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Scarecrow Sessions Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions
December 23, 2014
Floating Fred Hersch – Floating
December 26, 2014
Jimi Jazz Ron Westray – Jimi Jazz
December 29, 2014
The Signal Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal
January 1, 2015
essential Jean-Michel Pilc – Essential
January 4, 2015
Conscious Journey Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey
January 7, 2015
trumpet story Bill Warfield Big Band – Trumpet Story
January 10, 2015
Lets Adam Schroeder – Let’s
January 13, 2015
OverTime Music of Bob Brookmeyer The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer
January 16, 2015
motif Greg Abate Quartet – Motif
January 19, 2015
trilogy Chick Corea – Trilogy
January 22, 2015
Pacific Jazz Clare Fischer Big Band – Pacific Jazz
January 25, 2015
Overnight Sensation Joey Sommerville – Overnight Sensation
January 28, 2015
Bada Boom Ranjit Barot – Bada Boom
January 31, 2015
Samsara Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group – Samsara
February 3, 2015
indigo Dan Siegel – Indigo
February 6, 2015
Trinomial Mark Minchello – Trinomial
February 9, 2015
A Bird in the Hand Ben Bailey & the Nashville Big Band – A Bird in the Hand
February 12, 2015
Identities Are Changeable Miguel Zenon – Identities Are Changeable
February 13, 2015
Djangos Castle Hank Marvin – Django’s Castle
February 15, 2015
Outta My Soul Robert Moore – Outta my Soul
February 18, 2015
Strength and Kindness Somebody Else’s Nightmare – Strength and Kindness
February 21, 2015
Midnight Rhumba Johannes Linstead – Midnight Rhumba
February 24, 2015
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The archives contain all of the material that was posted on JazzUSA prior to July 1, 2012, when we converted to our new community-based format.

Deanna WitkowskiDeanna Witkowski Wide Open Window(Khaeon – 2003) by S.H. Watkins, Sr. Chicagoan Deanna Witkowski‘s new release Wide Open Window is a luscious stew of straight ahead and bop with a touch of Afro-Caribbean flavor. Joined by Donnie McCaslin on sax, Jonathan Paul on bass and drummer Tom Hipskind, Witkowski starts the CD out working her magic on Cole Porter’s All Through the Night. Just One Of Those Things, another of the three Cole Porter covers, is a joyous romp that is highlighted by her back-and-forth soloing with bassist Paul and drummer Hipskind. Speak My Name… Continue reading

An Interview with Yulara by Paula Edelstein

“What we have in mind with FUTURE TRIBE is to go to the one place that everybody carries within themselves. We believe that the whole external universe is also found within us all. There’s one planet, and this one planet is called Yulara. On this one planet is this peaceful, easy, partying tribe, and it’s the future tribe. Everybody can connect to the Future Tribe within.” Groove, soul, heart, Yulara. Now I can really get behind the concept of Yulara’s (Annie Hilsberg and Robert Matt) latest CD entitled FUTURE TRIBE on the Higher… Continue reading

MJ Territo Down With Love 2010 – MJ TerritoThe path may have been deliciously circuitous, but my lifelong love of and involvement in jazz has led me to a great point-working as a jazz singer and releasing my first CD.

From earliest childhood, I studied music and dance, and as a teenager won a dance scholarship to Ramblerny, an arts camp in New Hope, PA. Ramblerny also had a jazz program, run by saxophonist Phil Woods. That summer I finally had a name to put to the music my mother, who was a classical pianist and piano teacher, listened to… Continue reading

Ben and Leo Sidran El ElefanteBen and Leo Sidran(Liquid 8 – 2003) by Matt Robinson

Though these may not be the songs with which father Ben serenaded son Leo, it would not have been a bad thing had they been. Aside from Barney-esque rips of the Godfather of Soul (“Popcorn’s Got a Brand New Bag”) and whoever wrote “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (“I Wanna Grow Up and Be Like a Tree”), this more than cute collection contains songs that are sure not only to entertain (“The Tickle Monster”) but also edify (the bilingual title track and the geographical “Let’s Go… Continue reading

EvolutionEvolution Stefon Harris and Blackout (Blue Note – 2004) by John Thompson Can it be? Is this some new Fusion? I saw Vibraphonist Stefon Harris perform with The Classical Jazz Quartet that featured Lewis Nash and Kenny Barron at the 2003 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. The music played that day was a mixture of classical and jazz music; however, Harris and Blackout play a different style on the new Blue Note release, “Evolution.” The core members, whom are a talented group, include Harris (V,Marimba), Casey Benjamin (AS), Marc Cary (Keys), Darryl Hall (B), and Terreon Gully (D). Guests are Anne… Continue reading

Flesh on Flesh Al Di Meola(Telarc – 2002) by Ricky Miller

Since we first met teenager Al Di Meola as part of Chick Corea’s now-legendary Return To Forever band, he has been amazing us with his guitar mastry. This CD is no different. Di Meola pulls together elements of jazz, flamenco and pop with a decidedly Latin flavor. The captivating nine-plus minute “Zona Desperata” contains three distinct parts and you don’t realize how long it is until it’s over… and that’s how the CD starts out! The title track Flesh on Flesh features guests pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba,… Continue reading

G. John MartinBlack Ice Nitram Records – 2009Ray Redmond

The self-titled CD, Black Ice, marks the solo debut for this R&B singer.

At age seven, G John Martin discovered the Bass Guitar and like a dove from the sky the vision of his life’s destiny was born. By age twelve he found an interest in creating and producing songs of his own, he formed a local band, taught himself several other instruments and studied further the development of his unique sound. Not only did he manage to play the drums, bass and guitar, he realized his voice. Soon it… Continue reading

Paquito D'RiveraBrazilian Dreams Paquito D’Rivera(MCG Jazz – 2002) by Shaun Dale On Brazilian Dreams, Cuban reedman continues his musical partnership with Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Rodito and adds the stylings of the New York Voices for a program of Brazilian standards and original material, presented in a benefit concert at Pittsburgh’s notworthy Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. (The Guild has offered inner-city arts and education programs for over 20 years, primarily financed by jazz concerts and recordings.) D’Rivera, who is equally comfortable in jazz and classical settings, is best known for his distinctive alto saxophone work, and he offers enough of that here… Continue reading

Chaka KhanChaka Khan shows she’s still ‘Every Woman’(Chicago – June 2004) by D. Kevin McNeir Except for a little air in her upper-range and a few omitted notes that die-hard fans may be used to hearing from earlier recordings, Grammy-award winning Chaka Khan was still at her best as she kicked off her summer tour with a benefit show in Chicago-her home town. Khan was the guest performer for the N’DIGO Foundation’s ninth annual gala-an organization under the umbrella of Hartman Publications. The Foundation provides financial assistance to Chicago-area high school youth who are pursuing higher education. Since its inception… Continue reading

I Remember Duke… Clark Terry Reminisces by T.C. Brautigam

It’s a few minutes before show time at the duMaurier Downtown Jazz Festival in Toronto and Clark Terry is fidgeting with the valves on his personally-engraved flugelhorn backstage. Decked out in a three-piece biege suit, Terry exudes professionalism. But beneath the suit and horn, Terry, affectionately known as Mumbles, emits a child-like enthusiasm as though this is his first gig. This same enthusiasm grows when he reminisces about Duke Ellington. “I usually refer to my stint with the Ellington band as the period during which I attended the University of Ellingtonia,”… Continue reading

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