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Erik Friedlander Nighthawks

For all the devastation left in its wake, Hurricane Sandy fortunately didn’t leave New York City a total wasteland.

Jazz Times | Shaun Brady

Alex Garcia's Afromantra This Side of Mestizaje

Drummer extraordinaire Alex Garcia deftly balances finesse and fire on this delightful modern-jazz outing. From the very start of the opening cut, “Believe,” it’s obvious that the Chilean-born drummer has virtuosity to spare—check out his precise,...

Jazz Times | John Murph

Helge Lien Trio: Badgers and Other Beings (2014)

Since he signed to Dagobert Böhm's Ozella Music, Norwegian pianist Helge Lien has reached a new artistic plateau with his trio.

All About Jazz | Jakob Baekgaard

That's It! review New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band swing out in style

The current incarnation of this New Orleans institution, first established 50 years ago, takes an eclectic attitude to their heritage.

Neil Spencer | The Guardian

Tommy Andrews Quintet: The Crux (2014)

Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and rock climber Tommy Andrews is part of a burgeoning British jazz scene, a scene that's notable for its wide range of talented young players.

All About Jazz | Bruce Lindsay

Johnny Mbizo Dyani: Rejoice/Together CD review catchy songs and a party vibe

(Cadillac) Johnny Mbizo Dyani was a South African bassist and composer who came to London as an apartheid exile with his compatriots in the racially-mixed Blue Notes group in 1964, and played a key role in the creative impact they made on British...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Andrew McCormack Trio: First Light CD review sleek, convincing postbop-influenced arrival

(Edition) Since he adopted New York, the British pianist Andrew McCormack has accelerated beyond the strengths he had already displayed in Britain through the noughties. He likes the postbop jazz tradition and isn't in thrall to any current piano...

John Fordham | The Guardian

JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside forward-thinking swing jazz

(Whirlwind) Swing-based orchestral jazz long nourished by high-school bands, college courses and sponsorship in the US has taken longer to grow progressive hybrids in the music's first homeland. But with New York-based Darcy James Argue and now the...

John Fordham | The Guardian

The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons

Jazz and freemasonry are unlikely bedfellows, but in the 1950s, the secret society became a support network for musicians and the worlds largest fraternity for black men, among them Duke Ellington and Sun Ra When the City of London festival found...

John Lewis | The Guardian

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Every year there is a Monk International Competition put on by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

S. Victor Aaron | Something Else!