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Matt Slocum-Keyboards -- With Keyboardist Matt Slocum

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: Matt Slocum -Keyboards is a prominent keyboardist on the Southern music scene, best known for his work with m: Oteil Burbridge, the Lee Boys, and m: Susan Tedeschi and his role as m: Jimmy Herring's go-to keyboard player. Last year he was recruited b... [ read more ]

Leonieke Scheuble's Journey Into The Art Of Jazz

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The setting is a living room in a suburban northern New Jersey home. For the most part, it's filled with things not necessarily available at the furniture outlets that line the local highways. An upright piano takes up most of the wall adjacent to the front door. A harpsichord spans the area between... [ read more ]

Claude Williamson 1926-2016

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Claude Williamson, a piano mainstay of jazz in California for seven decades, died on July 16 in Los Angeles. He had been in decline since he fell in his home in 2015 and broke a hip. After Williamson moved from Boston to L.A. in 1947, he played with Charlie Barnet’s band for two years and […]

Toshiko Akiyoshi: United Notions

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Globalization once was a guiding principal for the United States. With the proliferation of Communism in the 1950s, America moved quickly to make friends with as many countries around the world as it could. The United Nations was a big...       Related Stories Harry Arnold: Guest Book, 1960  

Woody Shaw: The Tour, Vol. 1

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Let's stick with 1976. Yesterday I posted about Dolo Coker's California Hard, a superb album recorded by the pianist for Xanadu in December of that year. Today, let's dig a newly released album by a working band formed by drummer...        

Monday Recommendation: DeJohnette, Coltrane, Garrison

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison, In Movement (ECM) Drummer DeJohnette leads John Coltrane’s saxophonist son Ravi and Jimmy Garrison’s bassist son Matthew in an album that has majesty, reflection, calm and flashes of fire. Show More Summary

DamiA^3n Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

International drummer DamiA^3n Reid has crafted a style that is inimitable without sacrificing the ardor of modern jazz and its traditional stylistic approaches to drumming. Listening to Reid is like a history lesson on the drum--he can play everything with artful dexterity from Be-Bop to Hip Hop. Ad... [ read more ]

Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, Kay-Ta Matsuno

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

A brief overview of several notable 2016 contemporary jazz releases featuring guitarists. Major Vistas Minor Anthems Self Produced 2016 A fresh approach to the jazz trio, and the debut release from Madison, Wisconsin's Major Vistas. Keyboardist Mike Weiser says he thinks of it as a modern "organ" tr... [ read more ]

Dolo Coker: California Hard

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Dolo Coker was an insider's jazz musician. The pianist was little known except among his peers. Coker spent much of his career playing and recording as a sideman and didn't record his first leadership date until 1976, when he was...       Related Stories Blue Mitchell + Sonny Red: '66 Bill Evans: Some Other Time Larry Young: 1964-65  

Serpent Serpent Sliding Funk

In The Preserving Machine, one of our favourite short Philip K Dick stories, a scientist who fears for the survival of the world’s greatest music in the face of nuclear armageddon creates a machine that translates musical compositions into living creatures, and releases the results into the forests. But he hadn’t reckoned with the savagery […]

Charlie Parker -- Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy by Richard Carlin

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy Richard Carlin 294 Pages ISBN: # 978-1496805706 University Press of Mississippi 2016 Well, I don't suppose it is an understatement to say that club owner and mid-20th Century music entrepreneur Morris Levi was a Son-of-a-bitch. That has been very well do... [ read more ]

Rory Gallagher -- Kickback City: Deluxe Edition

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Kickback City Ian Rankin/Tim Truman/Rory Gallagher 40 Pages ISBN: B019GLERXO Eagle Rock 2016 Notwithstanding titles such as "Deluxe Edition" of Irish Tour '74 (Legacy Recordings, 2014)or the almost equally splendid archiving that is Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), Kickback City Deluxe E... [ read more ]

Daniel Kramer: Bob Dylan, In Pictures

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Photography may not bring back what has long gone, but for many, it can provide a passage to explore important happenings or moments from people's personal histories. A simple photograph can encapsulate deep-rooted emotions and memories of people, events and times that have long gone. Photographer D... [ read more ]

With Keyboardist Matt Slocum

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: Matt Slocum -Keyboards is a prominent keyboardist on the Southern music scene, best known for his work with m: Oteil Burbridge, the Lee Boys, and m: Susan Tedeschi and his role as m: Jimmy Herring's go-to keyboard player. Last year he was recruited b... [ read more ]

Weekend Wax Bits

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Walt Frazier for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). The former New York Knicks champ talked about growing up in Atlanta and why he needed two parking...      ...

Speaking of Bill Mays…

last monthMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

After posting (see the previous exhibit) last night’s piece about Bill Mays and our impending visit to Sweden, it occurred to me that I failed to include an example of Mr. Mays’ prowess as a solo pianist. His gift has been on display since he came to prominence in California in the early 1960s. Bill […]

Dominic Duval: Follow Your Melody

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

In memory of Dominic Duval: 1945-2016. This article was first published in October 2010. Bassist Dominic Duval is a mystery to many--even to those interested in free music. Seemingly emerging out of nowhere in the mid-1990s, over the course of 15 years he has built a formidable discography, firmly e... [ read more ]

Ystad Beckons Again

last monthMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Bill Mays and I are looking forward to being a part of the 2016 Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival. We have done our concert “A History of Jazz Piano” twice in The United States and are delighted that Jan Lundgren, the festival’s artistic director, invited us to Ystad to present it for the first time in […]

Background Gigs, Small Fonts, and Incestuous Quotes

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dear Mr. P.C.: When we're playing a "background music" gig and the crowd is so loud there's no way they can hear us, and we can't even hear ourselves, does it matter what we play? --Invisible Dan Dear Dan: Jazz is all about responding, in the moment, to the sounds around you, right? To do otherwise... [ read more ]

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 and Brandon Seabrook

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Hal Willner The Stone June 14, 15, 17, 2016 Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected... [ read more ]

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