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Branford Marsalis will serve as a judge at this year’s Monk Competition. (Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson)

Monk Competition To Focus on Saxophonists Sept. 15–16
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has announced the 14 semifinalists for its 2013 International Jazz Competition, to be held Sept. 15–16 in Washington, D.C. This year, the institute’s focus instrument is the saxophone.
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Gregory Porter in the Country
The Litchfield Jazz Festival, that annual musical pilgrimage in the hills of Connecticut, delivered powerfully for its 18th edition, held Aug. 9–11. …
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Steve Turre Debuts The Bones Of Art at Dizzy’s in New York
The musicians who were among the last to undergo Art Blakey’s crucible, the Jazz Messengers, forged a bond—one that can take on almost tribal dimensions when those involved play the same instrument. …
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Etienne Charles Explores His Heritage on Creole Soul
Trumpeter Etienne Charles had plenty to celebrate on July 20 at Washington, D.C.’s Bohemian Caverns. His dazzling fourth disc, Creole Soul (Culture Shock Music), was scheduled to drop that following Tuesday. …
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Pianist and Radio Host Marian McPartland Dies at 95
Marian McPartland, the jazz pianist who became a popular radio show host, died Aug. 20 at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95. …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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Kenny Garrett,
Pushing The World Away
(Mack Avenue)
On Pushing The World Away, saxophonist-composer Kenny Garrett found the perfect way to pay tribute to his dear, departed friend Mulgrew Miller. (The pianist passed away on May 29.) Garrett leads ...
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BY BOBBY REED
The New Gary Burton Quartet, Guided Tour (Mack Avenue)
Vibraphonist Gary Burton is a cerebral artist, and his music fully reflects that aspect of his personality. Burton is a pioneer of jazz education and the former executive vice president of Berklee College of Music, so he ....
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Imer Santiago,
Hidden Journey
(Jazz Music City)
Nashville, the historical home of country & western music, has become increasingly known for its indie rock inhabitants, such as Jack White and The Black Keys. But don’t sleep on the city’s jazz scene, especially the circle of musicians led by …
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BY BOBBY REED
Roberto Fonseca, Yo (Concord)
Already a significant commercial and critical success in Europe (where it was released in 2012), Roberto Fonseca’s album Yo has just been released in the United States. The Cuban keyboardist is a terrific example of what makes 21st century improvised …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Gregory Porter,
Liquid Spirit
(Blue Note)
Gregory Porter has a rich baritone voice that rings pure and true. He’s a once-in-a-generation singer who delivers lyrics with honesty, truth and a rare mastery of phrasing. The only thing better than hearing Porter sing a standard is…
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Ted Nash Big Band, Chakra (Plastic Sax)
There are so many exciting big bands on the scene today—it’s an amazing thing, considering the logistics and cost of putting a large ensemble together, even for a local date, much less a recording or tour. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Mark Dresser Quintet, Nourishments (Clean Feed)
Prepare bassist Mark Dresser a meal, and don’t be surprised if he turns it into a song. One of his recent compositions, “Canales Rose,” is named for Dresser’s chef friend Paul Canales, and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s alto lines reflect …
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BY BOBBY REED
George Thorogood & The Destroyers, George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Rounder)
Several years before the 1982 music video for “Bad To The Bone” made George Thorogood an unlikely star of MTV, he was known among roots-music fans …
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BY AARON COHEN
Sidi Touré, Alafia (Thrill Jockey)
In Mali, a country loaded with musical legends, guitarist-singer Sidi Touré has quietly built a reputation as an international star. He has toured the United States comparatively frequently during the past few years (and his label is based in Chicago), but his numerous performances on …
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BY AARON COHEN
Kevin Le Gendre,
Soul Unsung: Reflections
on the Band in Black
Popular Music
(Equinox)
R&B, soul and hip-hop thrive on casting lead singers as icons. There’s no doubt that the voices of Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye deserve their …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Line Blurred
Kawai’s latest hybrid piano, the CS10, blurs the line between acoustic and digital instruments. The new model’s cabinet is the same as the Kawai K2 upright piano. …
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Larger Tenor Piece
JodyJazz has added a 9* tenor model to its DV CHI range of saxophone mouthpieces. The 9* model provides a larger facing and now offers the . …
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True Americana
Latin Percussion’s new LP Americana Series Groove Cajons are made in the United States from hand-selected, 9-ply, plantation-grown Baltic birch.…
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Riding Solo
MXL’s Revelation Solo fixed cardioid pattern tube microphone features a 32mm gold-sputtered capsule, hand-selected EF86 tube and a dark violet and chrome finish. …
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Hawk-Ear
Korg’s PitchHawk tuner features a newly designed clip and a high-contrast display, as well as an alert for over-winding the first string, …
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Classic by Dom Cerulli // September 1957
Marian McPartland: What’s It Like To Be a Woman in a Man’s Jazz World? It Has Problems
Marian McPartland threw back her head and laughed. “You have no idea how often I’ve been asked that,” she said. “And, actually, I don’t know how to answer it.” The questions were: What are your comments on being a woman in a man’s world, the world of jazz? Are there advantages and disadvantages?

“A little of both,” she answered. “I have come to the point where I try not to think about it at all. I just try to concentrate on improving my playing. I’d rather think of myself as a piano player, anyway.”
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