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Melanie Charles

Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, actress, and flutist of Haitian descent with creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental, and Haitian roots music. Charles grew up singing in church, trained as an opera singer, and attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as a flute major. She is a 2010 Vocal Jazz Performance graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and has trained under the tutelage of jazz masters Reggie Workman, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Carla Cook, and Billy Harper. Charles has performed at world renowned venues, both as a leader and a sideman, in New York (Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blue Note; Smalls; Nublu), Italy (Blue Note, Milan), Japan (Billboard Live), France (Duc de Lombards, Paris), England (Ronnie Scott’s), Poland (12on14; Harris Piano Jazz Bar), Germany, and Russia

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2022" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Various venues Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Quebec, Canada July 5-9, 2022 All hail the return of live music! After a three-year break imposed by Covid-19, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) was back this year with a scaled-down but user-friendly slate of 350 concerts, about 2/3 ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Brooklyn-based pianist to follow up successful Jazz Road tour of the Midwest in 2021 with three West Coast dates and a London headline debut, performing music from Resilience (2020) and Flipped II (2018). Performance dates will coincide with the release of em>Resilience (Recharged), a newly remixed and reimagined version of the title track of Resilience, with ...

Album

Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: God Bless the Child; Perdido; Detour Ahead; All Africa (The Beat); The Music Is the Magic; Pay Black Women Interlude; Woman of the Ghetto; Jazz (Ain’t Nothing But Soul); Go Away Little Boy; What a Difference; Beginning to See the Light.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nikara Warren, Ill Considered, BADBADNOTGOOD, Henry Cole, Chip Wickham & Other New Releases

Read "Nikara Warren, Ill Considered, BADBADNOTGOOD, Henry Cole, Chip Wickham & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From Nikara Warren to Makaya McCraven; from Melanie Charles to Brandee Younger; from BADBADNOTGOOD to Ill Considered... a playlist replete with some of the most happening projects of the moment. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Makaya McCraven “Black Rhythm Happening" Deciphering the Message (Blue Note) 0:16 ...

Article: Album Review

Melanie Charles: Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women

Read "Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Questo primo album della cantante Melanie Charles per l'etichetta Verve apre alla cantante di Brooklyn un pubblico più ampio della nicchia dove ha operato finora: quell'universo dove s'incontrano nu—jazz, neo—soul, spiritual jazz e sperimentazioni elettroniche con campionamenti e remixaggi. Attiva da un decennio in quest'area la Charles non è solo una splendida vocalist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases

Read "Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Impressive new albums by Rachel Eckroth and Melanie Charles, the cross-cultural experiments of Aakash Mittal and Ches Smith, groovy soulful releases and re-releases by Leon Spencer, David Axelrod and Will Bernard and much more in this week's playlist.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 David Axelrod ...

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Article: Album Review

Keith Brown Trio: African Ripples

Read "African Ripples" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In-demand pianist Keith Brown has ample experience as a sideman and a couple solid leader dates under his belt. But his African Ripples has the distinctive feel of a “statement" record, setting forth the full expanse of his creative vision with bold flair. Inspired by the classic Fats Waller piece first recorded in 1934, the album ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Melanie Charles, Leo Sidran, Irène Schweizer, Ofentse Moses Sebula & Other New Releases

Read "Melanie Charles, Leo Sidran, Irène Schweizer, Ofentse Moses Sebula & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Leo Sidran and Kat Edmonson's latest single introduce the Art of Conversation in jazz. Irène Schweizer & Hamid Drake, and Javier Santiago & Melanie Charles continue it as a dialogue; Keith Brown and Garage a Trois as a trialougue; Dina Ramirez, Roberto Negro, Erik Fratzke as a quadralogue; Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Makram Aboul Hosn, Ofentse Moses Sebula ...


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