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Matt Penman

Matt Penman hails from Auckland, New Zealand where he started playing bass at the age of 14. A scholarship from Berklee saw him move to the States in 1994 and to New York soon after that where he maintains a busy performing, recording and teaching schedule.

He is currently an established member of the SFJazz Collective, an 8-piece composer’s collective devoted to presenting the original works of its members as well as arrangements by the band of a different jazz great’s work every year. The Collective is in its sixth year and currently features Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas and Stefon Harris

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Article: Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


In the '60s, it was common to criticize avant-garde jazz musicians by saying they could not swing. Drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey has travelled far beyond mainstream jazz through his “new music" composing and collaborations with other cutting edge musicians such as Vijay Iyer and Roscoe Mitchell. Now he confounds expectations by leading a piano trio ...

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

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Article: Jazz Uncorked

Wines of the Southern Rhone

Read "Wines of the Southern Rhone" reviewed by Matt Penman


The Rhone river brings its alpine waters from Switzerland through the southern half of France and dumps out into the Mediterranean by the charming town of Arles. The whole Rhone region is lovely, but if we're talking wine one must distinguish between the north and south. From Lyon down to the town of Valence ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Juniors 2021

Read "Jazz Juniors 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Jazz Juniors Kraków, Poland October 6-9, 2021 Since your scribe last visited the Jazz Juniors competition in 2018, this steadily evolving festival has undergone further changes, not least the appointment of saxophonist Adam Pierończyk as artistic director. It's also had to deal with anti-virus restrictions, turning livestream in 2020, but ...

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The Painter

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: White Bear; Oak Tree; Movement; The Painter (Intro); The Painter; Bird Song; Estate; Neowise; The Last Dance; Dreamers.

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II

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Longest Star; Interregnum; Fire In August; Coronation; Big Heat; Big Swim; War Theory.

Article: Live Review

Sesto Jazz 2021

Read "Sesto Jazz 2021" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sesto Fiorentino (FI) Sesto Jazz 2021 Giardino del Teatro della Limonaia 31.7-2.8.2021 Sebbene ritardato dalla pandemia (le precedenti edizioni si svolgevano in marzo), Sesto Jazz—breve rassegna di tre date alle porte del capoluogo= toscano—si è svolta anche quest'anno, confermando la qualità delle proposte artistiche, che stavolta prevedevano un incrocio tra il ...

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Article: Live Review

The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: The Future is Female, Day 4

Read "The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: The Future is Female, Day 4" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 This is the fourth of four pieces covering the 2021 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Two weeks before the festival, a decision was made to go to a virtual format due to the surge provided by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Three outdoor stages ...


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