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Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Charlie Haden, UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival!
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New in Retro Reviews:
DUKE ELLINGTON:
"THE COMPLETE 1932-1940   BRUNSWICK/COLUMBIA/MASTER RECORDINGS"

While Duke Ellington was one of Columbia Records' signature artists, the company (now owned by Sony) has not always been an ideal custodian of Duke's recordings. As a whole, Ellington's 1932-1940 Columbia, Brunswick and Master big band sides have been out-of-print for years, with Columbia providing two outstanding collections in the 1960s, and little else since then. Mosaic Records has again stepped up to correct this problem, and in his Retro Review, Thomas Cunniffe notes the wide variety of Ellington treasures in this 11-CD box set.

New in Book Reviews:
"CONVERSATIONS WITH CHARLIE HADEN" (by Josef Woodard & Charlie Haden)
Charlie Haden was known for passionate music that encompassed several genres, and his fiery left-wing politics. Over the last two decades of his life, Haden was interviewed several times by writer Josef Woodard. Seventeen of these encounters have been collected in a new book, "Conversations with Charlie Haden". Reviewer Thomas Cunniffe writes that the book is quite enlightening, but gets bogged down with numerous retellings of Haden's life story.  

Historical Essays:

MEL, MARTY & THE DEK-TETTE
The recorded collaborations between vocalist Mel Tormé and arranger Marty Paich were arguably the highlights of each man's career. The albums they recorded with a 10-piece studio ensemble, the Marty Paich Dek-tette are some of the finest vocal LPs ever made. Thomas Cunniffe's study of this music was originally part of his Master's Thesis, and has been published on several websites over the past two decades. This newly-revised edition of the article (with three embedded videos) now marks its first appearance on Jazz History Online.

Profiles:
LUCIANA SOUZA:
PASSION AND VERSATILITY
Few contemporary vocalists have the stylistic range of Luciana Souza. She is a remarkable improviser and composer who can not only offer passionate interpretations of songs from America and Brazil, but is also a collaborator with contemporary classical composer Osvaldo Golijov. Thomas Cunniffe introduces you to Souza in this JHO profile, which includes audio and video clips of Souza at work


  New in Sidetracks:
ELLA FITZGERALD AT 100
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald's birth, and the occasion is being marked with a plethora of reissues, compilations and tributes. In this special Sidetracks article, Thomas Cunniffe pays homage to the First Lady of Song with an appreciation of her art, and an overview of this spring's salutes. 



 New in Concert Reviews:
BRANFORD MARSALIS & KURT ELLING AT THE DU NEWMAN CENTER
(May 13, 2017)

On May 13, 2017, Denver jazz fans had the choice to hear several top-rank artists in live performances across the city. JHO's Thomas Cunniffe joined about 1000 audience members at the University of Denver's Newman Center for a concert by the Branford Marsalis Quartet with guest Kurt Elling. Cunniffe reports that the entire group was in top form, excelling their performances on their recent CD, "Upward Spiral".

2017 UNC/GREELEY JAZZ FESTIVAL (April 20-22, 2017)
JHO principal writer Thomas Cunniffe grew up in Greeley, Colorado and went to music school at that city's University of Northern Colorado. Thus, he has a unique perspective on the annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Fesitival. In his Concert Review, Cunniffe states that the 2017 edition may be one of the best he's witnessed, not only for the stellar performances by Sheila Jordan, Aubrey Logan, Greg Gisbert, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Heath, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Band, but also for a remarkable suite based on Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet". 

New in CD Reviews:
TRANSFORMATIONS
When arrangers set a piece by another composer, they can adapt it in several ways, In this month's instrumental CD reviews, Thomas Cunniffe explores how Ben Markley, Mark Masters, Chris Washburne and Tina Raymond have adapted other composers works to create their own artistic statements.


SPREADING THEIR WINGS
In this month's vocal CD reviews, Thomas Cunniffe discusses new albums by three supremely gifted young singers. Rose Ellis offers one of the most impressive debut CDs in recent memory with "Like Songs, Like Moons", Alllegra Levy presents a light-hearted approach to relationship issues in "Cities Between Us", and Rozina Patkai sings a stunning collection of songs in four languages on "Paraiso na Terra". 


 

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