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Saigenji

Saigenji

Brazilian music is always full of heart and soul, but Saigenji pours in extra doses of both. »

John Scofield Uberjam

John Scofield Uberjam

One thing John Scofield knows how to do is never let his astounding guitar technique get in the way of having a good time. »

Mark Tourian MT6

Mark Tourian MT6

Mark Tourian’s sextet is a straight-ahead group that plays what can only be called perfect jazz. That might sound off-putting, since the rough and dirty edges of jazz are often its appeal. »

Babshad Jazz Quartet

Babshad Jazz Quartet

Calling out tunes from her 100-plus playbook, Barbara Hadenfeldt took the stage and took control over the audience’s heart. Her singing is old school, and beautifully so. »

Whiplash

Whiplash

Of course, there are documentaries, biopics, teaching videos, jazz as background music, but almost no films that get into the inner, demanding dynamics of jazz. Unlike most jazz films, which often end up records of performances or historical fact-listing, “Whiplash” goes right into the pain of jazz. »

Jazz and mindfulness

Jazz and mindfulness

Mindfulness has in many ways always been at the core of jazz. It is possible to listen to jazz as background music or as accompaniment to the activities of life, but jazz, when listened to with even a smidgen of care, creates »

Bloodest Saxophone “Rhythm and Blues”

Bloodest Saxophone “Rhythm and Blues”

You need a sense of nostalgia and a couple of shots of booze to fully appreciate Bloodest Saxophone, a wild sax-full group that ranges across the musical spectrum. With those under your belt, Bloodest Saxophone is a great, big kick. »

Mari Koga “Perfect Blue”

Mari Koga “Perfect Blue”

Pitch-perfect and beat-perfect Latin jazz is rare, but increasingly being taken up as a life work by musicians not from Latin countries. One of those is Mari Koga, a marvelous vocalist and bandleader born in Osaka, but relocated to New York for the music. »

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