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Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

We recently caught up with saxophonist, composer/arranger and educator/clinician, m: Ron Aprea and spoke with him about recent activities and his current recording project--his personal John Lennon/Beatles tribute. All About Jazz: The last half of 2013 and the time so far in 2014 have be...

Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Anyone who's had the pleasure of watching pianist Stefano Bollani in concert--whether it's in duo with fellow Italian, trumpter m: Enrico Rava, at the 2009 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival; in the trumpeter's New York Days quintet at the ECM 40th Anniversary celebration, part of the 2010 Enjoy Ja...

Interview: Wanda Stafford (Pt. 2)

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Wanda Stafford's album In Love for the Very First Time was arranged by Bill Russo and recorded in June 1960—between Russo's School of Rebellion and Seven Deadly Sins for Roulette, with virtually the same band. One of the exceptions was...

Jason Lindner: Beyond the Solo

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jason Linder has been at the center of modern jazz's evolution for nearly two decades. His distinctive and flexible piano and synthesizer sound have placed him in a bewildering array of musical contexts and whether it's accompanying m: Anat Cohen, collaborating with {{m: Dafnis Prieto = 1...

Milt Jackson and the Thelonious Monk Quintet

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

And now, a crossroads: At what price do I pass? It's the dilemma all collectors face eventually. At first, you buy the commons. A used CD at $4 is a no-brainer. A new CD at $10 or $12, easy to justify. But what do you do when the easies are gone and the price makes you think twice? I've reached that...

Interview: Wanda Stafford (Pt. 1)

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

You may think you own every Bill Evans sideman studio album, but trust me, you don't. The one I'm about to tell you about is so obscure and rare that it wasn't even listed in Tom Lord's Jazz Discography at...

Edgar Winter -- WBAB Rock 'n' Brews Fest at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera formerly of Rare Earth and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds NYCB Theatre at Westbury WBAB Rock 'n' Brews Fest Westbury, NY August 1, 2014 Blues-rock guitar virtuoso m: Johnny Winter passed away in St. Gallen, Switzerland on July 16, 2014 at the age of 70...

Boz Scaggs at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Boz Scaggs NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY August 3, 2014 m: Boz Scaggs first came to prominence as a member of the original and bluesier version of the m: Steve Miller Band. He secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968, exited the Steve Miller Band, an...

Mustered Courage At Hill Country Barbecue

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Mustered Courage Hill Country Barbecue New York, NY July 28, 2014 Mustered Courage is a Melbourne, Australia-based quartet that plays a decidedly American-influenced brand of music. Its sound is a countrified modern mix of bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, honky-tonk, pop, western swing, rootsy rock, gos...

Theory of a Deadman at Webster Hall

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Theory of a Deadman Marlin Room at Webster Hall New York City July 30, 2014 Even before Tyler Connolly, front man for the Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman, told the crowd that the band "still loves what they do," that fact was quite evident to those who packed the intimate Marlin Room at Webst...

David Gray at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

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David Gray Theater at Madison Square Garden New York City August 4, 2014 David Gray dances like there's nobody watching. Even in a packed NYC venue on a hot summer night. Anticipation filled the dark and cavernous Theater at Madison Square Garden. Nearly each and every plush seat was filled by an au...

Carolina Chocolate Drops -- Mulberry Mountain Arkansas - Music Central

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Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. Nestled in the upper part of the Arkansas River Valley just North of Ozark in Franklin County is Mulberry Mountain. Mulberry Mountain has become the site of several notable music festivals, including Wakarusa...

The Led Zeppelin Papers: Led Zeppelin, Deluxe Edition

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There would have been no rock music in the 1980s and beyond had Led Zeppelin not called it quits that year in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death from misadventure. Shot from a cannon in 1969 and flaming out a decade later, this rock royalty sired a legion of bastards and lesser creatures in the...

Weekend Wax Bits

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When Kenny Drew Jr. died on Aug. 3, he passed away virtually penniless, Patricia Bowes of St. Petersburg, Fla. said in an email to me, making it difficult to pay his funeral expenses. Unity of Midtown in St. Petersburg, the...

Newport Jazz Festival 2014, Day 3

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Newport Jazz FestivalFort Adams State Park Newport, RI Sunday, August 3, 2014 Smack--loud and robust, the horns blasted at the audience with a sound so voluminous it seemed impossible only four horns could have created it. And yet, four horns had. "Were you here yesterday?" Boston jazz radio host Er...

Cassandra Wilson at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Cassandra Wilson Lincoln Center Out of Doors August 8, 2014 New York, NY Playing before an outdoor capacity audience, m: Cassandra Wilson performed a concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Blue Night 'till Dawn (Blue Note, 1993), featuring many of the musicians who o...

A Matthew Shipp Appreciation from Yuko Otomo

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I'm always looking to introduce new people to The All About Jazz readership. m: Yuko Otomo provided an appreciation of Matthew Shipp from her perspective as a poet and visual artist. Let Ms. Otomo take it from here. Recently, I re-read Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky...

Interview: Jamie Wyeth

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In today's Wall Street Journal, I interview painter Jamie Wyeth—whose grandfather was famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth and whose father was Andrew Wyeth. Jamie's first retrospective is now on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts through December 28. I...

Gent Jazz Festival 2014 - Part Two: Jazz Peripherals

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Gent Jazz FestivalDe Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 17-19, 2014 The second weekend of this festival is traditionally devoted to musics that lurk outside of the jazz sphere, but resonating in sympathy with the core. Of course, there were a few stray acts from the mainline, just as the first weekend saw i...

Mircea Tiberian: The Natural Force of Music

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Pianist m: Mircea Tiberian is an emblematic figure of Romanian jazz, with a prodigious musical and academic career. He plays an influential role in the jazz scene and as author of many theoretical studies and essays, fosters its development on the theoretical level as well. Along his 40...

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