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~Pianist Jonathan Batiste is a member of a long lineage of musicians from the Batiste family of Louisiana. He was introduced to music by his family's band, the Batiste Brothers Band, in which he played percussion/drums at age 8. He switched to piano around the age of 12. By the age of 17, he released the first of his two CDs as a leader entitled "Times In New Orleans" featuring New Orleans musicians Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Jr., and Christian Scott. By then he was already attracting considerable attention as a young musician of great talent and potential. In 2004 he graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as a prime young performer


Article: In Pictures

Anthony Hervey with the John Toomey Trio at the Attucks Jazz Club

Read "Anthony Hervey with the John Toomey Trio at the Attucks Jazz Club" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Anthony Hervey may be fairly new on the jazz scene but he plays the trumpet with the chops of an older experienced player. A graduate of the Julliard School in 2020, Hervey has been a first-call sideman for Christian McBride, m :Jon Batiste, Michael Buble and Wynton Marsalis among others. His musical prowess was not only ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ibrahim Maalouf: a Conversation on Harmony, Heritage, and Hope

Read "Ibrahim Maalouf: a Conversation on Harmony, Heritage, and Hope" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On trumpet virtuoso and international superstar Ibrahim Maalouf. Ibrahim is exactly the type of artist we love hosting on the podcast--sensitive, open and unwilling to be limited by genre or expectations. His work mixes jazz, pop, classical, electronic, Middle Eastern, and African influences into a cosmopolitan sound all his own. ...


Article: In Pictures

Renewing the Legacy: The Day 2 Musical Odyssey at the Newport Jazz Festival

Read "Renewing the Legacy: The Day 2 Musical Odyssey at the Newport Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Day 1 | Day 2 | Part 3 The first day at the Newport showcased a multitude of performers who could be described as “beyond jazz" or “jazz adjacent." Their performances were greeted enthusiastically, and they added a palpable energy and a festive vibe. In the last two days of the festival, the balance ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Betty Carter, Kate Bush Jazz Covers & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Betty Carter, Kate Bush Jazz Covers & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Mira Choquette, Felipe Salles, Joanie Pallato, Adam Beaudoin, Soyoung Park, Dara Tucker, with singles from Staci Griesbach and Samara Joy. In the first hour a set of Kate Bush jazz covers to celebrate her recent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus birthday shoutouts to Betty Carter, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Braxton Cook: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

Read "Braxton Cook: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?" reviewed by Leo Sidran

While almost everyone is sharing the most polished and curated versions of themselves, Braxton Cook is asking “Who Are You When No One Is Watching?"Actually, as it turns out, it's a question he's asking of himself, and in a somewhat postmodern and ironic twist, he's doing it quite publicly on his new record, called ...


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Album Review

Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes

Read "Finding The Right Notes" reviewed by Chris May

On October 21st 2022, America's PBS channel screened a two-hour documentary about the life and work of Ron Carter titled Finding The Right Notes. This seventy-three minute CD is the soundtrack. It is a beauty, a roll-around-in feast of Carter's inimitable, sumptuous bass. The ten tracks, recorded between 2014 and 2021 in Europe ...


Article: Album Review

Celeste: Not Your Muse

Read "Not Your Muse" reviewed by Chris May

The mega-concert staged in front of London's Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2022 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee was not an obvious save-the-date event for British jazz fans or non-monarchists. It was, however, brilliantly staged, and worth watching for that reason alone. And as it turned out, it contained three-and-a-half minutes of transcendent song ...


Article: Rising Stars

Meet Trumpeter Anthony Hervey

Read "Meet Trumpeter Anthony Hervey" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Anthony Hervey was in the sixth grade when he discovered jazz. “My mother encouraged me to play trumpet because my grandfather played trumpet," he said. “I was very reluctant to do so, but she convinced me to do it and said I could quit after a ...


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