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Interview: Allegra Levy

Interview: Allegra Levy

I came upon Allegra Levy's new album back in July, when Nils Winther at Steeplechase in Denmark alerted me to its August release. As I listened to the album, I flipped. Allegra's voice was wonderfully hip, the song melodies were unknown but sophisticated and savvy, her lyrics were superb and she was joined by three other women. If ever an album dismissed the notion that female jazz artists don't measure up to their male counterparts, this one scatters that myth ...

Free Zoom Session: A Journey Through The Jazz Brain Of Greg Abate—Saturday August 22, from 9-10 PM EDT

Free Zoom Session: A Journey Through The Jazz Brain Of Greg Abate—Saturday August 22, from 9-10 PM EDT

Join us live on Zoom for a special hour-long free event, featuring live conversation and music with the brilliant American jazz saxophonist, Greg Abate. The event will be hosted by international jazz educator, Alex Steele. Together, they will bring lots of great conversation, reflections on jazz, wonderful music, and lots of opportunities for questions and answers, with a small, intimate audience hosted on Zoom. Greg Abate came onto the jazz scene in the 1970’s. After studying at Berklee, Greg kicked ...

All About Jazz Columnist Discusses Kids For Coltrane On Podcast With Economist Rob Johnson

All About Jazz Columnist Discusses Kids For Coltrane On Podcast With Economist Rob Johnson

Host Rob Johnson talks to educator Christine Passarella about her program Kids for Coltrane, and the educational value of the jazz great, John Coltrane. (scroll down to listen) About Christine Passarella and Kids for Coltrane Christine Turturro Termini Passarella is an educator and founder of Kids for Coltrane. Her work focuses on jazz to teach children about American history, equality, character education, and the arts. The program helps develop a foundation for children which they take with them throughout their ...

James Harrod: Stars of Jazz

James Harrod: Stars of Jazz

For those who regularly roam YouTube, you've probably come across audio and video clips of a 1950s TV show called Stars of Jazz. Of all the TV jazz show, it was easily the most relaxed and hippest. Beyond the title, you probably know that singer-songwriter and composer Bobby Troup was the show's host. And that's likely all you know. Fortunately, James Harrod, a writer and researcher who specializes in West Coast jazz, has just published Stars of Jazz: A Complete ...

John Koenig on Art Pepper

John Koenig on Art Pepper

Last week, I caught up with John Koenig, son of Lester Koenig, who founded Contemporary Records in Los Angeles in 1951. Lester and Contemporary were instrumental in preserving some of the finest music recorded on the West Coast in the 1950s and beyond. John is a cellist, attorney and Grammy-nominated producer. When I spoke with John, we talked about Art Pepper. John mentioned he had written an essay for Art Pepper's Live at Fat Tuesday's, an album featuring Pepper at ...

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

As one of Hollywood's most in-demand percussionists, Larry Bunker recorded hundreds of jazz and soundtrack albums. But always as a sideman. Remarkably, Bunker recorded just one album as a leader: Larry Bunker Quartette: Live at Shelly's Manne-Hole, in December 1963. Recorded first and then picked up by the Vault label in Los Angeles in 1965, the album featured Gary Burton (vib), Mike Wofford (p), Bob West (b) and Larry Bunker (d). The sound of these four musicians playing together is ...

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

I came upon Stephanie Nakasian in 2009, shortly after the released of Stephanie Nakasian: Lullaby in Rhythm, A Tribute to June Christy (V.S.O.P.). Few singers were paying much attention to Christy then, and Stephanie did a wonderful job. While she didn't try to channel Christy, she did have a fine sense of Christy's dry exuberance and hip phrasing. Stephanie's rendition of Interlude still knocks me out. If you're in New York on June 5, Stephanie will be appearing at Birdland ...


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