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Scott Joplin personified ragtime; he was its chief champion, the figure most closely associated with its composition. It was Joplin's short, hard-driving melodies- -and the syncopated backbone he furnished them—that helped define the musical parameters of ragtime, a style that gave voice to the African American experience during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sadly, for all his accomplishments in putting a new musical form on the map, Joplin spent his final years madly obsessed with a fruitless crusade to enter, if not conquer, another arena: opera, the staid, classical venue accepted by a white community that had for so long ridiculed ragtime as cheap, vulgar, and facile black music. Many of the details of Joplin's life, like much of his music, have been lost to history

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brad Mehldau, Pat Martino and Vincent Orsolini

Read "Brad Mehldau, Pat Martino and Vincent Orsolini" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Leading the Kansas City Jazz Group Everyday Strangers, we kick off the 754th Episode of Neon Jazz with keyboardist Vincent Orsolini. From there, we hear the artist who floored him while witnessing his first live show in Brad Mehldau. We move on into profiling jazz with an edge from the likes of Franky Freedom, Mark Owen, ...

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Article: Album Review

Lenny Marcus Trio: When a Door Opens

Read "When a Door Opens" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whenever Lenny Marcus sits down to play the piano, elegance and finesse are sure to follow. Such is the case on When a Door Opens, wherein Marcus leads his trio—Zachary McDonald on bass and Denver Nuckolls on drums—through a series of persuasive tributes to his musical heroes, one of whom--Dexter Gordon--is not a pianist, and another--Ludwig ...

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Article: Album Review

Remi Toulon 5tet: The Crave

Read "The Crave" reviewed by Martin McFie


French pianist Remi Toulon has played and travelled with bassist Jean-luc Arramy and drummer Vincent Frade for many years. They are joined on this recording by Sebastien Charlier, who takes the diatonic harmonica out of its usual blues setting, and ventures into this more complex harmonic environment. Also in the quintet is Ze Luis Nascimento, a ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife

Read "Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife" reviewed by Schaen Fox


Alberto Pibiri is strongly influenced by Oscar Peterson as well as earlier virtuoso pianists, but has his own style. Happily, his lifelong goal was to settle here in the United States, but his kind of talent would shine and stand out anywhere. All About Jazz: Just where in Italy are you from?

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Article: On and Off the Grid

Why Jazz?

Read "Why Jazz?" reviewed by Dom Minasi


This is my first All About Jazz article since 2015. So much has happened to the world around us. I've been thinking a lot lately about my career choice and why I chose jazz and I wanted to hear why some of the best chose to devote themselves to a career in jazz. Here are their ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Terry Waldo and Tatiana Eva-Marie

Read "Take Five with Terry Waldo and Tatiana Eva-Marie" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Terry Waldo Tatiana Eva-Marie: Terry Waldo and Tatiana Eva-Marie first met and started performing together at the famous NYC parties hosted by Scott Asen, owner of Turtle Bay Records. The two artists had such musical chemistry that Asen encouraged them to record an album together. Thus was born the duo's new album, I Double Dare ...

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Article: Album Review

Pete Malinverni & Juliet Kurtzman: Candlelight: Love In The Time Of Cholera

Read "Candlelight: Love In The Time Of Cholera" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Gabriel García Márquez is a Columbian author whose novel Love In The Time Of Cholera forms part of the title of this duo recording by jazz pianist Pete Malinverni and classical violinist Juliet Kurtzman. The theme of the novel is about love found, lost and found again, while the musical program presented here keeps the love ...

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Article: Album Review

David Broza: En Casa Limon

Read "En Casa Limon" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


If any instrument captures the spirit of Spain, it is the guitar. Performers such as Tomatito and Paco De Lucia have helped bring flamenco guitar to a global audience, and both have recorded albums at the Casa Limón Studios in Madrid. This studio has a certain mystique about it, and is where David Broza recorded En ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists

Read "Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


[The following is a commentary on pianist Richie Beirach's 2020 e-book The Historical Lineage of Modern Jazz Piano: The 10 Essential Players (Conversations between Richie Beirach and Michael Lake), downloadable for free here.] Jazz piano has always garnered (no intended reference to Erroll Garner) special interest among the instruments because it is truly an ...


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