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Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound

Read "Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To nurture a sound on one's instrument--a personal voice--that is instantly recognizable, is not necessarily easy. It can be especially hard if following in a line of historical heavy hitters. Meilana Gillard, the Ohio-raised, Northern Ireland-based tenor saxophonist has been compared to Johnny Hodges, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Lovano and Branford ...

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Giulia Cianca: la parola all'improvvisazione

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La giovane cantante romana Giulia Cianca è comparsa quasi all'improvviso sulla scena jazzistica registrando in un paio d'anni diversi lavori per la New Ethic Society, un'associazione con finalità artistiche e culturali, ma anche sociali e politiche, promossa da Marco Colonna. In quei lavori la cantante ha messo in luce uno stile davvero molto personale e non ...


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Olivier Samouillan: A Journey Through Jazz History, From Swing to Bebop and Beyond

Read "Olivier Samouillan: A Journey Through Jazz History, From Swing to Bebop and Beyond" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

In the world of music, few journeys are as enriching and eclectic as that of Olivier Samouillan. Born in 1976 in the vibrant city of jny:Toulouse, Samouillan has carved a path through the realms of jazz, classical and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on each genre he touches. From his formative years at the Conservatory of ...


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Yogev Shetrit: A Jazz Journey Through Diverse Traditions

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In the vibrant world of jazz, Yogev Shetrit, a drummer and composer from Israel, stands out as a multifaceted artist, seamlessly blending diverse influences to create music that captivates audiences worldwide. From his early fascination with rhythm to his deep-rooted connection to Moroccan tradition, Shetrit's musical journey is as rich and dynamic as the melodies he ...


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McCoy Mrubata: The Doyen of South African Jazz

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At 64, McCoy Mrubata is a commanding presence on the South African jazz scene. A Cape Town native who now resides in Johannesburg along with his wife and four children, Mrubata has won many awards and accolades in his native country, including a lifetime achievement award. Yet, Mrubata remains a lesser known figure in the US. ...


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Jon Burlingame on Peter Gunn

Jon Burlingame on Peter Gunn

In the late 1950s, millions of Americans were undergoing a midlife crisis. From their perspective, rock 'n' roll had turned their kids into teenage adversaries who took all of their hard work during World War II and the post-war years for granted. As baby boomers aged and the culture began shifting to a younger demographic, many ...


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Scott Thomson Takes Over at FIMAV: Seeking a Balance Between Continuity and Change

Read "Scott Thomson Takes Over at FIMAV: Seeking a Balance Between Continuity and Change" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

At the 2023 edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, all the talk was about the future of the festival after founding artistic director Michel Levasseur announced that he was stepping down after 40 years and 39 editions of the event. Who would take over as artistic director? Who was even qualified to ...


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Clint Maedgen: Life Before & With Preservation Hall

Read "Clint Maedgen: Life Before & With Preservation Hall" reviewed by Thomas Cole

My first memories of listening to music as a kid? I was probably listening to Fats Domino and rock 'n' roll on the radio. The power of AM radio at that time in the '70s was a huge foundational influence on me, as it has been for a lot of people in those days. And sittin' ...


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Lorne Lofsky: Steward of the Canadian Guitar Tradition

Read "Lorne Lofsky: Steward of the Canadian Guitar Tradition" reviewed by John Chacona

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky rocketed to fame when It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records, 1981), his debut release as a leader, was produced by fellow Canadian Oscar Peterson. Lofsky has since toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians from all around the world, including Peterson, but his hometown of jny: Toronto has been his ...


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Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified

Read "Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

This article was first published on All About Jazz on March 9, 2015. Albert “Tootie" Heath is among the drummers who lived--and thrived--during what many call the golden age of jazz, the '40s, '50, early '60s. He's enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He ...


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