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  • Why Did Popular Music Break Up With Jazz?

    MUSIC JAZZ - Yahoo News Search Results
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    “Soldiers who had come back from World War II didn’t seem to be as interested in the more complex, challenging kind of popular song, the more jazz-based song. Sentimental ballads and, yes, novelty numbers, suddenly was much more appealing.”
  • All Music Television in 2015!

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    jazzcat
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    Hello Everyone, Here we are at the beginning of a brand New Year with so much beauty ahead of us. Everyone has resolutions, new ideas, new projects, new ways of thinking and being and the real question is, “What are we going to do to contribute” to our planet? Well, All Music Television and Sonos Studios has gotten off to a great start with the first iteration of the All Music Television Network! Today we conducted interviews with some monsters in the music who are carving out paths of honesty, beauty and grace with their music and their accomplishments. Sonos Studio is onboard…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 12 January 2015 - JazzWeek

    Elements of Jazz
    Donna M
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Happy 2015 to everyone!   Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the past week! Which albums made it on your Top Ten list for 2014? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook! For your listening pleasure this week, tne Christian Scott Quintet Live at the Rochester Jazz Festival in 2007. Enjoy ~     DAVID HAZELTINE I Remember Cedar (Sharp Nine) KENNY BARRON & DAVE HOLLAND The Art Of Conversation (Impulse!) HOUSTON PERSON The Melody Lingers On (HighNote) LOUIS HAYES AND THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY LEGACY BAND Live…
  • Best Historical Jazz Releases 2014

    Night Lights Classic Jazz
    David Brent Johnson
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.
  • Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

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    Grant Jackson
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    The vibraphonist performs a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others.» E-Mail This
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  • Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

    Grant Jackson
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    The vibraphonist performs a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others.» E-Mail This
  • When Henry Met Steven

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein says that virtuoso pianist Henry Butler is "everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place." Their collaboration transforms early blues songs.» E-Mail This
  • A David Murray Double Bill

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific tenor saxophonist returned to New York this winter to present a four-clarinet summit and a new trio with Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington.» E-Mail This
  • Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The supergroup of contemporary Blue Note Records artists — names like Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke and Ambrose Akinmusire — gather together for a program of originals and Blue Note classics.» E-Mail This
  • Melissa Manchester On Song Travels

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Manchester shares her new single and her achingly slow rendition of the Ronettes classic "Be My Baby." She also reprises a few of her hit songs, including "Come in from the Rain."» E-Mail This
 
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  • WEBSITE: All About Jazz Musician Database Tops 70,000 Profiles

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    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    All About Jazz, stewards of the largest jazz database on the internet, is now home to over 70,000 jazz musician profiles. A veritable who's who directory, the Jazz Musician Database includes musician profiles ranging from legendary figures like m: Miles Davis, to today's stars like m: Pat Metheny, to emerging artists like m: Ambrose Akinmusire...
  • VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Riding the "Night Train" with Jimmy Forrest

    AllAboutJazz.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    What's the most performed song ever written by a jny: St. Louis jazz musician? While it's probably impossible to ever know with absolute certainty, at first one might guess that it's something from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. After all, it is the best-selling jazz album of all time, and tunes from it such asA "All Blues" and "So What" frequently get played at jam sessions and on cover gigs, and have been recorded by various other musicians besides Davis...
  • WEBSITE: All About Jazz Expands Advertising Service

    AllAboutJazz.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    All About Jazz has added a handful of new options to their already robust list of promotional services to help advertisers reach the largest collection of jazz fans and professionals on the internet. In addition to standard banner advertising, new album Showcase, and a geo-targeted Jazz Near You email sponsorship, AAJ has recently added or improved the following services...
  • NEW RECORDING: Recent Listening: Kenton Alums, Coltrane, Mraz, Among Others

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    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Stan Kenton Alumni Band, Road Scholars (Summit) Before he died, m: Stan Kenton ruled that there would never be a Kenton ghost band. Nor has there been. Still, 35 years after his death there is considerable demand for the expansive Kenton approach. The 18-piece road band led by former Kenton trumpeter Mike Vax goes a long way toward satisfying that demand. Half of the banda€(TM)s members worked for Kenton. The others are from the rich pool of southern California musicians with extensive big band experience...
  • INTERVIEW: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Golson

    AllAboutJazz.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Golson's birthday today! Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend, - a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey... Read more...
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    Elements of Jazz

  • Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 12 January 2015 - JazzWeek

    Donna M
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Happy 2015 to everyone!   Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the past week! Which albums made it on your Top Ten list for 2014? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook! For your listening pleasure this week, tne Christian Scott Quintet Live at the Rochester Jazz Festival in 2007. Enjoy ~     DAVID HAZELTINE I Remember Cedar (Sharp Nine) KENNY BARRON & DAVE HOLLAND The Art Of Conversation (Impulse!) HOUSTON PERSON The Melody Lingers On (HighNote) LOUIS HAYES AND THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY LEGACY BAND Live…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For The Week Of 21 December 2014 - JazzWeek

    Donna M
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the past week! Which albums are going to make it on your Top Ten list for 2014? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook! For your listening pleasure this week, GRAMMY-winner Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse with The Christmas Song ~ Enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah to everyone that celebrates!       JIMMY GREENE Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) KENNY BARRON & DAVE HOLLAND The Art Of Conversation (Impulse!) LOUIS HAYES AND THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY LEGACY BAND Live…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For The Week Of 14 December 2014 - JazzWeek

    Donna M
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the past week! Which albums are going to make it on your Top Ten list for 2014? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook! For your listening pleasure this week, GRAMMY nominee Tierney Sutton performing Don't Go To Strangers live at Blue Note Milan ~ Enjoy!     KENNY BARRON & DAVE HOLLAND The Art Of Conversation (Impulse!) PETER ZAK The Disciple (Peter Zak Music) HOUSTON PERSON The Melody Lingers On (HighNote) DAVID HAZELTINE I Remember Cedar (Sharp Nine) *GERRY GIBBS…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For The Week Of 07 December 2014 - JazzWeek

    Donna M
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the last week! Which albums are going to make it on your Top Ten list for 2014? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook! For your listening pleasure this week (in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of A Love Supreme), here is a 14 minute video of John Coltrane performing A Love Supreme: Part 1 - Acknowledgement ~ Enjoy!     KENNY BARRON & DAVE HOLLAND The Art Of Conversation (Impulse!) HOUSTON PERSON The Melody Lingers On (HighNote) *GERRY GIBBS THRASHER DREAM…
  • 57th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominations - Jazz

    Donna M
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The GRAMMY nominations trickled out all day long yesterday from The Recording Academy. You will find not only the "official" Jazz categories listed below. I have included others such as  "Best Arrangement - Instruments and Vocals" that jazz artists are also in the running for a GRAMMY - ten categories total.  Congratulations to ALL of the nominees!!   Best Contemporary Instrumental Album   "Wild Heart" - Mindi Abair[Label: Heads Up International] "Slam Dunk" - Gerald Albright[Label: Heads Up International] "Nathan East" - Nathan East [Label: Yamaha Entertainment Group]…
 
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    MUSIC JAZZ - Yahoo News Search Results

  • Why Did Popular Music Break Up With Jazz?

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    “Soldiers who had come back from World War II didn’t seem to be as interested in the more complex, challenging kind of popular song, the more jazz-based song. Sentimental ballads and, yes, novelty numbers, suddenly was much more appealing.”
  • Music review: Belgian jazz pianist Jef Neve transcends technique to achieve tender melodic beauty

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Jazz: Jef Neve, Bennetts Lane – Review. This time last year, the magnificent Sun Ra Arkestra✓ landed at the Forum Theatre and played to a wildly enthusiastic audience for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival's inaugural Summer Sessions.
  • MUSIC INDUSTRY: Artful Jazz with a Few Twists

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    Sarasota-based Bill Buchman is an artful guy. He's a renowned painter and art teacher. The several places he teaches these days include the Venice FL Art Center. On Thursday, January 22, he set his brushes aside and wore a different hat - as a very fine jazz pianist.
  • Subscribe to the Louth Leader

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    A Fotherby woman who is keen to keep the local music scene alive is channelling her soundwaves and moving onto the airwaves in Mablethorpe.
  • Starting that smooth Swingle singing

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    WARD SWINGLE 1927-2015Ward Swingle was the founding father of the Swingle Singers, the a cappella group that blended jazz rhythms with baroque and classical music in a distinctive, easy-listening style. The group made its name with scat renditions of Bach: lots of “doob-a-do” and “bah-bah-badah” substituting for the keyboard strokes more commonly heard in works such as The Art of Fugue.
 
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  • Drummer Yacub Addy dies

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Ghanaian drummer Yacub Addy, a master of African music who founded Odadaa!, worked with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and became a National Heritage Fellow in 2010, died of a heart attack on Dec. 18 at the age of 83. He lived in Latham. His death was announced by Amina Addy, his manager, producer and wife of 37 years. “I could write a book on this topic,” she said, describing his life and contributions in an email. “Yacub was a pioneer.” Marsalis, reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, described Addy as a natural teacher, a profound and natural communicator and a keen…
  • Wynton Marsalis: My jazzy New York

    3 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    He may have been born in the Big Easy, but once Wynton Marsalis hit the Big Apple, there was no going back. Now 53, the nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center still marvels at his first sight of Manhattan, when he was 17 and auditioning for Juilliard. “The energy of all those people, everywhere!” recalls Marsalis, now living in Chelsea. “I got off the cab in the wrong place and ended up walking for blocks with my four trumpets, seeing the sun shoot down over West End Avenue.” He’ll lead his ensemble in “Birth of the American…
  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis celebrate Duke, Dizzy, Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform the music of four pioneering giants of jazz – Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus – in Duke, Dizzy, ‘Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on January 29, 30 and 31 at 8pm. Jazz at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York. Duke, Dizzy, ‘Trane and Mingus singularly pursued ancestral music, particularly from Africa and Latin America, and used their discoveries to broaden the horizons of their artistry and create new…
  • New Year’s Eve 2014 at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola ends the year on a high note with a one-night only appearance by the acclaimed Wynton Marsalis Quintet with special guests Jared Grimes and Kate Davis on New Year’s Eve. Rarely seen in New York City, the all-star ensemble features multi-reedist Walter Blanding, bassist Carlos Henriquez, drummer Ali Jackson, and pianist Dan Nimmer, sharing the club’s stage with trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Marsalis and two show-stopping special guests. Choreographer, tap dancer and Tony-Award nominee Grimes is a recipient of the 2014 Annual…
  • Birth of the American Orchestra

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    On January 9 and 10, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explores its big band roots. Partly inspired by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing & Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard University lecture, “Setting the Communal Table: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra”, delivered on September 26, 2013, the Birth of the American Orchestra concerts will explore the development of the American orchestra through the syncopated dance beats of New Orleans, innovative ensemble virtuosity, and the monumentality of swing and the blues. Bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie once…
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  • Recent Listening: Kenton Alums, Coltrane, Mraz, Among Others

    Doug Ramsey
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Stan Kenton Alumni Band, Road Scholars (Summit) Before he died, Stan Kenton ruled that there would never be a Kenton ghost band. Nor has there been. Still, 35 years after his death there is considerable demand for the expansive Kenton approach. The 18-piece road band led by former Kenton trumpeter Mike Vax goes a long […]
  • Ward Swingle, 1927-2015

    Doug Ramsey
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Ward Swingle, who founded a vocal group that melded J.S. Bach with bebop rhythm and scat singing, died on Monday in Eastbourne, England. He was 87. The announcement came from the Swingles, successor to the Swingle Singers, many of whose albums were best sellers in the US and Europe in the 1960s. Born in Alabama, […]
  • Monday Recommendation: Art Tatum

    Doug Ramsey
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Art Tatum, God Is In The House (High Note) The title comes from what Fats Waller said when he saw Art Tatum walk into a club where Waller was playing. Dan Morgenstern tells the story in his notes for this essential collection, “…he stopped the music and announced: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I play the piano, […]
  • Martin Luther King

    Doug Ramsey
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the national holiday dedicated to his leadership of the civil rights movement, here is the John Coltrane Quartet playing Coltrane’s “Alabama.” The performance is from Ralph J. Gleason’s Jazz Casual television series John Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums. Coltrane […]
  • Weekend Extra: McCoy Tyner And Friends In San Francisco

    Doug Ramsey
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Courtesy of National Public Radio Jazz, we travel back two years to join pianist McCoy Tyner with two all-star groups at the opening of the splendid SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. NPR’s Patrick Jarenwattanon provides background. Few pianists have been as influential to modern jazz practice as McCoy Tyner. His harmonic and rhythmic conceptions, notably […]
 
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    Jazz@Rochester

  • It's cold out there! .... In more ways than one (Jazz in ROC, January 22-28, 2015)

    Greg V. Bell
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I know that I don't want to head out into the cold these days and realize that it is having its effect on how much is out there. However, I know there's more out there ... somewhere ... but I'm a busy guy with a demanding day job. I rely on you, my readers, to spread the word that we're here and trying to help get more live jazz out there for you. So when you're at a venue that has live jazz, let them know about us. OK? Now back to your regularly scheduled programming .... Open the link below (if you're not reading this in an email) to find the live jazz in and…
  • Martin Luther King had a dream for jazz, too ....

    Greg V. Bell
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    In thoughts printed in the program for the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote eloquently on the role that music, and jazz in particular, played in the Civil Rights movement and, more universally, as a "stepping stone" in the universal struggles of modern man to find peace, meaning, love, happiness and faith. On this day on which we celebrate Dr. King's life, I thought I'd share these words: On the Importance of Jazz God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has…
  • Sit back, turn up the sound and watch the Miles Davis Quintet ...

    Greg V. Bell
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    What looks to be a full set of great music with the second Quintet in 1967 with Miles Davis joined by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams: If you know where this concert was filmed, let us know in the comments. 
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    Upcoming shows

  • Terence Blanchard in St. Louis on 06/10/15

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Artist: Terence Blanchard Date: Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - Saturday, June 13th 2015 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Wed/Thu: $35; Fri/Sat: $40; Students w/ID: $15 Box office: 314.571.6000 Buy Tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Terence Blanchard in St. Louis on 06/10/15

    10 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Artist: Terence Blanchard Date: Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - Saturday, June 13th 2015 Time: 7:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Wed/Thu: $35; Fri/Sat: $40; Students w/ID: $15 Box office: 314.571.6000 Buy Tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Brunch at the Bistro with Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing in St. Louis on 05/31/15

    31 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Artist: Brunch at the Bistro with Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing Date: Sunday, May 31st 2015 Time: 10:00am City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: $34.95 includes brunch buffet and show | $17.95 for children 10 & under Notes: Reservations encourage but not required – 314.754.3222 x1 More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke in St. Louis on 05/27/15

    27 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Artist: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke Date: Wednesday, May 27th 2015 - Saturday, May 30th 2015 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Wed/Thu: $35; Fri/Sat: $40; Students w/ID: $15 Box office: 314.571.6000 Buy Tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke in St. Louis on 05/27/15

    27 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Artist: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke Date: Wednesday, May 27th 2015 - Saturday, May 30th 2015 Time: 7:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: Wed/Thu: $35; Fri/Sat: $40; Students w/ID: $15 Box office: 314.571.6000 Buy Tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
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    JAZZ LIVES

  • MODERN SWINGMATISM RETURNS: MICHAEL BANK SEPTET at SOMETHIN’ JAZZ (Jan. 20, 2015: Part One)

    jazzlives
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I first heard pianist Michael Bank play a decade ago, in a situation that would have unsettled a lesser musician: he was set up behind a keyboard — with three or four other players — in a Brooklyn bar / restaurant.  The clientele, well-heeled young men and women enjoying their Sunday brunch, talked loudly and incessantly about their possessions: “my architect,” “Emily’s play group,” “the worst cleaning service we’ve ever used,” “our financial advisor.”  But Michael’s beautiful individualism cut through the…
  • LIVING ABUNDANTLY (Nov. 27, 2014)

    jazzlives
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    The 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest was the living embodiment of jazz abundance (an overwhelming assortment of choices!) so it’s appropriate that it featured one of my favorite bands — the truly abundant Yerba Buena Stompers, here closing a jubilant set with a song that speaks of overflowing largesse. The Stompers are Leon Oakley, cornet; Duke Heitger, trumpet; Tom Bartlett, trombone; Orange Kellin, clarinet; Conal Fowkes, piano; John Gill, banjo; Clint Baker, tuba; Kevin Dorn, drums.  Everyone can be heard — I find the two-trumpet conversation thrilling, but the band rocks. But…
  • SONGS OF LOVE, JUST FOR US: JANICE DAY and MARTIN LITTON (November 9, 2014)

    jazzlives
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    If you wonder what happens when the last official notes are played or sung, when the audience and musicians have gone to sleep, to the restaurant, or the bar — sometimes remarkable things happen.  Here are two performances by the very sensitive and swinging pair, Janice Day and Martin Litton, recorded on November 9, 2014, after the conclusion of the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party — no audience, just the three of us, delighting in the relaxed solitude. WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN': Janice calls herself an “entertainer,” which is certainly true: she…
  • BEAUTIFUL IMPROMPTUS: DAN LEVINSON, BOB HAVENS, KEITH INGHAM at the ALLEGHENY JAZZ PARTY (September 20, 2014)

    jazzlives
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In my deepest jazz self, I hold to what I would call the Condon aesthetic: that nothing beats a group of like-minded musicians assembling for a common purpose — creating swinging lyrical improvisations — on the spot, with no arrangements, nothing more formal than a mutually agreed-upon song, tempo, key, and perhaps someone volunteering to play lead in the first chorus.  After that, the players live utterly in the moment.  Sometimes this freedom makes for collisions, but more often it results in the kind of pleasure one lives for, the moments when the tight collars have been…
  • DEEP FEELING WITHOUT WORDS: JAMES DAPOGNY WITH STRINGS (Ann Arbor, January 10, 2015)

    jazzlives
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Here’s another gem — the rueful Thirties novella of love, that although ended, is undying — THAT OLD FEELING.  This performance, which I find so moving, comes from the appearance of the James Dapogny Quartet at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on January 10, 2015 — captured for us by Laura Beth Wyman. The Quartet is, for this occasion, Professor Dapogny on piano, arrangements, and moral guidance; Mike Karoub, cello; Rod McDonald, guitar; Kurt Krahnke, string bass. I love this performance for many reasons — not the least of which is the…
 
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    Music and More

  • Books: Can's Tago Mago by Alan Warner (33 1/3 Series)

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The 33 ⅓ series is a set of short books, each one taking an in depth look at a famous music album. In this case, the groundbreaking double album by the German progressive rock band Can, Tago Mago, which is one of the centerpieces of what the British cheekily called “Krautrock” and the Germans called “Kosmische.” Warner takes a roundabout way in talking about the album, preferring to place it in his own personal narrative, a coming of age story where the boy from a remote Scottish village is gradually exposed to more creative punk and new wave music and then discovers the music of…
  • Thelonious Monk - Thelonious Monk Trio (Prestige, 1952-1954, Reissue 2007)

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was at a crossroads in his career when this album was recorded. The New York City police department had conspired to take away his cabaret card, which was necessary for performing live in New York City and he had not put out recordings in a few years. Monk had released a series of groundbreaking 78's for Blue Note, but this was his first LP length album. Supported by either Gary Mapp or Percy Heath on bass and either Max Roach or Art Blakey on drums, the album consists of some of his most well known compositions. The album has some of Monk's most familiar…
  • The Ames Room - Struggling In Public (Norwegianism Records, 2014)

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    The Ames Room is a powerful free jazz trio made up of Jean-Luc Guionnet on alto saxophone, Clayton Thomas on bass and Will Guthrie on drums. This album consists of four tracks recorded live in different cities from 2011 - 2014. It is a powerful statement not only of the bands prowess and control of a wide open form of music but their empathy for each other. "Theatre Kapelle" was recorded in Berlin in 2011 and it a short burt of energy music that cuts off abruptly as if the band had spontaneously combusted. "The North Terrace" recorded in Newcastle in 2013 is another relatively short…
  • Cream - 1966-1972 (Universal, 2014)

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Cream, consisting of Jack Bruce on bass guitar and vocals, Eric Clapton on guitar and vocals and Ginger Baker on drums was one of the first rock 'n' roll super groups, a band whose virtuosity shot them to fame before acrimony and infighting brought them crashing down just a few years later. In-between there were three studio albums, and two live albums that were released posthumously. Fresh Cream introduced the band in 1966, mixing well thought originals like "I Feel Free" and "N.S.U." with a wide array of blues covers ranging from Muddy Waters to Skip James and Robert Johnson.
  • Frank Lowe - Out Loud (Triple Point Records, 2014)

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    American saxophonist Frank Lowe was a musician that slipped through the cracks somewhat in jazz history, scuffling for recording opportunities and gigs and then dying far too young. Originally from Memphis and deeply influenced by the soul and rhythm and blues sounds of the day, he then moved west to San Francisco studying informally with the great alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons. Chewed up by the meat-grinder of the Vietnam War, Lowe surfaced in New York City in the early 1970’s, recording with drummer Rashied Ali and making his debut as a leader with Black Beings on the ESP label in 1973.
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    Casa Valdez Studios

  • Doug Webb Clinic

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I posted Doug Webb's substitutions a while back, but never got around to editing the audio from the clinic. I figured that I should just post the raw audio tracks, or I'd never get around to editing the tracks. There is a lot of great information here, but it is kind of long. Near the end of the clinic Doug Plays through the entire page of his substitutions, which is really fantastic.(Click for a larger version)Doug Webb improv clinic- part 1Doug Webb improv clinic- part 2
  • The Pocket Herb- the genius of Herb Pomeroy

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The teacher who had the biggest influence on me during my time at Berklee was Heb Pomeroy. I was quite fortunate to play in his Concert Jazz Orchestra for three years, as well as a few semesters in his Line-Writing band and his small combo. Herb was a true master composer, arranger, educator, improvisor and band leader. His influence of how modern Jazz harmony, composition and arranging can not be overstated. For instance, for many years the Altered Dominant scale was called the Pomeroy scale. Unfortunately I never took any of Herb's composition and arranging classes, which I have always…
  • 8-Tonic PDF

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Here is a 17 page PDF with 8-Tonic materials: 8-Tonic.PDFLink to All Major Keys ii-V7Is play-along trackLink to A7 play-along track
  • Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People-

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
     Here is a link to some interesting Harmony PDFs:Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People
  • David Valdez/Kenny Brooks Quintet live @ Camellia Lounge

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
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    The Jazzcat

  • All Music Television in 2015!

    jazzcat
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    Hello Everyone, Here we are at the beginning of a brand New Year with so much beauty ahead of us. Everyone has resolutions, new ideas, new projects, new ways of thinking and being and the real question is, “What are we going to do to contribute” to our planet? Well, All Music Television and Sonos Studios has gotten off to a great start with the first iteration of the All Music Television Network! Today we conducted interviews with some monsters in the music who are carving out paths of honesty, beauty and grace with their music and their accomplishments. Sonos Studio is onboard…
  • Make Music LA Holiday Flash Mob Concert at City National Plaza 2014!

    jazzcat
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
  • Calling out to all Musicians! Holiday Flash Mob in Downtown LA!!!!!!

    jazzcat
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    The holiday season is in full swing in Los Angeles and this year LeRoy Downs, the quintessential on-air radio personality and creator and producer of TheJazzCat.net, and president of Make Music Los Angeles will be celebrating a new tradition by producing a Holiday Flash Mob/concert on Dec. 18, 2014 at City National Bank Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The concert begins at 5:00 p.m. City National Plaza is located at 515 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA. “There is no greater joy than the sights and sounds of the holiday season,” says Mr. Downs, “Earlier this year for International…
  • LeRoy Downs on RISE with Mark Maxwell Talking about the Holiday Flash Mob!

    jazzcat
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Click, Listen, Register, Play, Love, Celebrate!!!!   This Thursday Dec 18th @ 5pm @ City National Plaza – Click Pic for Directions!
  • KPFK’s Holiday Concert & Benefit Show Dec 20th!

    jazzcat
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    KPFK’s Holiday Concert & Benefit Show Saturday December 20th Featuring Oscar Hernandez, Luis Conte and many more phenomenal artists! Join KPFK’s own Maggie LePique as she celebrates 20 years at KPFK with a star studded Holiday concert at the Catalina Jazz Club on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood California!  Music director for the night will be pianist Oscar Hernandez of the world renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra. With amazing artists, guests and performances. Oscar Hernandez Host for the evening will be Richard Montoya! Joining Oscar and Richard will be an amazing line up of…
 
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  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Three cheers for Denny Tedesco. After directing a brilliant documentary nearly 20 years ago on the Wrecking Crew—the close-knit group of Los Angeles studio musicians who played the instruments on hundreds of pop and rock records in the 1960s—Denny found he wasn't able to release it as a DVD. The cost of paying the rights for all the music in the film was simply too high. So he tried to raise sufficient funds by taking the movie on tour, which wasn't as fruitful as he had hoped. Now Denny, son of late guitarist Tommy Tedesco, who was a member of the Wrecking Crew, tells me…
  • Interview: Jamie Cullum

    Marc Myers
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    I love writing the "Track Record" column for Wall Street Journal/Europe, which is based in London. The point of the column is to interview artists to see what obscure albums most influenced them. There are always surprises, and I'm constantly being turned on to music that escaped my radar. Case in point is my interview with jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum in today's "Off Duty" section of the Europe edition (go here). My challenge to Cullum was tell me about albums that have inspired him to take risks. I was familiar with Money Jungle but not the…
  • Patti Page and Nat Cole

    Marc Myers
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    On October 29, 1958, singer Patti Page hosted Nat King Cole and Gene Krupa as well as Illinois Jacquet, her musical director Rocky Cole and other musicians on ABC's The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show, which featured the swinging Vic Schoen Orchestra. Shows like this take me back to when I was a very little kid, being parked at my grandmother's house in the Bronx as my parents went out on a Saturday night. Grandma didn't have a clue what they were saying on her flickering black-and-white Emerson set but she loved the music and sunny optimism in their voices and faces...
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  • Sunday Session: January 25, 2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Maceo ParkerFor your Sunday reading enjoyment and edification, here are some noteworthy items encountered during the past week about jazz, creative music, and more: * The Piano Is Dead! Long Live the Piano! (The Daily Beast)* For Musicians, a TV Series Underscores Diminishing Role (New York Times)* Five Long Term Music Industry Predictions (And How Disney Will Rule The World) (Music Industry Blog)* Blowin’ Heat: Maceo Parker On James Brown, ‘Get On Up,’ Ferguson, and Musical Unity (KQED)* Netflix Producing Nina Simone Documentary from Liz Garbus, Set for 2015 (Variety)* Sundance 2015…
  • StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Riding the "Night Train" with Jimmy Forrest

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    What's the most performed song ever written by a St. Louis jazz musician? While it's probably impossible to ever know with absolute certainty, at first one might guess that it's something from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. After all, it is the best-selling jazz album of all time, and tunes from it such as  "All Blues" and "So What" frequently get played at jam sessions and on cover gigs, and have been recorded by various other musicians besides Davis. However, the popularity of Davis and Kind of Blue notwithstanding, further investigation suggests that the most likely candidate for…
  • So What: Local News, Notes & Links

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest: * KDHX has posted online a photo set from last Saturday's New Music Circle concert featuring pianist Johanna Ballou at 560 Music Center.* Euclid Records, both in St. Louis and New Orleans, was featured in the Vinyl Lives section of GlideMagazine.com.* Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas’ band Soundprints, featuring St. Louis native and Berklee grad Lawrence Fields (pictured) on piano, is set to release their debut album Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, which includes two new Wayne Shorter…
  • Dalton Ridenhour to perform Saturday, February 14 at Scott Joplin House

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Ragtime and stride pianist Dalton Ridenhour is coming to St. Louis to perform at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site's New Rosebud Cafe. The concert is co-sponsored by the Friends of Scott Joplin.Ridenhour (pictured), a native of St. James, Missouri, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the Eastman School who first performed at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia when he was just nine years old. He currently lives in New York City, where he plays with various jazz, rock and funk bands in addition to his solo piano gigs.
  • Jazz this week: Arturo O'Farrill Sextet, Fidel Morales Trio, and more

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week's menu of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis has a bit of what Jelly Roll Morton once called "the Latin tinge," with two different touring Latin-jazz performers passing through town, plus the usual variety of local sounds, from Gypsy jazz and big band swing to funkified Beatles and New Orleans-style brass.Let's go to the highlights...Wednesday, January 21Tonight, pianist Arturo O’Farrill (pictured, top left) and his sextet will make their debut at Jazz at the Bistro, continuing with two sets nightly through Saturday.O'Farrill, the son of legendary Latin bandleader Chico…
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    Jazz Blues Florida - Florida's Online Guide to Live Jazz & Blues in at JazzBluesFlorida.com

  • A personal letter..(Allen Kanovsky comes clean about his absence at Sea of Jazz Festival)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 01/25/15to the artists I did not hear, CRA Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Arts and its Exec, Alyona Ushe, my thousands of readers(8 or 10), my pals and dance partners:In the words of Billy Eckstine recorded in 1948 "I Apologize". Sincerely, I apologize for failing to get to the 2nd nite of the Sea of JAZZFest at the Amp. My excuse is fatigue. My 83 years occasionally catch up with me. My late night adventures and the joy provided by listening to the music make life worth living. I regret not hearing The Clayton Brothers, The Ken Peplowsi Quintet, and The…
  • Winners of 2015 International Blues Challenge announced!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    The final round of the 2015 International Blues Challenge was held today, Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis TN.Band 1st place - Eddie Cotton representing the Vicksburg Blues SocietyBand 2nd place - Noah Wotherspoon representing the Dayton Blues SocietyBand 3rd place - Nico Wayne Toussaint representing the Southern California Blues SocietySolo/duo 1st place - Randy McQuay representing the Cape Fear Blues SocietySolo/duo 2nd place - Brian Keith Wallen  representing the Dayton Blues SocietyBest self produced CD - Altered Five…
  • I am willing to wager...(And Allen Kanovsky says the Sea of Jazz Festival is a sure bet!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 01/24/15…that there are a bunch of you who read this who will swear that they were at Woodstock. Some might say they were in Ed Sullivan's studio for the first Beatles appearance. A scant few might claim to have been at Carnegie Hall to see Benny Goodman. There are about 1,000 folks who will be able to say they were at the very first SEA OF JAZZ FEST at the Amp in Pompano Beach.And a Fest it was. JAZZ, JAZZ and more JAZZ. The show opened with the Phil Woods Quintet. Phil on tenor sax, Brian Lynch (trumpet), Bill Mays (piano), Steve Gilmore (bass) and Bill…
  • Florida's Slate for International Blues Challenge Has Been Finalized. Results are in and LOOK OUT WORLD!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Announcements for Florida's 2014 Local IBC Challenges to determine competitors at the 2015 IBC In Memphis TN. RESULTS!Suncoast Blues SocietyCompetition was held Oct 12 at Ace's Lounge,4343 Palma Sola Blvd. Bradenton FL 34210AcesLiveMusic.com (941)795-3886Time: 4pmSolo/Duo Competitors: Sandy AtkinsonFranc RobertBodie Valdez (Winner Solo/Duo Category)Lee PonsBand Competitors:Theodore Strange BandBetty Fox Band (Winner Band Category)Marty Stokes BandTheodore Stange BandEllie Lee & Blues FuryTC Carr's All-Star Bolts of BlueJason Haram Band* Charlie…
  • Photos and video clips from The International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN, Day Day Two!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
 
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    LondonJazz

  • REVIEW: The Impossible Gentlemen.at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    The Impossible GentlemenThe Impossible Gentlemen. (Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, 24 January. Review by Jon Turney) A shuffle of brushes, softly-picked chords on guitar, an insistent six-note bass figure: all cushioning a gorgeous melody line from the piano. It sounds exactly like the Impossible Gentlemen, but the opening number is brand new. And so it goes for two full sets. The Anglo-American quartet have two CD's worth of superb music recorded, but Gwilym Simcock and Mike Walker have been composing again, and they have a big helping of new work to share .This second night…
  • PHOTO-ESSAY: Pat Metheny - Inspired premiere at the Eberhard Weber Jubilee Concert in Stuttgart

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    Pat Metheny. Theaterhaus Stuttgart January 2015Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski. All Rights ReservedPat Metheny's affecting and beautifully crafted new work "Inspired" was premiered at the Eberhard Weber 75th Birthday Jubilee Concert with in the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart on 23rd January 2015. Ralf Dombrowski photographed the rehearsal.The final picture is of the dedicatee himself. All photos are Copyright Ralf Dombrowski/ All Rights Reserved. Pat Metheny. Theaterhaus Stuttgart January 2015Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski. All Rights ReservedPat Metheny. Theaterhaus Stuttgart January 2015Photo Credit…
  • REVIEW: Julien Desprez solo + In Bed With at the Vortex

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Julien Desprez solo + In Bed With (Vortex, 23rd January 2015. Review by Dan Bergsagel)With so much French spoken it could easily have been the east of Paris, but on Friday the 23rd the Jazz Shuttle had landed in east London bringing exciting cross-channel chaos to the Vortex. The night started with Julien Desprez perched on stage alone, untrimmed strings waving madly from the end of his guitar like his errant hair as he embarked on his 25 minute solo journey, Acapulco. With overdrive and metal licks accompanied with a strong backing hum, what at first appeared to be a Gallic disregard…
  • CD REVIEW: Quest Ensemble - Footfall

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Quest Ensemble - Footfall (PFT 14001. CD Review by Matthew Wright)Classical musicians are notoriously reluctant to improvise. So the jazz world generally believes, anyway. It means there’s a gap in the scene for a band that uses the instrumentation and tonal qualities of classical music with the communal spontaneity that improvisation can create. It’s a great opportunity for the right group of musicians, and why should improvised music necessarily involve drums and brass or reeds anyway? Cue Footfall, the debut album from London Quest Ensemble, a Guildhall-educated trio of Preetha…
  • CD REVIEW: Jaco Pastorius - Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Jaco Pastorius - Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years (Warner Bros. Records - 8122795729. CD review by Joe Stoddart)‘Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years’ is one of many retrospectives of bass genius Jaco Pastorius’ work that have been issued since his tragic death at the age of 35. Containing music from his time with the Warner Bros. label, the vast majority of the album is made up of selections from his sophomore solo studio release ‘Word Of Mouth’ and live albums ‘The Birthday Concert’ and ‘Invitation’.Among the four tracks which are not from these albums, first up is a…
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    JazzWorldQuest - Jazz News With A Global Perspective

  • JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2014

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Following the release of the JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2013 this year edition features a free for download compilation of songs released in 2014 by independent musicians from Italy, Greece, USA, Romania, France, Canada, Netherlands and Brazil.Travel the world and cross cultures and genres  listening to: Aara’s Circle, Alekos Vretos, Beverly Taft, Capitão Corisco, Dan Baraszu and Dave Ellington, Florin Raducanu, G’s Way, Herb Geller & The Roberto Magris Trio, Kenn Smith, Lea Longo, Natalie Jean, Northeastern AllStars, Roberto Magris Septet, Roberto Magris Trio, Rocktronix, Saskia…
  • Klezmokum: “Klez-Evergreens Project Extended” 2015

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    This year Klezmokum celebrates 26 years of performances and 8 recordings!   By popular demand,  “Klez-Evergreens” project has been extended with many new pieces added for the next concert season: the first half of 2015.  Klezmokum and Klez-Edge(a quartet instrumental version of the band) have a wealth of material from many years of existence which deserve greater listening and performances for the public.. Some of these pieces were only performed a few times and have been re-arranged in a new format for this tour.  In addition there is some great music by…
  • New Jazz papers: Jeffrey Agrell - Creative Pedagogy for Piano Teachers/ Jeff Warren - Music and Ethical Responsibility

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Creative Pedagogy for Piano Teachers - Table of Contentsby Jeffrey AgrellOverview of contents of this book of musical improvisation games for piano teachers.Music and Ethical Responsibilityby Jeff WarrenDiscussions surrounding music and ethical responsibility bring to mind arguments about legal ownership and purchase. Yet the many ways in which we experience music with others are usually overlooked. Musical experience and practice always involve relationships with other people, which can place limitations on how we listen to and act upon music. In Music and Ethical Responsibility Jeff Warren…
  • JazzWorldQuest- The Free mp3 list & Web Player update: The Duet- "Promenade" & Yonrico Scott-"Swish"

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    Musician: The DuetTrack: PromenadeComposer: Bellavia Alberto , Rebufello RobertoAlbum Name: LiveYear of release: 2013 Link to CD StoreMusician/Label Website: www.theduet.it Musician: Yonrico ScottTrack: SwishComposer: Yonrico ScottAlbum Name: Only A SmileYear of release: 2015Label: Blue Canoe Records Link to CD StoreMusician/Label Website: http://www.bluecanoerecords.comMore Free Mp3 dowmloads http://jazzworldquest.com/the-free-mp3-list
  • Billie Davies News Update

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    BILLIE DAVIES“The new kid on the block in New Orleans!'” Billie Davies (born Billie Goegebeur, December 10, 1955 in Bruges, Belgium) is an American female jazz drummer and composer best known for her Avant-garde jazz compositions, as well as her improvisational drumming techniques which she has performed in Europe and in the US since the mid-nineties. (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_DaviesHer 2012 release of “all about Love” solidified her position as a professional jazz musician.  This recording of standards and original music, charted #1 in CMJ Jazz College…
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