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Article: Album Review

"Grandpa" Al Lewis: Sings Swing Street Favorites

Read "Sings Swing Street Favorites" reviewed by Ken Dryden


"Grandpa" Al Lewis is best remembered for his sitcom roles in Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, though the vaudeville veteran had a number of different careers in addition to television and comedy. He earned a doctorate in child psychology, wrote children's books, taught school and was a circus performer as well.But ...

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri

Read "Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero


Coming to New England: Emerson, Ives and Brown When trumpeter/composer Leo Smith returned to the United States after having spent 1969-1970 in Europe, he settled not in New York, as most jazz musicians might be expected to do, or even in jny: Chicago, where he'd spent a fruitful several years in the 1960s. Instead, he chose ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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Article: Album Review

Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Live at I.C.U.U.

Read "Live at I.C.U.U." reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Twenty years after his death, pianist-composer Horace Tapscott is receiving the accolades that largely passed him by at the peak of his career. Firmly ensconced in the Los Angeles jazz scene, his recording career as a leader began in 1969 when his quintet released The Giant Is Awakened (Flying Dutchman). Aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque, 1996) was ...

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Article: Year in Review

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet "Mr. Saturday Night" Joe France

Read "Meet "Mr. Saturday Night" Joe France" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Dubbed “Mr. Saturday Night" by jazz bassist Peter Washington, because for years he was unfailingly at the Village Vanguard every Saturday night, 87-year-old Super Fan, Joe France, has seen--and hung out with--them all: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean. Nowadays, you'll mostly run into him--on Saturday nights, of course!--at Smoke ...

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News: Festival

Jazzmobile & 2015 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival

Jazzmobile & 2015 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival

JAZZMOBILE CONTINUES CELEBRATING ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY at the Fifth Annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival May 4-9 Presented by the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile This year the Festival will also pay tribute to the iconic Jazzmobile as a Shrine “Harlem is a dream-place where so much important cultural history has been enacted that as we ...

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News: Event

Prez Fest 2012 Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie at Saint Peter’s Church Sunday, March 4th

Prez Fest 2012 Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie: Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger, Bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Featuring Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, David Sanchez Quartet, The New York University Jazz Orchestra conducted by Rich Shemaria featuring “Special Guest Trumpeter" and other festival participants: Donald L. Maggin, Stanley Crouch, Gary Giddins, Jimmy Heath, Mike Longo & ...


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