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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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

Read "The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA January 19, 2019 The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

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Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

During the inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit on Nov. 2 and 3, 2018, regional and national jazz luminaries will gather in Center City Philadelphia to honor the city’s deep jazz roots and discuss its future. Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

Read "Live at Nectar’s" reviewed by Joe Gatto

A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Monette Sudler Sextet: The Philadelphia Realbook Project

Read "Monette Sudler Sextet: The Philadelphia Realbook Project" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Monnette Sudler Sextet Terra Hall, University of the Arts Jazz Bridge: The Philadelphia Real Book Project Philadelphia, PA April 28, 2017 Monnette Sudler is a lauded Philadelphia-based guitarist with all the technique and finesse you could ask for, but she also has a way of moving around the strings ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris

Read "Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris IridiumNew York, NYMarch 10, 2017 Lovers of fine guitar playing are aware of the monstrous chops of Gil Parris, the jazz, blues and rock master who has been called “one of guitardom's unsung heroes." How can it be that a virtuoso who's been nominated for a ...


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