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Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

London-based singer and songwriter Jo Harrop has a winner here. Her lyrics are intelligent and her voice is stunning, sure, smoky and playful as required on the baker's dozen tracks. It includes nine originals, written with a solid team of frequent collaborators, and four covers. She explores the vagueries of life, loss, romance and renewed purpose. ...

News: Performance / Tour

Swinging jazz, no holds barred

Swinging jazz, no holds barred

The Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto quartet's weekly gig at the Barrel Room in downtown Fort Myers FL always has a surprise or two, and the Thursday, May 26 edition was no exception. Drummer Jim White, a close friend and occasional band-mate of trumpeter Miller's since 1987 when they were freshmen at the University of North Texas ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Casting her musical net far and wide

Casting her musical net far and wide

Singer Halie Loren covered the jazz and popular music waterfront—-on the waterfront—-in a Sunday, May 15, matinee concert at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Pojnt campus in Osprey FL. She took the afternoon's music in some surprising directions, putting all sorts of music in a jazz context, delivered with a clear voice and deep understanding of the ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Rooted in tradition, with personal, modern twists

Rooted in tradition, with personal, modern twists

Hammond B-3 player Tony Monaco's music is rooted in a mighty tradition, but isn't stuck there. He can take the B-3 to church, and even into pioneer Jimmy Smith's “chicken shack sound" when he wants, but he is also stretching his sound into something fresh and tasty. Credit that to his own modern twists—-with a healthy ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Makoto Ozone: Back on the road, with love

Makoto Ozone: Back on the road, with love

When Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone last visited New York City, a not-so-funny thing happened. He was in the Big Apple in January 2020, planning to visit friends in advance of his next scheduled trip, an April 2020 appearance with his trio at Dizzy's Club. “I was supposed to be there only for a few days, but ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Levity accompanies vintage jazz mastery

Levity accompanies vintage jazz mastery

Trombonist Herb Bruce and his Herbicide Jazz Band closed the Charlotte County Jazz Society's 2021-22 concert season on Monday, April 11 in Punta Gorda FL with a wide-ranging trip into the world of classic jazz. It featured a stage full of all-star players, accompanied between songs by the leader's self-deprecating humor. This was Herbicide's third visit ...

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News: Performance / Tour

The sheer joy of swinging jazz

The sheer joy of swinging jazz

You can hear it in the music, and you can see it in the faces. Jazz at its best touches the audience, and is celebrated deeply in the musical communion among its makers. No matter the age gap, or the almost immeasurable decades of experience by most participants. Such was the case on Sunday, April 11 ...

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News: Festival

Sarasota Jazz Festival hits 40 - under the stars

Sarasota Jazz Festival hits 40 - under the stars

It took an extra two years to get there, thanks to the pandemic. The Jazz Club of Sarasota's long-running jazz festival, held its 40th evening concert series March 16-19 with a wide range of talent—and a new venue. The bulk of the festival was moved from indoor venues in and near downtown Sarasota to Nathan Benderson ...

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News: Music Industry

Keeping Alive That Big-Band Swing And Spirit

Keeping Alive That Big-Band Swing And Spirit

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, led by trumpeter and singer David Pruyn, drew the Charlotte County Jazz Society's largest audience of the 2021-22 season for its hard-swinging concert on Monday, March 14. For the audience, and the players, it was a journey back in musical time to the big band era of the 1930s, '40s and early ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Standard fare freshened with enthusiasm

Standard fare freshened with enthusiasm

You can't go wrong with the standards, be they items from the Great American Songbook, Braziliana or tried-and-true jazz chestnuts. You just need a talented band to deliver them with a fresh stamp—and a healthy dose of enthusiasm. Such was the case on Friday, February 11, when the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto quintet performed in the ...


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