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May 2015 (Volume 82, Number 5)


Steve Coleman
Natural Forces
By Phillip Lutz
The alto saxophonist has embarked upon global travels that have informed and inspired a musical language paralleling that of nature—with much of its force and, at times, fury.


Clark Terry
Brilliance Within Familiarity
By John McDonough
With a sound that was impossible to mistake for anyone else’s, the late trumpeter owned his style completely and protected it with an impenetrable and subtle virtuosity.

Abdullah Ibrahim
Meditation in Motion
By Geoffrey Himes
The 80-year-old pianist has created a model of how to blend jazz with the traditional music of his native Africa.

Harmonious Frivolity
By Dan Ouellette
This self-assured trio of rising-star New York-based vocalists—Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou—takes a charming, comic and suggestive flight into the music of yesteryear.

2015 International Summer Festival Guide


Sammy Figueroa
Phil Ranelin
Katie Thiroux
Marcus Parsley

Blindfold Test

Vocalist Jane Monheit was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Luciana Souza: “Waters Of March” from The New Bossa Nova (Verve)
  • Nancy King: “There’s A Small Hotel” from Live At The Jazz Standard With Fred Hersch (MaxJazz)
  • Billy Childs: “To A Child” from Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: “Jitterbug Waltz” from WomanChild (Mack Avenue)
  • Maria Pia De Vito: “Amelia” from So Right (CamJazz)
  • Mary Stallings: “Lucky To Be Me” from Remember Love (Half Note)
  • Roseanna Vitro: “In Germany Before The War” from The Music Of Randy Newman (Motéma)
  • René Marie: “Peel Me A Grape” from I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt (Motéma)
  • Dee Daniels: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Intimate Conversations (Origin)

Also In This Issue

Keeping Jazz Robust in Moscow; Caught: Portland Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Party; Myra Melford; European Scene; Drum School: Metric Modulation with Jason Marsalis, Reggie Quinerly Master Class, Jeff Hamilton Solo Transcription; Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU Program; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Royal Conservatory—Buffy Sainte—Marie




Jody Jazz

DC Jazz Fest

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