Marco Benevento’s organ intro to opener “Limbs of a Pine” recalls the Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” but the comparison ends there, as vocalist Kalmia Traver of the indie-rock band Rubblebucket comes in with the surrealistic line “We wanna have a time/Wanna wake...
Since the ’80s, journeyman bassist Brian Bromberg has carved a niche for himself by creatively using pop repertory, and in the summer he continued that tradition with the release of three eclectic albums. On Compared to That , the hard-swinging record of...
Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning 2011 film Midnight in Paris owes much of its nostalgic charm to guitarist Stephane Wrembel’s “Bistro Fada,” the whimsical theme that accompanies Owen Wilson’s time-traveling journey from the modern-day quays of the Seine back...
A drummer infuses Afrobeat with his own eclectic identity
The alto saxophonist explores his musical and personal past
Louis Armstrong said that the faster the tempo, the more he could relax, a maxim that certainly applies to this love letter to the swing era. The longtime pianist in the Les Paul Trio, John Colianni boasts a sense of repose that only comes with serious technical...
Philadelphia native Johnathan Blake got his start at the age of 6, playing a violin duet of “Many Ways to Say I Love You” on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood with his father, jazz violinist John Blake Jr. Before long, he was saying it with drumsticks. Almost 30...
A smart, seamless blend of light and heat
An ideal balance of tradition, innovation and internationalism
18th annual event offered stunning settings and diverse music
Israeli-born pianist Shimrit Shoshan reflects on her hard-won burgeoning career
January/February 2010 Features
Alto saxophonist Myron Walden picks up the tenor and returns to recording as a leader with a deluge of new product
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Aidan Levy joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 16, 2009