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Paal Nilssen-Love

A jazz dive in a small harbor town on the Southwest coast of Norway might seem the least likely venue for the polyrhythmic percussion tendencies of Art Blakey, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Tony Oxley, et al. to be handed on to the next generation. But that’s exactly what happened when Paal Nilssen-Love, who’ll turn 30 on … Read More “Paal Nilssen-Love”

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Rebecca Martin

I can’t really peg a story for most of my songs,” says vocalist/guitarist Rebecca Martin about her new recording, People Behave Like Ballads (MaxJazz). “They’re really more about a sentiment or a feeling,” Martin’s recording is an collection of urbane and literate pop songs that have a solid grounding in jazz much like Joni Mitchell’s … Read More “Rebecca Martin”

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Carlos “Patato” Valdes

In Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: The Jazz Version, one question might stump even the most ardent follower of the music. Ready? For a cool million dollars: Cuban conguero Carlos “Patato” Valdés is famed for which of the following? A) He established the now standard three-drum conga setup played by just about every Latin, … Read More “Carlos “Patato” Valdes”

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Guillermo Klein

Some of the richest, most evocative and fully self-realized music made on the New York scene last year came from the pen of a brilliant young pianist-composer-arranger from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Working at tiny workshop type venues like Small’s in the West Village and the C-Note in the East Village, Guillermo Klein was able to … Read More “Guillermo Klein”

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Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw is one of England’s top male vocalists who, at age 33, recently took his jazz chops to Los Angeles and wowed both audiences and critics alike. “I’m truly amazed at how warmly I was received on the west coast tour,” he said from his London home. “It sort of gave me a mischievous … Read More “Ian Shaw”

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