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Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

7 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 16-18, 2016 In its 59th annual edition, the Monterey Jazz Festival once again delivered on its promise to bring a stylistic plethora and pageantry--with nods to more abstract or daring fare--to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Among the marquee bragging... [ read more ]

Interview with guitarist Mike Seal

7 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Guitarist Mike Seal first caught my attention at the end of 2014 as part of the m: Jeff Sipe Trio. At that time I described him as an extraordinarily talented young musician, an assessment shared by many, including the legendary dobro virtuoso m: Jerry Douglas. This summer th... [ read more ]

Akinola Sennon: Cousoumeh

7 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Trinidadian steelpan player and musical director of local steelband Siparia Deltones, Akinola Sennon's Cousoumeh is a mix of effective songwriting and performance and a daring leap into a new way of hearing improvised music from the Caribbean. Ropeadope Records--an increasingly important record labe... [ read more ]

Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young

11 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 2001 and 2002, Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren released songbook tributes to Jule Styne and Victor Young, respectively, with his trio and special guests. Within a few years, the prized releases recorded in Copenhagen on the Sittel label disappeared and...       Related Stories 21 New CD Discoveries Jan Lundgren: A Retrospective Weekend Wax Bits  

Jack Tempchin: One More Song

16 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jack Tempchin's name may not elicit immediate recognition, but chances are his songs will. He contributed to the composition of "Peaceful Easy Feeling" on the m: Eagles' eponymous debut album in 1972 and also helped write "Already Gone" from On the Border (Elektra, 1974). As a member of... [ read more ]

Jon Cleary at The Ardmore Music Hall

18 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jon Cleary The Ardmore Music Hall September 2, 2016 m: Jon Cleary's albums are chock full of indisputable funk steeped in jny: New Orleans tradition, fine musicianship and stylized songwriting but the real mojo is in seeing him and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen live. His album Mo Hi... [ read more ]

U.K.: Ultimate Collector's Edition

18 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collector's Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief ten... [ read more ]

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Joel Selvin 368 Pages ISBN: # 0062444255 Dey Street Books2016 The best books on rock and roll have invariably been comprised of layer upon layer of information interwoven with insight and Joel Selvin's Altamon... [ read more ]

ZZ Top with special guests Gov't Mule at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

ZZ Top with special guests Gov't Mule Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 9, 2016 ZZ Top, known as the Little Ol' Band From Texas, has for the past forty-some-odd years been bringing its own special brand of rock 'n' roll with a boogie woogie, southern, bluesy flair (as well as facial... [ read more ]

Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads

The Weekertoft label was set up jointly by English improvising guitarist John Russell and pianist Paul G. Smyth of the Irish rock band The Jimmy Cake. Their partnership dates back to March 2010 when Smyth played a duo with Russell at Mopomoso, the improv club that the guitarist has hosted every mont... [ read more ]

Weekend Wax Bits

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Jewel on her journey from rock bottom to rock star (go here). It's a harrowing story of survival after being rejected by her mother as a child, dealing with a gruff...        

Dave Liebman -- Live Trane: Never Before, Never After

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

NEA Jazz Master and much celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and author Dave Liebman recounts the life-changing experiences of witnessing live performances by m: John Coltrane as told to Dave Kaufman. I always say my epiphany was the first time I saw Coltrane in Februar... [ read more ]

Lewis Porter on John Coltrane

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The following interview with Lewis Porter, author of John Coltrane: His life and Music, was conducted by telephone on April 15, 2000. I am indebted to Dr. Porter for taking the time from his exceptionally busy schedule as musician, writer, teacher, and father to share his views with us. All About Ja... [ read more ]

Sco: Country for Old Men

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Earlier this year, guitarist John Scofield won a Grammy for his album, Past Present. Released in 2015, Past Present came on the heels of tough times for Sco—the 2013 passing of his son, Evan, to sarcoma at age 26. Sco's...       Related Stories 21 New CD Discoveries  

The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: The Cookers e: Birdland New York, NY September 15, 2016 The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic m: Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid li... [ read more ]

John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (Not Including a?oeMy Favorite Thingsa? )

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

John Coltrane died on July 17, 1967 at the age of forty. Had he lived, he would have turned 90 on September 23rd of this year. When one considers the profound effect he had--not just on jazz, but on music as a whole--in the brief two decades of his career, it's not only daunting, but depressing, to... [ read more ]

Videos: Aretha Franklin

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday, I was deep into Aretha Franklin's albums, especially after news that she had to cancel so many concerts in recent weeks due to health concerns. Here are three videos that remind us why she has always been the Queen...       Related Stories Aretha in Amsterdam: 1968 Aretha Franklin: Amsterdam 1968  

Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

If one should by chance be curious of what is happening with jazz in the city of Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest, one would do well to check out what trumpeter m: Thomas Marriott is up to. Thomas has established himself as one the most exciting artists to emerge on the national jazz s... [ read more ]

George Benson at Denver Botanic Gardens

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

George Benson Botanic Gardens Denver August 31, 2016 NEWS FLASH: George Benson's gone pop! OK, maybe that one's about 40 years late. I even knew that at the time it happened, having purchased the Breezin' album (Warner Brothers, 1976) when it first came out. But, over the years, through careful pick... [ read more ]

Monday Recommendation: Ken Peplowski

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Ken Peplowski, Enrapture (Capri) Despite a playlist that seems to represent a grab bag of music, there is nothing scattershot about Ken Peplowski’s eclecticism. The clarinetist and tenor saxophonist with the capacious tone and imagination...Show More Summary

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