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Brian Wilson with special guest Rodriguez at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Brian Wilson with special guest Rodriguez Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY June 30, 2015 Brian Wilson and Rodriguez are both survivors. Wilson's story is well-known by almost everyone. Rodriguez' story is slightly more murky. Tortured genius, the primary architect of the California sound and...

Armen Hyusnunts and Vahagn Hayrapetyan at Forsh Club Yerevan Armenia

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Armen Hyusnunts and Vahagn Hayrapetyan Forsh Club Yerevan, Armenia July 2, 2015 One of the most exciting additions to Yerevan's (Armenia) creative music scene has been the opening of Forsh Club in November of 2014. The venue is named after its proprietor's violinist and vocalist Vahan Gevorkyan's so...

Vernon Joynson -- The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock and Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976 Vernon Joynson 2,080 Pages ISBN: 1-899855-19-3 Borderline Productions 2014 The word "cornucopia" could have been invented just for this immense two v...

Weekend Extra: Horace Silver

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

In the course of his career as a leader, Horace Silver (1928-2014) included in his band many of the most prominent young jazz musicians of the twentieth century. The quintet he took to Denmark in 1968 for the Jazz Omkring Midnat (Jazz Around Midnight) series was not together long, but the chemistry they developed made […]

Two new releases from Canadian saxophonist Francois on Jazz from Gallery 41

Saxophonist Francois Carrier whose home base is in Montreal, Quebec a city considered the cultural capital of Canada has two recent releases now heard on Jazz from Gallery 41"Unknowable" - Not Two RecordsThe most recent of his recordings...Show More Summary

Shai Maestro Trio "Untold Stories", James Brandon Lewis "Days of FreeMan" on Jazz from Gallery 41

"Untold Stories" new on Motema Music from pianist Shai Maestro in a trio setting with Jorge Roeder playing bass and drummer Ziv Ravitz."Days of FreeMan" new on Okeh Records from saxophonist James Brandon Lewis brilliant duets with drummer...Show More Summary

North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it is also the tenth anniversary of its move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described a...

Kenneth Whalum III: Taking Jazz Away From The Norm

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Kenneth Whalum III, a young jazz saxophonist, continues to grow and shine with his musical exploits. He's performed and helped shaped the live musical experiences of today's top hip-hop artists including Ludacris and Jay-Z, in addition to pop stars such as Justin Timberlake, Ciara and Bruno Mars. On...

Amy, The Movie: The Pure Artist, the Singular Voice, and the Fragile Heart of Amy Winehouse

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Amy Winehouse Amy Produced by James Gay-Rees, George Pank, Paul Bell Directed by Asif Kapadia 2015 I attended an advance screening this week of Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary that was co-sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY) and the New Orleans Film Society. The...

Weekend Wax Bits

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Following my Wall Street Journal article and JazzWax post on Rock Around the Clock and Blackboard Jungle, I was deluged with emails from readers recalling the electrical excitement of rock 'n' roll's early days. One of those emails arrived from...        

New Releases Now on Jazz from Gallery 41

"Open Road" / Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf"In Good Company" / Pianist George Cables"Imaginary World" / Percussionist Sammy Figueroa"The Chase" / Trombonist Nick Finzer"Tokyo Adagio" / Bassist Charlie Haden with Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba"Trumpet...Show More Summary

The Awakening Orchestra now on Jazz from Gallery 41

The Awakening Orchestra conducted by Kyle Saulnier, now on Jazz from Gallery 41

Heads Of State "Search For Peace" now on Jazz from Gallery 41

"Search For Peace" from Heads Of State: Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams, Al playing on Jazz from Gallery 41

Some Places Are Forever Afternoon / Wayne Horvitz

"Some Places Are Forever Afternoon" the new release from Wayne Horvitz, on the Songlines label. Music based on, influenced by the poetry of Robert Hugo.Wonderful conversation with Wayne today, check back with us for broadcast schedu...

Charlie Rouse: Bossa Nova Bacchanal a?' 1962

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

What a happy record! And what a delightful change from the usual 1960s Blue Note formula. You know the drill. In the 1960s, Blue Note was the go-to label for two kinds of jazz: hard bop and soul-jazz. But Blue Note was never the reigning bossa nova label. When the Brazilian phenomenon swept the jazz...

Kuai Music: Moving Jazz Forward Collectively

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The history of jazz is often told as an evolution propelled by great individuals whose singular sounds have helped to shape the aesthetic of the music. This is understandable since artists like m: Louis Armstrong, m: Duke Ellington, m: Charlie Parker, {{m: John Colt...

Janis Joplin's Mercedes Benz

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

How Janis Joplin came to co-write and record Mercedes Benz is a long and dramatic story that I tell in today's Wall Street Journal (go here) after weeks of reporting. In my "Anatomy of a Song" column in the Arena...        

The Apocalypse Institute

The phone rings.  The phone rings again.  There’s no one there to pick up at the white walled, white floored, fluorescent lit Institute — all hastily cleaned blood stains and distant moans.  You stay on the phone anyway, listening to the hideous dial tone.  Like electronic bees phasing in and out of this world, driving […]

Eddie Louiss, 1941-2015

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Organist Eddie Louiss died on June 30 in a Paris hospital. He was 74. His long career included widely praised albums with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and pianist Michel Petrucciani. Louiss became an organist when he was a member of the vocal group The Double Six Of Paris in the early 1960s. He quickly became […]

Joe Lockea?(TM)s Love Affair with Language

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo se...

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