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  • Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

    Jazz
    NPR Staff
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    On a new tribute to Waller, Moran explores his subject's many contradictions: "The son of a preacher, the man who likes to drink, the man who finds his sorrow but expresses it through comedy."» E-Mail This
  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: All About Jazz Upgrades Musician Section, Revises Toolkit, and Partners with Bandzoogle

    All About Jazz News
    AllAboutJazz.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    All About Jazz, the web's premiere jazz music destination, and home to over 65,000 musician profiles has announced the following upgrades to its musician services: Musician profile improvements include: Discographies. Musicians can now associate their discographies with their profile. Their discography page also includes an Amazon store widget to help facilitate music sales. For more about our discography feature, click here. Content groupings. The most important information now appears closer to the top. We've streamlined the process of completing a profile and claiming a profile. It's…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For the Week of 15 September 2014 via JazzWeek

    Elements of Jazz
    Donna M
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week!Which artists are you listening to these days?  Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your listening pleasure this week, Cecile McLorin Salvant performing WomanChild live on KCRW. Enjoy!       SEAN JONES im.pro.vise - never before seen (Mack Avenue) FRED HERSCH Floating (Fred Hersch Music) CYRUS CHESTNUT Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions) MARK ELF Mark Elf Returns 2014 (Jen Bay, Inc.) TOM HARRELL Trip (HighNote)
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation plans art shopping spree with Helis Foundation

    New Orleans Jazz Fest
    Chris Waddington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation expects to acquire between 25 and 30 pieces -- all by Louisiana artists.
  • PRINCETON: Hitting the right note

    MUSIC JAZZ - Yahoo News Search Results
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    The last thing that Dan Zaksas and Elisa Wagman had planned to do on Sunday was to sit at a table on Palmer Square West, listening to jazz music at Palmer Square’s 23rd annual JazzFeast.
 
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    All About Jazz News

  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: All About Jazz Upgrades Musician Section, Revises Toolkit, and Partners with Bandzoogle

    AllAboutJazz.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    All About Jazz, the web's premiere jazz music destination, and home to over 65,000 musician profiles has announced the following upgrades to its musician services: Musician profile improvements include: Discographies. Musicians can now associate their discographies with their profile. Their discography page also includes an Amazon store widget to help facilitate music sales. For more about our discography feature, click here. Content groupings. The most important information now appears closer to the top. We've streamlined the process of completing a profile and claiming a profile. It's…
  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: Post a Job Opening at All About Jazz

    AllAboutJazz.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Have your job opening? Looking for help? Post it to All About Jazz and reach the largest collection of jazz professionals online. How it works: We'll promote your job opening as a news announcement for 90 days or until the position is filled. We'll promote your job opening announcement at the All About Jazz News Center and post it to the All About Jazz Facebook page, the All About Jazz Twitter page, and the All About Jazz Forum. A single announcement is $99. Getting Results...
  • INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

    AllAboutJazz.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's birthday today! Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging, rhythmically robust style of music that became known as hard-bop. Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida, Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own band while studying music at the U.S... Read more...
  • MUSIC INDUSTRY: Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Celebrations Continue with Uncompromising Expression Book Release

    AllAboutJazz.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Blue Note Records anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as we head into the Fall of our 75th year. In addition to new releases from m: Jason Moran, m: Otis Brown III, Ryan Adams, and Kandace Springs coming out this Autumn a€' as well as the continuation of our vinyl reissue series a€' the label will also be honored with the release of the book Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression, as well as events at Monterey Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, and the dedicated Blue Note Xperia Lounge Festival in jny: Paris, all of whom will present Our Point of View, a Blue…
  • CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: "Oh, Pierre!" - New Music from Space Genetics

    AllAboutJazz.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Continuing in their tradition of exploring the crossroads of jazz, electronic music, and free improvisation, m: Space Geneticsa€'the experimental music duo of m: Paul Scea and m: Eric Haltmeiera€'have released Oh, Pierre!a€'their fifth album to date. Consistently pushing back against the confines of any one particular stylistic framework, the eight original compositions that make up 'Oh, Pierre!' are interwoven with ambient synthesizer soundscapes, off-kilter electronic percussion grooves, and digitally-altered woodwind improvisations. Continually evolving since…
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    Elements of Jazz

  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For the Week of 15 September 2014 via JazzWeek

    Donna M
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week!Which artists are you listening to these days?  Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your listening pleasure this week, Cecile McLorin Salvant performing WomanChild live on KCRW. Enjoy!       SEAN JONES im.pro.vise - never before seen (Mack Avenue) FRED HERSCH Floating (Fred Hersch Music) CYRUS CHESTNUT Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions) MARK ELF Mark Elf Returns 2014 (Jen Bay, Inc.) TOM HARRELL Trip (HighNote)
  • The Recording Academy Statement RE: Gerald Wilson

    Donna M
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Dan Carlin, Honoree Gerald Wilson and Neil Portnow during 1st Annual GRAMMY Salute to Jazz at The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, California. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2004. Photographed by: R. Diamond. A musician, composer, arranger, and a 2004 Recording Academy President’s Merit Award recipient, Gerald Wilson had an extraordinary career that spanned eight decades. A pioneer of jazz, he played trumpet in big bands and worked with legendary artists including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Bobby Darin, among many others.
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For the Week of 8 September 2014 [via JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week!Which artists are you listening to these days?  Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your listening pleasure this week, The Pace Report: "Liberating The Soul" - The Orrin Evans Interview ~ Enjoy!     SEAN JONES im.pro.vise - never before seen (Mack Avenue) CYRUS CHESTNUT Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions) CYRILLE AIMEE It’s A Good Day (Mack Avenue) RODNEY WHITAKER When We Find Ourselves Alone (Mack Avenue) BOBBY BROOM My Shining Hour…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 1 September 2014 [JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Can you believe that it is already Septermber?? Where did summer go? *sigh* Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week!Which artists are you listening to these days?  Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your listening pleasure this week, the Mack Avenue Superband (Carl Allen, Evan Perri, Gary Burton, Kirk Whalum, Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Sean Jones, Warren Wolf) performing Soul Sister at the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival. Enjoy!     CYRUS CHESTNUT Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions)…
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For The Week of 25 August 2014 [JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week!Which artists are you listening to these days?  Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your listening pleasure this week, Al Jarreau's Backyard Ritual featuring Marcus Miller. Enjoy!     CYRUS CHESTNUT Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions) BOBBY HUTCHERSON Enjoy The View (Blue Note) SEAN JONES im.pro.vise - never before seen (Mack Avenue) THEO CROKER Afro Physicist [Sony Masterworks] CYRILLE AIMEE It’s A Good Day (Mack Avenue)
 
 
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    Night Lights Classic Jazz

  • The Durable Kenny Dorham

    David Brent Johnson
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.
  • Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

    David Brent Johnson
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?
  • Now Hear This: Duke Pearson’s Big Band

    David Brent Johnson
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.
  • The Thad Jones Songbook

    David Brent Johnson
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
  • To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

    David Brent Johnson
    26 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    You can say it’s an attitude, or an unspoken sense of aesthetic right and wrong, or a way of life… but whatever it is, the notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.
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    Rifftides

  • Monday Recommendation: Mark Turner

    Doug Ramsey
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Mark Turner, Lathe Of Heaven (ECM) The tenor saxophonist bases the CD’s title on an Ursula K. LeGuin sci-fi novel in which dreams seem to change reality. Her story line turns on unclear perceptions, but Turner’s music is unambiguous in its extension of modern mainstream jazz tradition. Though the harmonized lines he plays with trumpeter […]
  • Three Listening Tips And A View

    Doug Ramsey
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Tip 1. Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest program on Sunday will broadcast the tribute given pianist and composer George Cables at this summer’s Centrum Jazz Port Townsend festival on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Mr. Wilke recorded the concert in July. For years, as performer and teacher, Cables has been an integral part of the festival and its […]
  • Gerald Wilson And Harmony

    Doug Ramsey
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In the September 8 Rifftides post about this week’s passing of Gerald Wilson, I mentioned his enhanced harmonic palette and its importance to modern jazz arranging (Photo courtesy of Gordon Sapsed). It is one aspect of the Wilson craftsmanship that continues to influence those who write for big bands. When I was working on the […]
  • Gerald Wilson, 1918-2014

    Doug Ramsey
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Word has come that Gerald Wilson died today in Los Angeles. A swing era trumpeter, he became the pioneering leader, composer and arranger of a modern big band that was a significant presence for more than sixty years. Wilson enriched the language of large ensembles by employing expanded harmonic structures. He was noted for, among […]
  • We’re Back

    Doug Ramsey
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Web server problems resulting in massive slowness interfered with Rifftides today and, evidently, with all other blogs under the artsjournal.com umbrella. As a result, it was not possible to prepare and post new items. I would be happy to report that the crack Rifftides technical staff wrestled the problem to the ground and eliminated it, […]
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    Jazz@Rochester

  • At the Fringes of jazz in Rochester ... Jazz at the Fringe Festival

    Greg V. Bell
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The  2014 Rochester Fringe Festival, presented by First Niagara Bank, will be hitting the streets and venues across Rochester from September 18-27. In addition to a wide variety of music, dance, performance art, and circus acts, there will be jazz. While some of of the choices may stretch your definition of jazz (that wouldn't be the first time I do that...), I'm assembling here the music that will be presented during the Fringe below that is at least at the "fringe." I hope you join me while I get out and stretch my ears a bit: Thursday, September 18, 2013 The Little…
  • You can find yer live jazz in Rochester, New York right here (September 11-17)

    Greg V. Bell
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    We're here every week with the live jazz listings for in and around Rochester, New York.  If you know a jazz lover in the ROC area, let them know about us and have them join us here.  So here's the live jazz in and around ROC over the next seven days: Thursday, September 11, 2014 The David Detweiler Trio @ The Next Door Bar & Grill (Pittsford), 5:00 pm Jon Seiger and the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans, Calkins Road (Henrietta), 5:30 pm John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm Bossa Nova Jazz Thursdays with the Charles Mitchell Group @ Espada Brazilian Steak, Village Gate,…
  • "Summer" may be over, but live jazz in the ROC is not (September 4-10)

    Greg V. Bell
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Damn... is it over already?  Although the temperature is still up there (especially the next couple of days), the light is fading... OK, enough with the depressing stuff about our coming winter.  One of Jazz@Rochester's goals is to support live jazz in Rochester. To that end, if you're reading this post and are either a local ROC area jazz musician or are presenting live jazz in and around Rochester, I hope you'll consider signing up on our email list (one for each...). If you're interested, just click on the For Jazz Artists & Venues button above or click here and…
 
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    Upcoming shows

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

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:30 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: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets Notes: Single tickets go on sale September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Terence Blanchard in St. Louis on 06/10/15

    10 Jun 2015 | 5:30 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: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets Notes: Single tickets go on sale September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. 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 | 7:30 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: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets Notes: Single tickets go on sale September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. 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 | 5:30 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: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets Notes: Single tickets on sale September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort in St. Louis on 05/13/15

    13 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Artist: Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Date: Wednesday, May 13th 2015 - Saturday, May 16th 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: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets Notes: Single tickets on sale September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
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    SqueezeMyLemon

  • Duke Ellington Tee Shirt

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Duke Ellington - T-shirts - Mens VintageVintage Distressed Duke Ellington @ Monterey Jazz Festival 1966 Logo & Photo These Super Soft Distressed T-Shirts Are Custom Made To Be Much Thinner Than Regular Tees And Some Have An Outer Stitch. They Feel Like You Purchased It At A Concert In 1980, And Never Took It Off.Old Glory Tee Shirts and Stuff @ Amazon.com
  • Mud Morganfield And Kim Wilson A Tribute to Muddy Waters

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    This sounds like it might be good, i'm amazed by the sound of Mud Morganfield, he sounds just like his dad.For Pops (A Tribute To Muddy Waters)
  • John Coltrane Tee Shirt

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    John Coltrane - Focused Overdye T-ShirtJohn Coltrane strikes a contemplative pose in a unique orange and green woodgrain logo graphic on the front of this grey/blue, 100% cotton t-shirt from Jim Marshall Clothing. Hand-crafted and featuring impeccable design and construction, this is a must-have for any fan of jazz's most innovative genius.Old Glory Tee Shirts and Stuff @ Amazon.com
  • Charles Brown - Driftin' Blues (The Best Of) (Full Album)

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    I love going back and looking at the wonderful blues musicians of the past, man the gems that you can find. Consider one Charles Brown, a master bluesman in my mind.  While some others may be better known, few can say they were as good.Mr. Brown had a big mellow tone, and his piano work was top notch.  This album shows how influential he was.  You can hear the evolution of the blues in some of the songs that were covered by others.As always, love the music, support the music, buy the music. Driftin Blues: Best ofNotes from YouTube;Extremely underrated Blues man and hard to find…
  • Led Zeppelin - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970 (Full Concert)

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    This is just one of those videos, that's too good to pass up.  I bet I watch this it least once a month, can't really say that about every video that I post.  But man this is so good...And as always if you like the music then support it by buying it. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe CD Edition)Led Zeppelin - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970 (Full Concert)00:27 We're Gonna Groove (James A. Bethea, Ben E. King)03:40 I Can't Quit You Baby (Willie Dixon)10:36 Dazed and Confused (Jimmy Page)26:09 White Summer (Page)38:32 What Is and What Should Never Be (Page, Robert…
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    JAZZ LIVES

  • FUN FOR ALL AGES: DANNY COOTS PLUS TEN at the ATLANTA JAZZ PARTY (April 26, 2014)

    jazzlives
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Large groupings of musicians on the stand of a jazz  party look impressive but they don’t always come off as well as they might. But this one was even better than the best I could have imagined — genial, melodic, and always inspired: led by Danny Coots, drums; with Paul Keller, string bass; Randy Napoleon, guitar; Rossano Sportiello, piano; John Cocuzzi, vibes; Dan Block, tenor sax; Allan Vache, clarinet; Dan Barrett, Bob Havens, trombone; Ed Polcer, cornet; Bria Skonberg, trumpet. All this delightful music was created at the 15th Atlanta Jazz Party, late in the evening of April…
  • A FEW GLOWING SECONDS OF GLORY

    jazzlives
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    When I returned to my apartment in New York, I thought, “I need music in here. Music will help remind me who I am, what I am supposed to be doing, where my path might lead.”  Initially I reached for some favorite performances for consolation, then moved over to the crates of homemade audiocassettes — evidence of more than twenty-five years of tape-trading with like-minded souls. One tape had the notation PRIVATE CHICAGO, and looking at it, I knew that it was the gift of Leonora Taylor, who preferred to be called “Gypsy,” and who had an unusual collection of…
  • “SO MUCH DEPENDS UPON YOU.”

    jazzlives
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    I wouldn’t have considered Cleveland, Ohio, a destination spot for fine hot and sweet improvised music.  But I am ready to do so now.  In fact, I will be on a plane this coming Thursday, September 18, 2014, to be part of the first Allegheny Jazz Party  (here, too, on Facebook). (Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon, to be precise, in a modern hotel.) I hope that JAZZ LIVES readers and like-minded friends will be joining me there. Not, mind you, because I get paid for writing about the AJP.  I do not.  Nor do I get a bounty for each attendee I bring in. No, I write a post like…
  • SWEET AND SALTY: EDDIE ERICKSON’S AMERICANA at the 2014 SAN DIEGO JAZZ PARTY

    jazzlives
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This version of SIDE BY SIDE, performed by Mr. Erickson at the  February 2014 San Diego Jazz Party, has some surprises. Eddie’s co-conspirators (some of them who may not know the script) are Johnny Varro, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass; Chuck Redd, drums; Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Antti Sarpila, clarinet.  But the spotlight is justifiably on Mr. Erickson, great guitarist, seductive vocalist, splendid improvisatory-theatre director and comedian, creating a sweet collective experience that turns comic at the end: I read what I could about the closing verse and one source says that of…
  • AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM ORAN THADDEUS PAGE

    jazzlives
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    On eBay! As an English professor, I shiver at the misplaced apostrophe.  But were he in my class, I would have given Mister Page an A.  Why?  Listen to this: and this: and this: I rest my case.  I would have liked to be someone he called “Chum.” Thanks to friend and eBay spotter extraordinaire David J. Weiner for this treasure. May your happiness increase!Filed under: "Thanks A Million", Bliss!, It's All True, Jazz Titans, Swing You Cats!, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Wow! Tagged: David J. Weiner, Ebay, Hot Lips Page, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman
 
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    Music and More

  • John Esposito, Jeff Marx and Jeff Siegel - Tahrir (Sunjump, 2011)

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    John Esposito is a multi-faceted guy: a pianist, composer, band leader and collaborator, which are all referenced in this album. The band also includes Jeff Marx on saxophones and flutes and Jeff Siegel on drums and percussion. The opening "Oumou" and concluding track "Star Arrow" are very compelling, touching on the music of the mid 1960's John Coltrane Quartet and early 1970's McCoy Tyner band. Esposito makes use of the entire keyboard, building the music dramatically through lower rumbles of bass and drops and showers of brighter notes. Named for the Egyptian square where democracy…
  • Matthew Shipp and Darius Jones - Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital (AUM Fidelity, 2014)

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Pianist Matthew Shipp and alto saxophonist Darius Jones make for a fine match, beginning on their earlier studio meeting Cosmic Lieder and building upon it with this sequel Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital. Both musicians have a distinct musical personality: Matthew Shipp makes use of the entire keyboard throwing hooks and jabs like the boxers he admires, while Darius Jones has a jagged and taut sensibility that can go from a whisper to a scream at a moments notice. They trust each other completely and that allows the music to flow at an organic pace. The dynamism that they…
  • Eric Wyatt - Borough of Kings (Posi-Tone, 2014)

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Eric Wyatt is a fine mainstream tenor saxophone player who makes exciting and well thought out music on his most recent album Borough of Kings. On this album he is accompanied by Duane Eubanks on trumpet, Clifton Anderson on trombone, Benito Gonzalez on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass and Shinnosuke Takahashi on drums. The group works well together as a whole, but I was particularly impressed with Gonzalez who drives some of these pieces like the opener “The People’s Champ” with a power that is reminiscent of McCoy Tyner’s epic early ‘70’s music, in addition to adding some Latin…
  • New Music: Matt Ulery / Damian Allegretti

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Matt Ulery - In the Ivory: Intricately composed and arranged music that transcends jazz to become something else entirely. Arrangement of vocals, strings and traditional instrumentation over the course of two discs a lengthy commitment. Chamber jazz feel, spiritual successor to the chamber jazz predecessors like Gunther Schuller and Chico Hamilton.Damian Allegretti, Erik Friedlander & Tony Malaby - Stoddard Place: Thoughtful and patient improvised music (jazz?) Drummer Allegretti in a session with Malaby, saxophone and Friedlander on cello develop their own chamber approach, equally…
  • Paul Shapiro - Shofarot Verses (Tzadik, 2014)

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Saxophonist Paul Shapiro (comic strip bio: cool) has made a lively career on the New York City "downtown" jazz scene playing with the likes of Steven Bernstein, The Microscopic Septet and a range of funk and rhythm and blues outfits. He brings all of those sensibilities together on this album and combines them with the music of his Jewish heritage to make this very successful album. In addition to Shapiro on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones in addition to shofar, the group features Marc Ribot on guitar, Brad Jones on bass, and Tony Lewis on drums. The music is full of life as…
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    The Jazzcat

  • LeRoy Downs hosts the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival Sept 19th – 21st!!

    The Jazzcat
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival The Place to be in the West where it all comes together. The line-up this year is CRAZY STUPID!!!! So much good music that you will be guaranteed not to sleep this weekend!!! A Celebration of the best music on the planet, JAZZ and you NEED to be here!!!! What could be better than 3 days in the beautiful Monterey Peninsula with the BEST in the music!!! You really can’t afford not to come. Whatever it takes!!! This will be an experience that you will treasure for an eternity!!!!!         It has been such a pleasure to be your host…
  • The George Duke Legacy Project – Win a FREE Yamaha PR7 Digital Recorder

    The Jazzcat
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    We are in the final countdown to the official launch on Sept. 28th. That’s when the IndieGogo campaign for The George Duke Legacy Project goes live and you can become involved at various levels and benefits.  In the interim, The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is  presenting a sweepstakes to ‘start the buzz’ on the campaign by giving away a Yamaha digital recorder. Click the picture above to enter and win  this awesome digital recorder and be an integral part of funding the recording of The George Duke Legacy Project ! For over eight years, George Duke served as co-music…
  • Click and enjoy the latest interview with HOLOPHONOR on Sounds and Colors Radio!

    The Jazzcat
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
      Click above and listen to the Sounds and Colors interview with Holophonor! Enjoy the brand new band Holophonor! 2014 graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz take on the future of the music together!  
  • The Jazzcat has a NEW APP for your mobile devices!!!!

    The Jazzcat
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Click and Download Yes indeed!! The Jazzcat has a new app that you can download to your mobile devices so let’s roll together. The app is full of content that contains radio archives, performance recommendations, articles, over 150 interviews with you favorite jazz artists and so much more. Download it and check it out!!! I built it on a platform called YAPP so here is how you download the app  1) Click the link http://my.yapp.us/THEJAZZCAT Your phone or mobile device will direct you to your App store and ask you to download  the free application YAPP! 2) Download it! Of course this…
  • Concert Celebrating 25 Years The World Stage Honors the Legacy of Billy Higgins

    The Jazzcat
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
     
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    JazzWax

  • "Mike Cuozzo Was My Dad"

    Marc Myers
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    In April, I posted on Mike Cuozzo, a superb, swinging saxophonist who recorded two swinging albums as a leader in 1955 and '56 and then stopped recording. Back then, I called saxophonist Sol Schlinger, who told me that Cuozzo had owned a car dealership in New Jersey. And that was that—until several weeks ago, when I received an email from his son, Michael Cuozzo Jr., who offered a warm and informative picture of his dad and sent along the photos you see in this post. [Pictured above, Mike Cuozzo with the Tommy Reynolds Band in the 1940s] Here's Michael Cuozzo Jr. on the dad he and…
  • Last Interview: Joe Sample

    Marc Myers
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Back in March, when I was interviewing artists for my Wall Street Journal "Anatomy of a Song" column on Rock the Boat I called Joe Sample, who played keyboard and led the rhythm section on what is widely considered the first pure disco single. Joe had just finished undergoing chemotherapy when I called, which had miraculously pushed his lung cancer cancer into remission. Sadly, the treatment's postive effects didn't last. Joe died September 12. He was 75. Like many superb musicians in the 1960s and beyond, Joe played a dual role in the business. He was a co-founder with…
  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Gerald Wilson (1918-2014), an elegant big-band trumpeter and last surviving member of the pre-war Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra who went on to form a Los Angeles big band in 1960 that featured arrangements with an airy, sophisticated sound, died September 4. He was 96. Wilson was a gentle man who in 1939 nearly made a mistake that might have left him virtually anonymous. When Lunceford [above]sent a telegram asking him to join his band, Wilson decided not to call Lunceford back initially, believing that the band he was in was in great shape. Unknown to him at the time, the band was about to…
 
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  • StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Fall 2014 jazz preview, part 3

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    It's the third chapter of our Fall 2014 video preview of jazz and creative music performers coming to St. Louis, and today we'll cover the touring acts that will be in town during the first part of November. (You can find part one of the fall jazz preview here, and part two here.)  Today's first video features the SpokFrevo Orquestra, a 17-piece Brazilian big band who will make their St. Louis debut on Sunday, November 2 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Seen here performing a full set in 2011, the group blends jazz with frevo, a high-energy Brazilian musical genre associated with Carnival…
  • So What: Local News, Notes & Links

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:* Guitarist Mary Halvorson was interviewed for an article on the New Music Circle website. NMC is presenting Thumbscrew, featuring Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, in concert tonight at Joe's Cafe. * Saxophonist David Sanborn has sold his NYC townhouse for $11 million. The property has been on the market since 2009 as part of a reported effort by Sanborn to downsize to slightly more modest quarters.* Pianist and St. Louis expat Linda Presgrave (pictured) and her husband,…
  • Jazz this week: Thumbscrew, U City Jazz Festival, Funeral Bonsai Wedding, and more

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    There's lots going on this week with jazz and creative music in St. Louis, as two concert series offer their first shows of the season; a free fall festival returns; and other stages around town will be filled with even more improvised music influenced by everything from funk to flamenco. Let's go to the highlights...Tonight, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University begins the fall semester with a free concert reuniting the jazz-fusion trio Tracer, with pianist Ptah Williams, bassist Darrell Mixon and drummer Gary Sykes. Also tonight, Good 4 The Soul will play their monthly show at…
  • Floyd LeFlore, trumpeter and co-founder of Black Artists Group, dead at age 74

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    StLJN has learned from reliable sources that trumpeter Floyd LeFlore, who co-founded St. Louis' Black Artists Group, performed and recorded with most of the city's important "free jazz" musicians, and later served as a board member for New Music Circle, has died. Available public records list his year of birth as 1940 and his age at death as 74. LeFlore was born in Mississippi, but as a young child moved with his family to St. Louis, where his uncle Clarence "Bucky" Jarman was a guitarist. He attended Sumner High School at the same time as a number of other notable local jazz musicians,…
  • Jazz at Holmes series announces Fall 2014 schedule

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University has announced their schedule of free concerts for the Fall 2014 semester. The series begins this Thursday, September 11, with a reunion performance by Tracer, the jazz-fusion trio featuring keyboardist Ptah Williams (pictured), bassist Darrell Mixon, and drummer Gary Sykes. As has been the custom in recent years, the series also includes a couple of themed programs. The first, a look back at the Gaslight Square entertainment district of the late 1950s and early '60s, will take place on Thursday, September 25 and will be preceded by a short…
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    Jazz Blues Florida - Florida's Online Guide to Live Jazz & Blues in at JazzBluesFlorida.com

  • Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach Fall Lineup Announced!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    The news is out!Blue Tuesday resumes at Boston's on the Beachw/ show #291October 7, 2014!10/7  Don Cohen Birthday & Musicians Exchange Reunion Show10/14 Jimmy Thackery  & The Drivers10/21 Eric Culberson10/28 Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band11/4 Albert Castiglia Band11/11 Damon Fowler Group11/18 Famous Frank's Birthday Bash11/25 Lauren Mitchell Band12/2 Terry Hanck Band12/9 Samantha Fish12/16 Victor Wainwright And The WildRootsBoston’s on the Beach40 South Ocean Blvd (A1A)Delray Beach FL 33483MAP561-278-3364http://www.BostonsontheBeach.comBlue…
  • International Blues Challenge - Florida Competition News - IKO IKO to Represent South Florida Blues Society (Updated 9/15/14)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Announcements for Florida's 2014 Local IBC Challenges to determine competitors at the 2015 IBC In Memphis TN.UPCOMING COMPETITION INFORMATIONSouthwest Florida Blues SocietyCompetition set for Sunday, September 28, 2014 to be held at: Ter-Tini's7050 Crystal DriveFt. Myers, FL 33907(239)277-5475Time: 1pm$10 admission, $5 SWFBS membersThere will be a "People's Choice" Award given by the Southwest Florida Blues Society.Suncoast Blues SocietyCompetitions set for:Sept 21: Solo/Duo Competition at:Green Iguana2016 Town Center BlvdRiverview, Fl 33578 (813)…
  • Live Oak Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival - The New Best Thing on Florida's October Music Calendar

    Jazz Blues Florida
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    1st Annual Live Oak 'Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival'October 24-25, 2014Live Oak’s historic downtown is the setting for the 2014 Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival!  This event -  which is FREE to the public - is expected to draw a large number of music lovers from north Florida, south Georgia, and beyond. The festival's location is conveniently within fifteen minutes of the world-famous Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground and camping will be available for attendees!SEE | TASTE | HEAR  – This October, the 1st AnnualLive Oak Jazz, Arts, & Blues…
  • Gold Coast Jazz Society Announces 2014-15 Season of Great Performances

    Jazz Blues Florida
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    A Season of Classic Jazz &The Great American SongbookView as web page.SEASON PREVIEW GOLD COAST JAZZ 2014-2015 JAZZ CONCERT SERIES WHO:                         GoldCoast Jazz Society WHAT:                       Jazz concert   Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band…
  • Lightning can strike...(Anywhere and anytime, and Al Kanovsky will probably be there if there is live music happening)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 09/11/14...twice. Last week I listened to BLUES in one spot (Dania Beach Grill) and then went on to BJB's for JAZZ. Yesterday I followed that same routine. Niles 'Red Beans' Blaize hosts the BLUES Jam. It's his birthday today. Happy Birthday, Niles. His wife Marie treated all to a delicious birthday cake. My buddy Jimmy Belize and his gal Nancy came along and so did Jackie Deering (one of my favorite dance partners). On stage to open the Jam were Dan Newman (guitar), Paul St.Peirre (bass) and Jimmy Daniels on drums. Jimmy had just returned from delivering his son to…
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    LondonJazz

  • NEWS: Peter Whittingham Award now open for applications

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Help Musicians UK, the recently re-branded Musicians Benevolent Fund, is inviting applications for this year's Peter Whittingham Award, which it administers. The main criteria for entry are that applicants should be either in the first two years of a career or on a full time jazz course, and need to have been resident in the UK for five years prior to applying. The annual prizes are worth £4,000.There is normally a main award and a smaller development award. The deadline for applications is 7th November. The judging round is on 5th December.Full information and criteria HERE The last winner…
  • REVIEW: A Tribute to ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’ at Cadogan Hall

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Georgina JacksonA Tribute to ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’ (Cadogan Hall, 14th September 2014. Review by Peter Vacher) How’s this for a plan? The Jazz Repertory Company’s Richard Pite’s aim was to recreate Jazz At The Philharmonic in facsimile form, using the best local talent, and thereby to pay due homage to these ground-breaking shows and incidentally, their instigator, Norman Granz. Those of us old enough to remember a time when such all-star US troupes came into town, sweeping all before them, Oscar and Ella at the forefront, might have given Pite’s dream short shrift but…
  • RIP Joe Sample (1939 - 2014)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
     Martin Chilton of the Telegraph has written in tribute to Joe Sample who died on Friday 12th September. Here, in Cologne, in concert with Randy Crawford. Sample's One Day I'll Fly Away is at 33:15.
  • LP REVIEW: Bill Evans – You Must Believe In Spring

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Bill Evans – You Must Believe In Spring (Warner Bros/Music On Viny MOVLP-1145. LP review by Andrew Cartmel)This is a late album in the canon of Bill Evans, recorded in 1977 and on the Warner Bros label, whereas Evans was most famously associated with Riverside and Verve, and his glory days are widely regarded as being in the 1960s. In theory, the great jazz pianist should have been a spent force by this point, with every tooth in his head removed by a British dentist between gigs at Ronnie Scott’s (to avoid the expense of dental work in the USA). He was also suffering from hepatitis and…
  • PHOTOS / REPORT: 2014 Luxembourg Jazz Meeting

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Pascal Schumacher2014 Luxembourg Jazz Meeting. Photo credit: Ralf DombrowskiGerman writer/ photographer Ralf Dombrowski is just back from the annual Luxembourg Jazz Meeting with photos and a quick pick of his highlights. He writes: The artist who caught the attention above all at the Luxembourg Jazz Meeting was Pascal Schumacher, (photo above) the leading vibraphonist throughout Europe at the moment.Francesco Tristano2014 Luxembourg Jazz Meeting. Photo credit: Ralf DombrowskiSchumacher was at the festival a pair of extremely strong projects - a quartet, and also a trio with…
 
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    JazzWorldQuest - Jazz News With A Global Perspective

  • World Peace Day (Amsterdam)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Friday 19th September 2014start 19:00 to the next morning 7:00,Maarten Luther KerkDintelstraat 134Amsterdam-ZuidAs part of a 12 Hour Art and Music Observance of the International Day of Peace in Amsterdam,Alex Coke, Reine Nust & Andreas Wöhle improvise with Steven Feld'srecording of the World Peace Bell at midnight.For complete schedule please visit:http://www.amsterdamidp.blogspot.nl
  • The Music of Kenn Smith

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Brilliant, passionate compositions with amazing instrumentation. Jazz,Fusion, Rock, Ambient. A gifted and versatile composer, guitarist andbassist who's music and impeccable technique are consistentlydescribed as a soulful, organic experience." "If I Remember" is a coolmixture of Contemporary Jazz and Ambient music. Gentle, soothingsounds that any true music lover will enjoy and appreciate.Kenneth LaMont Smith, born and raised in Chicago, he honed his musicalskills as a freelance guitarist and bassist on Chicago's music sceneand abroad. From theater and nightclubs to studio sessions and…
  • Vocalist Roseanna Vitro's "Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer" Due for Sept. 30 Release

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    Vocalist Roseanna VitroFollows Up Her 2011 Grammy-NominatedRandy Newman CD With"Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer,"To Be Released Sept. 30By Random Act Records CD Is the First Book of New Material by a Solo SingerOf Fischer's MusicCD Release Show at Joe's Pub, NYC, 9/26With Other Performances Scheduled in Oakland (9/28),Houston (11/22), Kitano NYC (1219)September 3, 2014  The richly harmonic, deeply melodic music of pianist and composer/arranger Clare Fischer (1928-2012) has proven to be fertile terrain for many jazz and pop artists over the last half-century. Vocalist Roseanna…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Bolivian Vocalist Gian-Carla Tisera Showcases Operatic Roots and Creates Latin American Folklore and Jazz Inspired Album, "Nora la Bella"

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    AVAILABLE NOW:Bolivian Vocalist Gian-Carla Tisera Showcases Operatic Roots and Creates Latin American Folklore and Jazz Inspired Album, Nora la BellaAlbum Release Celebration Tomorrow Night at Joe's Pub - 7:30 PM(see performance lineup below)   "... edgy and brilliant. Its energy is turbulent and visceral, and beautiful. ...With this recording, Ms. Tisera's career may be going places where she never dreamt it would go. And she will be adored as well." - Latin Jazz NetworkStream tracks from Nora La BellaAny true fusion in music represents a delicate…
  • Ivo Perelman Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Recording With the Release of "Reverie" - Available on September 23 via Leo Records

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Ivo Perelman Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Recording With the Release of Reverie - Available on September 23 via Leo Records "...One might fear that tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman may begin to repeat himself.  To put it succinctly - not a chance." - All About JazzFor most artists, the chance to mark the silver anniversary of a recording career - as the tenor saxophone marvel Ivo Perelman does on his new album, Reverie - would involve a look back at the various styles and milestones that have marked the last quarter-century. It would perhaps include the participation of guest…
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    Free Jazz Lessons

  • What’s The Most Important Thing You’ve Learned Studying Jazz?

    freejazzlessons.com
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    One of my favorite parts of studying jazz at Berklee was that there were lots of great musicians around me to learn from and share ideas with. The sense of community was very helpful! We had so many like minded people working together on a common goal to become better jazz musicians! This created an incredible environment for musical growth. If anybody had an issue learning a new tune, developing new playing techniques, learning a new lick there, etc. etc. there were hundreds of fellow musicians around to hang out with and help. I made huge leaps in my playing during the years I studied at…
  • Learn Summertime: Easy Jazz Piano Tutorial

    freejazzlessons.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    If you want to learn how to play jazz piano well it’s incredibly important that you invest some time into learning jazz standards. To help you get started building your repertoire I’m going to teach you how to play one of the most requested jazz standards of all time…George Gershwin’s Summertime. If you love the sound of George Gershwin’s music then you’ll really have fun with this beginner jazz piano lesson. Watch the video below to get started learning Summertime right away. Then, scroll down for a bunch of extra tips to help you learn even more jazz…
  • Learn These Great Jazz Piano Voicings (Free Sheet Music And Video)

    freejazzlessons.com
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:04 am
    In today’s tutorial we’re going to explore some great sounding dominant jazz piano voicings. Many beginner jazz piano players will play the same chord voicing every time they see a dominant chord in a lead sheet or a fake book. This isn’t horrible per say but if you keep playing the same voicing over and over your playing can get boring very quick.  You don’t want to bore your audience right? So, having a variety of chord voicing choices is critical if you want to keep your music sounding fresh and interesting. To get you learning these chords quickly first watch…
  • How To Play Block Chords Over A Real Jazz Standard

    freejazzlessons.com
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Do you want to learn how to play block chords over a real jazz tune? Then, this lesson is for you! Block chords are a really cool chord voicing technique that you can use to harmonize your songs. They’re very fun to play, sound great, and pretty easy to learn too. The true value of learning great jazz piano voicings is actually applying them to real tunes of course. So, in today’s jazz piano tutorial we’re going to teach you how to apply block chords to the famous jazz tune “The Nearness Of You”. We’ve brought back our special guest jazz piano teacher…
  • Free Block Chord Piano Lesson

    freejazzlessons.com
    18 May 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Do you want to learn more about block chords? Are you looking for an easy jazz piano lesson on the locked hand chord style? You’ve come to the right place! In today’s lesson we’re going to take a look at a style of block chords made famous by George Shearing and Ahmad Jamal (video tutorial, notation, and tips below). Block Chord Tutorial Guest Teacher So, a few nights ago I was at my friend Pete Benson’s gig at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago. Pete was playing all kinds of cool stuff that night but one thing I particularly liked was the way he would break into…
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