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South Florida Jazz Orchestra: Cheap Thrills: The Music Of Rick Margitza

Read "Cheap Thrills: The Music Of Rick Margitza" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

The concept of a large, tightly-knit big band in a recording studio, on a concert or jazz club stage may just be a plug-in memory in today's environment. Fortunately there is the fifteenth anniversary recording of The South Florida Jazz Orchestra directed by bassist/bandleader Chuck Bergeron, entitled Cheap Thrills: The Music Of Rick Margitza, to remind ...

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Francesca Gaza: Lilac for People

Read "Lilac for People" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Lilac for People is the debut release from singer, composer and arranger Francesca Gaza, an artist currently based in Switzerland and Italy. Imaginative, beautiful and superbly performed, the album is inspired by the seasons and by the myth of Demetra and Persephone. There are two songs per season and, says Gaza, every story “is in my ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Susanna Risberg: Bold As Love

Read "Susanna Risberg: Bold As Love" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Listen to Susanna Risberg playing and it doesn't take long to realize that the twenty-eight-year-old Swedish guitarist is a bit special. Despite her relatively young years Risberg has been gigging for fifteen years already, turning more than a few heads along the way with a style that is unflashy yet exciting, technically impressive yet emotionally keen. ...

Tyler Blanton: Gotham

Read "Tyler Blanton: Gotham" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Tyler Blanton is a young vibraphonist and composer whose second album, Gotham, is nothing short of remarkable. The great playing by Blanton and his extraordinarily talented young band aside, Blanton's compositions are really what sets Gotham apart from the vast majority of new recordings by equally wonderful young jazz musicians. One can only guess that New ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Martin Wind Quartet at Kitano

Read "Martin Wind Quartet at Kitano" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Martin Wind Quartet Jazz at Kitano New York, NY May 31, 2014 It was a clear, warm late spring evening in Manhattan, and Jazz at Kitano, by now a familiar part of the New York nightclub scene, provided a perfect setting for a CD release event, a place with great ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzahead! 2014

Read "Jazzahead! 2014" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead! 2014 Bremen, Germany April 24-27, 2014 It's hard to imagine, with diminishing music sales, the emergence of streaming services as the musical version of the antichrist for musicians and the increasing challenge of putting rear ends into seats at North American jazz festivals, but as it heads into its ninth year, ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

What's Wrong With Today's Live Jazz

Read "What's Wrong With Today's Live Jazz" reviewed by Richard Lawn

What's wrong with today's live jazz scene? There has been a great deal of whining about the climate for live jazz these days. The complaints are sometimes accompanied by speculation about why jazz seems to have slipped off the radar, particularly in many major cities such as jny: Philadelphia. The complaints, however, are often ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Christine Jensen: Impressionism

Read "Christine Jensen: Impressionism" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I was first exposed to alto saxophonist Christine Jensen through working with her trumpet playing sister Ingrid Jensen. We played some of her music, which really struck me as direct, mature, grounded and highly creative. Later on I got to meet ...


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