ICON Magazine http://wrti.org en April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine http://wrti.org/post/april-jazz-picks-icon-magazine <p><strong><strong>Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.</strong></strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:22:20 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7199 at http://wrti.org April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine March Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine http://wrti.org/post/march-jazz-picks-icon-magazine <p><strong>Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine has a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about. </strong></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:01:50 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7105 at http://wrti.org March Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny: Unified as a Whole http://wrti.org/post/jazz-guitarist-pat-metheny-unified-whole <p>With the 2014 release of<em> Kin <em>(←→)</em></em>,<strong> Pat Metheny </strong>adds one more notch—another restlessly searching album that marks the zone between all jazz, all rock and all-world music—to his belt of aesthetic enterprises filled with zeal and innovation. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:03:54 +0000 A.D. Amorosi 7089 at http://wrti.org Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny: Unified as a Whole The March Jazz Scene http://wrti.org/post/march-jazz-scene <p><strong>Bop Goes the Opera</strong> - In 2002, the brilliant saxophonist&nbsp;<strong>Joe Lovano</strong>&nbsp;took the jazz-meets-classical music concept outside of the box when he recorded jazz versions of tunes from the songbook of opera legend <strong>Enrico Caruso</strong>. While <em><strong>Viva Caruso</strong></em> was critically acclaimed and did well for Lovano and Blue Note Records, it represented, at the time, the beginning and end of jazz versions of operatic compositions and vice-versa. Until now. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:47:22 +0000 Bruce Klauber 7084 at http://wrti.org The March Jazz Scene The Story of Duke Ellington's Longtime Tenor Sax Bandman http://wrti.org/post/story-duke-ellingtons-longtime-tenor-sax-bandman <p>Duke Ellington was a fascinating figure—so much so that quite a number of books and shorter profiles of the man came to be during his time, and well after his passing. Writers were always peering over his shoulder, trying to get a fix on how he operated his band and made it so successful; they even attempted to poke into his personal life, which the Duke managed to keep fairly secret.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:02:42 +0000 Bob Perkins 7037 at http://wrti.org The Story of Duke Ellington's Longtime Tenor Sax Bandman Jazz Pianist Helen Sung's ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY: Equal Parts Soulfulness and Grace http://wrti.org/post/jazz-pianist-helen-sungs-anthem-new-day-equal-parts-soulfulness-and-grace <p>For a jazz pianist, New York-based <strong>Helen Sung</strong> certainly fits into the “deserves to be better known” category. For those who <em>do</em> know and appreciate her art, Sung’s club gigs are adventurous, disarming, and always have an unexpected surprise or two. It was at one of these small club dates where I caught her during a late set in the summer of 2013 with much of the same band that accompany her on <em><strong>Anthem For A New Day,</strong></em> her glossy and rewarding debut record for Concord Jazz.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:52:09 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7027 at http://wrti.org Jazz Pianist Helen Sung's ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY: Equal Parts Soulfulness and Grace ICON Suggests: Amy Cervini's Big-Hearted Hybrid Album, JAZZ COUNTRY http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-amy-cervinis-big-hearted-hybrid-album-jazz-country <p>A Manhattan backdrop substitutes for prairie land and open sky on <strong><em>Jazz Country</em></strong>, the big-hearted hybrid album from singer <strong>Amy Cervini </strong>that’s as endearing and tender as a vocal recording can be in 2014. She smartly transcends genre boundaries or anything else that gets in the way of the purity of a song. The spare musical accompaniment by guitarist Jesse Lewis and bassist Matt Aranoff frame Cervini’s renditions of these classic American songs simply and earnestly, underscoring her candor and crystalline delivery.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:17:46 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7023 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: Amy Cervini's Big-Hearted Hybrid Album, JAZZ COUNTRY ICON Suggests: The Jimmy Amadie Trio http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-jimmy-amadie-trio <p><em><strong>The Jimmy Amadie Trio: Live At The Philadelphia Art Museum</strong></em> - This is a review and, unfortunately, a testimonial, since jazz&nbsp;pianist Jimmy Amadie&nbsp;passed away from cancer in early December 2013. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:04:41 +0000 Nick Bewsey 6936 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: The Jimmy Amadie Trio ICON: The Jazz Scene http://wrti.org/post/icon-jazz-scene <p><strong>ORGAN-IZING: </strong>In keeping with Philadelphia’s contribution to jazz through the years, it must be mentioned that the city and surrounding areas are also known for producing some of the finest jazz organ players in history. The most famous of them all, Jimmy Smith, was born in Norristown. Joey DeFrancesco, a native Philadelphian, helped put the Hammond B-3 organ back on the map. And who can forget area natives like Richard “Groove” Holmes and Trudy Pitts? Organist Dan Fogel has been at it for a long time, despite trends and ups and downs in jazz organ popularity. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:11:29 +0000 Bruce Klauber 6935 at http://wrti.org ICON: The Jazz Scene The 2013 Jazz Scene: In Review http://wrti.org/post/2013-jazz-scene-review <p>This has been a swinging year, and a healthy one for jazz in these parts. The Kimmel Center is upping its commitment to jazz (see details below), non-profits like Jazz Bridge and The Jazz Sanctuary are presenting almost 100 concerts per season, museums have hosted jazz programs, mini-jazz fests are popping up all over, new and old jazz jam sessions are doing above average business, and restaurants and clubs that never used live music of any kind are now booking jazz. Destinations like The Prime Rib and Sullivan’s maintain a policy of booking jazz pianists seven nights a week. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:58:16 +0000 Bruce Klauber 6843 at http://wrti.org The 2013 Jazz Scene: In Review