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Born 2 October 1951, in Wallsend, north-east England, Gordon Sumner's life started to change the evening a fellow musician in the Phoenix Jazzmen caught sight of his black and yellow striped sweater and decided to re-christen him Sting. Sting paid his early dues playing bass with local outfits The Newcastle Big Band, The Phoenix Jazzmen, Earthrise and Last Exit, the latter of which featured his first efforts at song writing. Last Exit were big in the North East, but their jazz fusion was doomed to fail when punk rock exploded onto the music scene in 1976. Stewart Copeland, drummer with Curved Air, saw Last Exit on a visit to Newcastle and while the music did nothing for him he did recognise the potential and charisma of the bass player


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Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024

Read "Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024 Aspen, Colorado June 20-22, 2024 The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience returned this year with 20 acts performing over the course of three nights in various venues around downtown Aspen. JAS has been sponsoring two festivals (or “Experiences") each of the last several years. The June ...


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Andy Summers Live at Le Poisson Rouge

Read "Andy Summers Live at Le Poisson Rouge" reviewed by Chris DeRosa

Andy Summers Le Poisson Rouge The Cracked Lens + A Missing String Tour New York, New York June 12, 2024 Hello, my name is Chris DeRosa and this is what I heard... Andy Summers gained notoriety in the late '70s with the mega-pop ...


Article: Interview

Cyrille Aimée: Music Flows From Within

Read "Cyrille Aimée: Music Flows From Within" reviewed by Scott Lichtman

Renowned vocalist Cyrille Aimée possesses a wholly unique sound. Certainly, it is based on her voice timbre but also reflects her approach to music. She is equally adept at jazz standards and pop-jazz. She can swing and scat on cue, then shift to high tech sound loops. Songs in English, French and Spanish are delivered with ...


Article: Club Profile

606 Club In London

Read "606 Club In London" reviewed by Sammy Stein

The 606 Club in Chelsea has long been a Mecca for jazz fans who enjoy tasty food and great music. Entered by descending steep steps from the busy, bustling streets in one of London's busiest areas, 606 feels like a secret world where cozy tables, attentive staff, and superb music can be found in abundance. Owner ...

Article: Album Review

Jo Lawry: Acrobats

Read "Acrobats" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ha trovato un intrigante, e quanto mai riuscito, equilibrio tra sperimentazione e mainstream la cantante australiana Jo Lawry nel suo pieno ritorno al jazz dopo il debutto del 2008 con I Want to Be Happy. Il merito va condiviso con la contrabbassista Linda May Han Oh e la batterista Allison Miller, magnifiche co-leader di ...


Article: Album Review

Sarah L King: Fire Horse

Read "Fire Horse" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Starting her musical path with coaching from Mike King, one of the UK's leading contemporary vocal coaches, Sarah L King (no relation), surfaced as a solo jazz vocalist, releasing an EP of standards and several singles. Her passage was helped by a family heritage consisting of an accomplished jazz trumpeter father and an orchestral conductor grandmother. ...


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Umbria Jazz Winter 30

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 30" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 2023 Orvieto Varie sedi 28.12.2023--1.11.2024 Umbria Jazz Winter, tutto concentrato nel centro storico di Orvieto, è un festival a misura d'uomo. Prestigiose le sue sedi, tutte raggiungibili a piedi in trasferimenti di pochi minuti: il Teatro Mancinelli, prezioso teatro all'italiana della seconda metà dell'Ottocento, il maestoso Palazzo del ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ibrahim Maalouf: a Conversation on Harmony, Heritage, and Hope

Read "Ibrahim Maalouf: a Conversation on Harmony, Heritage, and Hope" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On trumpet virtuoso and international superstar Ibrahim Maalouf. Ibrahim is exactly the type of artist we love hosting on the podcast--sensitive, open and unwilling to be limited by genre or expectations. His work mixes jazz, pop, classical, electronic, Middle Eastern, and African influences into a cosmopolitan sound all his own. ...


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Take Five with Singer-Songwriter Arnab Sengupta

Read "Take Five with Singer-Songwriter Arnab Sengupta" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Arnab Sengupta Arnab Sengupta is a contemporary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Bangalore, India. Growing up in the eastern cities of India, Arnab has absorbed a plethora of diverse musical styles, both local and international, and has diligently pursued the study and performance of contemporary music for over 30 years, while arriving at his ...


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