Ken Franckling

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02/15/11    Franckling's JazzNotes

Riffin' on the Grammys

Ken Franckling blogs about recent Grammy awards and telecast

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12/13/10    Albums

Rhapsody in Blue
Bill O'Connell

Pianist Bill O’Connell has spent most of his 30-year-plus career in the Latin jazz arena (Mongo Santamaria, Dave Valentin, Gato Barbieri, the Fort Apache Band, Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side” projects, etc.) and it has served him well. The Latin rhythms and...

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10/27/10    Cuba

Jazz In Cuba

Ken Franckling on cultural exchange trips to Cuba by American jazz musicians

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09/09/10    Concerts

Tanglewood Jazz Festival: Blend of Jazz & Classical

Review of performances at 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Mass.

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08/09/10    Concerts

CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Ken Franckling reviews George Wein’s 2010 edition of historic jazz festival in Newport, Rhode Island

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06/08/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

The Heft of Miles

Ken Franckling on the Miles Davis 43-CD box set being released in the fall from Columbia/Legacy

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06/02/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Short Takes: Yotam, Dana Lauren and Odean Pope

Ken Franckling on new albums from Yotam, Dana Lauren and Odean Pope

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05/21/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Metheny’s Starry Homecoming

Ken Franckling on Pat Metheny’s performance from Orchestrion Project at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston

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05/20/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Berklee in Puerto Rico

Ken Franckling on Berklee's partnership with Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest

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05/17/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Short Takes: Romano, Rowe, Peplowski & More

Ken Franckling on recent albums from Alda Romano, Ellen Rowe, Ken Peplowski, Alper Yilmaz and Sarah Partridge

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05/09/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Double Dose of Fresh Talent: Mario Abney & Saratoga Springs

Preview of Freihofer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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05/04/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Montreal Jazz Fest Still at Top of its Game

Ken Franckling previews the upcoming Montreal International Jazz Festival

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04/29/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Author and Two Singers Honor Lena Horne

Ken Franckling on tribute show to Lena Horne organized by author James Gavin and featuring Rebecca Parris and Paula West.

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04/28/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Short Takes: Terrasson, Guaraldi and Sachal Jazz

Ken Franckling looks at recent albums from Jacky Terrasson, Vince Guaraldi and Sachal Jazz

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04/20/10    Concerts

Cape May Jazz Festival

Ken Franckling reviews the spring edition of the 2010 Cape May Jazz Festival in New Jersey

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04/05/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

An Appreciation for Jazz Appreciation Month

Ken Franckling blogs about Jazz Appreciation Month activities in New England and New York City

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About Ken Franckling

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Ken Franckling is a veteran arts writer and freelance photographer specializing in music photography. Since the early 1980s, he has covered the jazz scene throughout the Northeast with occasional journeys to other regions in pursuit of essential musical moments.

Ken's serious interest in jazz was formed while involved with the campus radio station at St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York's Snow Belt from 1969 to 1971. It began flourishing in the early 1980s after the Newport Jazz Festival returned to its Rhode Island roots and he began covering that return as a news story while a staff reporter/news editor for United Press International.

Ken covered jazz and wrote a regular column, The Jazz Condition, for UPI for more than 20 years. He is a contributor to the Jazz Journalists Association's quarterly Jazz Notes newsletter and a contributing writer / photographer for JazzTimes, Jazziz, Hot House, AllAboutJazz.com and other publications.