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"If I ever had a home, it was the slide trombone" says Ray Anderson. Although the perennial poll- winner (6 times in Down Beat's Critics Poll!) is indeed at home with the "slip-horn", his unique music is now being heard all over the world. Anderson's innovative and influential style is technically awesome but straight from the heart. He shatters musical categories but remains personal, emotional and accessible. He is often humorous but never predictable. He has given the trombone a whole new sound and also developed a trombone-like way of singing. Born in Chicago in 1952, Ray Anderson started playing trombone when he was eight

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazzmeia, Newk, Bird, Dave & More

Read "Jazzmeia, Newk, Bird, Dave & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Showtime, don't ya know? Jazzmeia Horn was scheduled to perform in Baton Rouge recently, but the gig got 'coronaed.' So, we do a mini-concert here, and hope she can reschedule when this plague dissipates. Shoot, they even cancelled the St. Patrick's Day parade here; so you know this is serious business. We also continue centennial celebrations ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Cecil McAwesome

Read "Cecil McAwesome" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Inspired by bassist Cecil McBee's star-turn on Lloyd McNeill's Elegia, the boys devote a whole episode to examining works led by Cecil or just plain enhanced by his presence. He's had a wide-ranging career as a side-man so they cherry-pick what highlights they can while wondering if the next setting on the engineering knob after “10" ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

12 Points Festival 2019

Read "12 Points Festival 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Bimhuis 12 Points Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands September 25-28, 2019 Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Empoli Jazz Summer Festival 2019

Read "Empoli Jazz Summer Festival 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Empoli Jazz Summer Festival 2019 Giardino del Torrione di Santa Brigida Empoli 9, 17, 23.7.2019 Programma di grande prestigio e qualità per Empoli Jazz Summer Festival 2019, che tra le diverse date ne includeva tre con protagonisti di primissimo livello della scena statunitense. Ha iniziato la serie, il ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Merano Jazz 2019

Read "Merano Jazz 2019" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Merano Teatro Kimm e altre sedi 10-14.7.2019 La ventitreesima edizione di Merano Jazz conferma la propria impostazione basata sul legame tra proposte concertistiche e attività didattica, con l'Accademia Mitteleuropea diretta da Franco D'Andrea ed Ewald Kontschieder, giunta quest'anno alla diciottesima edizione. Nella rosa di docenti che ruotano con frequenza biennale, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bob Dorough: NEA Jazz Master & More

Read "Bob Dorough: NEA Jazz Master & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We salute the late Bob Dorough, play a game, celebrate Newk with Miles from 1954, and have Tatum and Bud face off on “Yesterdays." There's recent music and a few gems from the vault, too. Enjoy the show. Playlist Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker “What's Going On" from Work To Do (Mack Avenue) 00:00 Jeff ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Bica & Azul: Azul in Ljubljana

Read "Azul in Ljubljana" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Azul è una storica formazione del contrabbassista portoghese Carlos Bica che riunisce musicisti dalle personalità e dal background decisamente variegati. Il leader ha lavorato per diversi anni con la vocalist Maria Joao, ha collaborato con prestigiose voci del fado, ha composto musica da film e per teatro. Il chitarrista tedesco {{Frank Mobus vanta studi al Berklee ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dessen: Somewhere In The Upstream

Read "Somewhere In The Upstream" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

L'organico di trio con trombone, contrabbasso e batteria non è particolarmente diffuso, ma può annoverare tra gli esempi più significativi la lunga, formidabile esperienza di Bass Drum Bone, in cui Ray Anderson, Mark Helias e Gerry Hemingway hanno scandagliato modalità espressive e dialogiche ad ampio raggio. Il trio guidato dal trombonista e sperimentatore di suoni Michael ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band, Frank Zappa, Antonello Salis e molto altro

Read "Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band, Frank Zappa, Antonello Salis e molto altro" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Fondatore e leader della Tankio Band, una delle più innovative e longeve orchestre italiane, Riccardo Fassi eccelle anche in veste di pianista e tastierista in piccoli organici e come compositore di colonne sonore. L'occasione per quest'intervista ad ampio raggio e ricca di aneddoti, viene dalla pubblicazione con la Tankio Band del secondo capitolo sulle musiche di ...


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