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The Jazz Passengers

​The JAZZ PASSENGERS are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream … hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa.” (Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe, 1989). Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, who found strong affinity in their Brooklyn roots while together in the band of the Big Apple Circus and John Lurie’s seminal band, The Lounge Lizards, founded the band in 1987. They first broke out on the New York City avant-garde scene centering around the Knitting Factory with a hybrid of Mingus-influenced dance rhythms and original tunes complete with lyrics and/or entertaining stories

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Follow the Leader!

Read "Follow the Leader!" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

This episode features tracks from two influential band leaders--John Lurie and Miles Davis--and the talented musicians who played in their respective bands. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 The Lounge Lizards “The Yak" from Queen of All Ears on (Strange & Beautiful Music) 0:16 Host talk 5:55 ...

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Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene

Read "Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Orange and blue are two complimentary colors that go especially well together. They are also the colors that have inspired the music featured in this episode of Mondo Jazz, to celebrate Radio Free Brooklyn's move into its gorgeous orange and blue studio. This episode of Mondo Jazz also features an exclusive interview with the ...

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Traveling (Part 2)

Read "Traveling (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz and Travel... what a natural fit! In this installment of Mondo Jazz we continue exploring music that was inspired by the relentless travels that jazz musicians have to endure in order to share their music with their audiences, their departures and arrivals, their discoveries, adventures and misadventures using trains and planes and the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mondo Jazz: Traveling (Part 1)

Read "Mondo Jazz: Traveling (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz and Travel... what a natural fit! In this installment of Mondo Jazz we explore music that was inspired by the relentless travels that jazz musicians have to endure in order to share their music with their audiences, their departures and arrivals, their discoveries, adventures and misadventures using trains and planes and the places ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017

Read "Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Troy Collins

Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile a comprehensive end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles listed below represent a fertile cross-section of some of the most compelling modern jazz heard in 2017. William Parker Quartets

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Livelove Radio Bremen series continues: Working Week and Jazz Passengers

Read "Livelove Radio Bremen series continues: Working Week and Jazz Passengers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Livelove series issuing archival live Radio Bremen recordings began with Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House from January 1975 (Promising Music, 2015) and the Horace Silver Quintet from June 1977 (Promising Music, 2015). That seems like a pretty wide range: from jazz fusion to hard bop. But the third and fourth releases in the series ...

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Reunited

Label: Justin Time Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Wind Walked By; Seven; Button Up; Reunited; The National Anthem; Tell Me; Spanish Harlem; Think Of Me; One Way Or Another.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz Passengers: Reunited

Read "Reunited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Don't mistake the music made by The Jazz Passengers as merely camp or burlesque send-ups. Sure, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes dons the persona of the infamous “Peaches," from the duo Peaches and Herb, for the 1970's hit, “Reunited." The irony dissolves underneath Roy Nathanson and Fowlkes' spoken/sung duet with Sam Bardfeld's pizzicato violin and Marc Ribot's now-patented ...


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