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Fiona Ross – “Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey” CD Peer Review by Ola Onabulé
This is the second album release in 2017 from...
Yuri Honing’s CD Goldbrun: Harmonious Political Statement
Yuri Honing has chosen Germany as a source of...
ECM Records releases full catalogue for streaming.
In the press release the label states that “simultaneous...
UK jazz radio station JazzFM launches their own Alexa skill
With the Amazon Radioplayer Skill you can play high-quality...
Paola Vera’s “ADDICTED” CD Review by Leo Sidran
But before arriving in this quiet cathartic space, she...
Sonny Rollins Donates Major Gift to Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin Conservatory of Music : In a...
David Pastor presents Motion at the Madrid Jazz Festival
Trumpeter David Pastor, one of the main figures of...
Sunday Blues – Why I Sing The Blues – B.B. King – Live In Africa 1974
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14,...
Blue Note Launches Subscription Box Series
The subscription series will be released on a bi-annual...
Christos Rafalides releases new album ” Near & Dear”
In the early 90’s, Christos received a scholarship from...
TJP | Peace and Love CD Review
Rating:  A little research showed that TJP is a...
North Sea Jazz Festival 2018 – Grab your Early Bird Ticket!
Following the unprecedented success of the NN North Sea...
The EFG London Jazz Festival reaches new heights.
Over the years, the Festival has made a steady...
Mark Guiliana Tours his new release Jersey
Describing the Quartet’s modus operandi on Jersey, Guiliana said:...
Snowboy returns to Ronnie Scott’s for two sold out dates at the Club and a surprise jewel in his crown!
Anyone who owns the album by now will know...
Chick Corea & Steve Gadd on Tour in Europe
Chick Corea and Steve Gadd, both now in their...
Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Mike Stern at Utrechts Tivoli in November
Unfortunately due to the demise of the SJU jazzpodium...
Sunday Blues – Have You Ever Loved A Women by Freddie King.
Have You Ever Loved A Women was written by Billy...
Simon Spillett Interview with Erminia Yardley
To this extent, I am thankful to Simon Spillett:...
Dhafer Youssef – November European Tour Dates
Youssef was born in 1967 in a fishing village...
Moses Sumney – Should keep on Moanin’ Nov Euro Tour dates
This implies that he had to play and sing...
Ben Sidran’s November European Tour dates…
Ben Sidran has been a major force in the...
Uri Gurvich “Kinship” CD Review by Fiona Ross | CD Parties in Paris & Barcelona
Native to Israel, he trained at Berklee College of...
Sunday Blues – ‘When A Guitar Plays The Blues’ by Albert Collins
Hey, its Sunday and for the team at Jazz...
Filomena Campus – Expect the Unexpected!
I wrote the above words as part of a...
Nordic Jazz Comets – Live in Berlin.
The concerts took place at Privatclub in Berlin’s Kreuzberg...
Luther Allison | A Legend Never Dies Essential Recordings 1976-1997
Label: Ruf Records Release Date: 27 October 2017 Allison’s...
Sammy Stein Report – Just landed in Ecuador & looking for the Jazz
Music, it has to be emphasised, is a fundamental...
Love Supreme Jazz Festival announces one-day festival at the Roundhouse.
The event will feature performances in the main room...
Jazzfest Berlin 2017
In his last year as the festivals Artistic Director,...
George Benson announces 2018 UK Tour Dates.
George Benson has been a leading light in the...
Eliane Elias: From Bill Evans to Brazil
For the first half of the show, she’s joined...
Adam Glasser & Mathias Heise | Live at the 606 Jazz Club London
He is nearing completion of his third album set...
‘Walk with the Spirit’ by Louisiana Bluesman – Coco Robicheaux
Who is this Louisiana bluesman: Coco was original born as...
TJP, spreading Peace and Love
The seeds for the formation of the band were...
Christian Sands at Ronnie Scott’s | Concert Review
Recently I have found myself reviewing more piano artists,...
International Jazz Day Host Cities Announced
UNESCO is pleased to announce the International Jazz Day...
Rafael Barrera: ‘Amser’ – Digital Album Review by Fiona Ross
I was initially drawn to review this album by...
Jazz goes Dutch across the UK and Ireland
Going Dutch is an initiative by UK jazz advocates...
Free concerts during Tenth Swing Festival Breda (2017)
A tradition is the opening concert by music students...
Walter Trout new album & tour dates.
Before you even hear a note, We’re All In...
A tale of two Tommys as Scotsman Smith tours his latest album
The older Smith’s current tour marks two anniversaries. This...
Miles Davis’ “Tutu” Encoded in DNA
Without getting to technical, DNA digital data storage refers...
Chantae Cann ‘Sol Empowered’ – CD Review by Fiona Ross
I, as we all do, need to connect with...
Jason Moran – Celebrating Thelonious Monk & European Tour dates
At the 56th Venice Art Biennale, curated by Okwui...
Ola Onabulé – Taking on the world, on his own terms.
Before we launch into the interview, take a look...
Mike Casey | Norwegian Wood (Live from Sofar Sounds NYC)
Once such initiative called “Sofar Sounds” popped up in...
Chasing Bix, the Introverted Enigma
This article has been posted courtesy of Lynn René...
CD Review | Rez Abbasi’s “Unfiltered Universe” a Gem!
This article has been posted courtesy of Lynn René...
Featured Gig | Tom Ibarra at the Sunset-Sunside in Paris.
At the age of 17 Tom has been called...
Entropi – Concert Review – Jazz at the speed of Light
Entropi, the jazz quintet with an astronomical penchant, chose...
Tony Bennett returns to New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall.
With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and...
An Interview with Aruán Ortiz – On Tour In Europe
Lynn René Bayley: Thank you for granting me this...
Third Man Records release Muddy Waters on 7” vinyl.
In what is now their third ongoing, label-based series...
Christian Sands is Reaching for the future.
Already the recipient of five Grammy® award nominations and...
19th Zürich JAZZNOJAZZ Festival 2017
The 19th edition of the Zürich JAZZNOJAZZ Festival promises...
How Hugh Hefner And Playboy Changed The Face Of Music
This article was originally posted in July 2015 and...
Qwest TV: Quincy Jones launches new video-streaming service for jazz
Earlier this month Qwest TV launched a crowdfunding campaign...
The Eli Degibri Quartet at the Jazz Standard – Tonight in New York – 26 September, 2017
It is rare in our time to hear a...
A Little Jazz Festival That Greets the World – Oct 10 -14th, 2017
Jazz Goes to Town is an international music festival...
Concord Music acquires Savoy label Group.
In 1999 Concord Records was purchased by a consortium...
Featured Gig | Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – Tété, Utzon Center Aalborg, Denmark
Featured Image: Dave Beecroft. In the press release for...
Craig Handy with Jonathan Gee Trio | UK Tour Dates
For the past several years, Handy has recorded or...
HUDSON | Jazz Super-band of 2017
They chose the name “HUDSON” because they all call...
Michael Brecker’s son launches bone marrow donor drive.
Sam Brecker, 24, is a three-year veteran of the...
Moncho Rios – ‘Just Feeling’ – CD Review by Nigel J.
Moncho must have wondered who this guy was asking...
New John Coltrane Mural rises in Philadelphia.
In 2014 Lewis’s mural was destroyed to make way...
Sex & Free Jazz – Sex Mob on Tour in London & Europe 2017
Past tours in Europe emphasised compositions by iconic composers...
UK Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees announced.
The group consists of over a hundred members drawn...
Air Artist Agency launch “LetterOne ‘Rising Stars’ Jazz Award”
Providing those opportunities, commitment, expertise and support to make...
Jazz, made in Italy – Anna Harwell Celenza’s superb new book!
Sometimes, I make it a point to go straight...
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, by Nina Simone
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair...
Featured Gig | Ola Onabule, Internationales Jazzfestival Leibnitz
Since the release of his current album, “It’s The...
Julian Costello Quartet ~ ‘Transitions’ ~ CD Review by Sammy Stein
Waves’ opens the CD and starts with a gentle,...
Featured Gig | Christian McBride, A-Trane Berlin
Join Christian to experience New Jawn, which, translated from...
s’wonderful Ella Fitzgerald Live in Amsterdam 1957 & 1960 Reviewed by Peter Beije
The Dutch Jazz Archive celebrates the hundredth year of...
Bill Evans Trio | Another Time, The Hilversum Concert.
A performance on the 1968 European tour at the...
Cameron Vale’s CD ‘Jouska’ Reviewed by Sammy Stein
The band are named after the protagonist from an...
Trio Soundscapism – EP Review by Erminia Yardley
Alex Ho on piano and Tsang Tak Hong on...
Almeida | Duynhoven | Klein to open 2017-18 season at the Bimhuis
Opening the 2017-18 season is Almeida / Duynhoven /...
Gilad Atzmon – The Spirit of Trane – CD Review by Sammy Stein
This CD is a spiritual journey along with Coltrane,...
Featured Gig | Jim Mullen Organ Trio, 606 Jazz Club
The popularity of the Club among musicians led to...
New Release | Dial & Oatts Rich DeRosa & The WDR Big Band
In the liner notes to the album the three...
Garth Knox & the Saltarello Trio – Plays…
Garth Knox, a renowned Irish-born violist and composer for...
Turkish Mambo, by Lennie Tristano
In 1955, when Lennie Tristano overdubbed multiple piano parts...
CD Review ~ “Möbius Strip” by Möbius Strip
On listening to the debut album that takes its...
CD Review | Christian Sands “Reach”
Christian Sands, although still young has already built a...
Oscar Peterson Trio | Live in Finland 1965
In 1958 Herb Ellis left the trio and was...
Ray Charles last Raelette ~ Andromeda Turre ~ New live EP
After studying at Berklee College of Music and The...
Mark Guiliana Impresses at Jazz Middelheim 2017
Editor’s note: Read Peter Beije’s daily roundup overview of...
Itamar Borochov Quartet open the See More Jazz Fest. Rostock (Germany)
Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochov’s search for...
Art Pepper West Coast Sessions Volumes 2 & 3
Volume 3 was originally issued as High Jingo by...
Herbie Hancock embarks on U.S. leg of his 2017 World Tour.
Featured Image: Douglas Kirkland Herbie Hancock launched the US leg...
Mads Mathias | A Modern Day Crooner
We started our conversation speaking about his 2012 album...
Joshua Redman to open Oslo Jazz Festival
This year the festival management have extended the festival...
Chuck Loeb dies age 61.
To mark the passing of Chuck Loeb, Jazz Times...
Chasing Trane ~ The New John Coltrane Documentary
Trane is and always will be a hero of...
THE NJE ~ AFLOAT ~ CD review by Sammy Stein
Terry plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxes, guitar and keys and...
Three Views of a Secret, a portrait of Jaco Pastorius
Zawinul listened to the song and told Pastorius: “That...
Esperanza Spalding Appointed to Harvard’s Music Department Faculty
Four-time Grammy award-winner, jazz bassist, singer-songwriter, lyricist, humanitarian activist,...
Mads Mathias Returns to the UK for BBC Proms appearance
Mathias returns to the UK after sold-out shows last...
Victoria Kaunova, Ilya Morozov Sextet – The First
The album features nine tracks, some standards including an...
Bill Evans | An insight into a Genius.
Between 1966 and 1968 Evans worked with a wide...
All That’s Jazz ~ New book by Sammy Stein ~ a Senior writer for Jazz in Europe
Editor’s note:  Sammy Stein is a tireless supporter and...
Herbie Hancock, Craig Taborn & Kamasi Washington shine at Gent Jazz 2017
Day 1 (6 July) Firstly, It’s a rather strange...
Tina May ~ Cafe Paranoia~ CD review by Sammy Stein
Murphy wrote some pretty off the wall lyrics and...
Remembering Coltrane on the 50th anniversary of his death
At the time of Coltrane’s death I was 7...
Maciej Fortuna Trio live review, July 11th, 2017 ~ A Trumpeter Plus
With a low-key presence on stage, there is the...
Muse Records founder Joe Fields Dies at 88
Joe Fields, a driving force in the jazz music...
CD Review | Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra “Live”
The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2014 by...
Blues guitarist Nathan James coming to the Netherlands.
When you first meet Nathan James, you know immediately...
Jazz Middelheim 2017 offers Antwerp sixteen top concerts including Van Morrison
The 36th edition of Jazz Middelheim will be held...
Mark Latimer ~ White Sun ~ CD review by Sammy Stein
The first is produced from live recordings at St...
Moving and groovin’ ~ a great performance by super-hero George Benson
Simon Cook, managing director at Ronnie’s, introduces Benson for...
Woody Allen ~ a legend in cinematographic plays Jazz @ The Royal Albert Hall
His band, The New Orleans Band, are with him...
Stanley Clarke – European Tour Dates
Stanley Clarke (Philadelphia, 1951) is for the bass guitar...
Sony Music to restart vinyl production in Japan.
Until now the production of vinyl has been mostly...
Robert Mitchell | A Vigil For Justice, A Vigil For Peace
On his website Mitchell states that the original poetry...
Pianist Geri Allen dies age 60
Ms. Allen, a Detroit native, began taking piano and...
Alan Broadbent releases his Developing Story…
“Developing Story” is a dream come true album for...
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...
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,...
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With a very elegant blue suit, Christian Sands’ diminutive figure stepped out on the Ronnie Scott’s stage looking happy and eager to play another date to his international tour.  

Recently I have found myself reviewing more piano artists, whether being asked or selecting these myself, they have been very exciting write-ups so far. So, when I was asked to review Sands at Ronnies, I knew it was going to be a dangerous challenge: the artistry and talent that makes Christian Sands the musician he is nowadays, is not just difficult to pin down, but his chameleon-like style is reflective of a passion and love of jazz that make trying to define him simply impossible.

Sands started playing with furore, dangerously driving the audience to complete silence so that only heads were seen nodding to the beat. When “Reaching for the sun” was played, one of Sands’ own compositions from his new album “Reach”, the tones and the dialogue between his playing and Eric Wheeler’s wonderful double-bass were flawless. There were vibrant crescendos slowly fading, then a deliciously soulful “I’ve got rhythm” offered the crowd something different, chromatically pure. There were people in the audience, listening with their eyes closed, nodding as if in conversation with Sands’ own pianoforte.

The 1st set having run over slightly, Christian Sands, Eric Wheeler and Jerome Jennings, drummer and creator of many beats on the night, returned to the stage to illuminate what had been an already surreal day in London. Hurricane Ophelia had turned the skies in the metropolis a shade of orange glow, but this was soon going to be forgotten by all in the Club. There were long and fast pieces, up beat and slow ones, but it was “¡Óyeme!”, inspired by Sands’ visits to Cuba, that captivated me.

So what can I add here that is new and has not been said before about this young talented man?

Well, first of all, I do believe Mack Avenue Records, Sands’ record label, deserves a thorough praise: to add Sands to the already big list of musicians recording for them (McLorin Salvant, Kyle Eastwood, Yellow jackets, Aaron Diehl etc), is simply a clever catch. Sands live persona, his whole body language, were that of a man who was bursting with talent and creativity, his inventive techniques and various rhythms were offered to the audience in an effortless and charismatic way. Time flew… unfortunately.

This, in my opinion, is only the beginning of something even better for Christian Sands.

Line up: Christian Sands – piano // Eric Wheeler – bass // Jerome Jennings – drums

Christian Sands New Album: REACH

Photos courtesy of Carl Hyde

Text: Erminia Yardley

YT Video: Mack Avenue

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