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New in Sidetracks:
"KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON" 
Clark Terry is one of jazz's greatest mentors. There's hardly a jazz musician working today that hasn't been touched by this gentle, wise giant. A new documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On", captures Terry and his gifted student, pianist Justin Kauflin, as they each face numerous obstacles. Thomas Cunniffe provides a sneak preview in this special edition of Sidetracks.
 
New in Book Reviews:
"RIDING ON DUKE'S TRAIN" & "TRAVELS WITH LOUIS"
(by Mick Carlon)
One of the greatest challenges in keeping jazz alive is introducing its most famous artists to children. The music programs in public schools rarely delve into jazz history, and music appreciation classes are usually only available to high schoolers. English teacher Mick Carlon may have found a solution to this problem with his jazz-themed novels for young adults. Thomas Cunniffe reviews two of these volumes in this month's Book Review.

New in Retro Reviews:
CHARLIE HADEN: "LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA"
Jazz and politics might seem strange bedfellows, but no one merged the two better than Charlie Haden. With brilliant arrangements by Carla Bley, Haden's 1969 LP, "Liberation Music Orchestra" captured the turbulence of its era, and led to three more albums by this landmark ensemble. Thomas Cunniffe examines the original Impulse album in this Retro Review.

Historical Essay:
THE EARLIEST RECORDINGS OF "BODY & SOUL"
Before it was interpolated into the Broadway revue, "Three's A Crowd", Johnny Green's "Body and Soul" had been a hit in England. As the show went through tryouts, the lyrics of the song  underwent a complete rewrite before its Broadway premiere. In this interactive Historical Essay, Thomas Cunniffe examines 17 recordings of "B&S" recorded between February and October 1930.

Profile:
MEET ANITA WARDELL
Anita Wardell may be the greatest singer you've never heard. Well-known in Europe, but barely known in the US, Wardell is one of the best scat singers in jazz today, and she also is a superb interpreter of vocalese, jazz originals and standards. Thomas Cunniffe introduces you to Wardell in this profile which features 5 complete audio selections and a video performance. 

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New in Concert Reviews:
2014 VAIL JAZZ PARTY
(August 29-September 1, 2014)
On the surface, the Vail Jazz Party doesn't change much from year to year. But the continuing programs like the multi-media tributes and the Gospel Prayer Meetin' have evolved over time, and each party includes fresh concepts, such as this year's piano duets set. Thomas Cunniffe, who has attended several Vail jazz parties, offers his impressions of the 20th anniversary edition in this month's Concert Review.

New in CD Reviews:
BETTER WITH A BAND
Jazz began as an ensemble music, and even after soloists took the spotlight, ensembles have played a major role in the music’s development. This month, Thomas Cunniffe explores how modern ensembles like the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Cookers and Coalition work together as ensembles in their latest recordings.


RETURN ENGAGEMENTS
All four of the singers reviewed in this month's vocal CD reviews have been covered in these pages before. Cyrille Aimée, Claire Martin, Tierney Sutton and Roseanna Vitro always bring intriguing  and fresh ideas to their recordings, and the present CDs are no exception. Thomas Cunniffe offers details on this fine recordings. 




New in DVD Reviews:
BROWNIE SPEAKS!
Nearly 60 years after his death, Clifford Brown is still regarded as one of the greatest trumpeters in jazz history. For the past two decades, Don Glanden has researched Brown's life and music, and interviewed many of Brown's friends and colleagues. The results have been gathered into a new documentary, "Brownie Speaks", and as reviewer (and longtime Brownie fan) Thomas Cunniffe writes, the film is loaded with new information about Brown's life and career.  





Interviews:
EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF VOCAL JAZZ WITH KERRY MARSH AND JULIA DOLLISON
In the spring of 2010, vocal jazz fans were treated to a pair of amazing recordings: "Vocabularies" by Bobby McFerrin (arranged by Roger Treece) and "The Music of Maria Schneider" by Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. Marsh and Dollison are better known in educational circles than to the jazz public, but their recordings continue to astound listeners. In this exclusive Jazz History Online interview, Thomas Cunniffe talks to Marsh and Dollison about the Schneider album, their quartet Vertical Voices and the future of vocal jazz. 
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