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Alice Russell live at Yoshi’s

It’s easy to take Alice Russell for granted. I realized that about halfway through her recent set at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, California. It was around this time that while fully engaged, I was growing comfortable within this auditory space. I was enjoying myself, of course, but my mind was …

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iRock Jazz Partners with Concord Music Group on Jazz Discovery App for Spotify

iRock Jazz provides music recommendations for Stylus, the first jazz discovery application for Spotify Stylus™, a music application specially designed for leading music streaming service Spotify, premiered  as a fun, easy and exciting way for listeners to explore and discover the best of classic and contemporary jazz from among an …

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Album Review: Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit

Gregory Porter is now three for three. The “soul/jazz” singer/songwriter has delivered a third instant classic with his new offering, Liquid Spirit. Only this time, he’s doing it on a grander stage: a major label. Blue Note is arguably the most famous brand among record companies, responsible for hallowed albums …

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Album Review: Jose James’ Come To My Door EP

In January, singer Jose James celebrated his new allegiance to Blue Note Records by releasing his album No Beginning No End. Over two years in the making, the album, co-produced by James and bassist Pino Pallidino, was an amalgamation of all of James’ vast range of influences – soul, blues, …

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Jeff Lorber’s Fusion Set to Release “Hacienda”

Keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber, heralded as “one of the founding fathers of fusion” (Keyboard), returns with his Grammy-nominated power trio the Jeff Lorber Fusion, featuring bassist/co-producer Jimmy Haslip and saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Co-produced by Lorber and Haslip, Hacienda spotlights eleven tracks, including a brilliant take on the Frank Zappa composition “King Kong,” with Jean-Luc Ponty …

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4th Annual Montclair Jazz Festival

A day of exceptional music is in store for New Jersey metropolitan area residents at the 4th annual Montclair Jazz Festival, Saturday, August 17th in Nishuane Park, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm. This year’s festival, supported in part by Stage Sponsor City National Bank, will feature a host of …

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CD Review: Derrick Hodge’s Live Today

What separates artists like Herman Melville or Vincent Van Gogh from other artists of their time? Moby Dick, one of the most cherished works of American literature, was a piece of art that practically ruined Melville’s reputation during his lifetime. One of the most celebrated post-impressionist in history, Van Gogh, …

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CD Review: Joshua Redman Walking Shadows

Joshua Redman is one of today’s most prolific saxophone players. For those who don’t already know, this California based saxophonist has played with the likes of Elvin Jones, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Paul Motion, and Charlie Haden just to name a few. Since his emergence on the jazz scene during …

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CD Review: Aaron Diehl’s The Bespoke Man’s Narrative

Picture a crisp black suit; tailored to perfection, accented by a collared shirt and a fresh tie, and finished off with a pair of fine leather dress shoes. Each piece serves to complement the rest of the outfit. The look is classic, understated, and complete. While many artists may hate …

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CD Review: Christian McBride’s People Music

Who needs a dandelion pesto malfatti when you can have a juicy bacon cheeseburger? Instead of an afternoon of croquet and tea, how about kickin’ it on the patio with an ice-cold beer? As the great Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year old, you …

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Prince Performs Intimate After Hours Show In Chicago

Prince wowed at an afterhours concert for a capacity, standing-room-only crowd of 400 at City Winery Chicago early this (Sunday) morning. In town to perform at the wedding reception of film director-producer George Lucas and Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, the superstar took the stage just after 2am, joined by …

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NEW! iRock Jazz LIVE! Interactive Web Series Premieres July 2

iRock Jazz introduces an exciting new interactive web series!  iRock Jazz LIVE! is a show where fans have a rare opportunity to interview their personal unsung heroes, hear and see celebrities and notables they most admire. John Moultrie, CEO of iRock Jazz  said: “iRock Jazz LIVE!  is truly a new and innovative solution based platform …

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