Ken Franckling

Ken’s Contributions

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04/01/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

John Allmark’s Big Band Cooks at Bovi’s Tavern

Ken Franckling on big band in residence in East Providence

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03/24/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Looking at Festivals at Newport & Saratoga

Ken Franckling blogs about how jazz festival regulars at Newport and its longtime progeny, in upstate New York can start figuring out their challenging dance between multiple stages.

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03/18/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

England swings – JALC style…

Ken Franckling blogs about upcoming residency for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in London

03/14/10    Franckling's JazzNotes

Danilo Perez: Picking Up Where Dizzy Left Off

Ken Franckling blogs about Danilo Perez's 21st Century Dizzy project, touring North America

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01/05/10    Albums

Every Second In Between
Lili Anel

Once in a great while, a CD arrives out of the blue with no fanfare and proceeds to blow your mind at first listen. For me, Every Second in Between is one of those rarities. New York-born and raised singer-songwriter-guitarist Lili Añel, who now calls Philadelphia...

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09/21/09    Concerts

Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Classical-jazz fusions abound at this Massachusetts fest

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09/08/08    Concerts

Tanglewood Jazz Festival

At this year’s Tanglewood Jazz Festival in the bucolic Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, feelings of irony and concern were inescapable. Trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard was the three-day event’s final act, presenting his Grammy-winning A Tale...

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09/26/06    Concerts

Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Benefit Festival 2006

Newport has sailboats dotting its picturesque New England harbor, slicing through its waters with the graceful Newport Bridge framing the background. Sedona in northern Arizona has its own stake in being one of the most beautiful sites in the U.S. in which...

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05/15/04    Concerts

Dee Dee Bridgewater in Boston

Dee Dee Bridgewater is full of surprises. I’m never sure whether I’m going to hear her jazz side, her Broadway diva side or a mix of the two. The 2000 Montreal International Jazz Festival debut of the singer’s take on the Kurt Weill Songbook was a project...

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December 1999    Hearsay

Dave Bryant

Despite studying with Ornette Coleman for seven years in the 1980s and working in Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time, since 1990, keyboard player Dave Bryant has had a lot of to pursue his own projects. He has made just one recording with Coleman (Tone...

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September 1999    Hearsay

Davell Crawford

Davell Crawford was steeped in the New Orleans rhythm and blues tradition. It’s in his blood as a singer and keyboardist and has been the heart of his recordings until the latest project. The grandson of 1950s R&B star James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, the man...

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December 1998    Albums

In The Vernacular
Francois Houle

With young tigers Wessell Anderson, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield, and Peter Martin aboard this New Orleans express, driver Donald Edwards couldn't go wrong in making his debut. The wide-ranging In the Vernacular shows him to be more than a promising drummer...

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December 1998    Albums

Soul Carnival
Doug Lawrence

Tenorist Doug Lawrence, a veteran soloist who paid his dues in the Count Basie, Loren Schoenberg and Buck Clayton bands and the DMP All-Star Band, makes his belated debut as a leader on Soul Carnival. It swings mightily with strong rhythm section backing...

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December 1998    Albums

My One and Only
Trudy Desmond

Toronto-based singer Trudy Desmond brought together some of her favorite Canadian and New York musicians to tip her hat towards George Gershwin on the centennial of his birth. In her hands, My One and Only is anything but a schlocky tribute session. A singer...

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December 1998    Albums

Inner Trust
David Kikoski Trio

Pianist Dave Kikoski has more than 15 years under his belt as a member of drummer Roy Haynes' band. On the road with Haynes and in other settings, he has developed strong skills as a musical interpreter and conversationalist. Both are at the heart of Inner...

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October 1997    Hearsay

D.D. Jackson

In his new two-volume series of recordings, Paired Down, Canadian-born pianist D.D. Jackson issued his own musical manifesto about the health of jazz approaching the millennium. He brought a total of nine admired musicians into a New York studio to make...

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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.