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Frank Sinatra

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Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer who is considered one of the finest vocalists of all time, renowned for his impeccable phrasing and timing. Many critics place him alongside Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and The Beatles as one of the most important popular music figures of the 20th century.

Sinatra launched a second career as a dramatic film actor, and became admired for a screen persona distinctly tougher than his smooth singing style. Sinatra also had a larger-than-life presence in the public eye, and as "The Chairman of the Board" became an American icon, known for his brash, sometimes swaggering attitude, as embodied by his signature song "My Way"

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Bryan S. Wright

Read "Take Five with Bryan S. Wright" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Bryan S. Wright Bryan S. Wright is a pianist and Grammy-nominated musicologist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2003, he has been the Executive Producer of Rivermont Records, a label dedicated to preserving and promoting ragtime and early jazz styles through reissues of historic recordings alongside new recordings by today's most celebrated ragtime and early jazz ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz At Juan-Les-Pins Festival 2022

Read "Jazz At Juan-Les-Pins Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Pinède Gould Jazz à Juan Festival Juan les Pins, South of France July 6-19 2022 Juan-les-Pins is an elegant beach town near Antibes, in the South of France. The stage is set on the Mediterranean sea shore, surrounded by pine trees and sandy beaches. There is no backdrop, so the ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards

Read "Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Keyboardist Michael Robinson is a prolific and creative artist who is best known for his haunting, Eastern-inspired, musical soundscapes. He usually utilizes his own invention, the digital Meruvina, for these recordings. Robinson, however, is also an accomplished pianist and has self-produced several superb solo albums of piano improvisations. In 2021 and 2022 he released seven of ...

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Article: In Pictures

Tierney Sutton with the Jae Sinnett Trio at Good Vibes

Read "Tierney Sutton with the Jae Sinnett Trio at Good Vibes" reviewed by Mark Robbins


No list of great female jazz vocalists would be complete without Tierney Sutton being on it. Whether she is interpreting the great American songbook, singing the beautiful songs of Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, or paying homage to Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, and Sting, Sutton pulls the listener into her world of fast swing and tender ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Bird: You Are the Light and the Way

Read "You Are the Light and the Way" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


You Are the Light and the Way presents an interesting challenge for a writer. Twelve new songs by Canadian vocalist Alex Bird (lyrics and music) and keyboardist Ewan Farncombe (music and arrangements) consistently sound like new “songbook classics"--in several places, as if Harry Connick Jr. magically composed music with Johnny Mercer. Bird, Farncombe and the Jazz ...

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News: Recording

Vincent Ding Assembles All-Star Big Band & Strings For A Scintillating Debut

Vincent Ding Assembles All-Star Big Band & Strings For A Scintillating Debut

Vincent Ding is a bright new flame in the world of vocal jazz. Refreshingly steeped in the traditions of icons like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, Ding blends this rich lineage with a depth of autobiographical authenticity from his Taiwanese-American roots to create music that is both thoughtful and powerfully rooted in hard-driving swing. Backed ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Bird Songs, Tripping Fantásia, Real Harmony & Klezmer-Hop

Read "Bird Songs, Tripping Fantásia, Real Harmony & Klezmer-Hop" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Alex Bird & the Jazz Mavericks You Are the Light and the Way Self-Produced 2021 You Are the Light and the Way presents an interesting challenge for a writer. Twelve new songs by Canadian vocalist Alex Bird (lyrics and music) and keyboardist Ewan Farncombe (music and ...

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Article: Live Review

Roberto Carlos at Radio City Music Hall

Read "Roberto Carlos at Radio City Music Hall" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


Roberto Carlos Radio City Music Hall New York, NY May 8, 2022 Backed by a 17-piece band that included eight horns under the musical direction of maestro Eduardo Lages, Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos took to the stage at Radio City Music Hall opening with “Emoções," a song that has been his ...


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