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If Cole Porter and George Gershwin penned the soundtrack of the city, then Hoagy Carmichael was the voice of America's heartland. His best-known songs are now American standards: "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind," "Heart and Soul".... Carmichael's career lasted four decades, and he penned hundreds of songs. Born Hoagland Howard Carmichael in Bloomington, Indiana, he grew up in very modest circumstances. His mother played piano for dances at local fraternity parties and at "silent" movies. Hoagy would tag along. Like a sponge, he absorbed music from his mother, from the visiting circuses, and from the black families and churches in his neighborhood


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Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX

Read "Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Bill Charlap Trio Jazz, TX San Antonio, Texas November 14, 2023 Back in March 2020, the Bill Charlap Trio featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington was the last act hosted by Jazz, TX before the pandemic shut everything down. They made a deep impression, and--nearly four years later--the club was ...


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Ted Piltzecker: Vibes on a Breath

Read "Vibes on a Breath" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though Ted Piltzecker is a splendid vibraphonist and ushers a group of Colorado's leading jazz musicians through its paces on Vibes on a Breath, it is his sparkling arrangements that carry the day on this delightful new album. Several members of Piltzecker's septet double, and he makes the most of that versatility, writing charts that ...


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Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

Litchfield Jazz Festival The Frederick Gunn School Washington CT July 28 to July 30, 2023 It's fitting that a festival set in a location as venerable-sounding as the Litchfield Hills deeply respects tradition. That commitment starts with the music styles it presents. While the Litchfield Jazz Festival isn't averse to going ...


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Sabino de Bari and Diana Torti: It's All We Have

Read "It's All We Have" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A working twosome since 2006, vocalist Diana Torti and guitarist Sabino de Bari reveal the many benefits of a long-standing musical partnership. While they have collaborated on many projects over the years, It's All We Have represents just their second duo album--and it is a fine one, with the creative melding of both artists' visions into ...


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Noah Haidu: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

A standard is defined as a musical composition that has become a part of the standard repetoire. The conventional wisdom suggests that this definition applies to popular songs of the twentieth century based on the premise that their popularity has lasted beyond the period of their initial publication. Pianist/composer Noah Haidu has taken this to heart ...


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Noah Haidu: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Neil Duggan

In 1983, Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette released the first of their album of standards, Standards Vol. 1 (ECM). The trio's harmonic ideas, insight and collective musicianship went on to become the benchmark for reworking these well- known American songs. Together they recorded 21 albums over three decades. Inspired by that trio's ...


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Buselli / Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: The Gennett Suite

Read "The Gennett Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This is where music for mass consumption--recorded music--started, in Richmond, Indiana, in the 1920s, in a piano factory by the railroad tracks in a glacier-carved gorge. Established in 1887, in the beginning Starr Pianos' bread and butter was pianos, but they branched out to selling other instruments and eventually photographs and records--their own records, recorded in ...


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Jae Sinnett's Zero to 60 Quartet: Commitment

Read "Commitment" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Commitment, drummer Jae Sinnett's nineteenth album as leader, is a generally admirable session wherein his Zero to 60 Quartet is in fact a Quintet on most numbers thanks to the inclusion of renowned trumpeter Randy Brecker who shares the front line with veteran saxophonist Steve Wilson. The quintet comes out smokin' on Sinnett's ...


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Lafayette Harris Jr.: Swingin' Up in Harlem

Read "Swingin' Up in Harlem" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It would cost top dollar to see and hear jazz musicians as busy and talented as pianist Lafayette Harris Jr., bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash up-close and personal. On Harris' new album, Swingin' Up in Harlem, the trio cannot be seen but can definitely be heard and appreciated, which is the next best thing. ...


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