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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Jazz Singer MaryLynn Gillaspie

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This episode of Backstage Jazz features an interview with MaryLynn Gillaspie, a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz group Rare Silk. Rare Silk started in Boulder, CO. Their first album, New Weave, flew to the top of the Billboard Jazz charts and received two Grammy nominations. MaryLynn and the group toured the world ...

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Article: Interview

Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead

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Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has a long, ongoing association with the Mingus Big Band organization, including a Grammy for Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc., Sue Mingus Music, 2010). His career also includes a special relationship with trumpeter Tom Harrell, with whom he has played for many years. All that is enough to ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Reggie Nicholson: No Preservatives Added

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From cosmic gong signaling it's “Time to Reset" to bluesy combo asking that we “Say It Ain't So," Reggie Nicholson's Percussion Concept on No Preservatives Added makes music of real life and sonic imagination. Beats, breathes, cycles, syncopations and synchronizations--dances, stances, gestures, textures—rhythmic physicality and melodic extrapolation--expressive, engaging improvisations of a masterful team, that proceed by ...

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Article: Interview

Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player

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The Queens Jazz Orchestra took the stage at Flushing Town Hall, a historic building in the jny: New York City borough dedicated to the arts, for an annual jazz concert celebrating the music of Charlie Parker and the career and life of Phil Schaap, a longtime Big Apple radio personality who hosted a show devoted to ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights

Read "Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


From early on, Buffalo attracted musicians as a place to live and pursue their artistic endeavors—and they were excellent ones: Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Pete Johnson, and Stuff Smith. Dodo Greene, two masters of polyrhythm, Frankie Dunlop and Clarence Becton, as well as pianist and bassist Wade Legge grew up here. Two distinctive voices on ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

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Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Igor Butman: dalla Russia con Jazz.

Read "Igor Butman: dalla Russia con Jazz." reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Igor Butman è il jazzista russo di maggiore visbilità internazionale, grazie ad una carriera di successo che lo ha visto protagonista, in particolare, della costruzione di un ponte tra la scena Moscovita e quella Newyorchese. Grazie ad una mentalità globale ha trovato un equilibrio tra conoscenza della tradizione e immersione nel presente, che ha sviluppato anche ...

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Article: Album Review

Marcos Resende & Index: Marcos Resende & Index

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This debut, eponymous recording by Brazilian keyboard wizard Marcos Resende was recorded in Rio de Janeiro in late summer 1976. This was a truly glorious time for progressive instrumental music in Brazil, as you can hear in the discographies of Eumir Deodato, Marcos Valle, Airto Moreira and many other artists. Resende put together a ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...

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Article: Profile

Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

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If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece—Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the ...


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