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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Kongsberg Jazz Festival/Kongsberg Jazzmeeting Kongsberg, Norway July 6-8, 2017 Kongsberg, a former important silver mining town, is situated in the eastern part of Norway 55 miles west of Oslo. The Kongsberg Jazz Festival, founded in 1964 has a long
In the aftermath of his coma and very possible demise back in 2008, pianist m: Fred Hersch blossomed from a status as a first rate jazz pianist into the rarified air of one of the handful of top practitioners of that art form. A series of post-illnes
Bube's Brewery Presents Jazz Under the Stars Summer is the ultimate season for spending evenings outdoors and those dusky hours get even better when there's live music involved. On Friday, August 25th, Bube's Brewery, is presenting a spectacular alfr
Having been around the music industry since 1996, the Luis Garay World Percussion is armed with vast experiences and the know-how to capture the hearts and fancy of their fans. Their latest album, Humanity, has twenty unique songs that will make the
Arturo Sandoval Yoshi's OaklandOakland, CA July 28, 2017 Celebrated ten time Grammy winner and 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipient m: Arturo Sandoval packed e: Yoshi's Oakland for a galvanizing weekend of Afro Cuban jazz music. His picante hot gro
By Derek StoneHow does one come to appreciate, let alone enjoy, a new genre of music? Despite the cries that ring out from some musical essentialists, it is my belief that the enjoyment of new, as yet un-grappled-with types of expression can be devel
Although m: Oliver Nelson wasn't with us very long--he died in October 1975, age forty-three--the renowned composer / arranger / saxophonist bequeathed an impressive musical legacy and touched many lives along the way. Among his many admirers is trum
Thomas Chapin was one of my musical heroes when I was getting deeply into jazz in the 1990's and his death in 1998 was a shocking loss of one of the most interesting and joyful voices in progressive jazz. This documentary film goes a long way in demo
All About Jazz is celebrating Ike Quebec's birthday today! 'This incontestably superior musician has been almost totally ignored in the chronicling of the musical form to which he has contributed so much. Quebec was a tenor man of the Hawkins school
It is an open secret long acknowledged nearly everywhere: the best jazz musicians in other parts of the world are in a league with top players from the United States. Evidence of that excellenceif further evidence was neededsurfaced this summer in Pr
2017-2018 Season highlights include: World premieres of new works by Darcy James Argue and Anthony Coleman Monk's Dream: Thelonious Monk at 100 with T.S. Monk Manteca: Dizzy Gillespie and the Birth of Latin Jazz celebrating Gillespie'
The Eighth annual 2017 Montclair Jazz festival in Nishuan Park in Montclair NJ came alive on August 12 with the sights and sounds of jazz. Actress S, Epatha Merkerson, from the hit TV series "Law and Order" was once again mistress of ceremonies along
I will explain my odd title-quotation below. And here is the soundtrack: DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME, BILLIE’S BLUES, and I’LL GET BY, with Billie accompanied by Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, Coleman Hawkins, Barney
You won't find too many jazz musicians eager to cover post-punk stalwarts Deerhoof on their debut record, as keyboardist Chris McCarthy does on Sonder. But maybe McCarthy's not too interested in being regarded as just a "jazz musician." If anything,
Jay Rayner Quartet. Live at Zedel - A Night of Food and Agony(Live at Zedel. CD Review by Leonard Weinreich)A Jay Rayner album weakens the resolve to resist culinary imagery (musicians chops? Sense of thyme?). Because, while Mr Rayner leads the band
Seeking credit where they believe credit is due, songwriters and their trade organisations have sent a strongly worded letter to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) protesting that trade group's ongoing refusal to recognise the 'mora
In celebration of Louis Armstrong’s 116th birthday, Verve Records/UMe have released the digital collection, The... The post Louis Armstrong’s “The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946” released appeared first on JA
Marin County, CA - The past few months have been a blur for CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA, who is currently touring and performing with her husband Carlos Santana, is featured as a vocalist, drummer, and songwriter on "Power of Peace," the new Santana/Isley
By Eyal HareuveniLive in Tel Aviv is the third live album of the powerful trio of German reeds player Peter Brtzmann, American trombonist Steve Swell, and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love since its formation in February 2015. It follows live docum
August 11th to 13th turned out to be a great weekend of jazz at this year's San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Whether you enjoyed the lawn-chair, open air atmosphere or the traditional jazz club scene, it was your choice. The power lineup included m: Chris
After 12 and a half years of blogging without a real break, yr. humble StLJN editor is taking a brief vacation. Back soon with more...
This Chicago-based prog rock unit incorporates seamless genre-hopping movements on its 18th album and third for Cuneiform Records. Clocking in at a little over 38-minutes, the musicians provide upper-tier compositions, sans any hint of filler materia
Ben Allison and Think Free Layers of the CityThe bassist/composer Ben Allison is a rare breed, a multi-dimensional force. He has both the command of his instrument and the talent to write meaningful contributions to the jazz canon. His compositional
As Live Nation's lawyers work to push back a trial with Songkick back two months, the latter company is doing its best to oppose the effort, claiming that it would be financially detrimental to Songkick's financial well-being. Guest post by Dave Broo
Named after the hero of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman consists of Brandon Ross on guitar, Melvin Gibbs on bass and JT Lewis on drums. On this album, they are joined by the legendary trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, and it was an inspired invita
Fritz Weber is a talented composer/multi-instrumentalist who leads the group called Luminos, which is composed of different skilled individuals possessing various stylistic influences. As a result, the music that they make is a diverse mix between ja
Shez Raja at the 2016 festival Photo credit: Adrian LosLondons biggest free-admission jazz festival is back for its 11th year at Canary Wharf from August 19-20 in Canada Square Park (writes Gail Tasker). The weather forecast is sunny on both days, pe
Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasin
“Bluesette” is a jazz standard written by Belgian-born harmonica and guitar player Toots Thielemans. Though... The post A short history of … “Bluesette” (Toots Thielemans, 1964) appeared first on JAZZ
The afterlife for Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's storied MPS Records has been tough to track. After Brunner-Schwer sold the rights to Philips in the early '80s, the label changed hands several times--Polydor picked it up and passed it through a subsidia
Jeroen de Valk: Chet Baker, His Life And Music (Aspekt) de Valk has revised his 2000 biography of the trumpeter. The new version includes a comprehensive index that is helpful to readers. It has a selection of new photographs of Baker on the bandstan
Renowned, Chicago-based Guitarist and Philosophy Professor Stephen T. Asma has just completed the writing of his tenth book, entitled The Evolution of Imagination. The new book, published by the University of Chicago Press, is available at Amazon. In
I would guess that hot jazz, especially the Chicagoan variety, would have upset Hercule Poirot’s delicate stomach, but we could use his help on this matter. This posting owes its existence to my new jazz-friend (although I’ve read
September 22-23, shows at 8 and 10 PM: Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, work
Jon IrabagonPublicity picture2008 Monk Competition winning saxophonist JON IRABAGON, a fiercely uncompromising stylist of remarkable eclecticism, has proven his versatility not only as a sideman for Mary Halvorson, Dave Douglas and Barry Altschul, bu
By Lee Rice EpsteinTheres something inherently revealing about a duo performance. Being let into a discrete conversation between two musicians creates a kind of intimacy, I think, between the duo and listener. This is heightened in person, but a grea
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Jazz em Agosto Lisbon, Portugal July 28-August 6, 2017 Where to start with my description of the Jazz em Agosto experience? The gorgeous setting of the amphitheater in the garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (F
It's been quite an amazing several years for pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Vijay Iyer.  His Trio (with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore) made a number of impressive albums including 2015's "Break Stuff"), he's rel
Dave Gold may not have the big-name bandleader or arranger status of m: Buddy Rich or Nelson Riddle, but Heaven On Their Minds shows that his own talents, and those of his Big Band compatriots, are no less for this lack of recognition. In fact, Gold'
Bassist and composer Max Johnson has had a wide ranging musical career, performing with luminaries from the jazz, rock and bluegrass world in addition to developing an excellent series of albums as a leader in the progressive jazz vein. This album ha
My current life is imperfect and (not “but”) I am deeply grateful for it. One of the aspects of it that deeply warms me is living in a world where creative people are my friends. Even though we don’t see … Cont
All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Evans' birthday today! Who Was Bill Evans? Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his mus
George WeinThis was the 37th consecutive year that I've gone to Newport on assignments to cover the Jazz Festival and/or the Folk Festival. That long  run started when George Wein brought the jazz festival back to the City-by-the-Se
The ever mutating and expanding collective founded by ikonoklast producer / bassist Bill Laswell. This latest release consisting of live and studio recordings transcends obvious genres and challenges all generic boundaries...dub, North African, drum&
By Fotis Nikolakopoulos Mama Luma is a free jazz/improv trio from Thessaloniki, Greece consisting of Christos Yermenoglou on drums, Pavlos Pavlidis on alto sax and Haris Agoritsas on tenor sax and electric guitar. On this self-titled cassette their s
Peter JonesPhoto credit: David JacobsonVocalist PETER JONES' third album, Under the Setting Sun will be released at the end of this month. It consists of new songs which are product of a songwriting partnership with writing partner Trevor Le
The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival ran six days and was packed with so much music that there was no chance of hearing it all. Here are brief impressions of a few more performances. Gilbert Holmstrm New Sextet In the Per Helsas Gard courtyard, the 80-year
Fantastic sets by the Brooklyn Raga Massive and m: Pharoah Sanders at the BRIC Festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in homage to the music of Alice and m: John Coltrane... [ read more ]
Rudresh MahanthappaHere's the roundup of various music-related items of interest that have appeared in StLJN's inbox over the past week:* Kamasi Washington: An Opinion of Difference (Jazz Times)* Neither bills nor advancing age can dim the glow of a
Born in Sydney, pianist, composer and bandleader Tom Millar grew up in London where he still resides. After reading Music at King's College, Cambridge, he studied Jazz Piano and Composition for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music and later with D