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There is a distinguished lineage of post-bop pianists who collaborated with the legendary Miles Davis: Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul. Add to that list of superb artists Robert Irving III, who served as Miles’ last pianist/keyboardist and who proved to be his longest collaborator and musical director. After nearly twenty years since his last outing as a leader, Irving returns with his remarkable new recording, New Momentum, a largely acoustic piano trio CD that is the premiere album for the new label Sonic Portraits. Irving’s career as a musician began as a brass player at the age of 10

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Article: Interview

Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney

Read "Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2001. The following conversation took place in Wallace Roney's room at Wyndham Hotel in downtown Montreal on Sunday, July 8th 2001, the day after he performed Miles and Miles: A Musical Journey, his tribute commemorating both the seventy-fifth anniversary of ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

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2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Marlene Rosenberg: MLK Convergence

Read "MLK Convergence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's MLK, and then there's MLK. In this particular context we're talking about a three-letter acronym referencing the musical union of bassist Marlene Rosenberg, drummer Lewis Nash, and pianist Kenny Barron. And in broader terms those initials obviously point to the late Martin Luther King, Jr. With MLK Convergence the sounds of the former meet up ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Article: Album Review

Spirit Fingers: Spirit Fingers

Read "Spirit Fingers" reviewed by Roger Farbey


This is the debut album and brainchild of leader, pianist and composer Greg Spero, an undeniably gifted pianist and composer who has been mentored by fellow keyboardists and Miles Davis alumni Robert Irving III and Herbie Hancock. The musicians Spero assembled for his project amount to a veritable supergroup in terms of their prodigious talent. The ...

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Article: Live Review

Miles Electric Band at Koerner Hall

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Miles Electric Band Koerner Hall Toronto, Ontario October 14, 2017 What started off as a successful “Miles Davis Festival" at the initiative of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in 2011 and led by Vince Wilburn Jr. and nephew of the great Miles Davis himself, would eventually lead to the Miles Electric Band ...

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Article: Live Review

Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ

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Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ CenterSan Francisco, CA June 11, 2016 Since his death in 1991, one month after his final performance at the Hollywood Bowl, there has been a vacancy in the jazz trumpet chair. While many have risen as stars on the instrument, no one has quite matched Miles ...

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Article: Live Review

Miles Electric Band: Bitches Brew To Tutu At SFJAZZ

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Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ Center Bitches Brew To Tutu San Francisco, CA June 11, 2016 As part of the expansive 34th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, the cordial staff at SFJAZZ presented the outstanding Miles Electric Band in the spacious Miner Auditorium. Vincent Wilburn Jr., drummer and nephew of the ...

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Article: Live Review

Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ

Read "Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA August 23, 2014 “This is not a ghost band--just a great group of musicians who loved playing with Miles and had admiration for the Chief." --Miles Electric Band leader Vincent Wilburn, Jr. Many who first became interested in jazz in the ...


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