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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mal Waldron, Aymée Nuviola, Immanuel Wilkins, Grover Washington, Jr.

Read "Mal Waldron, Aymée Nuviola, Immanuel Wilkins, Grover Washington, Jr." reviewed by David Brown


This week, a soulful set with Washington, McCann and Spalding. Then some Monk by Monk and Lacy/Waldron followed by a short set of Immanuel Wilkins old and new. We will also check out recent releases by Mat Maneri Quartet and Miho Hazama, and more. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we ...

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Article: Interview

A Conversation with Don Braden

Read "A Conversation with Don Braden" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This interview was first published in two parts at All About Jazz on May 1999. In this interview, we chat with Don Braden about his views on MP3 files, his relationship with Bill Cosby, the impact Kenny Kirkland had on his latest album for RCA Victor, Fire Within, and a host of other related ...

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Article: Interview

The Amazing John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy At The Gate

Read "The Amazing John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy At The Gate" reviewed by Chris May


The Impulse! label has released several outstanding John Coltrane live albums since 2000. With the exception of the latest, the sensational John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy: Evenings At The Village Gate (2023), each was recorded in 1965, the year when Coltrane's classic quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones, was at ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Rocco Ventrella

Read "Take Five with Rocco Ventrella" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Rocco Ventrella: Rocco Ventrella was Jazztrax's “Artist Of The Year" in 2015 and received a Grammy Awards Pre-Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album for his 2007 release Give Me The Groove. In 2005, Ventrella recorded, arranged, and produced the Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. album in memory of the late, great saxophonist. This remarkable recording ...

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News: Book / Magazine

The Real Philadelphia Book Provides An Anthology Of Compositions By Jazz And Blues Artists

The Real Philadelphia Book Provides An Anthology Of Compositions By Jazz And Blues Artists

Publication Date: October 24, 2022 344 pages, 9 x 12" Paper: 978-1-4399-1846-3 $24.95 An anthology of compositions by popular Philadelphia jazz and blues artists accessible for every musician The Real Philadelphia Book, 2nd Edition (Publication Date: October 24, 2022) compiled by Jazz Bridge and editors David Dzubinski and Suzanne Cloud, is a collection of more ...

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Article: Interview

Ramsey Lewis: Life is Good

Read "Ramsey Lewis: Life is Good" reviewed by Jacob Blickenstaff


Some jazz aficionados might characterize pianist Ramsey Lewis' music as a gateway into more serious jazz, as if popular Lewis albums like The In Crowd (Verve, 1965) were meant to lead novice listeners to saxophonist Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic, 1959). But Lewis' commercial successes should not be viewed as a liability ...

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News: Video / DVD

Grover Washington Jr.: 5 Videos

Grover Washington Jr.: 5 Videos

On the evening of Friday, December 17, 1999, saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. was on the set of the CBS's Early Show. He played four songs with his band, and the performance was taped for airing the following morning, on the show's Saturday edition. In the green room, Washington collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 4

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


All good things come to an end, so here we are with the last part of our celebration of Stevie Wonder's 70th birthday in the key of jazz [check out parts one, two and three]. In this final installment tributes by Geri Allen, Stephane Belmondo and Sylvain Luc, Urbie Green, Max Ionata and Dado Moroni, Abbey ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part II

Read "Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The second part of this week's special edition dedicated to jazz renditions of the songs of Michael Jackson (and the Jackson 5!) showcases a wide range of approaches, ranging from the muscular, to the atmospheric, deconstructivist and straight-ahead groovy, including a compare and contrast between Vijay Iyer's and Miles Davis cover of “Human Nature." At the ...

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Article: Album Review

Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

Read "VII" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early ...


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