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Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul

Read "Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Dave Stryker is passionate about music and its positive energy. From his time working with Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine to his years as a solo artist, Stryker has established himself as one of the foremost jazz guitarists around. He also teaches at Indiana University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and has an online instructional workshop ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on new releases interpreting pop hits in a big band style with Dave Stryker working with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band; delivering solo piano compositions with a cinematic blend of classical, post-minimalist and traditional music courtesy of Kosta Jevtić, from Serbia; or incorporating folk elements into contemporary jazz by Kari ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Throughout pianist Fred Hersch's long career, he has mostly worked in trios and other small units, rarely doing much with large ensembles. That makes this session of Hersch featured with Germany's WDR Big Band a special treat. They play a program of the pianist's compositions from various parts of his career, all arranged and conducted by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richie Beirach-Gregor Huebner Duo & The WDR Big Band: Crossing Borders

Read "Crossing Borders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Richie Beirach, Gregor Huebner and the WDR Big Band. Now there's a triumvirate that speaks to enormity and nonconformity. On Crossing Borders, the revered pianist, the style-skirting violinist and the boundary-pushing large ensemble join forces for a program that's both crafty and dynamic, playing to past glories and present tense all at once. Tied to no ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Till Brönner / Dieter Ilg: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Till Brönner is widely lauded in his native Germany and throughout Europe. He has had broad success not only as a jazz composer and musician but also in film music, pop and country genres. Brönner has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and worked with Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Al Foster, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Moers Festival 2018

Read "Moers Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 18-21, 2018 The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazzfest Bonn Off to a Fine Start

Jazzfest Bonn Off to a Fine Start

The city of Bonn is already well known as a stronghold of musical tradition, and since 2010 Jazzfest Bonn has added to that cultural foundation with an event that has quickly become a well-attended attraction. For this year’s 6th edition of the consistently blossoming festival, scheduled for May 7th – 16th, organizers continued to schedule events ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Faith Gibson: Shooting for the Big Moon

Read "Faith Gibson: Shooting for the Big Moon" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Jazz vocalists have struggled through the years to make room for their contributions to the art of improvisation that appear effortless. Their voices are their instrument, an instrument that has to compete with tenor saxophones, drum kits or trumpets; an instrument whose strength rests in the necessity humanity has to communicate with others. To ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

WDR Big Band/Lucas Schmid Interview

WDR Big Band/Lucas Schmid Interview

Working with Hiram Bullock & McCoy Tyner. This interview is part of the book project “under your skin" which will include Interviews with: Anthony Braxton, Ornette ...


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