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Live Review: 2018 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Now in its 29th year of operation, geographically and artistically positioned between the SFJAZZ season and the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (which ran from Aug. 10-12 in downtown San Jose, Calif.) presented a balanced roster of jazz, blues/New Orleans, and Latin-oriented artists on 12 outdoor and indoor stages. For the most … Read More “Live Review: 2018 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest”

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Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald

Among vocal-jazz projects, surely the most ambitious and sublime is Ella Fitzgerald’s near-decade-long series of eight releases saluting giants of the Great American Songbook. Initiated by Norman Granz in 1956 to ignite his fledgling Verve label, the landmark project continued through 1964, spanning more than 250 compositions from Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, … Read More “Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald”

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David Benoit Featuring Jane Monheit: 2 in Love

When smooth-jazz pioneer David Benoit, whose dense piano style seems to have arrived at the curious intersection of Vince Guaraldi and Liberace, teams with Jane Monheit, still the plumiest of jazz singers, the proceedings can get a little overripe. Though Benoit’s arrangements are gorgeously atmospheric and Monheit, approaching the high-flown drama of Elaine Page, is … Read More “David Benoit Featuring Jane Monheit: 2 in Love”

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