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Article: Interview

Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player

Read "Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


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

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


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

Read "Marcos Resende & Index" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


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

Read "Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy" reviewed by Doug Hall


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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News: Recording

Jazz Legend Grover Washington, Jr. Commemorative Vinyl To Be Released

Jazz Legend Grover Washington, Jr. Commemorative Vinyl To Be Released

Lightyear Entertainment announces that it will release a commemorative double vinyl of beloved artist Grover Washington, Jr. on Black Friday for Record Store Day. This release marks 20 years since the passing of the immensely popular artist who was largely responsible for creating a bridge between jazz and R&B. Grover was well loved by his fans ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Just because you're improvising doesn't mean you're playing jazz."

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Just because you're improvising doesn't mean you're playing jazz."" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on his early development, the journey through music schools, cruise ships and merengue bands that ultimately led him to New York, exploring one's personal identity through music, teaching jazz in a non conservatory environment, Sesame Street, and a casual analysis of saxophone on popular recordings in the '80s. He also discusses his new ...

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Article: Interview

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection

Read "Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection" reviewed by Duncan Heining


So, Down Beat picks your record, The Poetry of Jazz, as one of its year-end top three. You put out a second volume, which is similarly well-received. Now here's the conundrum. Do you lock into the niche and follow up with more of the same? Or do you go for broke with that program masterpiece you ...


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