Flora, Django and Hector – JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed the great Flora Purim for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section (go here). Flora and I spoke by Zoom about her childhood in Rio de Janeiro, her passion for folk rather than bossa nova, how she wound up visiting New York in 1966 and … Read more

Suedtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2022 (Italy) – Part 1 – London Jazz News

Suedtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2022 (Festival Round-Up and iPhone snaps by Alison Bentley – Part 1 of 2) Steffi Narr (R), Oliver Steidle. Women with altitude- among the mountains surrounding Bozen/Bolzano, women have leading jazz roles. The festival’s theme this year was “Europa”, the artwork showing a classical painting of the mythological figure playing electric … Read more

George Freeman: It’s Happening Now

At 95, Chicago-based guitarist George Freeman is among the world’s oldest active jazz musicians. Although he came of musical age in the 1940s and counts figures like Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins among his influences, his own trajectory has led him from gigging alongside Bird himself through forays into soul jazz, big-band swing, … Read more

Two from Lisbon’s Phonogram Unit ~ The Free Jazz Collective

hyper.object – inter.independence (Phonogram Unit, 2022) Jose Lencastre – Common Ground (Phonogram Unit, 2022) By Stuart Broomer Phonogram Unit is a Lisbon musicians’ label that over the past two years has released a series of often brilliant recordings, notable for their thoughtful conception, recording quality and design as well as frequently excellent musical results. The … Read more

Paul Edis Sextet (Debut for new group + premiere of new work ; PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 19 July) – London Jazz News

County Durham-born pianist/composer Paul Edis is best known for his work as Musical Director and co-songwriter for Jo Harrop – they are originally from the same town, Chester-Le-Street; Paul Edis is now based in London. 19 July sees the debut of a new sextet. They will give the premiere of a new suite of pieces … Read more

Jazz Returns to the Hollywood Bowl

Among the many physical, spiritual, and institutional losses related to the still-ongoing pandemic is that of Los Angeles’ renowned Playboy Jazz Festival (PJF) at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. For four decades, it had a rich history of outstanding, groundbreaking, and sometimes legendary performances, featuring many of the top names and legends of jazz and jazz-related … Read more