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Kenny Washington

One of the many young hard-bop revivalists to have arrived on the scene in the late '70s and early ‘80s, Washington has been in particular demand by much older musicians, playing with such legendary veterans as Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, and Tommy Flanagan. Born in Brooklyn, Washington studied with the former Dizzy Gillespie drummer Rudy Collins and attended New York's LaGuardia High School for Music & Art. Washington worked with Konitz while still in his teens, recording with the saxophonist's nonet in 1977. He worked with Carter from 1978-9 and Griffin from 1980

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series is back. After all and, sadly, the pandemic is everything but over so our need for soothing and uplifting music is greater than ever. As usual, we've asked a number of prominent jazz musicians to share with our readers the music they rely for encouragement. For this instalment the selectors were ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Excuse My Dust- -Dorothy Parker Returns to New York

Read "Excuse My Dust- -Dorothy Parker Returns to New York" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

To celebrate the return of Dorothy Parker's ashes to her native New York, we open with a new version of Mrs. Parker's classic “I Wished On The Moon," performed by Diana Krall, along with new releases from saxophonist Teodross Avery, vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, violinist Tomoko Omura, pianist Maggie Herron and the Flying ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Romance in the Dark - Celebrating Bettye LaVette's Latest Release

Read "Romance in the Dark - Celebrating Bettye LaVette's Latest Release" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Included are new releases from Bettye LaVette (pictured), Champian Fulton, Nubya Garcia, The Moore-McColl Jazz Society and Kenny Washington plus singles from Emilie-Claire Barlow & Bocana and Sue Maskaleris with more birthday shoutouts to Charlie Parker (100!), Hilary Gardner, Naomi Moon Siegel, Russ Kassoff, Jimmy Rowles and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Washington: What's The Hurry

Read "What's The Hurry" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Despite what many may think, there's no prescribed timeline for firsts and career milestones. Some artists decide to initially take the reins to record when they're 18. Others only get around to doing it when they're 80. The bottom line: The right time is the right time, and nobody should worry about getting there before they're ...

Muse Records: Ten Smoking Hot Albums

Read "Muse Records: Ten Smoking Hot Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Alone among the other great jazz labels of the 1960s and 1970s—Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Atlantic—Joe Fields' Muse is rarely anthologised, written about or otherwise celebrated. Yet like its peers, Muse was prolific, releasing over 200 premium-grade albums during the 1970s, its most active decade, alone. This relative obscurity is ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In part 1 and part 2 of the Women in Jazz series, we looked at the historical marginalization of women in jazz from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blanch Calloway in the 1920s to Tia Fuller in 2019. Part 2 focused on several prominent pioneering artists including the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, and Melba ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Swana and the Philly All-Stars: Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Swana and the Philly All-Stars: Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Swana and the Philly All-Stars Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA February 22, 2020 This first set on the second night of a two night stand with a packed house featured three superb and well-known hard bop masters backed by a local rhythm section ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

In The Moment

Read "In The Moment" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The trail of splendid hard bop influenced recordings extends well beyond the genre's heyday of the 1950s and '60s. A case in point is trumpeter John Swana's appropriately titled In The Moment. The 1996 release on the Criss Cross Jazz imprint merits the exalted status of its celebrated predecessors. Captured in a one-day studio session, despite ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicholas Payton: Relaxin' with Nick

Read "Relaxin' with Nick" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

This percolating trio date of brothers from different riff mothers—bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and Nicholas Payton—is a bit misleading. In this setting Payton is a quartet unto himself, sailing with his trumpet while playing elegant piano/Fender Rhodes, electronics, and the occasional rap/vocal that we needn't discuss pro or con. Given all that, Relaxin' with ...


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