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Kneebody Can Make It Happen

From All About Jazz Kneebody At Johnny Brenda’s By: Mike Jacobs Generally when a band announces that a group member is waylaid and can’t make the gig, those in the audience start to resign themselves to an evening of subconscious apologetics—(“It’s not the same but pretty good for a guy subbing on short notice.” or “They’re doing pretty well for being a man down.”) But this is Kneebody… So when saxophonist Ben Wendel told the crowd at Johnny Brenda’s that bassist Kaveh Rastegar was MIA for the night, the immediate disappointment was quickly turned into disbelief. “We are fortunate to have an alien in the band,” Wendel continued. “Our drummer Nate Wood will be playing both drums and bass tonight. Yes, I know, we can’t believe it either, but he can do these things.” As the quintet-turned-quartet launched into their set opener there was the added percussion of scores of... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 25th, 2017 in News

LeVar Burton's Favorites: 'Testify' by Dianne Reeves

From Radio Milwaukee 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To with guests LeVar Burton, Kyle Craft, and more By: Justin Barney LeVar Burton picks “Testify” by Dianne Reeves: This is ’5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To’ and every week... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 24th, 2017 in News

Jazz Weekly: Ella-Accentuate the Positive

From Jazz Weekly Regina Carter: Ella-Accentuate the Positive By: George W. Harris Violinist Regina Carter gives homage to the songs that were performed by Ella Fitzgerald, but with her own signature delivery. Her violin is a rich and flowing voice... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 24th, 2017 in News

Creative Rediscovery: Lila Downs

From Orange County Weekly Lila Downs Returns to Costa Mesa Having Creatively Rediscovered Herself By: Gabriel San Roman Throughout the years, Lila Downs has expunged raw emotions with rancheras and delivered cumbias in the face of death with her mesmerizing... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 21st, 2017 in News

The Dreamer Is The Dream: More Than A Great Jazz...

From Buffalo News Chris Potter’s latest is more than a great jazz record By: Jeff Simon Utterly undeniable about Chris Potter’s third and newest record for ECM is that its “cross-generational mix of personalities feels special.” The two finest omni-saxophonists... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 21st, 2017 in News

Jazz 100 at The Saratoga Jazz Festival

From WAMC Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk At SPAC By: Joe Donahue April was designated as “Jazz Appreciation Month,” known as JAM, in 2002 by the Smithsonian Museum to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 21st, 2017 in News

AARP: Top Jazz Artists To See Live

From AARP Jazz Greats To See Live By: John Murph Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by catching one of these acts! The feature includes Terrence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Hudson: DeJohnette, Scofield, Medeski & Grenadier, Chucho Valdés, Dave Holland,... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 20th, 2017 in IMN / Industry News

Jazz Comes To Life When People Come Together

From The Sacramento Bee Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles invites you to explore with him and keep music alive By: Mark Halverson “(Jazz) takes you on a journey. If the audience is exploring, and the musicians are exploring, it’s like we... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 20th, 2017 in News

The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters

From NPR The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words By: Nate Chinen In this episode, Jazz Night in America explores the artists’ origin stories: how, why and when they got their starts. Rare, live recordings of Holland and... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 20th, 2017 in News

Storytelling with Maceo Parker

From Press of Atlantic City The Biggest Names In Jazz Swing To Cape May For The Exit Zero Jazz Festival By: Rebecca King This year at Exit Zero, Parker will dedicate his incredible talent on the sax to honoring Ray... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 19th, 2017 in News

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