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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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Madavor Media Acquires JazzTimes

With the mainstream media swamped with stories of print magazines folding, the story of the re-launch of JazzTimes magazine under new ownership …

The Jazz Review has been approved by the Barbados Tourism Authority to cover the 17th Annual Barbados Jazz Festival.

We will be bringing you coverage and reviews of the festival events that are scheduled from January 11-17, 2010. According to the official press release, "This year’s festival will be headlined by 1970’s Motown star Smokey Robinson, and will also feature a wide range of both contemporary and classic jazz vocalists including Etienne Charles, Babyface, Lalah Hathaway, Robin Thic …

Etienne Charles and Joe Lovano kicked off the Barbados Jazz Festival last night at the Sunbury Plantation House in St. Philip. Although traveling prohibited the Jazz Review from being in attendance, we will be happily reporting all festivities to you through January 17, 2009 at the festival from our lovely temporary headquarters at The Savannah Hotel in Bridgetown.

"Truly a complementary blend of the traditional and the modern, the Savannah is the most prestigious of the Gems. From here, a w …

Some may think that rum is the best product from the island of Barbados. However, after listening to the local music on the second night of the Barbados Jazz Festival, this reporter is convinced that music should be favored export from the lovely island.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2009, hungry and enthusiastic music fans gathered at Heritage Park/The Rum Factory in St. Philip to hear the local music offerings of vocalists Toni Norville and Shane Forrester. The caliber of the performances were w …

A weary traveler need not look far during the Barbados Jazz Festival for interesting musical and culinary adventures. Journalists were introduced to the flavors of the scenic island during lunch on a marina walkway at the Waterfront Cafe on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.

As described on the website at www.waterfrontcafe.com, the restaurant is located "...on the Careenage (marina) in the middle of historic Bridgetown, the restaurant offers nightly entertainment, full bar and an a la carte menu …

Watching Elio Villafranca last night, January 14, 2010, at the post Crane Resort and Residences (St. Philip) for the Barbados Jazz Festival was a sumptuous buffet of Cuban and jazz flavors. The interplay between Villafranca and band members like Jane Bunnett (flute and sax) painted a colorful contrast to the festival. The rhythmic variations of the songs created an interesting flow that allowed the band to stretch their artistic legs a bit. Having two percussionists added layers of sonic vibrati …

Last night, January 15, 2010, Lalah Hathaway and band performed a touch of jazz and ample servings of R&B at the Barbados Jazz Festival.

The concert for the evening was held on the picturesque grounds of the residence of the Barbados Prime Minister (David Thompson) at Ilaro Court in St. Michael. Guest wore fanciful dress for this most honored occasion. A barefoot Ms. Hathaway and the musicians chose more casual attire of blue jeans.

Hathaway, a Berklee graduate, treated guests a small ta …

January 17, 2010 events at the Barbados Jazz Festival were held at Farley Hill National Park in St. Peter. The location is held atop a beautiful cliffside park with a scenic view below of the water, beach and rolling hills that is just a short walk from the bandstand. Acts featured on this pleasantly warm Caribbean afternoon/evening with a few setup delays were Bwakore, Tizer (featuring Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs) and Robin Thicke.

A playful Lao Tizer generously took the time …

During the final performance of the Barbados Jazz Festival on January 17 at Farley Hill National Park, music fans were once again treated to world class Barbadian and international talent. Appearances included Warren Hill, Babyface, Arturo Tappin (with a special appearance by Toni Norville), Marisa Lindsay and Alex M.

Tappin, a Barbadian contemporary jazz saxophonist, expertly delivered the goods to his home crowd. Toward the end of the concert, he stepped into the massive audience and played …

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Internationally acclaimed musician Delfeayo Marsalis Tours the U.S. with His Original Theatrical Jazz Production

Sweet Thunder Honoring Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare

Major U.S. Tour Will Stop in 36 Cities and Towns from January 19 to May 6, 2011
Featuring Marsalis, Actor Kenneth Brown, Jr., and Jazz Octet

Simultaneous Release of Sweet Thunder CD on Troubadour Jass Records < …