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Article: Interview

Russell Malone: Guitar Master

Read "Russell Malone: Guitar Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"People make too big of a deal about being self taught. Because nobody is completely self taught," ruminates Russell Malone, one of the best loved jazz guitarists by both fans and critics. His sound is full and rich; his fingers fleet,the ideas springing from his head to his hands with speed and dexterity. But the origins ...

Article: Album Review

Dee Dee Bridgewater - Irvin Mayfield - The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Dee Dee's Feathers

Read "Dee Dee's Feathers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tornata a vivere negli Stati Uniti dopo molti anni di residenza parigina, Dee Dee Bridgewater ha inciso un nuovo disco, affidandosi alla guida di un produttore, cosa cha aveva sempre rifiutato nella sua vita professionale da leader. “Negli States non mi concederebbero mai un contratto da produttore -diceva anni fa in un'intervista-Essere in mano a un ...


Article: Book Review

A Biographical Guide To the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

Read "A Biographical Guide To the Great Jazz and Pop Singers" reviewed by David Rickert

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop SingersWill FriedwaldHardcover; 811 pagesISBN: 9780375421495Pantheon Books2010 Be prepared to spend a fair amount of extra money if you pick up Will Friedwald's A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. Friedwald, one of ...


Article: Interview

Dana Lauren: Songs From Her Heart

Read "Dana Lauren: Songs From Her Heart" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

What does it take for someone who has been singing since she was a toddler--and had her sights set singing as a vocation since in elementary school--to make a strong go of it? Great focus and a strong will would be necessary traits. Willingness to learn and a thick skin would also be valuable, particularly in ...


Article: Interview

John Pizzarelli: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

Read "John Pizzarelli: A Tribute to Duke Ellington" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

John Pizzarelli is a man of many talents. Singer, guitarist, bandleader and arranger, depending on the circumstances Pizzarelli can step into any or all of these roles and perform at the highest level. Coming from one of the most successful families in jazz, his brother [Martin Pizzarelli] being an accomplished bassist and father the legendary seven-string ...


Article: Big Band Report

Brett Favre Isn't The Only Comeback Kid

Read "Brett Favre Isn't The Only Comeback Kid" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The ink was barely dry on last month's report that trumpeter Rob Parton had decided to break up his superlative Chicago-based JazzTech Big Band after more than twenty years at the helm before Parton was back with a brand new ensemble, one whose purpose, he says, “is to mirror that of the European Radio Orchestras where ...


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