorite--I personally have performed it at Christmastime, at ...

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Michelle Lordi: Dream a Little Dream

Read "Dream a Little Dream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Michelle Lordi graces the Philadelphia area with her singing, and her album releases and club dates in New York and elsewhere are gaining her wider recognition as she continues her regular local gigs. She sings clearly, straight ahead, and with panache. In this album, she brings together a septet of outstanding instrumentalists for a nostalgic set ...

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Songs Of Jimmy McHugh This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Jimmy McHugh’s songs entered the jazz pantheon through recordings by Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and many, many more. Today McHugh’s songs remain among the most popular jazz standards recorded by both mainstream and traditional jazz artists. In this week’s Riverwalk Jazz broadcast devoted to McHugh's songs, tap master Savion Glover pays tribute to Bojangles’ ...

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Jimmy McHugh's Songs This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Jimmy McHugh's Songs This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Jimmy McHugh's songs entered the jazz pantheon through recordings by Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and many, many more. Today McHugh's songs remain among the most popular jazz standards recorded by both mainstream and traditional jazz artists. In this week's Riverwalk Jazz broadcast devoted to McHugh's songs, tap master Savion Glover pays tribute to Bojangles' ...


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