September 13, 2016

JazzPensacola currently is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Pensacola JazzFest, to be held April 1-2 in downtown Pensacola. Pensacola JazzFest is a FREE all-jazz festival held in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola produces the event with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors and community organizations. The weekend festival, held early each[…]

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September 13, 2016

Dream Suite Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes Distributed by Di-tone Records This is an “outside the box” recording in that it is not the standard jazz CD. It features poetry by Langston Hughes set to music by composer Louis Rosen. Vocalists are Alton Fitzgerald White and Capatha Jenkins. Likely the average jazz[…]

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August 30, 2016

VANHEUSENISM A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen This CD features pianist/vocalist Daniela Schachter with a small group performing eleven of composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s famous tunes. She is visiting professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. This is her fourth album. All twelve songs—there is one original by Ms. Schachter entitled Vanheusenism –are arranged[…]

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August 2, 2016

How To Listen to Jazz By Ted Gioia Basic Books © 2016, pp.254 with index and end notes Let me state personal bias at the beginning of this review. Ted Gioia’s The History of Jazz is on my list of all-time favorites. He published The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire in 2012 and an[…]

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July 14, 2016

A collection of approximately 9,000 jazz tunes has been added to the Jazz Room at the main branch of the West Florida Public Library. The Charles Anderson Fakebook series has jazz tunes, some of which have never before been printed as sheet music. Mr. Anderson, a retired musician himself started this as a service to[…]

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July 2, 2016

The Fred Hersch Trio; Sunday Night at the Vanguard Palmetto Records © 20126 This live recording was made at the famed Village Vanguard. Hersh plays piano accompanied by bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson. Of the ten selections on this album, five are originals. The technical aspects of the recording are excellent. Although this[…]

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