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Live Review: 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

The themes of intergenerational support and the power of community rang loud and clear throughout the celebration of the 2018 class of NEA Jazz Masters, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on April 16. The recipients—pianist Joanne Brackeen, guitarist Pat Metheny, vocalist Dianne Reeves and impresario Todd Barkan—basked in the glow of a … Read More “Live Review: 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert”

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)

It seems safe to posit that Cécile McLorin Salvant is not only the most successful female jazz singer to emerge since the turn of the millennium but also the most dynamically skilled, an opinion that this double-disc set of live recordings solidifies. On board are her regular bandmates—drummer Lawrence Leathers, bassist Paul Sikivie and, the … Read More “Cécile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)”

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Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day One

There’s a story, an angle to the Newport Jazz Festival this year, other than the long-running narrative about it being an enduring institution of jazz and, by extension, a pearl of American culture. Twenty-seventeen marks the first edition under the artistic directorship of bassist, composer and broadcaster Christian McBride, alongside the festival’s feted co-founder George … Read More “Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day One”

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Cécile McLorin Salvant : For One to Love

Though it was actually her second full-length release, on the strength of one album, 2013’s WomanChild, Cécile McLorin Salvant vaulted from Miami-born Monk competition victor to the world’s most celebrated female jazz vocalist. It’s mighty tough to follow so massive a critical and popular hit. Given, however, the depth and breadth of Salvant’s musical gifts, … Read More “Cécile McLorin Salvant : For One to Love”

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Cécile McLorin Salvant : Womanchild

When, nearly three years ago, Cécile McLorin Salvant emerged as the unexpected, and largely unknown, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, her victory ignited the sort of hoopla that was far more common in the thriving jazz record industry of the 1990s. She was immediately signed by manager Ed Arrendell, whose client … Read More “Cécile McLorin Salvant : Womanchild”

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