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Rez Abbasi: A Throw Of Dice

Read "A Throw Of Dice" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Rez Abbasi has written a score for a 1929 movie—not an everyday jazz endeavor, but that is what the guitarist/composer does with his thirteenth recording. This after-the-fact soundtrack composing, though rare, is not unprecedented. In 2015 guitarist Aram Bajakian wrote and self produced a recording--an unofficial soundtrack--to the 1969 Soviet film The Color Of Pomegranates, an ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero

Read "Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

German-born and US-based pianist, author and composer Monika Herzig released her most accomplished work to date the sublime Sheroes in March of 2018. This cohesive album is a celebration of women in music and particularly jazz, on it Herzig's group of women instrumentalists stimulatingly interpret several originals and two covers. Herzig has a doctorate in music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Monika Herzig: Sheroes

Read "Sheroes" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist and composer Monika Herzig pays tribute to women in jazz, on her captivating Sheroes. The artistically superlative, all-female band explores various cadences, harmonies and moods on this exquisite album, all the while deftly maintaining thematic unity. Eight of the tracks are originals by ensemble members, and two are Herzig-arranged covers. These are the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Sun Ra Arkestra Headlines 2nd Annual Beacon Jazz Festival -- June 25, Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY

Sun Ra Arkestra Headlines 2nd Annual Beacon Jazz Festival -- June 25, Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY

The legendary cosmic jazz of Sun Ra Arkestra—under the direction of their longtime, nonagenarian alto saxophonist, Marshall Allen—headlines the second annual Beacon Jazz Festival. Sponsored by Birches Associates and once more celebrating this quintessential American music, alongside the distilleries, craft vendors, culture and natural splendor of the Hudson Valley, the second Beacon Jazz Festival will take ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise

Read "Almost Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suddenly, it seems, the state of Israel has become a focal point and incubator for contemporary jazz. A new wave of world-class musicians led by the three Cohens (not to be confused with Broadway's three Cohans) has crossed the ocean to plant the Israeli flag firmly in the midst of what was once considered an unassailable ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Sixth Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival In Brooklyn, Taking Place June 9 And 16 In The Urban Meadow

big bang productions presents the sixth annual RED HOOK JAZZ FESTIVAL on two consecutive Sundays, June 9 and June 16 in the Urban Meadow, a community garden on the Columbia Waterfront District. Both days start at 1pm and end at 6pm. Celebrating its sixth installment of this homegrown jazz festival, this year's line-up features some of ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra

Read "DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

DIVA Jazz OrchestraJohnny Mandel: The Man and His MusicArbors Jazz2010 Note to NARAS members: please do not cast your vote for Best Big Band Album of 2011 without first having listened to Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded in concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Farber and His Orchestra: This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Read "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's like strutting down memory lane. Andy Farber and His Orchestra present 14 big band pieces with This Could Be the Start of Something Big. A product of Long Island, Farber grew up listening to Art Blakey and Miles Davis. He began attending jazz workshops at the age of 10 and developed into a ...


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