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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Burt Bacharach, Joe Lovano & Ben Wolfe

Read "Burt Bacharach, Joe Lovano & Ben Wolfe" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 792nd Episode of Neon Jazz with bassist Ben Wolfe's brilliant album Unjust. From there, we hear from Ben's long-time collaborator, Harry Connick, Jr. with their take on “Stompin' at the Savoy" from the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack. We also hear new music from Tarmu Jazz Quartet, Matt Greenwood, Matt Lockett and Daniel ...


Article: Liner Notes

Charnett Moffett: The Bridge

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Solo bass records are rare, and might seem to appeal mostly to bassists and bass aficionados. But on The Bridge Charnett Moffett, the charismatic bass virtuoso with an impressive past and equally brilliant future, has proven here — without benefit of a band--that his music can touch anyone who loves music, regardless of instrumentation or genre. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Harry Connick, Jr., Ahmad Jamal & Eric Vloeimans

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From the mind of Dutch trumpet master Eric Vloeimans we begin the new 784th Episode of Neon Jazz. As 2022 comes to a close, we profile new music from several Kansas City natives including Eddie Moore and Matt Villinger as well as David Bloom and Tomas Janzon. Piano maestro Ahmad Jamal celebrates his prowess in a ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Joanna Pearl of SoulCal

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Meet Joanna Pearl of SoulCal With influences ranging from Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Tower of Power, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and Donna Summer to Bruno Mars, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Teena Marie, Jill Scott and Whitney Houston, SoulCal is a 10-piece Soul/R&B/Funk show band. The jny: San Diego-based ensemble, is the brainchild of Vas ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Bird Songs, Tripping Fantásia, Real Harmony & Klezmer-Hop

Read "Bird Songs, Tripping Fantásia, Real Harmony & Klezmer-Hop" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Alex Bird & the Jazz Mavericks You Are the Light and the Way Self-Produced 2021 You Are the Light and the Way presents an interesting challenge for a writer. Twelve new songs by Canadian vocalist Alex Bird (lyrics and music) and keyboardist Ewan Farncombe (music and ...


Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...


Article: Book Review

What, and Give Up Showbiz?

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What, and Give Up Showbiz: Six Decades in the Music Business Fred Taylor (with Richard Vacca) 276 Pages 978-1493051847 Backbeat Books 2020 In his upcoming biography (December, 2020), What, and Give Up Showbiz?: Six Decades in the Music Business, jny: Boston's late legendary and iconic music impresario Fred ...

Article: Album Review

Benny Benack III: A Lot of Livin' to Do

Read "A Lot of Livin' to Do" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non ancora trentenne Benny Benack III conferma il talento espresso nell'esordio di tre anni fa One of a Kind, con un album frizzante e coinvolgente, dove ritroviamo la baldanza del trombettista neo bop e l'esuberanza del vocalist in equilibrio tra crooner e vocalese. Il rischio d'essere scambiato come un epigono di Harry Connick ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Bennett, John Coltrane, Freddy Cole and More

Read "Daniel Bennett, John Coltrane, Freddy Cole and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

As we continue our coverage of the COVID-19 jazz world this week we focus in particular on a group of musicians fighting for change and releasing albums during the pandemic. We begin with New York City multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bennett. We also profile John Lamkin, Pearl Django, JD Walter and Jimmy Greene. Finally, we pay tribute to ...


Article: Album Review

Derrick Gardner & The Big dig! Band: Still I Rise

Read "Still I Rise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, a Chicagoan who has performed around the world with a who's who of jazz luminaries from Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster to Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr., to name only a few, traveled to Winnipeg, Canada, to assemble and record his Big Dig! Band, several sizes removed from ...


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