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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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  •  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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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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29.01.2011

Don Braden

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
One car ride with tenor saxophonist Don Braden is like a trip around the world. Within an hour of dropping off his instruments for repairs and locating our destination for a chat, we talked about finding spirituality in The Big Apple, the presence of God in the music industry, his four-year old Lexus, our disappointment in the present political administration, the insane traffic jam in mid-town we were caught in, and the Braden family fish. What he exemplifies is the attitude of some of today’s …
29.01.2011

Grace Notes

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Comedian Bill Cosby said, "Ours is a youth culture, and like a golf tournament, we honor only low scores." There seems to be a young prodigy born every minute and a record label circling in search of its next savior to record. Barely a release or two are issued and their careers are deflated due to insufficient sales and the loss of appeal. But, there are those young artists that open up and blossom in their own time with a vigor to experience jazz and the power of its many elements.

Alto sax …

I spoke with trumpeter Christian Scott from his place in New York City on May 2006. He was preparing for gigs in Boston and St. Louis. He just got the news that he’d been booked at this year’s JVC Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, August 11-13. His new release on Concord Records is entitled Rewind That.

JazzReview: What brought you to Berklee [School of Music in Boston]?

Christian Scott: The main reason I attended Berklee was because I wanted to go to …

29.01.2011

Misha Piatigorsky

Published in Concert Reviews
It was a full night around town guitarist John Abercrombie at Birdland, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane at the Blue Note, guitarist Pat Metheny with pianist Brad Mehldau at Carnegie Hall, guitarist Bill Frisell at the Village Vanguard and jazz performances were of the pickin’. Waiting at the front doors of the Iridium Jazz Club was a couple who hadn’t seen pianist Misha Piatigorsky for a few years. "He used to give my husband piano lessons," said the woman of the couple. Gregory Piatigorsky, Misha’s f
Like a picture pulled from a photo album, guitarist Pat Metheny looked the same as he did in 1977 the last time he appeared at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in downtown Poughkeepsie. He still wears his hair long and he still dresses in casual attire faded jeans, knit top and sneakers. Pianist Brad Mehldau had a more scholarly look, sporting a corduroy jacket, as both artists walked onto the Bardavon stage before a sold-out Tuesday night audience. They’ve been touring for almost a month, presenti
Jazz does have a sense of humor. Pianist Horace Silver has proven that throughout his career with titles like "Doodlin’", "Filthy McNasty", "Finger Poppin’", "The Sophisticated Hippie", "Funky Bunky", and "Rockin’ with Rachmaninoff". Fellow pianist Toru Dodo may not have such colorfully named tunes on his new release Dodo 3 (Jazzcity Spirit Productions, Inc.), but his charming wit brought about laughter from the crowd at Sunday’s Jazz Brunch at The Blue Note Jazz Club.

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Percussionist Andrea Centazzo co-founded Ictus Records in 1976. Somewhere amidst his passion for the music and the fickle and indifferent attitudes of listeners, Ictus Records disappeared almost a decade later. But passions can burn for a long time. Though he was not producing recordings for his label, he was producing music - scoring film soundtracks in Los Angeles for eight years until passion brought him back to New York last year for performances at, most notably, Tonic and the Rubin Museum
Good music brings out good people. Even multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson had to comment on the attentiveness of the standing-room only audience in the small campus dining area. Some had cozied up to warm beverages and evening meals while others caught up on their text messages. Those in the throes of studying in the outside lobby drifted in once the music began to percolate.

Johnson fronted a quartet for two sets (the first of which is reviewed here) as part of the Thursday Night Coffeeho

29.01.2011

Dayla's World

Published in Press Releases
September 2006 - Dayla Arabella Santurri is the General Manger and Public Relations Director of Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, MA. Though her job keep her steppin’, she has made it a priority to respond to patrons and pesky media folks (present company excluded.) A true rarity to be afforded time with someone associated with one of the most prestigious jazz clubs in the country. When asked what she does, she exclaims "Oh boy! I am afraid to think about this question. I always say that's why "Gene
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