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Stephen Philip Harvey: Big Band Superhero In the Making

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There's a passage in “Party Song," the concluding cut on the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra's debut recording, Smash! (Next Level, 2022) where the band claps hands, whoops and cheers over a syncopated praise-band saxophone riff. It's pure, unbridled joy and just like the exuberance implied by the exclamation point in the album's title, it's an ...

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Barbara Carroll: Barbara’s Piano

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Every record is a moment in time, but also a musical portrait of the artist who creates it. When Barbara Carroll released the Verve album, Barbara, in 1958, it would mark a watershed moment in her personal and musical life. Her husband and close collaborator, bassist Joe Shulman, died of a heart attack the same year ...

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Hazel Scott: Swing and Silence

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Ahmad Jamal is often credited with creating a new spacious sound in jazz. He had a tingling sense of touch on the piano that let each note ring profoundly and famously inspired Miles Davis to explore the effects of silence and space. It was a sound equally admired and belittled as cocktail jazz because of its ...

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Laila Biali's Jazz In The Age Of Lonely Hearts

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Releasing art into the wild is an act that is fraught with doubt and second guessing. These feelings are not unique to jazz artists, or even artists of this generation of immediate sharing and viral sensations. Writing of her friends' decision to surprise her by publishing her verse, 17th century American poet Anne Bradstreet was apologetic: ...

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Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music

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London-based octet Kokoroko has been led by trumpeter-vocalist Sheila Maurice-Grey since she formed it in 2014 with percussionist Onome Edgeworth. The band's original idea was to update Afrobeat for a 21st century audience, inspired by the likes of Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, and Fela Kuti. It was the extraordinary public reaction to their first release--a single ...

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Remembering Jessica Williams: Trailblazing Pianist/Composer

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The world of jazz lost a bright star on Saturday, March 12, 2022, when iconic pianist/composer Jessica Williams passed at her home in Yakima, Washington with her devoted husband Duncan at her side. She was 73 years old. Williams was born in Baltimore, MD in 1948, and began playing piano at age 4. Classically ...

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William Parker - Tra stazioni spaziali maya ed inverni pittorici

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William Parker è da considerarsi personaggio centrale negli sviluppi della musica afroamericana degli ultimi cinquant'anni sia nelle vesti di compositore, formidabile contrabbassista e multistrumentista che di agitatore culturale, poeta, saggista, educatore. Oltre centocinquanta titoli a proprio nome con ogni sorta di formazione (dal solo all'orchestra) e centinaia di partecipazioni come collaboratore ne certificano la statura di ...

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How Moonchild Put The Jazz Into Soul

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Last summer, an online-only big band called The Sages of Future Soul recorded their arrangement of Moonchild's “The List," featuring reeds wunderkind Alexa Tarantino. What strikes you on listening to the Sages' version is not so much that it has transcended its origins, but that the original tune has such inbuilt jazz sensibility. Moonchild's Andris Mattson ...

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Gaga, Bennett, The Count, Presidents: Harold Jones Drums Across History

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When Tony Bennett stepped past the twilight of Alzheimer's onto the stage of Radio City Music Hall in jny: New York City in August 2021, drummer Harold Jones was there ready for him, as he had been for Bennett over the past seventeen years, in a friendship going back to 1968. Lady Gaga, the popstar recreated ...

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Pat Martino: In Memoriam - Some Recollections of a Legend and Beloved Friend

Read "Pat Martino: In Memoriam - Some Recollections of a Legend and Beloved Friend" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Note: This is a personal “memoir" of Pat Martino written soon after his passing. It is not a commentary on his music. There are many resources of that kind on All About Jazz (here), across the web and on Pat's website. I first met Pat Martino after he gave a stunning performance at the ...


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