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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 partnership...
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....
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
It isn’t often that an artist comes along as...
Ola Onabule | Interview
Interview by: Becca Horne Born in Islington, London, Ola...
Jazz In Europe launches Amazon aStore
In addition we have added the Amazon store widget...
Interview with Massimiliano Rolff
By: Marta Ramon In addition to his outstanding reputation...
Sharp Sounds and Dirty Quotes from Tomasz Stańko
Tomasz Stańko is by far the most accomplished Polish...
Bert van den Brink: Magician with sound.
By: Peter Beije | Photo courtesy of the artist...
Dot Time Records announces the signing of UK based guitarist Maciek Pysz.
In 2010, he established his current trio with drummer...
SNJO swings towards its 20th anniversary
By: Rob Adams Elling has been open in his...
Live Review | Fund Raiser for UNPREDICTABLE – A film about Terry Day
By: Sammy Stein Over the course of an evening...
Raul Midón | A Chat with Becca Horne
Interview by: Becca Horne Midón was born in the...
Kitty la Roar and Nick Shankland | Live Review
By: Sammy Stein La Roar and Shankland have been...
Tom Green | Musician on a mission
By: Rob Adams | Photos: Courtesy of the Artist....
Brotzmann, Drake, Parker at Londons Café Oto | Live Review
By: Sammy Stein We met one dismal cold day...
Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias dies aged 71
His voice had the sound of someone who had...
The New Orleans Jazz Beat
By: Allen Yhorst Kimble, Jr | Photos courtesy of the...
Blanco returns to make Celtic connections
Blanco made a big impression on his first full...
Duane Eubanks | Things of that Particular Nature
Article by: Becca Horne | Photo’s courtesy of Duane...
Chopin Lives On! | Outstanding Polish Jazz Pianists – Part 1
By:  Wojciech Oleksiak | Coutsey of: Culture.pl  It may be...
Fat Suit produce the goods
Fat-Suit didn’t go into the music business to make...
Ole Seimetz | My Everything
“I’d never thought about playing drums until I saw...
Hailey Tuck | Jazz Darling
By Becca Horne | Photo’s Courtesy of Artist Hailey Tuck,...
Rein de Graaff: Entrepreneur in swing
By Peter Beije | Featured Photo – Eddy Westveer...
Adrienne West & Alessio Menconi present new CD.
According to West, the renowned duo of Ella Fitzgerald...
Theo Jackson plays Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room & St James Theater
Having recently been granted permission to set lyrics to...
Stephanie Nilles and Zach Brock tour Germany
Chicago-born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles has been doin’ Kesey...
Product Review | Overscore Manuscript Tape
OK, now I have your attention, what is Overscore?...
Crooner Tony Bennett Brings His Jazz Collections to Casino Rama
Bennett has recently announced the latest of his releases,...
From broomsticks to fiddle sticks story makes Bangalore dream come true
“My mother thought I’d gone mad,” says the now...
Renaud Garcia-Fons | Beyond The Double Bass
By DAN BILAWSKY | Courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ...
Sax and trumpet recreate classics – with strings attached
Alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow and trumpeter Ryan Quigley will...
An interview with Yosuke Sato
by Enrique Alonso, photos courtesy of Yosuke Sato I...
The Mozaic Jazz Festival launches Friday 14 November.
One of the most exciting developments in the European...
Estrella & Esquina 25 | Bethany’s Jazz Club
The music of Esquina 25 pays tribute to the...
CD Review | Tineke Postma – Greg Osby | Sonic Halo
It was an emphatic wish of Tineke Postma to...
Laura Macdonald & David Berkman launch new CD
he two musicians, who have worked together in various...
A Jazz Talk with Gary Burton
By: Yannick Ilunga | Courtesy of The Jazz Spotlight Citing pianist Bill...
International contest for young musicians in Belgium
For 35 years it was called Jazz Hoeilaart. Next...
The Jazz Spotlight Festival Guide | November 2014
This month, Australia celebrates jazz combined with good wine...
Phil Markowitz – Zach Brock Quartet | Perpetuity.
Dot Time Records | D9031 Perpetuity is the second...
Jazz Jantar | Robert Glasper, James Carter and Avant-garde
By: Wojtek Oleksiak | Courtesy of Culture.pl From : 4...
Featured Venue | Fasching Jazz Club – Stockholm
This Manhattan-style jazz club is a vibrant music hub...
South African Clouts hitting the road to Scotland
South Africa-born Clouts, who takes his new quartet on...
Millennium Jazz Orchestra | Safety Zone
By JACK BOWERS | Courtesy of All About Jazz...
Made In New York Jazz Competition | Special Offer
To all our loyal readers, Recently we published an...
Paul Jost | Breaking Through
Paul Jost | Breaking Through Dot Time Records Paul...
Jazz Near You launches House Concert Series.
Ricci will kick off the first Jazz Near You...
Made in NY Jazz Competition
Contestants enter the Made in New York Jazz Competition...
36th. International jazz festival Praha
User News By: Filip Bršťák The festival opens on October...
Bimhuis At 40 | Older, Better, Business As Usual
By JOAN GANNIJ  | courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ The Bim’s roots...
Artist Interview | Mike McKoy
Ludwig Manhattan’s Germaican Blues (Sedajazz Records, 2014) is his...
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Part 2 of Sammy Stein's interview with Knoel Scott 

Read Part 1 of this interview here.

How did you get well known, I asked – when was your ‘break’?

Knoel replies,

Jamaica, Queens was a residential middle class community originally dominated by Polish and Italian residents. After the 2nd world war Southern Black and Caribbean veterans, municipal workers and successful performing artists settled there. John Coltrane, James Brown, Arthur Prysock, Brook Benton and Buck Clayton were just a few of the jazz elite which moved out to Jamaica. It was called Long Island then. Louis Armstrong lived 10 miles away in Corona, Queens. The legends of the Harlem renaissance- Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Marcus Garvey and Joe louis were household names in my community and gave testament to this center of African American culture.

From this neighborhood came many well-known musicians like bassist, clarinet player and producer Marcus Miller, Miles Davis and Howie Grate (music director on Broadway), Siraj (tenor/flute with Tito Puente), Naji (soul jazz recording artist), Tony Hinson and Jerome Clarkeson, trumpeter Tom Browne (Jamaica Funk) pianists Donald Blackman and Bernard Wright and the vibraphonist Dwight Gassaway (Roy Ayers). The altoist C.I. Williams (saxman for the great Irene Reid) lived there also.

George Arnold Grant, Musical Director for Harlem’s Prince Hall Masonic Lodge on 155 Street lived a few blocks from me. He was my best friend’s father so it did not take long for him to pull a 14 year old alto playing Knoel into his Jolly Gents Jazz Band. Thus began my schooling in the repertoire and phraseology of the great big bands, the music of Louceford, Ellington, Basie, Chick Webb and others. I was always the young kid in a band of 50-70 year old jazz veterans, some of who actually played with those greats. We played for dances and cotillions (social dance gathering), talent shows and revues at community centers and ballrooms all over NYC.

My first jazz experience at that time was sitting in with the great alto/tenorist Harold Ousley at a festival block party in Jamaica. I would later start sitting in at the Village Door where master drummer Walter Perkins, bassist Lloyd Buchannan and pianist Hank Edmonds established the standard of bebop excellence in Queens seven nights a week.

The great baritone saxophone player Cecil Payne did a five night stint at a club called The Sparkle and there I heard what the baritone saxophone was supposed to sound like. A young 15 year old Knoel asked Mr. Payne, “What style of music do you play?” His reply was, “I guess you could say I play bebop.” And that was my real introduction to the music of Charlie Parker.

Now my sights turned toward the renaissance African-American village of Harlem as everyone’s dream was to play the famed Apollo Theatre.

Jamaica had a backyard (garage) band on every block at this time and by now, soul and R&B bands had begun to be listened to by the American public but they were all heroes and icons in the black community long before making it to national prominence – usually by way of mainstream radio punctuated by coveted appearances on the Ed Sullivan show or in the 70s on Soul Train, The Johnny Carson Show and other TV variety shows.

The gateway of black entertainment was the Apollo Theatre on 125 Street in Harlem. This was the African-American Carnegie Hall. So we all covered the top soul and blues hits of the day hoping to follow in the footsteps of others who had got their breaks playing dances in New York, then national acclaim through their original recordings like Earth Wind and Fire or Kool and the Gang or even the Jackson 5 who grew to become legends after their landmark concert at the Apollo, followed by their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. We all knew Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor leaped to stardom after being discovered at the Apollo.

My dream was to become a part of a new renaissance there, where my big band/R&B/soul/Latin experiences would make me the next Charlie Parker. I knew little of life and music but what I knew, even though small, gave me a thirst and enthusiasm that would only increase with each new musical experience.

Our collective style in Jamaica was a combination of the Jazz Crusaders, Kool and the Gang, James Brown, and Earth Wind and Fire with a good dose of Hendrix. Our sound has been termed as Jamaica Funk (after the hit record by Creative Funk in the ‘80s) and we all became known as the Jamaica Funk Cats, led by the Firebolts-a band that featured Alvin ‘Winky- dink’ Flythe on tenor sax, Marcus Miller on bass and Howie Gate on Guitar- all known as the baddest cats in the city. Flythe played so much like John Coltrane that when I heard ‘Trane I thought he sounded like Flythe but hey, I was only 16. What did I know? Marcus went on to produce for Q and Miles.

My studies of African American history, the civil rights struggle, the ongoing legend of the Apollo Theatre and the ‘word in the street’ made Harlem a must for me as it was for all progressive African American thinkers, politicians, artist ,poets, writers and of course musicians. The more I learned about my culture, the more the name Harlem was mentioned. The Harlem renaissance of the 20s to 50s was such a source of self- affirmation and pride for me even as I sat in public education classes that excluded my people from their place in the making of America. Smalls Paradise, Minton’s Playhouse (where Bird and Diz created bebop), the Apollo Theatre – they were there waiting for me to become the new herald of this great tradition. While Brother Kanya’s Tree of Life Bookstore, The Schomburg library, Liberation Bookstore, the conversations and conga playing at Marcus Garvey Park were there waiting for this young man in search of his culture. This was a time for me to begin to discover the great truths of the considerable contribution of African American genius in the making of America and the African Source of Ancient Egypt. I knew that the heart of jazz was Harlem; that jazz was the embodiment of African-American culture; that the oral tradition handed down from mother Africa had been transformed into the aural tradition of Jazz. I learned that the heart of this great tradition was Harlem.

On weekends I would take a visit into Harlem where I was a teenage member of the broadcasting pioneer/nurse Alma Nomsa John’s Talent Workshop on 125 Street. Here, young black youths were encouraged to hone their talents and pursue their dreams.

Yet I still had to continue my formal education, first attending Queens College, followed by the university at Old Westbury where my formal studies on the saxophone were honed by the pioneer of Jazz education, Dr. Ken Makanda McIntyre – a multi-instrumentalist and wood wind specialist/ composer and close associate of Eric Dolphy. (McIntyre played with Nat Adderley, Dolphy, Cecil Taylor and was a member of the innovative jazz Beaver Harris jazz group. He taught at Old Westbury for over 20 years). It was Makanda who would introduce me to the music of Sun Ra, always acknowledging Sun Ra as the high priest of music of the African-American tradition.

My music studies were augmented by regular attendance and membership at Billy Taylor’s Jazz Mobile Workshops on 127 Street. There I participated in classes given by Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Charlie Persip and other jazz masters. I was a member of the Jamaica funk network of young musicians in Queens- dancing, singing and blowing my horn for R&B parties at a time when people still hired bands to dance to. I developed a deep love of the stage and stage presentation, yet found it was the culture of jazz which provided a path for my actualization for it was in the music of Bird and Diz, Monk, Hawk, Bean and Chu that a young Knoel found his calling.

Between the ages of 15 and 17 I played in the gospel tent of evangelist Al McCleary who would seasonally visit my neighborhood casting out demons, healing peoples’ teeth problems and evoking the Holy Spirit to take possession of the congregation. There I became aware of the great power of music to evoke spiritual possession. While never becoming possessed myself, still the rapture of the music and people filled me with awe and purpose as I, the organist and drummer would play as one to conjure the Holy Spirit. The next time I would experience such intense spiritual passion was in the clubs of Harlem and the Bronx when the organ trios would hit that groove. Us horn players would walk the bar (walk through the audience and yes sometimes on the bar itself and the people would be wound in the groove, smiling, laughing, drinking joking and loving each other and the music). It was this all-encompassing love that the music created amongst the people; the love they had for us who played for them; the love they had for each other as they were in sympathetic vibration. It is this love we as musicians are able to create which binds us and the people into oneness of spirit.

Listen to Duke Ellington’s great concert at Newport 1958 and you hear that love, that groove exalting that landmark saxophone solo of Paul Gonzales. Look at the smile and finger poppin’ of Cat Anderson and you see hear and feel what I’m talking about.

More of this Interview in Part 3

For more detail about Knoel, you can find him on his website 

If you wish to catch Knoel Live, he’s at the 100 club in London on 5th November 2015 – Details here:

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