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Jerome Kern - pianist, composer (1885 - 1945) A colossus of the American Musical Theater, Jerome Kern was born in New York City on Jan. 27, 1885. His first music teacher was his pianist-mother. He later studied at the New York College of Music as well as in Europe. After working in the London theater, Kern returned to America, where the only work he could find was as a song plugger and pianist with a music publishing company. From 1905 to 1908 he was associated with a music company, rising to the vice presidency. He married Eva Leale in 1910, and they had a daughter. His first published score was an operetta, The Red Petticoat (1912). Between 1914 and 1929 Kern was represented on Broadway by at least one show a season

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Article: Book Review

Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire

Read "Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


There Was a Fire-Jews Musica and the American Dream [Nuova edizione] Ben Sidran 404 pagine ISBN: # 978-0-578-77359-9 Nardis Books 2021 Esce in queste settimane negli Stati Uniti la nuova edizione—revisionata e aggiornata a tutto il 2020—del fondamentale volume di Ben Sidran del 2012, che delinea il contributo ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

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Article: Album Review

Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020

Read "Suite: April 2020" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


"Suite: April 2020 è un'istantanea musicale della vita nel mondo in cui ci siamo trovati tutti. Ho cercato di ritrarre al pianoforte alcune esperienze e sensazioni che sono allo stesso tempo nuove e comuni a molti di noi." Con queste parole di una semplicità disarmante Brad Mehldau introduce in una nota di presentazione il suo terzo ...

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Article: Album Review

Erroll Garner: Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern

Read "Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern" reviewed by Chris May


The British newspaper The Times once nailed Abdullah Ibrahim's appeal thus: “There are few musicians in jazz who can make you feel that essentially all is right in the world." The late Erroll Garner is another pianist whose music could be similarly described. You might argue that Ibrahim's task is harder, because much of his work ...

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Article: Album Review

Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020

Read "Suite: April 2020" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


All great artists rise to the need of the current moment and pianist Brad Mehldau, fully aware of our dire need for some sense of order amid a daily barrage of chaos on all possible fronts, rises with Suite: April 2020 a serene, solo recital recorded while sheltering with his family in their home in Amsterdam. ...

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Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Cabaret singer? Jazz singer? Pop singer? The splendid debut from Israeli singer Naama Gheber recalls a time when such distinctions were utterly without meaning. “Dearly Beloved" finds her inhabiting the same territory as such classic crossover singers as June Christy, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. Of course, for that generation, jazz WAS ...

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Article: Album Review

Jim Beard / Jon Herington: Chunks And Chairknobs

Read "Chunks And Chairknobs" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


The seeds for Chunks and Chairknobs were planted for guitarist Jon Herington and pianist Jim Beard a few years prior to its recording, while they were on a break from their touring duties with Steely Dan. The two took the opportunity to do something they had never done over the course of their 40 plus-year friendship—work ...

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Article: Live Review

Jost–Adler Ensemble at Jefferson Alumni Hall

Read "Jost–Adler Ensemble at Jefferson Alumni Hall" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Jost-Adler Ensemble “Taking Flight" Tuesdays at Twelve Concert Series Jefferson Alumni Hall Philadelphia, PA February 11, 2020 Paul Jost is an innovative vocalist whose rhythmic and exploratory approach has garnered him a special status among his peers and led to an expansive career of recordings and ...

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Article: Album Review

The Alex Levin Trio: A Sunday Kind of Love

Read "A Sunday Kind of Love" reviewed by Don Phipps


There is a dinner jazz quality to A Sunday Kind of Love by the Alex Levin Trio. And even though there is no pretense of art here, the infectious happiness of the album would certainly destress anyone who has had a rough day. Pianist Levin composed five of the ten numbers on the album, and he ...


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