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Festival Round-up: Mondriaan Jazz Festival 2021

Last week, 9 October, I attended the Mondriaan Jazz Festival in the Dutch city The Hague. As a regular event on the Dutch calendar it was great to see the festival once again...

The Sicilian Jazz Orchestra announces 2021/22 season.

Recently I was introduced to the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra at this summers 1st edition of the Sicilian Jazz Festival. For those interested you can read our festival review here....

Festival Round-up: The Sicilia Jazz Festival 2021

Having recently reached an age where ticking off bucket list items seems to have a little more urgency, when an invitation to attend the first edition of the Sicilia Jazz Festival...

Fay Claassen joins forces with David Linx and the WDR Big Band for new album.

This coming Friday (10 September) will see the official release of vocalist, Fay Claassen’s latest album “And Still We Sing”. On this release Fay joins forces...

Festival Review: Amersfoort World Jazz Festival 2021.

Organizing a festival in a world with COVID is a challenge to say the least. This challenge is specifically relevant here in the Netherlands where the governments constant flip...

Featured Video: Jaco Pastorius – The Lost Tapes Documentary

It’s no secret that our online life is dominated by algorithms and while there is a lot of criticism about this every now and then uncle Google throws’ you a gem....

Joshua Espinoza “Hymns are a bit like jazz standards”.

In August of 2019 the debut album by Baltimore-based pianist Joshua Espinoza arrived on my desk. The album featured a unique take on a rather eclectic range of covers and...

Joey DeFrancesco featured in second Concert in Rudy van Gelder Live Stream series.

In November we announced the first live stream concert broadcast direct from the Rudy Van Gelder Studio. This first concert featured an all-star line up led by Ron Carter and was...

CD Review: Patrick Naylor, Winter Dream.

British guitarist Patrick Naylor will release his new album titled “Winter Dream” on March the first. Having had access to a pre-release copy I was inspired to put my...

Storyville Records to release Jim Hall Jazzpar Quartet + 4

Between 1990 and 2005 the Jazzpar Awards, founded by trumpeter Arnvid Meyer were a staple of the Danish jazz scene. Each year the international jury, mostly comprised of the...

CD Review: Susanna Aleksandra, The Siren

OK, so it’s time to come out of the closet and tell the world that I like creative vocal jazz. I’m also quite partial to Scandinavian music so when this album hit my...