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Here's the All About Jazz section of last week's newsletter. The AAJ section is followed by a local events guide.
Jazz has a magical way of uniting people: there is diversity on the bandstand and diversity in the audience and it just feels positive and good and how things ought to be. I always saw jazz as a beacon of hope and inspiration. I still do. I suppose that is the reason why I have stuck with it for all these 27 years and counting. That, and my love of building things online. AAJ has allowed me to merge my passion for jazz and technology for a purpose and I'm forever thankful I had the opportunity to start during the early days of the Internet. It has been a journey of learning, adapting, and forging ahead while staying true to AAJ's longstanding mission of supporting the music and the people who make it.
Bassist Ilaria Capalbo: In Fearless Pursuit Of Her Muse
After years playing in different bands and drawing widespread praise for her lyricism and rhythmic agility, double bassist Ilaria Capalbo has stepped up to front her own project. The Neapolitan's debut album, Karthago, is a remarkable statement of intent. Inspired by the ancient Mediterranean city of Carthage and its near-mythical figurehead, queen Alyssia, Capalbo harnesses duo, quintet and septet in a suite that is powerfully alluring. Continue reading...
Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum
Dear Mr. P.C.: Why did musicians in big bands all wear the same clothes? I once played in a group where the leader wanted us to all look alike yet he could wear anything he wanted. I told him he dressed funny. He told me I didn't look like a musician. I got upset and quit the band. How is a musician supposed to look? Is there a book I could read? Sartorially Puzzled.
3x3: Piano Trios: April 2022 (read); Jazzfest Bonn 2022 Opening Night (read); Joshua Redman's MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium (read); Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens (read); The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 4: Quartets (read); Who's The Hippest Chick In Town? Anita. (read); All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: April 2022 (listen) and Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves (read).
Your Polling Place For Jazz
Cast your vote in our four favorite musician polls. We just launched the guitarists poll and we're looking for a sizable turn out so please vote today.
As more and more concerts are scheduled we're seeing an uptick in Jazz Near You activity. As we've recognized The Django (NYC) and Bird's Basement (Melbourne) in the past, this week we'd like to recognize Charles Carlini of In Touch Entertainment who is presenting a Piano Jazz and Guitar Masters series on select Mondays and Tuesdays at the Zinc Bar. Check out the Zinc's page for details.
Ornette Coleman Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Box Set
Craft Recordings is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Contemporary Records with a series of beautiful album set reissues and the Ornette Coleman Box Set Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums Set is up for grabs!
Win a chance at the newly mastered 180g 2-LP and 2-CD box set of the legendary saxophonist's iconic albums Something Else!!!! and Tomorrow Is the Question!. The set also includes an expanded booklet with archival photos and extensive new liner notes. Read our review.