Magical Montreal Night With Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express

“Throughout a career spanning six decades, the New York-based artist Monty Alexander has garnered acclaim for bridging American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica.” Celebrating five decades of musical career is an unparalleled achievement. Only a few artists reach that stage in their lives. Pianist Monty Alexander is one of them. Now 70, Alexander … [Read more...]

“Nuevo Jazz Latino” at JALC in NYC

Nuevo Jazz Latino

On the evenings of Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Elio Villafranca hosted what he qualified as "an incredible performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center." Heralded as "Nuevo Jazz Latino" the two-days concert taking place at the Appel Room, in the gorgeous installations of JALC (Jazz at Lincoln Center) in New York City, showcased an … [Read more...]

HeavyWeights Brass Band CD release

Heavyweights at Lula March 2014

"I was lucky enough to make my way down from Orangeville (where?) to the big city on a Thursday night and attend what promised to be a great show: The HeavyWeights Brass Band Brasstronomical CD release party @ Lula Lounge on March 6th 2014" Concert Review by Guest Author Ryan Grist (Founding Board Member of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and Artistic Director of … [Read more...]

Helen Sung Sextet Live At Jazz Standard

Helen Sung

Celebrating the release of Anthem for a New Day (Concord, 2014) - Report from New York by Tomas Peña In spite of the frigid temperatures and an impending Nor’easter the vibe at The Jazz Standard was warm, fuzzy and festive. Like always, there was the usual assortment of individuals – tourists, voyeurs, musicians and patrons of the arts – but mostly, everyone came out to … [Read more...]

Celebrating Dinah and Sarah at Koerner Hall in Toronto

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As part of the TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah and Sarah series, Toronto jazz lovers were fortunate to see and listen a great performance by the veteran grand master of jazz, Ramsey Lewis with his quintet and the young upcoming singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Concert Review and Photos by Atael Weissman It was quite symbolic to see Ramsey Lewis, composer and pianist, contemporary of … [Read more...]

Jane Bunnett: The Spirits Were Dancing In The Flesh

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Concert Review of Jane Bunnett with very special guest Chucho Valdés by Raul da Gama - Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Koerner Hall, Toronto Notes were fluttering out of the bell of the diminutive bell of the soprano saxophone. They were rising and soaring like birds on the wing; ascending as if on the spirals of a proverbial thermal, towards the acoustic ceiling. Some were soft … [Read more...]

Choronto! An evening with Hendrik Meurkens

Hendrik Meurkens & The Toronto Samba Jazz Connection

Hendrik Meurkens is listening to music. His keen ears are multi-tasking as he engages in a conversation with LJN Editor Danilo Navas, who is interviewing him and he is listening to the group on the small bandstand in front. “Who is that sax player? “ He asks. Live Report by Raul da Gama It was Shawn Nykwist, who was negotiating a beautiful, tender solo on a ballad that he … [Read more...]

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Fest Report

Brandford Marsalis Quartet

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival - Art of Jazz Celebration Branford Marsalis Quartet, Rose Theatre, Brampton, On. August 11, 2012 Report by Paul J. Youngman - August 2012 The Branford Marsalis Quartet brought it all to Brampton; the quartet played an extended set that was an exciting performance of musical virtuosity. The pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist, Eric Revis … [Read more...]

2012 Carolina International Jazz Fest Report

2012 Carolina International Jazz Fest

The theme for the 8th edition of the Carolina International Jazz Festival was "Carolina Swings". Report and Photographs by Wilbert Sostre There are two definitions in Jazz for the word "swing". Swing is one of the essential elements of jazz. Quoting Duke Ellington song "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing". The Jazz Book by Berendt and Huessman defines swing … [Read more...]

2012 TD Toronto Jazz Fest – Report by Paul J. Youngman

Bettye Lavette - 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Jazz Time 10/4 Time; finding time to take in the myriad of musical shows, from Mainstage, to back alley bars and out of the way concert halls in Toronto during the 26th annual jazz festival. For me, the best shows are the intimate performances of jazz headliners who show up at out of the way locations, Benny Green and Kurt Rosenwinkel performing solo at Church of the Holy … [Read more...]