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On her first jazz quartet "Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophone player in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. On her first jazz quartet recording, Aldana adds a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity

Article: Album Review

Felipe Salles: Home Is Here

Read "Home Is Here" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Home Is Here conclude la trilogia del compositore e bandleader brasiliano Felipe Salles (residente dal 1995 negli USA dove insegna all'Università del Massachusetts Amherst) dedicata al tema dell'immigrazione. Un'indagine musicale e multimediale iniziata nel 2018 con The Lullaby Project e proseguita due anni dopo con The New Immigrant Experience, di cui abbiamo già parlato in queste ...

Article: Album Review

Simona Premazzi: Wave in Gravity

Read "Wave in Gravity" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Residente da quasi un decennio a New York, la pianista Simona Premazzi è ormai una presenza significativa nella scena musicale della Big Apple: dopo studi di perfezionamento con Fred Hersch e Jason Moran ha collaborato e/o inciso con figure di primo piano come Greg Osby, Ari Hoenig, Jeremy Pelt, Melissa Aldana, Rudy Royston, Dayna Stephens, pubblicando ...


Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...


News: Festival

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Celebration of Home

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Celebration of Home

The 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival is almost upon us, taking place in its annual Labor Day weekend slot on the yearly jazz festival calendar. The largest free jazz festival in the world brings the music to the people of Detroit, and the world, on September 1-4 in downtown Detroit and in Hart Plaza along the Detroit ...


Article: In Pictures

2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

Celebrating its 46th anniversary over the June 24th weekend, the 2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs New York, featured a great program presenting a wide range of music. Over 20 featured artist played over two days across two stages with headliner Cindy Blackman Santana taking the Amphitheater stage ...


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Jazz House Kids All-Stars

Read "Introducing Jazz House Kids All-Stars" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Bassist Laura Simone-Martin of Lawrenceville, NJ, is heading back to Carnegie Hall's NYO Jazz Program for the second consecutive year. “Last year," she said, “gave me that first-hand experience of what it is like being on the road for so long and how much energy goes ...


Article: History of Jazz

Where Clifford Brown Learned to Play: Love In A Wilmington Neighborhood

Read "Where Clifford Brown Learned to Play: Love In A Wilmington Neighborhood" reviewed by Arthur R George

Part 1 | Part 2 Robert “Boysie" Lowery was trumpeter Clifford Brown's first music instructor in the early 1940s, and mentored decades of young musicians thereafter in jny: Wilmington, Delaware. He taught as a sideline to club work, a resource for his community but caring not so much about being paid for his lessons. ...


Article: Album Review

Jochen Rueckert: With Best Intentions

Read "With Best Intentions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This stellar sixth album from Jochen Rueckert extends on some musical friendships while offering a fresh format and new palette. Having previously delivered his notable Introduction (Lipstick-Jazzline, 1998) some 25 years ago, greased the grooves on an appealing organ trio session with guests, and drawn notice with guitar-driven gusto on several quartet dates, this German-born, New ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cyro Baptista, Felipe Salles, Gianluigi Trovesi, Ben Rosenblum & More

Read "Cyro Baptista, Felipe Salles, Gianluigi Trovesi, Ben Rosenblum & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Here is our weekly merry-go-round of recent and upcoming albums, which this time will feature great saxophonists, up and coming composers, and various projects showing that jazz is the most inclusive genre out there, welcoming any source of inspiration from Baroque to Brazilian to Flamenco.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...


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