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Fiona Ross ~ CD Review: Just Me (and sometimes someone else)
‘Just me (and sometimes someone else’ comes as a...
Get Totally Jazzed @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017
For over three decades, Vancouver’s signature festival has brought...
Valencia Jazz Festival 2017 – Fun in the Sun
Jazz is rich and diverse; it’s a language that...
An adventure in jazz ~ post review by Sammy Stein
I have to begin by saying the support from...
Mijke Loeven New Director of the Bimhuis
Van Riel has been an inspirational leader at the...
Bohemia Jazz Fest July 10~18th, 2017
Jazz fans in the Czech Republic look forward every...
Avishai Cohen ~ CD Review ~ Cross My Palm With Silver
The only thing that disappoints me is the playing...
Miles Davis Quintet | It Never Entered My Mind!
The early albums Miles released under Prestige included many...
Featured Gig | Kurt Rosenwinkel – Lantaren Venster Rotterdam
The guitarist from Philadelphia returns to Lantaren Venster in...
Oscar Peterson Trio | Live in Finland 1965
In 1958 Herb Ellis left the trio and was...
Daniel Rosenboom’s CD ‘Reclamation’ Reviewed by Sammy Stein
He has released several albums and in 2015 launched...
CD Review | Libor Šmoldas Organ Trio | Lay It Down
On some tracks, Šmoldas has also taken his cues...
Gloria’s Step~Bill Evans Trio
With that in mind, many Jazz enthusiasts will recommend...
Binker & Moses Latest CD – reviewed by Sammy Stein
Binker Golding studied jazz at Middlesex University and completed...
Ola Onabulé | New Video + USA & European Tour Dates 2017
1)  Ola will appear in the US for three...
ZeelandJazz 09-18 June, 2017
After years of absence, Lew Tabackin returns to Terneuzen....
Jazz @ Prague Proms 2017
On Friday, June 23, the Italian guitarist Rocco Zifarelli...
The London Jazz Platform is a new event for London…
Reviewer and author Sammy Stein is curating a one...
Jo Beyer’s new CD ‘JO’ reviewed by Sammy Stein
Here he plays alongside Saxophonist Sven Decker who has...
“Master Drummer, Tony Allen, at his best!”
Highlighting this EP which acts as a preview for...
CD Review | Kristin Korb – Beyond the Moon
On her website Kristin states “(The Album) includes several...
Thelonious Monk Festival – New York, June 1 – 4
This June, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a majestic...
Nicoletta Tari – a Sammy Stein Interview
Nicoletta was born in Sicily and moved to Urdine...
The Donny McCaslin Group – Honour David Bowie
Donny McCaslin is touring his newest album “Beyond Now”...
“Warriors of Jazz”
The line up was spectacular and deserves all the...
Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & Andy Sheppard |EU tour dates…
Carla (born as Lovella May Borg in 1936) came...
Paola Vera – How to survive jazzahead!
Faced with the feat of having to talk to...
What’s New, by Helen Merrill
Many great singers like Peggy Lee and Nat King...
Hard to Categorize The Necks | EU tour dates for early May 2017
The Necks were formed in 1987, and besides Tony...
“Flow London” – EP – Tjoe Man Cheung
I subsequently listened to “Flow London”, Tjoe’s second self-release...
Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, & more headline at Gent Jazz Festival 2017
Norah Jones released late last year the CD Day...
See you @ jazzahead!
I hope to have some One-on- one time with...
In Depth CD Review of Trialogue by the Marco Marconi Trio
I reviewed Marco’s last album, Nordik (33JazzRecords 2015) and...
Avishai Cohen (the trumpeter) Best With Fine Wine & Tour Dates
All fine trumpeters are going to be influenced by...
Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz...
“Swing in the name of perfection”
The band plays live like there is no tomorrow:...
Honoring Abbey Lincoln – a Woman of Love & Protest
Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) was a prominent American jazz vocalist...
Uli Beckerhoff, Artistic Director of jazzahead! – Shares some key benefits of attending in 2017
Listen in on part 2 of my informative podcast...
5 Questions to Georgia Mancio, asked by Erminia Yardley
1.  The Mancio/ Broadbent co-operation has shown itself to be...
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent @ Ronnie Scott’s – “Songbook”: the album launch
Georgia Mancio steps on stage with a beautifully elegant...
David Helbock Trio | Tapping into Austrian Soul Jazz | Review & Tour Dates
But European jazz pianists taking on the Classical masters...
“When Soweto came to Ronnies”
Performing from his latest album, Nonagram, and together with...
The Inimitable Uli Beckerhoff – Part 1
When presented with the gift of spending one-to-one time...
‘Hank Mobley in Holland’ is a nice new chapter in Dutch jazz history.
He had his first gigs in The Netherlands and...
Oran Etkin Trio at Jazz Dock, Mladi Ladi Jazz Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
During the first two weeks of April, the multifaceted...
Master Musicians of Joujouka led by Bachir Attar | European Tour April 2017
Here’s some supporting background on the well-known musicians and...
“Charlie Parker is alive and well”
Uhm, how those words ring true!  With arrangements by...
Native French, Gabrielle Ducomble | La Chateuse délicieuse
As part of the “French Fest” at Zédel, the...
jazzahead! 2017 April 27-30 U.S. Jazz Industry
Jeff Levenson is a highly respected voice in the ongoing...
Chris Standring and Mica Paris Concert Review
His attire, a very relaxed one with flares and...
Dot Time Records Launches Louis Armstrong Legacy Series.
By: Peter McLaren | Photos Courtesy of the Louis...
Paul Jost at Cornelia Street Café
On the first Tuesday of every month, the iconic...
Logan Richardson | On Blue Note | Late March EU Tour Dates
So it is always with much anticipation and high...
Carlo Muscat | CD Review | “explorations”
His first album ‘The Sound Catalogues Vol.1 – Extraordinary...
Typhanie Monique ‘Call It Magic’ CD Release Show Old Town School of Music Chicago, IL.
Typhanie Monique is a skilled performer. This was on...
Hazmat Modine – A Weird American Post-Modern Blues & World Music Fusion Experience
Tom Waits at his roots has the same offbeat...
Louis Hayes @ Ronnies – An 80th birthday celebration gig!
In the words of Jeremy Pelt, trumpet player, entertainer...
CD Review | “Bomb” by Blurt
Ted Milton – poet, puppeteer and musician – founded...
The Alex Skolnick Trio | Europe Unbound Tour (presented by Guitar Magazine) in March.
Alex Skolnick is the veteran guitarist of Testament, a...
An Evening with Ola Onabule…RAW
Text: Lori I. Huutie | Photos: Rolf Schoellkopf On a...
SAVE & WIN a Jazz Weekend Getaway in Andalucia, Spain courtesy of JazzinEurope
Well, Jazz in Europe and Club Jazz @ Casa...
Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation partners with Dot Time Records
Dot Time Records is proud to announce its license...
Zhenya Strigalev’s Never Group on its Seemingly Never-Ending Tour
The Never Group album begins with an odd introduction...
The Eternity of Dexter Gordon | Dexternity CD Review
Dexter Gordon was born on 27 February 1923. He...
Jazz Guitarist Chris Standring ~ A Live London Recording Session with special guest artist Mica Paris
1) Chris, at the end of this month, we...
New Video Premiere February 18. Exclusively at All About Jazz!
“I feel it is my responsibility as an artist...
Meddy Gerville, Tropical Rain – CD Review
During his career Meddy has built an impressive discography...
Daniel Zimmermann | CD Review – Montagnes Russes
‘Au temps Otant’ opens the CD and is just...
Paola Vera – Addicted to My Love – Jazz groove for Valentine’s day and beyond…
Paola’s music blends her passion for Jazz with a...
Made In New York Jazz Announces Competition Winners
Judges and committee members worked hard through the holiday...
Star Names For Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017
“One of the UK’s classiest and most eclectic jazz...
Grammy Nominated Ben Wendel – Jazz Torn between Two Coasts: Brooklyn & La-la Land
Meanwhile, another saxophonist and composer, born on the West...
Konstrukt – Molto Bene – CD Review
‘Mercan’ strikes up an atmosphere at the top of...
AKI RISSANEN – Winner of the Best Jazz Album @ Emma Awards
Listen to Amorandom and follow on Spotify Buy CD Listen to Aki talk about...
Jacqui Dankworth presents |“Shakespeare and all that Jazz” | special guest: Simon Callow
A graceful and feline Jacqui Dankworth steps on stage...
North Sea jazz 2017 | Top Global Artist Confirmed
“This is one of the greatest events in music…in...
Violinist Tim Kliphuis: ‘Jazz musicians should think out of the box more’
The Tim Kliphuis Trio is combustion of talent. The...
West Of The World – Debut CD Review
Ashley visited West Africa in 2013 and it proved...
Curtis Stigers – the perfect crooner
“Let it snow” opens the show and at the...
Carl Hyde’s world of fantastical photos…
This guy has done well: truck-loads of passion, a...
We free queens (Rhoda Scott Lady Quartet)
The opening track is ‘We Free Queens’, which harmonic,...
Changes “1983” | CD Review
By Peter McLaren | Sidebar photo’s by Zbigniew Lewandowski...
Dinosaur – Chamber Jazz From Another World
Their second release on Chaos Collective, “Human Spirit” (2015)...
London Jazz Platform 2017 – Ten Artists and Counting!
Writer Sammy Stein was recently on the influential Jazz...
Mike Casey | ‘The Sound Of Surprise: Live at The Side Door’
‘Hydraulics’ opens the CD with a strong, stomping drums...
Bobby Selvaggio – Quantum Man
Over the last few years, there have been a...
Gigi – “Invisible Ink” – Ltd. edition LP
After an incredible reception and success of the EP...
Jochen Rueckert Quartet – the “Charm Offensive” Tour
Rueckert’s debut album “Introduction” was released in 1998, and...
Threestyle | Road to Monterey | 4 weeks at No.1
Road To Monterey is the new single from chart-topping,...
Book review | ‘Graphic Works 1959-2016′ | Peter Brotzmann
Because he is both – Peter Brotzmann is a...
CD Review – Dave Liebman – Is seeing believing?
Each tune in this quintet’s project has the capacity...
Shirley Horn – “Here’s to Life, Here’s to Love, Here’s to You for 2017
I celebrate that song with you at the close...
Finally a worthy tribute to Don Byas in The Netherlands
Don Byas lived the last seventeen years of his...
Esteban Alvarez | ‘Tico Groove’
Esteban was first nominated as a “Steinway Artist” back...
Wanderlust by Mike Adcock | CD Review
Wanderlust features eight of Mike’s compositions and an arrangement...
jazzahead! 2017 showcase programme announced.
The four multinational juries, which select the showcase programme...
CD Review of Duncan Lamont’s – As if by Magic
Mr Benn, as some will know, is a bowler-hatted...
Ola Onabule 2016 London Concert Review
I have been blessed to have enjoyed such moments...
Marcus Strickland – London Concert Review – “Intense and beautiful”
There was a hush in the air on the...
Brazilian Bossa Nova Rosa Passos featuring Kenny Barron
Passos has been anointed the “female João Gilberto,” but...
Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now
In an interview for Rolling Stone, in December 2015,...
“A Sardinian extravaganza” Filomena Campus
As part of the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival,...
jazzahead! announces 2017 Gala Concert
By: Nigel J. Farmer | Photos (c) Oliver Reetz...
Rob van Bavel and son Sebastiaan keep on exploring jazz
Rob graduated in 1987 at the Rotterdam Conservatory with...
CD Review | Arctic Blues Release November 25 – 2016
Now seeing as Eero was one of the original...
Featured Gig | Ola Onabule
Ola Onabule’s distinct and highly identifiable style unites jazz,...
Ahmad Jamal – One of A Kind
Ahmad Jamal has a certain magic in his playing...
Featured Gig | Maciek Pysz – London Jazz Festival
Maciek Pysz is a guitarist and composer known for...
Angus Bayley CD Review and Q&A.
The album opens with “Alex’s song” which flows so...
Alex Jønsson | release Nov 25
To put full context to Alex and his music,...
A French Jazz Shaman is Freed
The French saxophonist Guillaume Perret (born 1980 in Annecy)...
10 X Grammy Award Winner – Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri who is known for his banging, percussive...
Amit Friedman, – Long Way To Go
The Album opens with the title track “Long Way...
CD Review | Soweto Kinch | Nonagram
He straddles different worlds in his roles as musician,...
Mother Africa – Magic in Manhattan
The rhythmic and romantic music of Africa makes its...
SUPERSILENT – a so-called Death Jazz trio
Since at least the mid 90s, with the rise...
CD Review – Sara Dowling “From Shadows into Light”
Apart from singing beautifully on the album, Sara Dowling...
Keeping Spiritual and Psychedelic Jazz Alive
They are coming back to Europe this November to...
Jimmy Heath: Life of a Legend
“As an alto player I had been given the...
Jazzahead! 2017: Deadline for Showcases.
Applications to be considered for a showcase performance at...
Phos Duo | CD Review by Sammy Stein
Since they formed Phos in 2008 out of a...
Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz – 2016 Edition
In other words, Bugge Wesseltoft (born 1964) is a...
George Wein -The Life of a Legend
Wein a pianist, was joined by the Newport All...
Pimping the jazz fantastic…
Let’s do some math: five very “hyper” musicians, one...
Lars Fiil | CD Review from Sammy Stein
‘Why Search For Common Ground ‘ opens the CD...
Jazz Goes to Town in Hradec Kralove, East Bohemia
On Tuesday, Oct. 18th, the opening night’s headliner at...
Monty Alexander & Friends: Sinatra at 100
Frank Sinatra was born December 12, 1915.  One hundred...
Paul Jost | Re-imagining Bruce Springsteen
Michael Kline, who founded and produces the Exit Zero...
Nils Petter Molvaer—a true jazz explorer from the North
Molvaer’s newest recording “Buoyancy” was recorded and released in...
Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles | CD Review.
The Spicy Pickles have re-introduced swing and big band...
Kenny Garrett Interview
“Marcus Belgrave still makes it possible for musicians like...
Swing in Breda
Jan Learbuch is one of those people in the...
John Scofield ponders
Mainly, I’ve been a big fan of his music...
Magnus Öström – Has Landed Safely
On his debut release, “Thread of Life” (2012), the...
Kosi | CD Review
It opens with an introduction to Cohen’s Introduction (Hallelujah)...
Binker & Moses interview – The super London duo!
On the last day of the Love Supreme Festival,...
Ola Onabulé | Podcast Interview
Ola is a meaningful musical artist, warm-hearted and gracious....
CD Review | Ben Webster meets Piet Noordijk – Johnny Come Lately
Shortly after his death, an LP was published with...
Mars Williams & Switchback
The Chicago-based free jazz saxophonist Mars Williams may be...
Zurich Jazz Festival “jazznojazz” | Exciting mix of urban jazz, soul and fusion
Sponsored by the Zurich Cantonal Bank and co-sponsor, Migros...
Maria Schneider – Two 2016 Grammy Awards
Born November 27, 1960 in Windom, Minnesota, Maria Schneider...
Harmonica Titan Toots Thielemans dies at 94
Thielemans was pre-eminently a jazz musician — and he...
Roundup – Jazz Middelheim 2016
Astonishing Artist in residence this year was the Israeli...
Interview with Alan Gorrie – Average White Band
EY -  A band who defies longevity, I asked...
CD Review – Suite Três Rios
With parents who are Portuguese and Italian, his cultural...
Chuck Israels | 80 years and going strong.
Chuck Israels was born on the 10th of August...
George DeLancey – Self-Titled Debut CD
NYC Release Gig: September 28- Smalls Jazz Club Straight Ahead...
Theo Jackson makes his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Pianist/Vocalist Theo Jackson has a number of high profile...
Ray Gelato interview
There was glorious weather for all, people, musicians, agents,...
Lost recording’s from Joe Bushkin, Buck Clayton, Milt Hinton & “Papa” Jo Jones
Joe Bushkin, the leader, was a gifted pianist who...
ASHLEY KAHN RETURNS TO MIDDELHEIM
MORE INTERESTING JAZZ TALKS TO COME! Last year Ashley...
CD Review – Nina Baun
Straight from the horse’s mouth herself – the album...
Latin Jazz Bassist Honors Tito Puente +
Henriquez has performed with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie...
Femi Temowo interview
Nigerian born, London based, Femi is a striking guitarist...
CD Review – Benet McLean
In his early 20s he began playing keyboards in...
Wayne Shorter, Living Legend By Scott H. Thompson
Wynton Marsalis points out that Mr. Shorter has a...
FESTIVAL FLASHES GENT JAZZ 2016 – PART TWO
The second part of the festival began Thursday, July...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja with Soweto Kinch | Hideaway London – 22 July
“Entertainment was always on the cards at the Gurutopia...
Ibrahim Maalouf interview with Erminia Yardley
Erminia Yardley and Carl Hyde attended this years Love...
The Love Supreme Festival Report by Erminia Yardley
So here follows my réportage of one of the...
Festival Flashes Gent Jazz 2016 (part one)
NO SIGNATURE Terence Blanchard provided the opening concert. He...
Antwerp to celebrate 35th edition of Jazz Middelheim
The jazz festival begins Friday, August 12. That day...
FESTIVAL FLASHES ZEELANDJAZZ (part two)
The boat trip was intended as a connection between...
Bohemia Jazz Fest 2016
By:Tony Ozuna And this year is no exception. “Charles...
FESTIVAL FLASHES ZEELANDJAZZ (part one)
The Festival Orchestra played for the first time in...
Concert Review | The Hot Sardines – Ronnie Scott’s
By: Erminia Yardley | Photo’s Carl Hyde Uhm, that’s an incredible amount...
Prague Proms—a summer mix of Jazz, Classical, and Film Scores
Prague Proms opens this season, Saturday, June 18th with...
Tomas Doncker interview with Sammy Stein
By: Sammy Stein Tomas was born and bred in...
Maciek Pysz – Podcast Interview
  Maciek Pysz – is now an established musician...
Interview | Martie Rikhof & Claudio Dauelsberg
I felt I need to know more: How does...
Ola Onabule | Love Again
Love Again is the new Single from Ola Onabule’s...
Moon June records celebrates 15th Anniversary
Since the launch of the label MoonJune has built...
Jazzwise appointed Becomes Apple Music Curator
Source:  Jazzwise Magazine Jazzwise is now an official curator on...
CD Review | Event Horizon, Mark Wade
Text by: Sammy Stein | Photos by: Jesse Winter...
Electric Swing Circus
“Swingamajig was awesome!,” says Tom Hyland, the guitarist of...
Exclusive preview | Daniel Bennett Group, Sinking Houseboat Confusion.
They describe their music as, ‘quirky, modern jazz fused...
St Germain Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2016
The latest addition to the bill is acclaimed jazz-house producer...
What every aspiring music artist should consider embracing.
A recent article from Mark Stryker, staff writer for...
CD Review | Valentine’s Eve, Kitty La Roar
By: Sammy Stein | Photo’s courtesy of Artist Available: Amazon | iTunes...
Deborah J. Carter & Millennium Jazz Orchestra headline Hengelo Big Band Festival
On 15 may the 3rd annual Big Band Festival...
Catching up with Greg Osby
This saxophonist has established himself as an influential professional...
Concert Review | Jazzahead Showcases and Clubnight.
After making my rounds at the exhibition, I headed...
CD Review | Elliot Galvin Trio, Punch
‘Punch and Judy’ opens the album and, maybe as...
Two famous Belgian jazz festivals celebrate their birthday in New York
This year two the most eminent jazz festivals in...
Kurt Rosenwinkel and his new project with Tim Motzer, Bandit 65
Bandit 65 is a collaboration with the guitarist Tim...
Two jazz festivals in Zeeland join forces
By Peter Beije | Featured Image: Roberto Cifarilli The...
The Hague International Jazz Days brings live jazz to Bijenkorf The Hague!
The first 100 customers can buy The Hague International...
JAZZAHEAD! TURNS BREMEN INTO A JAZZ METROPOLIS
The 11th  jazzahead! was opened early this evening in...
Tom Ibarra Podcast Interview
Recently I came across a young great sounding jazz...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja – 606 Jazz Club London
The 606 gig is the official launch of Shez...
CD Review | Magnus Thuelund “First Song”
Thuelund, a former resident of New York and now...
Simona Parrinello launches new CD in Milan
Con Alma was released in February this year and...
Vs Interpretation | A New Festival of Free Improvisation
Kerbaj recorded the 40 minute improvisation and later released...
Chuck Israels | Podcast Interview
The first in the series has Nigel J. spending...
Kris Bowers headlines Teens Tunes (Mladi Ladi) Jazz Festival.
The title of Bower’s new album “Heroes + Misfits”...
CD Review | Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics
At 13, Mac met bandleader and cornet player Merle...
jazzahead! an American perspective
Recently, US Jazz Journalist, Scott Thompson sat down with...
Contemporary Jazz Piano Summit – Prague, April 16
By: Tony Ozuna Although Gerald Clayton has recently been...
Gent Jazz Festival: 28 major concerts in seven days
This July (7th to 16th) 2016, marks the fifteenth  year...
CD Review | Simona Parrinello – Con Alma
The album opens Beatrice, a haunting version of the...
Finnish pianist Joonas Haavisto releases new trio album “Oku”
Haavisto on piano is joined by Antti Lötjönen on bass and Joonas...
Concert Review | Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and the Jazz@Lincoln Centre orchestra
The Barbican Centre, Mr Wynton Marsalis with Mr Wayne...
Cd Review | Avishai Cohen – ‘Into the Silence
Tragedy and drama are often a good breeding ground...
EP Review | Skylark – Kitty La roar (Featuring Nick Shankland)
Kitty uses it as a vocal vehicle on which...
Nigel J. Farmer appointed Editor in Chief of Jazz In Europe
Nigel will take over from Peter McLaren who stepped...
Swing Club Breda – A mix of famous and young talent on the same stage!
Jan Learbuch continues his historical support in boosting the...
JazzAhead announces 2016 showcase program
On 21 April, the showcase program begins with the...
Rony Verbiest honors accordionist Johnny Meijer
By Peter Beije | Photo’s by  Eddy Westveer Johnny...
CD Review | Maciek Pysz “A Journey”
A Journey is a collection of eleven original compositions...
Interview with Knoel Scott – Part 3
Read Part 1 & Part 2 of the interview...
Interview with Knoel Scott – Part 2
Read Part 1 of this interview here. How did you get...
Interview with Knoel Scott – Part 1
Interview by: Sammy Stein | Photo’s courtesy of Dawid Laskowski...
London’s Most Diverse And Innovative Jazz Ensemble Release Debut Album.
Driven by a plethora of styles and disciplines, combined...
Pianist Philip Clouts tours England and Scotland
It’s an album that confirms the Cape Town-born Clouts’...
Featured Gig | Norbert Kögging | Rabotheater Hengelo
This coming Saturday dutch vocalist Norbert Kögging will launch...
Phil Woods dies age 83
Jazz legend Phil Woods died Tuesday morning, according to...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja Collective live at the 606 Jazz Club | 1 October 2015
Since the formation of his collective in 2007 his...
Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole Tours Europe
Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole spices up the...
MPS Presents The Definitive Collection Of Recordings By The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio
This definitive collection of classic albums and undiscovered material...
CD Review | Ola Onabule: “It’s The Peace That Deafens”
By: Peter McLaren | Photo’s courtesy of the artist...
Swing Festival Breda features eight free concerts.
A total of 21 artists will perform including one...
Festival Flashes from Jazz Middelheim (Antwerp)
Jazz Middelheim in the Belgian city of Antwerp will...
A1 voice and piano team hit the road to Scotland
May and Iles met when the then-Leeds-based pianist’s trio...
Chick Corea, Casandra Wilson & Stanley Clarke play JazznoJazz Festival
The 17th edition of the Zurich Jazzfestival jazznojazz promises...
Award-winning Edinburgh jazz venue adds extra shows to its Fringe programme
Guitarist Graeme Stephen, saxophonist Martin Kershaw, bassist Mario Caribe...
New York Round Midnight | Netherlands largest jazz production
The show takes you back to the turbulent nightlife...
James Tormé headlines Rye Jazz & Blues 2015
The Spectrum Jazz Lounge introduced for the first time...
Featured Gig | The Majamisty Trio – Pizza Express – Aug 30
Sunday 30 August will see the London debut of...
Live Review | Ola Onabule at the Mundus Festival in Italy – July 16th 2015
The show started by looking to the future with...
Gig Review | The Blockheads Ipswich 24th July 2015
The Music Room in Ipswich was the venue. The...
Featured Gig | Jason Rebello Trio – 606 Jazz Club London
A multi-award winner and ferociously talented musician, Jason has...
Festival Flashes from Gent Jazz 2015 (part Two)
By: Peter Beije | Photos: Maurits van Hout This...
How Hugh Hefner And Playboy Changed The Face Of Music
Since the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953, two...
Davey Payne | Blockheads and beyond (Part Two)
Davey Payne – Part Two By: Sammy Stein After...
Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble at Ipswich Jazz Club
From the start, things went well. It was one...
Festival Flashes from Gent Jazz 2015 (part one)
By: Peter Beije | Photos: Maurits van Hout Friday...
Featured Gig | Erin Dickins – Ronnie Scott’s London
Erin Dickins has enjoyed career singers dream about. After...
Maciek Pysz Announces November Tour Dates
Recorded at Artesuono studio in Udine, Italy, ‘A Journey’...
Featured Gig | Hilario Durán Trio – Bimhuis Amsterdam
Hilario Durán makes his instrument sound like an orchestra...
Becca Horne chats with Mario “El Indio” Morejon
Gillespie could have been speaking about Cuban born musician,...
Uli Beckerhoff | Everyone has heroes
By Rob Adams | 1st published by the Herald Scotland....
Interview with Ntjam Rosie
Ntjam has recently released her new album “The One”...
Featured Gig | Robert Glasper at Jazz Tibet Club – Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Glasper, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid—who form...
Interview with Deborah J. Carter
Carter premiered her latest release in the Canary Islands...
CD Review | Marco Marconi Trio “Nordik”
Marco Marconi is a pianist who studied classical piano...
Neil Tesser Wins 2015 Lifetime Achievement In Jazz Journalism Award
Tesser may be best known as program host and...
Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 | July 3-12, 2015
Copenhagen’s legendary status as one of the jazz capitals...
Ntjam Rosie performs at the Dutch Jazzday & North Sea Jazz Festival
Ntjam Rosie, Cameroon-born, Dutch-based Afro-European artist, has become a...
CD Review | Toine Thys Trio: “Grizzly”
By: Peter Bieje Toine Thys’s trio plays in a...
Rogier Telderman and Vincent Houdijk win the Dutch “Young VIP” award.
As part of the prize both musicians will perform...
Interview | Eric Ineke: “I want the swing to be alive”
By Marta Ramón | photos by Jan Klupper Eric Ineke’s musical...
Enrico Pieranunzi, Tina May, Tony Coe | Home Is Where The Heart Is
The first track, ‘Don’t Forget The Poet, Please’ is...
Ornette Coleman dies age 85
Today we received the sad news that Ornette Coleman,...
Featured Gig | Maciek Pysz Quartet at London’s Vortex
The Quartet led by Guitarist and Composer Maciek Pysz...
Featured Gig | “Hammond Eggs” feat. Randy Brecker & Bob Mintzer,
For this new production, the three musicians expanded the...
606 Jazz Club & Fulham Palace present “Jazz on the Lawn”
Now in its seventh year, Jazz on the Lawn...
Jazz Middelheim 2015 presents varied program
Dr. John & Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano,...
CD Review | The Spike Orchestra – Ghetto
They have played at the Forge in Camden, The...
Ola Onabule signs international recording deal.
“It’s The Peace That Deafens” will be Onabule’s eighth...
Smith & Kellock hit the road
Saxophonist Smith and pianist Kellock have worked together extensively...
Longtime President of Blue Note, Bruce Lundvall passes aged 79
AAJ: Were there particular parts of the book that...
Matt Owens | The Magic of The Aviators’ Ball
The Aviators’ Ball is an eclectic, whimsical, magical mix...
Festival Round-up | Semana Internacional de Jazz – Tenerife
Once again the city of La Laguna on the...
Davey Payne | Blockheads and beyond
Davey was born in 1944 in London. He told...
Collective effort bridges jazz programming gap in Glasgow
Bridge promotions came to a halt at the end...
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s headline Gent Jazz Festival.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will be one of...
Theo Jackson launches new CD at St James Theatre London
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The International Jazz Festival in Liège was created twenty-four years ago. The city was known for decades as the Belgian capital of jazz, with musicians such as Bobby Jaspar ( who played with Miles Davis,Janice "Ms. JJ" Johnson, Donald Byrd and many others), René Thomas (Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, J.R. Monterose), or Jacques Pelzer (Chet Baker,Don Cherry). Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of one of the founders of the legendary "Festival Comblain -la-Tour," Jean -Marie Peterken , Liège has hosted great stars from the beginning such as Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Chick Corea,Benny Carter,Benny Golson, Elvin Jones, Brad Mehldau and many others. One expected the worst when the RTBF (Belgian Television and Radio) left its studios at the Congress Palace—this meant the lack of audio material for the festival. Nevertheless the festival went on, with difficulty, until the arrival of a new sponsor, the pharmaceutical company, Mithra . 

By JEAN-PIERRE GOFFIN, | courtesy of ALL ABOUT JAZZ

This revival was marked by a three-day festival. As a great fan of the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Jean-Marie Peterken organized Jazz à Liège as a multi-room event with five different auditoriums where all jazz streams are represented, from swing to free jazz, from solos to big bands, from young Belgian musicians to international figures. People like or dislike this concept: leaving a concert to attend another one can be quite disturbing for the audience and the musicians, so this year I neglected a lot of interesting things to attend full concerts.

Day 1

A single concert, that of Paolo Conte. The Italian singer hasn’t been in Liège for so many years that the concert was sold out long before the concert date, and his fans quickly filled the largest room of the Palais des Congrès. The audience was overwhelmed with joy at the end of the first song; it seemed to be an “encore” as the atmosphere was warm. Although he was feeling run-down by a severe cold, Paolo Conte sang almost all his successful tunes, which overjoyed his audience, thanks to ten multi-instrumentalist musicians flying high during the 90-minute show with the former lawyer.

Day 2

With pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland, Friday evening began with two magicians of today’s jazz (although Kenny Barron recorded his first album in 1961!) Playing personal compositions (the superb ” Waltz KW ” in tribute to Kenny Wheeler, the funky “Pass It On” (for Ed Blackwell) and jazz standards (including Charlie Parker ‘s the seldom played ” Segment ,” with a delightful version of Monk’s “In Walked Bud” as an encore), the dialogue between the two men let one almost forget the technical virtuosity used to subjugate us by complicity, invention, feeling and shared lyricism. If the expression “to be in heaven ” had a reason to be somewhere that night , it sure was in this crowded room.

She is still unknown to the general public, but believe me, it will soon change! Cecile McLorin Salvant has everything required of a great singer: an exceptional voice that goes from low to high notes with astonishing ease , a sense of pace , swing ( swinging jazz still exists!), sensitivity, a pulse in the tradition , and a play list rarely sung by her peers (” John Henry ,” ” Nobody,” the list is endless). With the wonderful Aaron Diehl on piano, the audience understood and gave her an enthusiastic welcome.

Kenny Garrett also filled the large room. The former Miles Davis’s saxophonist has earned a reputation over the last few years: technique, power, pace made him the biggest alto sax in contemporary jazz. The American has everything to heat a room and tonight the leader was at his best. A Coltrane rhythm to start an incredible bravura twenty-minute piece conquered the public. Keeping such a pace reaches the supernatural, so Kenny Garrett caught his breath on a few more anecdotal pieces.

Day 3

Set in the early evening, Archie Shepp’s concert was expected to be the biggest event of the festival by aficionados. In 2012, the great tenor saxophonist resumed his legendary album Attica Blues(Impulse!, 1972) with a large orchestra of 29 musicians (rhythm section, blowers, strings and choir). The album related the drama of the Attica prison of September 13, 1971, and represents a major milestone in his career as a musician and activist for the black cause in the United States. With two former figures of Great Black Music (percussionist Famoudou Don Moye and pianist Amina Claudine Myers) plus a great funky bassist in recent years (Reggie Washington ) and a handful of French musicians (among others, saxophonist Francois Theberge and the colorful guitarist Pierre Durand), the ” Attica Blues Orchestra ” playlist included the original album , but also pieces from The Cry of My People (Impulse!, 1972) or Mama Too Tight ( Impulse!, 1966), a composition from Amina Claudine Myers, and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” completed the playlist of a concert in the most beautiful vein of the blues tradition . In exceptional form (77 years anyway) , Archie Shepp gave inspiration to completely relaxed musicians. We can’t count the highlights of a concert with dramatic accents, but also very bright moments.

If there was a revelation out of these performance (but it’s a little unfair for the quality of all the musicians) , we noted the discovery of the voice of Marion Rampal , who was completely invested in this fabulous project. Like the members of the orchestra, Archie Shepp received a standing ovation by the audience. During these three days, we felt the Liège festival was relaunched on new bases, as well as for the quality of the program. For the sake of public’s interest in the festival, let’s hope for the best for the 25th edition in 2015!

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