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Internationally acclaimed, saxophonist, legend, Sir Edward “Kidd” Jordan was one of the true master improvisers. Born May 5, 1935 in Crowley, Louisiana, according to Indie Jazz, Jordan is, “probably, the single most under documented jazz musician of his generation, though…one of the busiest in the world.” A multi-reedist, he plays the baritone, soprano, C-melody and sopranino saxophones, as well as the contrabass and bass clarinet. For more than fifty years he has shared his gifts and passion for music. An educator, after thirty-four years, in 2006 Jordan retired as the chairman of the jazz studies program at Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO). Notably, he continues to serve as the artistic director of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp since its 1995 inception.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lina Allemano Four, Matthew Shipp Trio & Maneri/Leandre/Taborn

Read "Lina Allemano Four, Matthew Shipp Trio & Maneri/Leandre/Taborn" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

What's new? Lots of recent releases to dig into--from Toronto trumpeter Lina Allemano, Daniel Carter / William Parker / Leo Genovese / Francisco Mela for the first time, Matthew Shipp's re-release of em>Circular Temple, the trio of Mat Maneri, Joelle Leandre & Craig Taborn, Argentinean duo of bassist Nicolas Ojeda and pianist German Lema, Swedish quartet ...


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Two Previously Unreleased Gems from Abbey Rader's Catalogue

Read "Two Previously Unreleased Gems from Abbey Rader's Catalogue" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Abbey Rader is a restless improviser and a master of Eastern spirituality. His artistry and devotional practice are inextricable from one another. This union of meditative philosophy and spontaneous creativity gives Rader's style its uniqueness and his recordings their absorbing quality. In 2023 Rader released two live sessions on his own label that were recorded ...


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Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily

Read "Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Debuting this episode are new albums from bassist Michael Formanek and his Elusion Quartet (Tony Malaby, Kris Davis & Ches Smith), Illegal Crowns (Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Benoit Delbecq & Tomas Fujiwara, and the trio of {m: Vijay Iyer}}, Arooj Aftab & Shahzad Ismaily with their Love In Exile. I expect to see all of ...


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Lesley Mok, M.E.B., Gebhard Ullmann & Andre Carvalho

Read "Lesley Mok, M.E.B., Gebhard Ullmann & Andre Carvalho" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This edition could be compared to a tasting menu at some hip London restaurant--a taste of this, a taste of that. Sampled this time around are new releases from Portuguese label Clean Feed guitarist Andre Carvalho and the Space Quartet), Italian band Mr. Noe, new English ensemble Uroboro, saxophonist Kevin Sun's The Depths Of Memory, German ...


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Tony Williams, Miles Electric Band & Wadada Leo Smith

Read "Tony Williams, Miles Electric Band & Wadada Leo Smith" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 801st Episode of Neon Jazz with the legendary trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith joined by his Orange Wave Electric honor the late, great Tony Williams. We follow that opener with a song from the early '70s Life Time. We also get some hip, new jazz infused music from Girls in Airports, Emily Braden and ...


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Live from the Village Vanguard

Read "Live from the Village Vanguard" reviewed by David Brown

I was at the Village Vanguard in NYC on Tuesday to hear Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and her captivating quintet. With that experience in mind, tonight's lineup will showcase live recordings from this world-famous venue from Chucho Valdes to John Coltrane to The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra. Then, works from Arturo and Chico ...

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Dopolarians: The Bond

Read "The Bond" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Rispetto alla formazione che diede alle stampe l'ottimo Garden Party, ci sono due avvicendamenti: Brian Blade sostituisce Alvin Fielder, storico batterista membro dell'AACM, deceduto pochi mesi dopo quell'incisione e il trombettista Mark Franklin al posto del veterano sassofonista Kidd Jordan. Ma lo spirito e l'approccio rimangono gli stessi, un dialogo aperto tra musicisti di generazioni differenti ...


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Chad Fowler / Matthew Shipp: Old Stories

Read "Old Stories" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Call it kismet, karma, astral influence or just plain luck, but when two musicians instantaneously click upon meeting, magic happens. Indeed, that was the case with the coming together of saxophonist Chad Fowler and pianist Matthew Shipp. The New York-based Shipp is ,of course, well known to adventurous listeners from his solo and trio recordings, plus ...


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Joel Futterman & Steve Hirsh: Warp & Weft

Read "Warp & Weft" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and modern Buddhist practitioners have all grappled with the concept of consciousness. On one hand, the science-oriented folk propose consciousness to be stuff that designates the 'me' inside a person vis-à-vis the world, whereas the more spiritual approach eschews a dualistic definition in favor of a universal or 'one' consciousness. If we take ...


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