Generations Merge at the 65th Monterey Jazz Festival

“You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone,” Bob Dylan stated profoundly in 1963. Throughout its unrivaled 65-year history, the Monterey Jazz Festival has demonstrated an uncanny ability to keep swimming (figuratively): to adapt, survive, and flourish. COVID-19 made Monterey a virtual event in 2020, highlighting concerts of the past; in 2021 the … Read more

Nicole Mitchell at the 2022 Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music – London Jazz News

Nicole Mitchell Lit & Phil. Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improved Music – Day 2 & 3. Two writers, Peter Slavid and AJ Dehany, jointly covered the innovative 2022 NFoJaIM festival for LJN. Links to their other reports below, “We do it to disrupt the machine” is a statement of liberational sensibility that exists in … Read more

12th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

For years, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) took place on the street. Over one weekend in June, Downtown thoroughfares Penn Avenue or Liberty Avenue were closed off to traffic to make room for three stages. While the festival, which began in 2011, also featured some indoor ticketed concerts, the outdoor events were free to … Read more

Duke Ellington – ‘Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival 1969-1973’ – London Jazz News

Duke Ellington – Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival 1969 -1973 (The Lost Recordings TLR2204041. Album review by Len Weinreich) By their own admission, record companies are a clumsy, scatty and careless bunch. And the evidence lies with released album titles informing us that, at some time or other, recorded performances by jazz musicians as … Read more

Sacred Rose Festival – Recap of 8/26/22 Show – American Blues Scene

It was a sun-splashed Friday afternoon in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview and fans were filling up Seat Geek stadium for the inaugural Sacred Rose Festival. This included members of the American Blues Scene team who were on hand to cover the three-day event, which took place from Friday, August 26h through Sunday, August 28th. … Read more

The Baylor Project at the DC Jazz Festival article @ All About Jazz

Live Review Courtesy thebaylorproject.com By Bridget A. Arnwine September 8, 2022 Sign in to view read count The Baylor Project The District Wharf The DC Jazz Festival Washington, DC September 3, 2022 The 18th Annual DC Jazz Festival (August 31—September 4, 2022) closed out five days of music with a weekend of spectacular performances at … Read more

King Biscuit Blues Festival Promises to Take You There  – American Blues Scene

It’s been 50 years since The Staples Singers first released their clarion call to take us there. Mavis Staples will do just that on the banks of the mighty Mississippi Friday night, October 7ththe third night of the four-day King Biscuit Blues Festival, for more than three decades, the south’s premier showcase of America’s music. … Read more

Outreach Festival 2022 (Schwaz, Tyrol, Austria) – London Jazz News

Outreach Festival 2022 (Schwaz, Tyrol, Austria. 4-6 August 2022. Festival report by Oliver Weindling) Alex Sipiagin (trumpet) and the Sonarkraft String Quartet. Photo by Oliver Weindling This year’s Outreach Festival, the thirtieth anniversary edition, in the town of Schwaz near Innsbruck, managed to bring back one element of its former strengths – the visit of … Read more

A L’arme Festival Vol. 10 (Part 2 of 2) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro My first visit to A L’arme was for it’s second installment in 2013 when I was still bedazzled by the shaggy chic of Berlin. It was there that I met up with my Free Jazz Blog colleague Martin Schray for the first of many times at the festival and took in the … Read more

A L’arme Festival Vol. 10 (Part 1 of 2) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro Since its inception in 2012, Berlin based organizers Louis Rastig and Karina Mertin’s A L’arme festival has carefully avoided being defined as only a free-jazz festival. Sure, through the years free jazz icons such as Peter Brötzmann, Sven-Åke Johansson, Irène Schweizer, Han Bennink, John Butcher, Ken Vandermark, Lotte Anker, Ikue Mori, William … Read more