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Blue Bird Inn in Detroit spared from demolition after historic designation

Blue Bird Inn in Detroit spared from demolition after historic designation

January 7, 2021 / No Comments

One of the most fabled sites in Detroit music is off the endangered list. The long-abandoned Blue Bird Inn — a vital nerve center for homegrown jazz and visiting artists during the heyday of bebop — has been formally designated a Historic District by the city of Detroit. Read More

GoFundMe Campaign Launched to Help Save Birdland Jazz Club

GoFundMe Campaign Launched to Help Save Birdland Jazz Club

January 4, 2021 / No Comments

Yet another one of New York’s most beloved venues is in danger of closing for good. Birdland Jazz Club, a staple of the New York City jazz community since 1949, needs help with the debt it has found itself in due to the health crisis. A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Tom ...

Jarrett Cherner & Sarah Elizabeth Charles | Tone

December 21, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Jarrett Cherner, Sarah Elizabeth Charles,

Tone is a deeply engrossing, intimate recording from pianist Jarrett Cherner and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles. Although the recording process began some time before, the effort was completed remotely as Covid-19 disrupted in-person gathering. The collaboration does not suffer for the ...

The Peter Leitch New Life Orchestra | New Life

The Peter Leitch New Life Orchestra | New Life

November 25, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Dave Pietro, Dennis James, Duane Eubanks, Joe Strasser, Matt Haviland, Max Siegel, Peter Leitch, Peter Zak, Phil Robson, Steve Wilson, Tim Harrison, Yoshi Waki

Composer and conductor Peter Leitch leads his New Life Orchestra on this double-album collection of outstanding compositions and performances.  New Life centers almost exclusively around Leitch’s fantastic writing and orchestration in this wonderful production. The effort features some ...

Benjamin Boone | The Poets Are Gathering

November 24, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Benjamin Boone

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone fuses jazz with spoken words in a collection of pieces speaking to the challenges of our times. The project features the musical talents joined with some truly outstanding poets and words delivered to impacting effect. Incredible work.

Ada Bird Wolfe / Jamieson Trotter | He & Me

November 13, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Ada Bird Wolfe, Jamieson Trotter

He & Me by vocalist Ada Bird Wolfe and pianist Jamieson Trotter is a fantastic recording. Pairing a mix of standards and original works, the production is a wonderful showcase of the duo’s musical chemistry. The two talents handle their respective crafts very deftly, as they move ...

Nicholas Brust | Frozen In Time

November 10, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Ben Eunson, Jay Sawyer, Josh Allen, Nicholas Brust, Tuomo Uusitalo

Saxophonist Nicholas Brust’s Frozen in Time proves himself as formidable a composer as a musician, and he’s a plenty substantive on the horn. Brust composed all of the excellent tunes on this fantastic production, which range from serious swing to contemplative ballads. The NYC ...

Jazz Clubs Are in Crisis

Jazz Clubs Are in Crisis

October 20, 2020 / No Comments

For many jazz venues, shuttered because of the pandemic, live streaming is the only option they have to keep the music playing. But streaming as a revenue source doesn’t make the venues’ owners feel much better; it pales in comparison to the cash earned from ticket sales, food, and drinks. Most ...

The Michael O’Neill Quartet | And Then It Rained

October 16, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Dan Feiszli, Jason Lewis, Michael Bluestein, Michael O'Neill

Saxophonist Michael O’Neill’s And Then It Rained is a fantastic work. It’s O’Neill long-planned collection of his own original compositions and it is worth the wait. It’s a truly eclectic set of swing and ballads, with every track providing the canvas for some ...

Kurt Elling Returns To Chicago

Kurt Elling Returns To Chicago

October 16, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: kurt elling

Twelve years ago, jazz singer Kurt Elling left Chicago for New York. Three months ago, he returned.The move, says Elling, was prompted not by the pandemic, which has devastated New York, but by a longstanding desire to move back to the city where he launched his career. Read the full story.