Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs--along with pianist GA(C)o Voumard and writer RenA(C) Langel--in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations wi... [ read more ]
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For such a small country, there is an incredibly amount of diversity on the Danish jazz scene and new names and albums pop up all the time while experiments are made with forms and genres. The following four releases cover everything from diverse singer/songwriter vocal jazz to a modern saxophone tr... [ read more ]
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Bobby Zankel and Friends Philadelphia Museum of Art Art After 5 Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2016 Art After 5 is a long standing concert series held in the Great Hall of the Philadelphia Art Museum featuring local and international jazz and other musicians, often with the intention of breaking new grou... [ read more ]
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Jazz has had a universal appeal since its inception. As soon as the music left its cradle of New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century it quickly spread to all corners of the world. Europeans were among the first non-Americans to embrace the music and place their unique twist on it. Below a... [ read more ]
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New music out of the US this week, with an album by the Massachusetts-based saxophonist/composer Kris Allen.

Kris Allen's second release features all new compositions for a chord-less quartet. Dedicated to the loved-ones in his life, the album's appropriately titled Beloved, with tributes to both his family and former mentor and jazz great Jackie McLean - Kris' mentore in Connecticut. The band includes Frank Kozyra on tenor saxophone, Luques Curtis on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums.

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In the summer of 1972, at the age of 25, I was working by day as a Customs Broker for the venerable jny: San Francisco firm of Hoyt, Shepston and Sciaroni, and by night as a jazz pianist and arranger for an Afro Cuban jazz band called Kwane and the Kwandito's, which played a lot of the repertoire... [ read more ]
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To celebrate Montreux Jazz Festival's 50th edition in 2016, and as a posthumous tribute to the festival's founder, the late Claude Nobs, All About Jazz is launching a new column entitled Montreux Through the Decades, which will periodically present reviews of officially released live recordings from... [ read more ]
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How often do you go out to hear live music? I go almost every other night when I am in New York. I saw 118 shows in New York last summer. It's what I live for. I used to be into fitness but when I was 90 I broke a rib and my doctor told me to cool it. I've been going to hear live music for nearly 80... [ read more ]
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Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ CenterSan Francisco, CA June 11, 2016 Since his death in 1991, one month after his final performance at the Hollywood Bowl, there has been a vacancy in the jazz trumpet chair. While many have risen as stars on the instrument, no one has quite matched {{m: Miles Davis = 614... [ read more ]
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About Alex GershmanAn intriguing ensemble founded in 2012, Sasha's Bloc is an amalgam of varied artists, nationalities and experiences, all fueled by bassist and songwriter Alex Gershman. This collective delivers a sound that is consistently big, boisterous, full of spirit and rich in everything tha... [ read more ]
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Joe Walsh and Bad Company Nikon at Jones Beach Theater One Hell Of A Night Tour Wantagh, NY June 14, 2016 On this pleasant mid-June Evening it was "Classic Rock Hitmakers Night" at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Joe Walsh and Bad Company produced a relentless hit-after-hit onslaught that had the... [ read more ]
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Tord Gustavsen (with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad) Fringe Arts jny: Philadelphia, PA June 20, 2016 The music of this trio project is "a mystical and spiritual journey," m: Tord Gustavsen declared early in the set during his first-ever appearance in Philadelphia, an endeavor about... [ read more ]
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Music and the Christian Tradition are as intimately involved as making love. Since the beginning of an organized Christendom, music has been a part of the liturgy and celebration of what was to become the "Good News." Regardless of one's spiritual inclinations, this religious music looms large on th... [ read more ]
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Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ Center Bitches Brew To Tutu San Francisco, CA June 11, 2016 As part of the expansive 34th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, the cordial staff at SFJAZZ presented the outstanding Miles Electric Band in the spacious Miner Auditorium. Vincent Wilburn Jr., drummer and nephew... [ read more ]
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Stepping into the e: Green Lady Lounge feels like stepping back into the 1940s. Dim lighting, red walls, red drapes and faux-classic art lining the walls all build a classic ambiance. This must be what a jazz club in jny: Kansas City used to feel like. That's all by design. It's owne... [ read more ]
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Pianist Brad Mehldau returns with a new trio album focusing on standards and featuring his long-time collaborators.

The iconic Brad Mehldau has long been an exponent of the piano trio, building on the legacy of names like Bud Powell and Bill Evans. Once again teaming up with long-time collaborators Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, Mehldau has focused the group's attention on standards and covers - namely blues and ballads. In fact, that's the name of the album, and it's our feature album this week on ABC Jazz!

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts A String of Pearls Philadelphia, PA June 18, 2016 The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter m: Terell Stafford. Featuring som... [ read more ]
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Well, this is a disappointment. m: Johnny Griffin is widely regarded as one of the fastest sax players in jazz history. His reputation began with his very first album, Blue Note's Introducing Johnny Griffin in 1956. He solidified his rep the next year with a frantic three-sax attack on A... [ read more ]
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Sacred Music, that music associated with religion and religious observance, has been a fertile and endless loam of material since as early as 500 A.C.E. The Sixteen, Harry Christophers The Deer's Cry Coro Records2016 The Deer's Cry is part of the Harry Christophers and the Sixteen's 2016 Choral Pilg... [ read more ]
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Ninety-plus minutes of performances recorded live on tour in 2015, then interspersed with sounds of the planet natural (birds and thunder) and manufactured (car traffic and trains), Neil Young's double-CD Earth documents his social concerns and the synergy he's developed with his most recent accompa... [ read more ]
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