Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff's 'Bop Apocalypse'
Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats & Drugs By Martin Torgoff Da Capo Press ©2016, pp. 393 with bibliography and end notes Martin Torgoff—journalist, author and film-maker—has taken a unique point of view in this book. He has covered the use of recreational and hence illegal drugs in the U. S. since the 1920s until … Continue reading "Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff’s ‘Bop Apocalypse’"...
CD Review: 'Ain't That Right!' by Adrian Cunningham
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti Arbors Records © 2014 There’s a saying, “Any book is new until you’ve read it.” This could apply to recordings as well. Here’s a CD from 2014 from Arbors Records featuring multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham playing the music of Neal Hefti. It’s a small-group recording with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Ain’t That Right!’ by Adrian Cunningham"...
Donate to Jazz Pensacola online
Jazz Pensacola conducts two main projects that depend heavily on special donations from the membership. We invite you to help support Pensacola JazzFest as a JazzFest VIP Donor and our Jazz Education Program and Student Jazz Competition as a Jazz Education Team Supporter, also known as JETS. Donations now can be made directly on this … Continue reading "Donate to Jazz Pensacola online"...
Jazz Pensacola membership dues to increase
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Jazz Pensacola Board of Directors announces a slight increase in membership dues, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The new membership dues: $60, per couple; $40, per individual. You can renew by sending a check to Jazz Pensacola, 3 West Garden St., Suite 418, Pensacola, FL 32502-5633, or renew here on the site to … Continue reading "Jazz Pensacola membership dues to increase"...
CD Review: 'Summer Breeze' by Greg Murphy
SUMMER BREEZE Greg Murphy, piano Whaling City Sound, New Bedford, MA Greg Murphy is a seasoned pianist and composer who has assembled a great team for this, his fourth CD as leader. It’s a mix of jazz compositions by outstanding artists as well as Murphy’s own well-honed compositions. Trio work includes bassist Eric Wheeler and … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Summer Breeze’ by Greg Murphy"...
Book/CD Review: '12 Preludes for Solo Guitar'
12 Preludes for Solo Guitar By Ken Hatfield Music Book and CD Arthur Circle Music While Ken Hatfield’s 12 preludes aren’t exactly in the jazz category, they are lovely pieces in themselves as well as a didactic exercise for guitar student at intermediate or advanced level. Personal disclosure, Hatfield has been a performer at Pensacola’s … Continue reading "Book/CD Review: ’12 Preludes for Solo Guitar’"...
Book Review: 'Anatomy of a Song'
Anatomy of A Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed, Rock, R&B and Pop By Marc Myers Grove Press, New York © 2016, pp.223 For those who aren’t previously acquainted with this writer, Marc Myers is a trained historian who writes about jazz for the Wall Street Journal and also posts daily … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Anatomy of a Song’"...
Ken Peplowski jazz CD is charming
ENRAPTURE Capri Records, Ltd. Ken Peplowski assembled his teammates for this charming CD and chose a variety of tunes, some of which are outside the usual jazz repertoire. His musical associates were pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Martin Wind and drummer/percussionist Matt Wilson. Of course, likely all who read this column already know that Ken is … Continue reading "Ken Peplowski jazz CD is charming"...
An unusual CD and an interview with the artist, Delfeayo Marsalis
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Troubadour Jazz Records www.dmarsalis.com This unusual CD came for review. I was immediately intrigued by the title as I doubted it to be a campaign item for a current presidential candidate. Listed in liner notes were 23 regular musicians, four guest musicians, four special … Continue reading "An unusual CD and an interview with the artist, Delfeayo Marsalis"...
CD Review: 'The Candy Men,' Harry Allen's All Star NY Saxophone Band
THE CANDY MEN Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band Arbors Records ARCD 19450 Here’s another Harry Allen gem from Arbors Records. Harry has assembled an all-star team with fellow tenor saxophonists Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander and baritone sax player Gary Smulyan completes the quartet. The all-star rhythm section consists of pianist Rossano … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘The Candy Men,’ Harry Allen’s All Star NY Saxophone Band"...
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