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For many, Nancy Wilson will always be thought of as a jazz singer, breaking onto the scene after sitting in on a gig of Cannonball Adderley’s in the late fifties in Columbus, Ohio. John Levy, Nancy’s career-long manager, was also Adderley’s manager, thus leading the way to Nancy securing a recording contract with Capitol at age 22 and a fond association with Levy throughout her outstanding career. "John is one of the nicest people in the business and the greatest thing is that we are still toget …

Allan Harris

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Allan Harris has an impressive musical pedigree. His mother was a classical pianist. His aunt was an opera singer turned blues performer who welcomed famed music producer Clarence Williams and jazz great Louis Armstrong to the household as dinner guests. Allan has sung the standards of the foremost jazz vocalists and performed with jazz orchestras throughout the world. His performances have been hailed as artistic, emotionally expressive and technically sound. Through his performances with Tommy …

For the past few months it has been my pleasure to attend several blues shows at the downtown Delta Chelsea’s Monarchs Pub. The Delta has done something that no other major hotel chain in Canada has dared to do which is to offer world-class live blues shows every Thursday evening, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

One of the two major attractions to these great blues nights, is the always entertaining, Juno Award-winning blues guitarist Jack de Keyzer. His performances have always been


Swinging with soul

Published in Concert Reviews
On Sunday, May 17th, piano maestro Marcus Roberts performed at the The Dakota Jazz Club. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the Dakota is one the best clubs in the Twin Cities to visit for live jazz. Showcasing the talents of nationally renowned jazz pianist, Marcus Roberts, is just one example to their commitment to the culture and jazz community.

Roberts opened the set with a Jelly Roll Morton tune entitled "New Orleans Blues " which he played in double octaves up and down the pi

Ever since its opening in 2001, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, has developed a unique program that, in their words, "fully integrates the University's academic performing arts departments into its programming. This commitment to creative collaboration, uncommon among university presenters . . ." includes programs for the departments of music, theater, and dance, bringing in performers for workshops and seminars, as well as for their performa

The Paul James Band

Published in Concert Reviews

It was a rollicking night of blues and rock ‘n’ roll with the Paul James Band at Toronto’s Premier Blues Club, the Silver Dollar Room, Saturday November 15th, 2008. The Dollar is a great venue for blues, and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the biz. Paul’s band includes 30-year James Band keyboard player Gary Gray. Bassist Rick Ramsey is a familiar face, who’s been part of Paul’s band for a few years

There is an amazing trio you will know about sooner or later anyway so I want to be the one to tell you about it - that way you can all see how hip I am. The Eddy Sambuaga Trio are based in the San Francisco Bay Area and I caught one of their first bi-weekly shows at Palo Alto's Rose and Crown Pub - a good place to take a break from the Palo-Alto-osity of the general Palo Alto vicinity - it is a laid back little place where you can grab a Guiness and try to plot how, exactly, to escape from Palo
Last week I had the opportunity to hear the Eleonor England Trio play a pretty dead show at the Elbo Room in San Francisco's Mission Neighborhood. Man. I wasn't sure if it was jazz or a standup routine. One minute they were playing beautifully orchestrated standards with soaring vocals and the next minute the vocalist was improvising lyrics about the surrounding Mission Neighborhood and people were rolling around clutching their sides with laughter. One of the many highlights was when the band s
The 13th annual Rehoboth Jazz Festival: raise your hat and regain your soul! This year's theme, "Hat’s off to Jazz", was exemplified by a variety of artists and genres from Blues to Bebop, from Big Band to Contemporary Jazz.

From October 17th to the 2lst the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach area was alive with the sound of Jazz. Over the festival’s four days, as well as the 11 main ticketed events, it featured live musical brunches, lunches and dinners at many area clubs and restaurants. The headliners

Singer-songwriter Meryl Romer made her debut as a solo artist with her album So Sure released by Lady Pearl Music in April 2009. Since its release, Romer has been playing shows throughout her home state of Colorado and returning periodically to her birth place of New York City steadily building a broad fan base that has fallen under her spell, and what a nice spell it is to be under. Romer’s music brims with nostalgic jazz motifs resembling the classic creases of Ella Fitzgerald and th