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Taj Mahal - guitar, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist Taj Mahal has spent more than 40 years exploring the roots and branches of the blues. Grounded in the acoustic pre-war blues sound but drawn to the eclectic sounds of world music, he revitalized a dying tradition and prepared the way for a new generation of blues men and women. While many African Americans shunned older musical styles during the 1960s, Mahal immersed himself in the roots of his past. "I was interested in the music because I felt something [got] lost in that transition of blacks trying to assimilate into society." He had no intention of repeating what had come before, however, and drew deeply from the wells of the ethnic music of Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Taj Mahal was born Henry Saint Claire Fredericks in New York City in 1942

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. David Clayton-Thomas Say Somethin' Linus Entertainment 2020 Circa “Spinnin' Wheel" plus “And When I Die," ...

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 19th Edition Lineup

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 19th Edition Lineup

Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the full lineup with a record number of shows for the 2020 nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Now in its 19th year, the festival will be held June 19 to 27 and present 335-plus shows including more than 100 free shows and 1750-plus artists performing in 21 diverse venues in downtown jny:Rochester, New ...

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Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS. This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre. It will also feature Renée Manning and solo performances by Mingus Dynasty. DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION: Long ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

Read "ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Krannert CenterELLNORA: The Guitar Festival Champaign/Urbana, IL September 5-7, 2019 It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Janiva Magness: Change In The Weather

Read "Change In The Weather" reviewed by Doug Collette

Janiva Magness makes no effort to hog the spotlight as she Sings John Fogerty and as a direct result of her generosity of spirit, Change In The Weather stands even more distinctly on its own terms as a formidable piece of work. In interpreting this selection of twelve songs by the titular leader of Creedence Clearwater ...

NEWS: EVENT

Interschool Orchestras Of New York Presents Its Gala Celebration: A Tribute To Howard Johnson on September 18th at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall

Interschool Orchestras Of New York Presents Its Gala Celebration:  A Tribute To Howard Johnson on September 18th at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall

InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) is proud to announce its 2019-2020 gala celebration, A Tribute to Howard Johnson, at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The special event will honor the musical legend, who, in his five-decade career, has played alongside luminaries in multiple genres and pioneered the voice of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Keb' Mo' with Jontavious Willis at The Space at Westbury

Read "Keb' Mo' with Jontavious Willis at The Space at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Keb' Mo' with Jontavious Willis The Space at Westbury The Solo Tour Westbury, NY June 19, 2019 Keb' Mo' was born Kevin Roosevelt Moore to parents who were from California and Texas and fans of both the blues and gospel music. Their influences are readily apparent in his music. The ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus - Deluxe Edition

Read "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus - Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus Deluxe Edition ABKCO 2019 The limited Deluxe Edition of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus may rescue the film from remaining (arguably) one of the lost artifacts of contemporary rock and roll. Originally set for 2019 release in this format while the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pamela Polland: Pamela Polland / Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant?

Read "Pamela Polland / Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant?" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The singer-songwriter movement of the seventies paved the way for several new voices in popular music, but not everyone got the success of Carole King, whose album Tapestry (Ode, 1971) marked a peak in the movement, commercially and artistically. Pamela Polland was one of the artists whom fame eluded. Polland was poised for a ...


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