Jeff Tamarkin

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11/26/15    Albums

Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2014
Mack Avenue Superband

On the Mack Avenue Superband’s third consecutive live recording from the Detroit Jazz Festival, there are no big surprises. But there are a couple of little ones. You know what you’re going to get when you give the 2014 edition a spin: all-star performances...

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11/17/15    Albums

My Personal Songbook
Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band

Ron Carter has been one of the most prolific musicians in jazz for more than 50 years, working within nearly every conceivable configuration (his press bio says he’s appeared on 2,500 recordings). But, for whatever reason, the big-band format had largely...

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11/11/15    News

Rudresh Mahanthappa Named United States Artists Fellow

$50.000 grant will aid saxophonist in creating interdisciplinary works

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11/11/15    Albums

Live at Babylon
Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen

When Sun Ra and the Arkestra first performed in Istanbul, in 1990, some three years before their namesake’s death, they caused quite a stir. Decked out in full space-cadet costuming, the flamboyant collective played on the back of a flatbed truck, attracting...

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11/10/15    News

New Orleans Legend Allen Toussaint Dies at 77

Songwriter, producer and musician felled by heart attack while on tour in Europe

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10/30/15    Albums

Lowdown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists

When you consider how difficult it is to get any film produced and into distribution these days—let alone one about a jazz musician—it’s quite something that Low Down made it to the finish line. Joe Albany is hardly a household name, and his story isn’t...

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10/26/15    Features

Reggie Washington: Chasing Rainbows

The bassist lifts up the life and work of late guitarist Jef Lee Johnson

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10/23/15    News

Vocalist Mark Murphy Dies at 83

A consummate hipster who took risks in his singing

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10/15/15    Albums

The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
Terri Lyne Carrington

Love and Soul is a natural, if not as satisfying, sequel to The Mosaic Project , the 2011 release that won drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy the following year. That maiden entry found Carrington steering an all...

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10/13/15    Books

Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face Of Music
Patty Farmer

For Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, music, specifically the jazz that he adored, was always part of a greater game plan. From the start “Hef” envisioned his venture defining a total lifestyle, of which the flagship magazine and its nothing-to-the-imagination...

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10/12/15    News

Larry Rosen, Producer and Entrepreneur, Dies at 75

Co-Founder of GRP Records, N2K and Jazz Roots series

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10/08/15    Albums

In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder
Stefano Battaglia Trio

Alec Wilder (1907-1980) was a composer equally at home in the worlds of stage, film, opera/classical and popular song. Because he spread himself out to such a degree, he is not often celebrated to the extent of many of his contemporaries who focused exclusively...

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10/01/15    News

Crusaders Saxophonist Wilton Felder Dies at 75

Third member of veteran band to pass

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09/29/15    News

Phil Woods Dies at 83

Alto sax great had retired only weeks ago

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09/18/15    Albums

Kind of New
Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen

First things first: Kind of New is informed not by Miles Davis’ 1959 Kind of Blue but rather the electric music of Bitches Brew onward. Jason Miles, a keyboardist who worked with Davis on a few of his later projects, explains in his introductory essay that...

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09/17/15    Photos

Photo Gallery: The Royal Bopsters and Very Special Guests at Birdland

Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Andy Bey share a stage

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Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008