Earl Hines – Piano Genius at Work (7CD + DVD Box Set)

Earl Hines is often named the “Father of Modern Jazz Piano” and not without good reason. He was a Piano pioneer, not only in excelling and exercising his mastery of harmony and rhythm in solos, but in establishing the Piano as an important member of any jazz ensemble. The trumpet-style phrasing Hines formed a close creative unit with […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts

Tony Andrews writes: With Out To Lunch at Cadogan Hall 2017 thrilling the regulars earlier this year and hopefully lots of newcomers too, it seems appropriate to allow you all to meet Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts. Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to […]

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The Art Of Becoming A Jazz Musician: An Interview With Toshiko Akiyoshi:

Since 1956, when she first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, Toshiko Akiyoshi has been a significant force in the jazz world, both as pianist and composer. She was the first woman to win DownBeat magazine’s Best Arranger/Composer poll category. The New York Times called her “perhaps the most physically articulate conductor since Duke Ellington.” […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a man […]

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World-renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny discusses his impressions of life, music, and progressive education.

You started playing the trumpet when you were eight. What drew you to it? Well, my whole family’s pretty musical. My brother, Mike, was a great trumpet player, a child prodigy. My dad is a terrific trumpet player and my mom’s father was a professional trumpet player. Trumpet was sort of in the family. I […]

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Miles Davis – Chicago Jazz Festival 1990 (CD)

Miles Davis is backed by Kenny Garrett on alto saxophone and flute, Kei Agaki on synths, Richard Pattersonon bass, Ricky Wellman on drums, Erin Davis (Mile’s youngest son, incorrectly announced as John Bigham)on electronic percussion, and John “Foley” McCreary, Jr. on “lead bass” – a custom Blue Marble instrument tuned almost an octave higher than […]

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Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros Years [1969-1972], album review

Ivan Hewett reviews albums from Herbie Hancock, Jerry Léonide and Arve Henriksen in his round-up of jazz releases in summer 2014 Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from […]

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TONY MICELI: Interview

Victor L. Schermer writes:  Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New […]

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Modern day female jazz recommendations

The thread starts: We all know the classics from decades ago. What are your favorite your more contemporary female jazz singers of today?  Living close to Nashville I have the opportunity to see and hear a lot of up and coming artists. Nashville is NOT just country music by a long shot. I’ll start with […]

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Live at Ronnie Scott’s (CD) by John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

We are told ….. ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – […]

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Courtney Pine: ‘Carrying my instrument home each day made me feel better about myself’

Megan Conner: The jazz musician, 49, on standing up to the ‘jazz police’, playing saxophone on the moon, and being saved by the Pet Shop Boys Continue HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy […]

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DANNY THOMPSON: Bass player for the greats

Martin Chilton (The Telegraph) writes as follows: Danny Thompson is celebrating his 75th birthday with a series of concerts with musical collaborators such as Richard Thompson and Donovan. Here the acoustic bass maestro talks about his varied career playing with folk and jazz greats and pop stars such as Kate Bush and Cliff Richard Continue […]

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Modern day female jazz recommendations

Dean Fuller’s’s thread starts: We all know the classics from decades ago. What are your favorite your more contemporary female jazz singers of today?  Living close to Nashville I have the opportunity to see and hear a lot of up and coming artists. Nashville is NOT just country music by a long shot.  I’ll start […]

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