• jazz adds march 10, 2016

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    snarky puppy.  family dinner, volume two.  universal classics.  Confession:  i watched the dvd,–which is both a film and bonus tracks– as well as listened, and was struck by the caliber of musicianship and comraderie: unique & successful pairings include Appalachian singer becca stevens and Swedish outlier trio vasen; cville favorite guitarist charlie hunter and Peruvian […]

  • jazz adds february 28, 2016

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    nolatet.  dogs.  royal potato family.  Elegant and graceful, but forward, the way we like our New Orleans music;  this collaboration of  Crescent City equals includes three percussions– brian haas on piano; johnny vidacovich (astral project)@drums; mike dillon, vibraphone plus  astral bandmate james singleton, bowing and thrumping the upright bass.  new wine from bold, vigorous grapes;  […]

  • jazz adds february 4, 2016

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    stacey kent.  tenderly.  okeh.  Splendid.  A meeting, after years of mutual admiration, between sublime American song book chanteuse stacey kent and iconic bossa nova guitarist/composer roberto menescal.  the arrangements, by menescal, fulfilled a life’s desire to record American standards, and with his most admired singer.  kent, as always, gives less to give more:   some […]

  • jazz adds, january 18, 2016

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    charles lloyd.   i long to see you.  blue note.  Starring the marvels, who are:  bill frisell on guitar;  reuben rogers, bass;  eric harland,drums;  greg leisz, steel guitar;   reed master lloyd on tenor & alto  +  guests norah jones and willie nelson.  a-list songs include dylan’s master of war, trads.  la llorona, shenandoah, all my trials […]

  • jazz adds january 11, 2016

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    paulien.  chez moi.  brik.  Everyone involved should take a bow for this delightful confection.    paulien, with her slightly recessive, delicate-yet crisp technique;  a softer more languid edith piaf.  and the musicians– elegant, unforced, making every phrase count:  matty metcalfe, accordion;  rick olivarez, guitar;  tony nalker, piano + bob bowen, bass, tony martucci@drums.  and let’s […]

  • Interview: Haven Day Shelter

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    Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri and used via CC Attribution As the Haven day shelter in Charlottesville works hard to help homeless people obtain housing, the staff is hoping a new arts grant will help them turn sterile “housing” into comfortable and inspiring “homes.” Emily Richardson-Lorente visited the Haven to learn more about the shelter, its […]

  • jazz adds november 2, 2015

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    laura karpman.  langston hughes;  ask your mama.  avie.  Backstory: 1960, late in his career, the poet langston hughes went to Newport R.I. to the jazz festival in the hopes of seeing oscar peterson, john lee hooker , muddy waters.  the event turned  violent, and hughes, confined to a hotel room, wrote ask your mama: 12 […]

  • jazz adds april 15, 2015

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    jose’ james.  yesterday i had the blues.  blue note.  Impeccable revisiting of billie holiday’s legacy by  Panamanian modern jazz/hip hop vocalist jose’ james.   this recording could not be further from his previous while you were sleeping— which makes me believe james can dig deep.  outstanding band includes jason moran, keyboards;  john patitucci, bass;  eric harland@drums.   […]