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Todd Sickafoose

A Bay Area native, Sickafoose spent some years in Los Angeles studying bass with Charlie Haden and composition with the great, late Mel Powell. Since then, he's been recording and performing with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders including Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Trey Anastasio, Jenny Scheinman, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Adam Levy, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Jessica Lurie, Erin McKeown, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Shane Endsley, Tony Furtado, and Darol Anger. The consistency of his personal voice within wildly diverse collaborations prompted the LA Weekly in 2004 to call Todd "one of the most comprehensive musical minds of this coast"

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf

Read "Glitter Wolf" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Some jazz musicians dare you to follow them to the rarefied realm of their imagination, where you might discover paradise, or you might get lost in a forest of abstraction. Allison Miller says, “Hey, let's take a ride!" then revs the engine and takes you on a grand tour of a carnival of sounds. A masterful ...

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Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds

Read "Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz--the quintessential open door genre--has a capacity to beautifully integrate all kinds of sources. From music from faraway places to compositions written and instruments used for completely different genres. When it comes to the human voice, jazz has shown an uncanny openness to its endless possibilities finding a musical role for all sorts of non verbal ...

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Bass Is the Place!

Read "Bass Is the Place!" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Where do rhythm and harmony intersect? Where do you feel the beat, not just with your ears but your whole body? Bass is the place where it all comes together. This week we celebrate some beloved jazz bass players, from riveting soloists to groundbreaking composers and consummate sidemen. Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jessica Lurie: Long Haul

Read "Long Haul" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jessica Lurie's new aptly titled release Long Haul (Chant, 2017) is a statement not of an arduous journey of endurance, but of her devotion to craft over three decades that has seen her carve out a musical identity of great diversity and depth. Her career personifies her experience as a strong woman instrumentalist, composer and vocalist ...

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Asher Wolf

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Philadelphia Art Alliance Ars Nova Workshop Philadelphia, PA May 13, 2016 Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plays jazz, but the woman herself is hardly a jazz drummer. Though she can swing and improvise like nobody's business, Miller seems equally at home with the grooves of ...

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San Jose Comics Shop Host Erik Deutsch And The Jazz Outlaws on July 14 at 7:30pm

San Jose Comics Shop Host Erik Deutsch And The Jazz Outlaws on July 14  at 7:30pm

Erik Deutsch and the Jazz Outlaws will be making jny: San Jose's The Art Boutiki a stop on their current west cost tour, bringing their brand of country influenced jazz into one of the most unique venues in the country. Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama, Brooklyn-based pianist ...

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Jenny Scheinman’s "The Littlest Prisoner" Out May 6 On Sony Masterworks

Jenny Scheinman’s "The Littlest Prisoner" Out May 6 On Sony Masterworks

The Littlest Prisoner, the latest from critically-hailed singer, violinist, composer and arranger Jenny Scheinman, will be released May 6 on Sony Masterworks. Her eighth studio album, The Littlest Prisoner follows Scheinman’s 2012 release Mischief & Mayhem, which All About Jazz called “a near-flawless package of musical craftsmanship.” Scheinman, whom The New York Times has called “full ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kate McGarry: Girl Talk

Read "Girl Talk" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

There are many reasons to like vocalist Kate McGarry's Girl Talk.There's the lively set list, first of all--a mix of all-too-well-known and too-little-known standards, with a fine Brazilian number thrown in. There's the uniform excellence of the band: witness Gary Versace's idiomatic organ accompaniment on “Girl Talk"; guitarist Keith Ganz--sensitive throughout, but especially on ...


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