The Great, Late Show with Dakota Staton article @ All About Jazz

She seemed to come out of nowhere. In 1957, suddenly Dakota Staton’s Late, Late Show album was even being played on the pop radio stations, as well as on the jazz stations. But she was clearly a jazz singer out of the Dinah Washington school. She had that natural swing built right into her voice, … Read more

Jose Ramirez – Major League Blues

Jose Ramirez – Major League Blues Delmark Records 872 www.joseramirezblues.com 10 songs – 52 minutes Guitarist Jose Ramirez has lived a charmed life since emigrating from his native Costa Rica to pursue a career in the home of the blues. A finalist in the 2020 International Blues Challenge, he became the first-ever Latin American bluesman … Read more

10 Ben Monder Tracks I Can’t Do Without…by Ant Law – London Jazz News

“Many artists seem to plateau after a while, to “coast” – Ben is NOT one of these. He continues to surprise me,” writes guitarist Ant Law. In the latest of LJN’s series in which musicians explain their fascination / respect / gratitude for other musicians, Ant writes about Ben Monder: Ben Monder, Cheltenham 2019. Photo … Read more

Larry Simon – New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village And Beyond

Larry Simon – New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village And Beyond The University Press of Mississippi www.larrysimon-music.com 360 Pages Softcover edition When conversations roll around to discussing the metropolitan areas that figure prominently in the arc of the history of blues music, it would be no surprise to hear names … Read more

Marcus King Reveals Smoldering Single ‘Rescue Me’

Marcus King Marcus King reveals his smoldering new single ‘Rescue Me’ from his upcoming solo album Young Blood, released on August 26th via American Records/Republic, produced by Dan Auerbach. The track blends swampy percussion, fuzzed out guitar and King’s smoldering vocal delivery, sharing his plea for salvation from the path of excess he was walking … Read more

Lucid Dreamers (Brigitte Beraha) – ‘Blink’ – London Jazz News

Lucid Dreamers (Brigitte Beraha) – Blink (Let Me Out Records. Album review by AJ Dehany) Dreaming continues to permeate the work of Brigitte Beraha‘s quartet Lucid Dreamers on this second album Blink, but one that upsets the normal order of dreams. There’s a Perry Bible Fellowship cartoon where you see someone falling in the sky, … Read more

ZZ Top Releases New Track “Tube Snake Boogie” from ‘Raw’ Album

Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top New ZZ Top Track In Advance of Raw Album Is Classic “Tube Snake Boogie” “Tube Snake Boogie,” a track featured on ZZ Top’s forthcoming RAW album, will be available this Friday, May 20 in advance of the album’s July 22 release by Shelter Records/BMG. Like the other 11 selections on RAW, … Read more

Juke Joint Festival’s Beautiful Vibe is Felt All Over Clarksdale, Mississippi – American Blues Scene

Here’s a public service announcement to all who are bemoaning some of the so-called faux blues festivals that have been booked across the country. You want the real deal? Then, head on down to Clarksdale, Mississippi the weekend of April 15th2023 for their annual Juke Joint Festival. Musician RL Boyce with friends / Credit: Michael … Read more

Guest Playlist: Caytra –

Caytra is an up-and-coming London-based trio. Their compositions come layered with the sound of London nightlife, which echoes the clear influences of Kamaal Williams but also further afield with inspiration from Jaco Pastorius, Kaytranada and Herbie Hancock. Together, they blend technicality and danceability tied to each member’s unique musical personalities. Having released their first single, … Read more