Jeff Tamarkin

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06/08/15    Albums

My Favorite Things
Joey Alexander

The only difficult part of writing about pianist Joey Alexander is avoiding the use of the phrase “for a kid.” As we do when we approach any prodigy—and jazz has seen many who’ve continued to grow as childhood faded—those of us with a few years on us naturally...

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06/07/15    Photos

Photos: Jeff "Tain" Watts' "Blue" Release Party, NYC

with David Budway, Troy Roberts, Paul Bollenback & Chris Smith

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06/03/15    Albums

Collective Portrait
Eddie Henderson

In 2014, its first year, Smoke Sessions Records released nine titles recorded live at the Upper West Side club that gave the label its name. Now, with its first two releases of 2015, the fledgling label is setting up its recording equipment outside of its...

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05/29/15    Albums

Electric Butter: A Big Band Tribute to Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi

It’s difficult from the vantage point of half a century to gauge just how important and inspirational the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was in the mid- to late ’60s. The integrated Chicago-based ensemble—in particular singer and harmonica ace Butterfield and...

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05/25/15    Albums

Post No Bills
Greg Reitan

Perhaps it’s because he didn’t record his first album until age 35 that pianist Greg Reitan’s music has projected a mature, fully formed sensibility since that debut in 2009. And perhaps it’s because he’s used the same trio on each, with Jack Daro on bass...

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05/24/15    News

Detroit Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78

From Ray Charles’ band to beloved jazz educator

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05/22/15    Interview

Bringing Cultures Together in Peace

How Bob Belden brought an American jazz band to an appreciative Iran

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05/20/15    News

Bob Belden—Musician, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Historian—Dies at 58

Heart attack claims multi-faceted jazzman

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05/19/15    News

Bruce Lundvall, Former Blue Note Records Chief, Dies at 79

Brought the label back from dormancy to its present glory

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05/15/15    News

B.B. King Dies at 89

The “King of the Blues” performed an estimated 15,000 shows, influenced generations

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05/14/15    News

Percussionist Jerome Cooper Dies at 68

Played with Lester Bowie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, others

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05/14/15    Albums

Lost and Found
Buena Vista Social Club

When the American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba in the mid-’90s, he wasn’t even intending to assemble several local son musicians for a group recording. Circumstances led to the creation of the ad hoc collective henceforth known as Buena...

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05/10/15    Albums

Encore
Eberhard Weber

Encore carries forward the concept that Eberhard Weber brought to his 2012 Résumé release. At that time, unable to play bass anymore due to a stroke suffered in 2007, the German musician extracted a dozen solos he’d created while working in Jan Garbarek’s...

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05/03/15    News

Marty Napoleon, Pianist for Louis Armstrong, Dies at 93

Also played with Chico Marx, Buddy Rich and others

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05/03/15    Albums

Philadelphia Beat
Albert "Tootie" Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street

In their jointly written “Artist’s Choice” column on Tootie Heath for JazzTimes , pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street spotlighted the diversity of the drummer’s sideman work, choosing a handful of recordings that illustrated Heath’s adaptability...

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04/25/15    Concerts

Review: Jazz & Colors--The Full Spectrum Edition

"A very cool concept" returns to the Met

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Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008