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Willard Dyson

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Alexis

Label: New Artists Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Easy to Love; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was; Make It Last; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Organ Grinder; Devil May Care; Summertime; Speak Low; Gentle Rain; Weaver of Dreams; In the Still of the Night.

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Article: Album Review

Alexis Parsons: Alexis

Read "Alexis" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The self-named Alexis is the third album by New York-based vocalist Alexis Parsons. To showcase her talents, she has chosen a medley of standards (half a dozen) and lesser-known but engaging originals, opening and closing with the Cole Porter classics “Easy to Love" and “In the Still of the Night." Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, Kurt ...

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News: Event

Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist Nick Russo Assembles NYC All-Stars For Jalopy Theatre Concert On Sunday October 29

Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist Nick Russo Assembles NYC All-Stars For Jalopy Theatre Concert On Sunday October 29

Special Guests Include: Ari Hoenig (Drums), Miles Griffith (Voice), Greg Glassman (Trumpet) Nathan Peck (Bass), Pandit Samir Chatterjee (Tabla), Dan Aran (Drums) Opening Set by Roots, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass Collective, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches Armed with an “impressive debut recording, broad in scope, deep in concept and eminently listenable,” guitarist/banjoist Nick Russo burst onto the ...

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Article: Album Review

Sari Kessler: Do Right

Read "Do Right" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In just under five minutes--the running time for producer/percussionist James Shipp's album-opening arrangement of “Walk On By"--Sari Kessler successfully makes the case that jazz singing is her real métier. That particular truth may not have materialized until recent times, as Kessler walked away from a career as a clinical psychologist to pursue a life in music ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Albanese: Time Remembered

Read "Time Remembered" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Memory is one persistent traveler. Whether we know it or not, memories always follow us on our journeys, influence our choice of direction, and work their way into our everyday encounters to some extent. Nobody is completely immune to the charms and ills carried in memories, but some are more susceptible than others. In fact, some ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Cristina Morrison September 29 "Baronesa" CD Release Concert At Rockwood Music Hall

Cristina Morrison September 29 "Baronesa" CD Release Concert At Rockwood Music Hall

Singer & actress Cristina Morrison returns to Rockwood Music Hall for her Baronesa album concert release on Jazzheads. Morrison here plays with an array of vocal styles bringing to her interpretation her background as an actor. On stage her show has organically evolved into a more theatrical experience as she works with visual artist Laia Cabrera. ...

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Article: Album Review

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Federal regulations require food and beverage manufacturers to provide “Nutrition Facts" on all package labels. They want you to know what you're digging into. Now, if recordings had that same requirement, Everything Is Cool from Giacomo Gates might read this way: “Ingredients: 100% genuine talent and devotion to the true art of jazz vocalizing. All natural ...

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Article: Album Review

Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler: I Colored It In For You

Read "I Colored It In For You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


I Colored It In For You is such a tease. Broad-minded multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum uses this brief EP--the two-part title track and a remix from M.O.D. co-founder Bill Laswell are it--to introduces a sui generis small group known as Sparkler. Apfelbaum, covering vocals, keys, saxophones, and percussion, teams up with rising star trombonist/vocalist ...

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Article: Album Review

George Gee Swing Orchestra: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Swing Makes You Happy! isn't just an album title: it's a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear's love affair with music associated with a bygone era. Gee has been in the big band business for more than three decades, ...


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