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Michael League

Michael League is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, label owner, and bandleader based out of Brooklyn, New York. As a military brat, he grew up all over the place. Michael attended the University of North Texas' jazz studies program for 4 years, then moved to nearby Dallas for another 3 years, where he worked with some of the most influential figures in modern gospel, R&B, and soul music, and was mentored by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan). Michael runs the band with a grass-roots approach to the changing music industry that seems crazy, but has worked

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Article: Album Review

Kinga Glyk: Real Life

Read "Real Life" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Throughout daredevil bassist Kinga Głyk's Real Life there are several moments which border menacingly on mainstream Euro-pop and wanna-be fusion. Fortunately those (intentional or unintentional?) moments are heavily outweighed and outnumbered by thrillingly incandescent moments which lend themselves to that old catch-all street phrase of the '60s, '70s, and '80s: “Man this is some really high ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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History

Label: Real World Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bliss; Adjoni; Pa Domi; Ilimine; Fle A Memwa; Ta Voix; Tande; Mikwob; History.

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Where You Wish You Were

Label: The Act Company
Released: 2023
Track listing: La Marinada; Meeting of the Mind; Round House; Sant Esteve; Kin; Tricks; Anthem for a Tiny Nation; Ngoni Baby; Bricks; Where You Wish You Were; Duo.

Article: Live Review

Marco Bardoscia Quintet al Teatro Ristori di Verona

Read "Marco Bardoscia Quintet al Teatro Ristori di Verona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Marco Bardoscia Quintet Rassegna Jazz del Teatro Ristori Verona 16.11.2023 Inaugurata il 14 settembre col trio Michael Blicher/Dan Hemmer/Steve Gadd, la nuova stagione jazz del Teatro Ristori ha ospitato il 16 novembre il recente progetto “Legnomadre" di Marco Bardoscia, che vede il clarinettista Gabriele Mirabassi e il percussionista Simone Padovani ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Drummer Scott Amendola, Red Kite, Drift Lab and Jukka Haavisto

Read "Drummer Scott Amendola, Red Kite, Drift Lab and Jukka Haavisto" reviewed by Len Davis


Avant jazz from Scott Amendola from Haunted By Eternity, Norwegain band Red Kite, and London based European band Code. Italian guitarist Rugerro Robin and his Jazz Trio, Drift Lab featuring Matteo Mancusco, and Peter Fernandez from Incline. Finnish bassist Jukka Haavisto, Danish keyboard player Mathias Heise and US band FORQ featuring Michael League. Playlist Scott Amendola “Maciste ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Harold López-Nussa Interview

Read "Harold López-Nussa Interview" reviewed by Steven Roby


This episode of Backstage Jazz features an interview with jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa. We discussed his new album Timba a la Americana (Blue Note), and his upcoming show at Dazzle on Saturday, November 18. Cuban-born pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa begins an exciting new chapter of his fascinating career with his Blue Note debut ...

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Article: Interview

Fabrizio De André secondo Luigi Viva

Read "Fabrizio De André secondo Luigi Viva" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Numerose sono state le interviste che ho effettuato negli ultimi decenni: ovviamente a molti jazzisti, dai maestri assoluti ai giovani emergenti, ma anche a danzatori, artisti, attori, compositori di musica contemporanea... Ho ritenuto utile inoltre dedicare una serie di interviste ai direttori artistici di importanti festival jazz, italiani e stranieri. È questa la ...

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Article: Live Review

Snarky Puppy at the Ogden Theater

Read "Snarky Puppy at the Ogden Theater" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Snarky Puppy Ogden Theater Denver, Colorado September 30, 2023 Originality seems to be a guiding force for Snarky Puppy. That applies not just to the type of music they play in general, but it goes all the way down to preparation of set lists. Saturday night at the Ogden Theater, band ...


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