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JoAnne Brackeen

Whatever the musical setting—whether solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet—pianist Joanne Brackeen's unique style of playing commands attention. In addition to her captivating and complex improvisations, she has written intricate, rhythmically daring compositions in a wide stylistic range. She is a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Berklee guest professor at the New School in New York City. Brackeen was a child prodigy who at age 11, learned to play the piano in six months by transcribing eight Frankie Carle solos. By 12, she was already performing professionally

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ada Rovatti: True Artist

Read "Ada Rovatti: True Artist" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

For Ada Rovatti, a saxophonist whose musical journey took her from her homeland of Italy, then inevitably to the United States, the road taken has not always been easy. A bright and sensitive artist, she can have misgivings about her work at times. But that work, with other bands or the leading voice on ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Popsicle Illusion and Sweet Summer Love

Read "Popsicle Illusion and Sweet Summer Love" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This midsummer broadcast Included new releases from vocalists Lori Williams, Barb Jungr and Lisa Rich, pianists George Cables, Hiroe Sekine, and a 10th anniversary reissue from bassist John Miller, with birthday shout outs to Jazz Masters Annie Ross and Joanne Brackeen, plus vocalists Lainie Cooke, Janis Siegel, Nnenna Freelon, Karrin Allyson and Carla Hassett, among others. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday

Read "Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from bassist Nicki Parrott, pianist Anat Fort and vocalists Judy Wexler, Georgia Mancio, Paul Jost and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shout outs to Fats Waller at the top of the show, Peggy Lee, Jackie Cain and Miles Davis in the second hour, plus Sheryl Bailey, Cynthia Sayer and Denise Donatelli, among ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stan Getz: Getz At The Gate

Read "Getz At The Gate" reviewed by Chris May

Connoisseurs of Stan Getz continue to get lucky with newly discovered live recordings. The last was Moments In Time (Resonance, 2016), a single CD documenting parts of a week-long residency with a quartet including pianist JoAnne Brackeen in San Francisco in 1976. Getz At The Gate, recorded fifteen years earlier, is another substantial addition ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world. One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ralph Peterson's GenNext Big Band: I Remember Bu

Read "I Remember Bu" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 1983, Art Blakey invited fellow timekeeper Ralph Peterson to perform with Blakey's two-drummer big band at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. It was a life-changing experience for Peterson, whose debut album with his Boston-based GenNext Big Band, I Remember Bu, honors Blakey's memory (the late drummer's Muslim name was Abdullah ibn Buhaina, and he was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Francisco Mela: Ancestros

Read "Ancestros" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

One of the many fine musicians coming out of Cuba, Francisco Mela is an accomplished drummer/percussionist and composer. On Ancestros, his debut on the vinyl-only subscription label Newvelle, he has contributed seven original compositions to a collection that includes covers from Andrew Hill and Paul Motian. The album name--and its title track--are appropriated from Mela's prior ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen

Read "Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 10, 2018 It would have been Thelonious Monk's 101st birthday this year, but the pianist and composer has not lost his luster over the years. Every year SFJAZZ celebrates his birthday with a concert. ...


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