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Grafitti: J.D. Allen's Art of the Jazz Saxophone Trio

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.25.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Forty-three year old tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen is a man on the rise. He was named as Downbeat's Rising Star in 2011 and has matured nicely in the succeeding four years. Witness his latest creation Graffiti, a tour de force of purpose and inventiveness.

Saxophonist Michael Blake Pays Homage to Pres and Hawk on Tiddy Boom

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Saxophonist Michael (not Mike) Blake is one of those artists who have a sustained appreciation of the tradition and for those who have come before him.

Michael Blake's World Time Zone Premiers Contrasts in Individualism at The Kitano

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On a Thursday night at the elegant Kitano Jazz club in Manhattan the saxophonist Michael Blake premiered his latest work Contrasts in Individualism, a series of compositions inspired by two of the twentieth century's most influential pre-bop tenor men, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.

Turning the Age of 50 the Trumpeter Dave Douglas Takes his Music to the 50 States

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

To many, Douglas represents the epitome of the independent artist, who despite the difficulties of a shrinking music industry, has managed to find his niche and flourish doing it his way.

Contemporary Bassist & Composer Ben Allison Plays Carnegie Hall

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Often inspired by the music and events of his times, Allison's witty deconstruction of popular songs is one of his most engaging attributes and has let him cross over into a wider audience than is generally afforded most jazz artists.

Tomorrow's Children: A Conversation With Pete Seeger, Plus Chatting With Bill Frisell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

After years of activism on behalf of the average Joe and Jane, this 91-year-old national treasure still swings a heavy hammer, and his thoughtful insights are presented here just in time for Labor Day.