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Dylan Howe: Subterranean (New Designs on Bowie's Berlin)

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jazz musicians love the tribute album, perhaps more than the listeners who receive them. That opportunity to suggest affiliation, tapping into an already established audience can be tempting and a useful much needed marketing tool as industry-wide sales collapse. But really there is no reason why a...

Julie London's Holiday Album

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

It will always be a mystery to me why singer Julie London did not record a Christmas album. Someone at Liberty, her label, must have suggested it, but clearly London passed. Perhaps it was a personal thing. Or maybe she...

Badfinger's Joey Molland

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Badfinger was a band that rocketed to fame after being discovered by the Beatles' roadie Mal Evans and signing with Apple Records. They appeared on the world stage just was the Beatles went public with their breakup. With songs like "No Matter What," "Day After Day," "Suitcase," "Baby Blue," and "Ca...

Fitz and the Tantrums at The Space at Westbury

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Fitz and the Tantrums The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 11, 2014 Following an impressive opening set by Alan Wilkis' electronic music project, Big Data (who played an excellent version of its chart topping hit "Dangerous" and a fantastic cover of Hall and Oates' "Private Eyes"), with an all...

Styx at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Styx NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY November 14, 2014 Styx is a rock band from America's heartland (Chicago) whose music blends the best part of rock, power pop, prog-rock, art-rock, arena rock with a touch of classical composition. The band originally consisted of brothers Chuck (bass) and J...

Daniel Lanois: I Look for Commitment and a Lot of Heart and Soul

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Whenever I'm asked to name a list of Top 10 all time favorite records, the list slightly changes and shuffles every time. However, one of the most common denominators to those diverse lists is producer/musician m: Daniel Lanois. Often called a "studio wizard" or "studio magician," this p...

Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Credit should be given where it's due. Producer/musician m: Daniel Lanois has never been satisfied with just keep churning out the same kind of music for the same kind of audience that swooned over his song based records or the productions he did for other artists. As a true artist he wa...

Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: CSNY 1974

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Its multi-foldout package of three CD's, DVD (or Blu-Ray) and a one-hundred eighty-eight page booklet as smartly designed as it is handsome, CSNY 1974 represents a painstaking labor of love on the part of Graham Nash, who supervised the project over a protracted period of time, in collaboration with...

Kitty la Roar and Nick Shankland at Scarfe's Bar

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Kitty la Roar and Nick Shankland Scarfe's Bar London November 13, 2014 With her elegance and style, m: Kitty la Roar cuts a beautiful, diminutive figure, gracing Scarfe's Bar in The Rosewood Hotel. La Roar is a singer whose confidence is growing, and with it the quality of her voice. La...

Weekend Wax Bits

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In November 1984, something occurred in western Massachusetts that hasn't happened since. Tom Reney began broadcasting a three-hour jazz show, five nights a week, called Jazz à la Mode on WFCR-FM, a New England Public Radio station. For the next...

Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Tampere Jazz Happening Tampere, Finland October 30--November 2, 2014 On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was...

Pat Metheny Unity Group at Centrepointe Theatre

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Pat Metheny Unity Group Centrepointe Theatre Ottawa, Canada November 12, 2014 "Every time we're planning a tour," he said to the near-sellout crowd at Ottawa, Canada's Centrepointe Theatre, "I always ask 'are we going to play Ottawa?' You think I'm joking..." It's not often that the opportunity aris...

November Music 2014

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

November Music s' Hertogenbosch November 8-9, 2014 November Music is a festival of contemporary music, new music in the broadest sense, held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch in the southeast of The Netherlands and home of painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516). Besides the core of contemporary...

Interview: Kristin Chenoweth

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I've always admired Kristin Chenoweth's spunk and determination. I admire go-getters, and in Kristin's case, she also happens to be an incredibly talented singer and actress. She's also very funny, without ever being impolite or breaking her code for kindness....

Songs That Earned the Most

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Songwriting used to pay a handsome living—and still does if the songs you wrote decades ago continue to be played today on the radio and TV and in the movies. Timeless hits have become annuities for songwriters and their families,.....

Arturo Sandoval Quintet at the Annenberg Center

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Arturo Sandoval Quintet Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Zellerbach Theater Philadelphia, PA November 15, 2014 The excitement about any Arturo Sandoval performance builds from the time you see his name on an events list and think of his affiliation with m: Dizzy Gillespie, his ten...

Fred Lonberg-Holm -- Party KnA1/4llers: Was Something Lost in Translation?

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The duo Party KnA1/4llers is a transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's own m: Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics and Norway's StA le Liavik Solberg on drums and percussion. The two played together in a quartet, also including clarinetist m: Frode Gjerstad and vocalist...

Take Five with Jonathan Curtis

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Meet Jonathan Curtis: Jonathan is a drummer from Nottingham, England, and one of the most exciting young talents to emerge onto the music scene. Involved in most things to do with the drums, Jonathan runs an educational YouTube channel, writes and records music, plays with lots of bands, and teaches...

Henry Mancini's Film Soundtracks

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I love Henry Mancini's film scores. I could listen to them all day, and I often do when writing. There's something about his music that makes you feel cool when the orchestra swings and reflective when the strings sigh. But...

Billy Harper: A Life of Persistence and Improvisation

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

On stage, Billy Harper puts his lips to the tenor saxophone, stands relatively erect and sings through his horn; a strong, angular, muscular sound. There little physical gesticulation, belying the effort it takes to express feelings and emotions through the instrument. But Harper's creative statemen...

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