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Many Shades of Blues

Read "Many Shades of Blues" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This special episode deals with all manners of blues: piano blues, jump blues, harmonica blues, British blues, blues singers and more. Artists heard on the show go all the way from Memphis Slim and Big Mama Thornton to Cecile McLorin Salvant and The Microscopic Septet. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I ...

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Article: Interview

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Read "Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under" reviewed by Ken Dryden


IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

The Microscopic Septet: Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk

Read "Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


If two creative star trajectories were ever meant to cross, it was those of pianist/composer Thelonious Monk and the Microscopic Septet. Sure, Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron had a pretty good Monk gig going, and Sphere was a great tribute band lead by Monk's longtime tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse (followed by Gary Bartz). But, the Micros...here ...

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News: Performance / Tour

The Microscopic Septet in New York City Sep. 6 at the Gershwin Hotel

The Microscopic Septet in New York City Sep. 6 at the Gershwin Hotel

The Microscopic Septet will perform September 6 at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City. The band will perform 3 sets, starting at 7:00 PM. The Gershwin Hotel is at 7 East 27th St. (between Madison Ave. and Fifth Ave.) in Manhattan. An admission charge of $20 allows attendance at any or all of the sets. ...

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The Microscopic Septet in Baltimore August 31 at An die Musik Live (Baltimore)

The Microscopic Septet in Baltimore August 31 at An die Musik Live (Baltimore)

The Microscopic Septet proves yet again that it's more powerful than a hurricane when it performs August 31 at An die Musik Live in Baltimore, MD, bouncing back from a storm that scratched its weekend engagement at the venue. The concert, which will begin at 7:30 PM, will feature music from the band's critically accaimed CD, ...

Article: Album Review

The Microscopic Septet: Friday the Thirteenth

Read "Friday the Thirteenth" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Ormai da una ventina d'anni il repertorio standard del jazz ha acquisito la musica di Monk come fosse una cosa naturale. Non solo le prevedibili “'Round Midnight" o “Well You Needn't," rilanciate da Miles Davis negli anni '50 e diventate in qualche modo canoniche; ma soprattutto i brani più personali, irriducibili, ellittici, quelli che solo Coltrane ...

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Article: Interview

Microscopic Septet: Chance Meeting with the Future

Read "Microscopic Septet: Chance Meeting with the Future" reviewed by Gordon Marshall


The Microscopic Septet is all about swing, but swing in a sense extrapolated from the stale, dated pages of the past. Its take on the music of the '30s and '40s is too scholarly to fall off the map as retro, and too deeply felt to be dismissed as a dusty trove of museum pieces. The ...


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