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Beginning his career as a teacher of classical music, Kenny Kirkland next became a jazz musician. Later he emerged from his jazz chrysalis as a practitioner of exotic pop/rock music and finally shed his wings to follow the mundane but financially more stable profession of studio musician. Kirkland was an associate of Wynton Marsalis, it is not surprising therefore that the five years Kirkland spent working for him (1981-85) should have been such a powerful influence on him. He was born Kenneth David Kirkland in Brooklyn, New York, on 28 September, 1955, and took up piano at the age of six. The enthusiasm and urgency Kirkland applied to his piano lessons at such an early age, confirmed that his life was to be devoted to music, "although it wasn't until I was 13 that it actually caught on for me," he remembered

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Article: Live Review

Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves

Read "Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Nat Reeves Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR April 11, 2021 The April 2022 edition of Ted Ludwig's “Jazz At The Joint" welcomed Hartford, Connecticut-centered bassist Nat Reeves to The Joint's stage in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Reeves has spent the last 40 years performing and recording with the ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Ode to a Tenor Titan

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, “Going Solo, The Pittbull and The EWI" from Bill Milkowski's Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker (Backbeat Books, 2022). By early 1986, Michael began formulating plans for his long-overdue solo debut. He was 37, a universally respected ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by John Chacona


Why is Fred Hersch not sufficiently mentioned among the great jazz pianists? It could be a generational thing. At 66, Hersch is an eminent tweener, too old to qualify as the Hot New Thing and too young to be an Elder Statesman. He's in good company there with fellow sexagenarians Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, ...

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Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Meet Larry Tamanini, Jostein Gulbrandsen, Joe Finn, Jon Hemmersam

Read "Meet Larry Tamanini, Jostein Gulbrandsen, Joe Finn, Jon Hemmersam" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous. This is the third installment in a series that introduces you to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each fielded the same questions and recommended a video. Larry Tamanini Meet Larry Tamanini who hails from jny: Philadelphia. He is a steady fixture ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Kirkland

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Kirkland

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Kirkland's birthday today! Beginning his career as a teacher of classical music, Kenny Kirkland next became a jazz musician. Later he emerged from his jazz chrysalis as a practitioner of exotic pop/rock music and finally shed his wings to follow the mundane but financially more stable profession of studio musician. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of great tunes that--for a reason or another--were concealed to great effect but also never received the attention they deserved. We'll try to remedy that focusing on ghost-tracks, and other ghostly jazz. We were supposed to select ten tunes... but there were at least thirteen more, plus a couple more ghost-related tunes. ...

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Article: Album Review

Noah Haidu: Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett

Read "Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


American poet Walt Whitman said it. Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan said it, too, on his Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia Records, 2020). They said: “I Contain Multitudes." Pianist Keith Jarrett also contains multitudes—though it has never been reported that he has said so. Those multitudes include early work with the groups of drummer Art Blakey, ...

Article: Album Review

Noah Haidu, Buster Williams, Billy Hart: Slowly

Read "Slowly" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo il progetto multimediale dedicato a Kenny Kirkland (Doctone, Sunnyside 2020), Noah Haidu dedica un omaggio a Keith Jarrett, altro pianista che ha svolto un ruolo significativo nella sua formazione. L'elemento scatenante in questa scelta è stato l'annuncio di quest'ultimo di non poter più suonare dopo i due ictus che l'hanno colpito nel ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Ghosts In The Machine, Part 3: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music

Read "Ghosts In The Machine, Part 3: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Part 3: The GhostsIn a recent essay in Commentary, Terry Teachout, arts and culture critic for the Wall Street Journal, makes an argument for the date on which the jazz era officially ended and the rock/pop era began--May 9, ...


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