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Richard Wyatt Jr.’s restored Jazz in Hollywood, 1945–1972 mural at Capitol Records (Photo: Earl Gibson III)

Capitol Records Jazz Mural Restored
Precious little in Hollywood outwardly signifies its glorious jazz history and circumscribed jazz present. Catalina Bar & Grill, the last remaining Hollywood jazz club, isn’t visible from Sunset Boulevard. The Hollywood Bowl, site of the Playboy Jazz Festival and a summer series, hosts all kinds of music.
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Local Musicians Inspire Montreal Audiences Through Winter Season
Each summer, Montreal hosts the largest jazz festival
in the world, booking big-ticket artists from across the globe. …

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Latin Jazz Heats Up Symphony Space
Percussionist/educator John Santos made a bold remark during the historic East Meets West summit of sizzling and sophisticated Afro-Cuban, …
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Jakob Bro Leads Rare Trio Date at London’s Vortex
Keep them waiting, but not for too long. That was Jon Christensen’s method as the Norwegian drummer—best known for his tenure in the Keith Jarrett …
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Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dies at 80
Trumpeter Donald Byrd, who was known for his collaborations with top artists, innovative style and lifelong commitment to jazz education, died on Feb. 4 …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1BY BOBBY REED
Madeleine Peyroux,
The Blue Room
(Decca)
The track listing on Madeleine Peyroux’s new album reads like the playlist on the iPod of a fan devoted to intelligent, poetic songcraft. On The Blue Room, Peyroux applies her Billie Holiday-influenced vocals to renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire,”…
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BY AARON COHEN
Harvie S with Kenny Barron, Witchcraft (Savant)
A bass and piano duet can be beautiful in its simplicity, but it must be hard as hell to do right. Bassist Harvie S has been refining this format throughout his career. In the liner notes to Witchcraft, he explains …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee, Heels Over Head (Amulet)
Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee fills your ears with a wicked good time. On Heels Over Head, the group’s debut full-length recording, Wicked Knee shakes, rattles and swings through a set delivering a hip New York take on the classic New Orleans brass band. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Matt Herskowitz,
Upstairs
(Justin Time)
For me, jazz-meets-classical attempts rarely work; they’re a little too neat and proper for my taste. But Montreal-based pianist Matt Herskowitz shatters that theory within the first eight bars of Upstairs. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Aaron Diehl, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (Mack Avenue)
The wait ends soon. Jazz fans and critics have been eagerly anticipating pianist Aaron Diehl’s new album, which finally arrives on March 19. (Earlier in his career, the 26-year-old Diehl released a couple of live discs.) …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Antonio Sanchez,
New Life
(CAM Jazz)
There’s something compelling and unique about Antonio Sanchez’s work. His compositions provide just the right combination of power and grace, risky improvisation and serious composition. …
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BY HILARY BROWN
NEXT Collective,
Cover Art
(Concord Jazz)
At an album-release show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on Feb. 26, the group of savvy improvisers known as NEXT Collective redefined the concept of standards with a stylish 21st-century makeover. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Bobby Rush,
Down In Louisiana
(Deep Rush)
Bobby Rush will never be an easy fit for a typical blues festival lineup. He can deliver electrified raunch with scantily clad women dancing onstage to his soul-inflected romps, but he can offer just as much feeling by sitting down solo with an acoustic guitar. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Ballister,
Mi Casa Es En Fuego

(Self-Release)
With its title about a home being in flames and cover art showing two wrestlers in mid-grapple, there’s every reason to expect this trio’s disc to be, at the very least, noisy. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Texas Flood: Legacy Edition (Epic/Legacy)
For many fans, the decision to buy a reissue—especially for an album that they already know well—comes down to one thing: the bonus features. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Workstation Simplified
With an 88-note graded hammer-weighted action and more than 800 presets, the Kurzweil SP5-8 offers the high-end sound palette of . …
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Ribbon Sensitivity
Designed to capture acoustic instruments, Royer Labs’ SF-2 active ribbon microphone is a phantom-powered version of the company’s original SF-1. The SF-2 has an output level of –38dB, putting its sensitivity on par with that of phantom-powered condenser microphones and enabling the mic to be used with a variety of preamps. …
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No F# Needed
P. Mauriat has released a version of its System-76 tenor saxophone without the high F# key, in response to requests from professional players. …
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Authentic Latin Timbre
Pearl has launched a line of Horacio Hernandez Signature series cowbells. Their authentic Latin timbre is ideal for ensembles and drum sets. …
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Surface-Mounting Tremolo
Floyd Rose has rolled out a new surface-mounting FRX Tremolo System for Les Paul, SG and Flying V-style guitars. The FRX is a direct swap for the Tune-O-Matic bridge system, using the existing mounting stud holes and requiring no routing. …
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Motema Records

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French Quarter Fest

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American Jazz Museum

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Classic by Arnold Jay Smith // April 22, 1977
Sounds From the Salsa Source: Tito and Machito
When you are an habitué of the dance halls scattered around a city like New York, and your training ground has been the hotels in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, certain names remain with you, like Joe Loco, Joe Cuba, Tito Rodriguez, Noro Morales … and Tito Puente. While it is said that the legendary Cachao first arranged the mambo (he is playing Las Vegas these days) it took the likes of Xavier Cugat, Perez Prado and Tito Puente to carry the insinuating tempo to the summits it eventually attained. The basic mambo beat remains the essence of what today’s Latin music is all about, and Tito Puente is at once a progeny and a progenitor of it.
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