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Ted Piltzecker: Vibes on a Breath

Read "Vibes on a Breath" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though Ted Piltzecker is a splendid vibraphonist and ushers a group of Colorado's leading jazz musicians through its paces on Vibes on a Breath, it is his sparkling arrangements that carry the day on this delightful new album. Several members of Piltzecker's septet double, and he makes the most of that versatility, writing charts that ...


Article: Album Review

Veronica Swift: Veronica Swift

Read "Veronica Swift" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Leave it to the irascibly spirited and octane-charged Veronica Swift to release the party record of the year! From the pure joy scatting of the blast-off opener “I Am What I Am" (from Broadway's grand musical La Cage aux Folles) to the rabble rousing, mad-cap Joan Jett jam with The Ramones finale “Don't Rain On My ...


Article: Album Review

Shear Brass: Celebrating Sir George Shearing

Read "Celebrating Sir George Shearing" reviewed by Neil Duggan

The work of the late George Shearing, or Sir George Shearing OBE to give him his full title, is the subject of the debut album from Shear Brass, a band dedicated to playing new arrangements of his music. They are led by Shearing's great nephew, drummer Carl Gorham. The album, Celebrating Sir George Shearing, features eleven ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Vocalist Vanessa Racci

Read "Take Five with Vocalist Vanessa Racci" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Vanessa Racci Vanessa Racci is a jazz singer of Italian American descent with a passion for retro jazz and music made famous by Italian Americans. She has recorded two albums (Italiana Fresca and Jazzy Italian) and produces and performs in several shows that celebrate American jazz, Italian American music and their contributions to jazz and ...


Article: Album Review

Allan Harris: Live At The Blue LLama

Read "Live At The Blue LLama" reviewed by Dave Linn

Allan Harris has had a varied musical journey. Brooklyn-born, he grew up surrounded by the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. His mother often played records by artists like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. These influences shaped his musical sensibilities and inspired him to pursue a music career. He recorded his ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hot New Summer Releases - Kait Dunton, Christine Jensen, Patricia Julien, Nicole Zuraitis, Queen Esther & More

Read "Hot New Summer Releases - Kait Dunton, Christine Jensen, Patricia Julien, Nicole Zuraitis, Queen Esther & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Sienna Dahlen & Bill Coon, JD Walter, Nicole Zuraitis, Michael Stephenson, Christine Jensen, Patricia Julien and Queen Esther, plus a single from Norah Jones, with birthday shoutouts to Jaimie Branch, Tierney Sutton, Madeline Eastman, writer Joan Whitney (Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Candy), Kurt Reichenbach and Jocelyn Barth, among ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn

Read "Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn" reviewed by Joe Dimino

In honor of the 2022 book Dangerous Rhythms by New York Times best selling author T.J English, we constructed an hour of jazz celebrating the story of his intersection of the mob and the music. It starts in Chicago with the great King Oliver and ends in New York City with Jimmy Durante. In between, we ...


Article: Interview

John Apelgren: Jazz, Resilience, and the Forbidden People

Read "John Apelgren: Jazz, Resilience, and the Forbidden People" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

With a career spanning 30 years in the music scene, John Apelgren can boast experiences like few others. As an integral part of what is called the jazz scene or jazz culture in Macedonia, he has performed with various jazz ensembles, ranging from the old Radio Television Skopje (RTS) Big Band to performances with the new ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Celebration of Music By Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother On Many Fronts

Read "A Celebration of Music By Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother On Many Fronts" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast celebrates Mothers Day featuring music by Mary Lou Williams in the first hour (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts). In the second hour, more music by jazz mothers Geri Allen, Allison Miller, Chris McNulty and more, with new releases from the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band plus singles from Ann Hampton Callaway ...


Article: Live Review

2023 American Pianists Awards

Read "2023 American Pianists Awards" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2023 American Pianists Awards Indianapolis, Indiana April 20-22, 2023 The mission of the American Pianists Association is “to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists." One of the major activities in that mission is the bi-annual competitions run by the Association, alternating classical and jazz ...


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