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ARTICLE: CYMBALISM

Don Alias and Joni Mitchell

Read "Don Alias and Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

[Editor's Note: Cymbalism is an All About Jazz column featuring excerpts from an upcoming autobiography on the late, great percussionist Don Alias, co-written by Melanie Futorian, his companion for the last seven years of his life. This installment covers Alias' collaboration with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell]Joni and I were living together working on our romance. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Opus 5: Introducing Opus 5

Read "Introducing Opus 5" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Collectively delivered jazz albums almost always fall into one of three categories: some are outings from neophytes looking to pool their resources, while trying to build a fan base from the ground floor up; others marry the musical skills of seasoned musicians who've crossed paths in various situations and/or share a commonality in approach; and the ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Stve Slagle "Scenes, Songs & Solos"

Scenes, Songs & Solos: A Composition and Improvisation Workbook for the Creative Musician by Steve Slagle “Steve Slagle speaks of things that need to be heard."—Joe Lovano “Full of fresh, original, and inspirational ideas about music and life."— Randy Brecker “I loved this book! And I'm not even a professional musician."—Sue Mingus Master jazz saxophonist, educator ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

February Forays

Read "February Forays" reviewed by Nick Catalano

February is one of those months when this New York Beat column could expand into a full periodical because of the plethora of jazz activity occurring in Gotham. I began my trek early in the month, when the city was buried in crystal mounds of snow from winter storms that had pounded the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Boris Kozlov: Double Standard

Read "Double Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Selling a solo bass disc--both artistically and commercially speaking--is no easy feat. The demanding physical aspects of such a project, requiring a bassist to have the endurance to sustain perpetual motion and interest on such a behemoth of an instrument, is one problem. Another issue is general marketability. The average jazz fan might be quite happy ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

2009 JJA Jazz Awards Set for Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 3 to 6 P.M.

2009 JJA Jazz Awards Set for Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 3 to 6 P.M.

The Jazz Journalists Association's 13th Annual Jazz Awards Honoring excellence in music-making, presentation, production, jazz journalism and “A Team" activism and advocacy Nominations released, Winners to be Announced at Jazz Standard 116 E. 27th St., New York City Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 3 to 6 p.m. In a year notable ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Sue Graham Mingus: All the Things You Could Be By Now If Charles' Wife Was Your Flamekeeper

Read "Sue Graham Mingus: All the Things You Could Be By Now If Charles' Wife Was Your Flamekeeper" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Charles Mingus was a larger than life figure on the music scene. Crashing. Volatile. Complex. Swinging. Intense. Delicate. Raucous and joyous. Depending on who you talk to, and maybe even what day, different images might be conjured up. Different words used to describe him by those who knew and performed with him.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Sue Mingus: "First and Foremost a Composer"

Read "Sue Mingus: "First and Foremost a Composer"" reviewed by Paul Olson

Charles Mingus (1922-1979), one of the indisputable giants of jazz, left behind a huge body of composition that, in its breadth and excellence, can be compared only to the work of Duke Ellington--or, perhaps to no one save Mingus himself. Mingus' widow, Sue Mingus, has worked to keep Mingus' work heard (although she disclaims any great ...


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