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Louis Armstrong on Mosaic, Jazz Fiction, Vanessa Perea, 2014 Fundraiser!
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New in Retro Reviews:
Mosaic's new collection of Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars includes over 11 hours of live performances spread over 9 CDs. Co-Producer and annotator Ricky Riccardi has long held that Armstrong's later recordings are as important as his early works, and reviewer Thomas Cunniffe states that the music in this Mosaic set validates Riccardi's arguments. This expanded Retro Review offers a detailed look at the music in this outstanding collection. 

New in Book Reviews:
"OUTSIDE IN"
(by Scott Shachter)
Jazz fiction is a rarely-used literary sub-genre, which means the forms are open enough to allow its writers a great deal of flexibility. Scott Shachter's new novel "Outside In" tells the story of a progressive jazz saxophonist and his rather unusual number one fan. Thomas Cunniffe reviews this funny and engaging book, which shows the diverse influences of Kurt Vonnegut and Steven Spielberg.


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.

Sidetracks:
TIMME ROSENKRANTZ
& THE TOWN HALL CONCERT
Newly updated!
The June 9, 1945 Town Hall concert produced by Timme Rosenkrantz was ostensibly a celebration of small group swing, featuring Red Norvo, Gene Krupa, Bill Coleman, Teddy Wilson, Don Byas and Stuff Smith. However, there were elements of the newly emerging bebop style for anyone who was listening. Thomas Cunniffe discusses the music and tells of the concert's fascinating back story in this month's Sidetracks.

Historical Essays:
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 musical 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.
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New in CD Reviews:
DEPENDABLE EXCELLENCE
Jazz fans expect (and receive) great music from certain veteran musicians. That is certainly the case with drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist Fred Hersch and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Thomas Cunniffe reviews three superb new releases from these jazz giants in this month's instrumental CD reviews. 



VANESSA PEREA: "SOULFUL DAYS"
New Jersey vocalist Vanessa Perea's debut CD, "Soulful Days" is as remarkable for its understatement as it is for its musicality. With just a few years of concentrated study, Perea is an accomplished scat singer, vocalese lyricist and balladeer. This month, JHO reviewer Thomas Cunniffe focuses on this stunning album, and speculates that Perea could become jazz's next major vocalist. 

Concert Reviews:
NORTHERN COLORADO VOICES
& THE SWINGLE SINGERS;
GREELEY, CO (April 24, 2014)
For the opening night concert of the Greeley (Colorado) Jazz Festival presented the Swingle Singers and the Northern Colorado Voices. In his concert review, Thomas Cunniffe reports that the student group represented the finest of current vocal jazz trends, while the Swingles pointed the way to the future with their jaw-dropping performance.

DVD Reviews:
JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC
With contemporary music styles cross-fertilizing before our very ears, the training of young musicians requires instruction in an ever-widening range of genres. A gala concert featuring the talented students, alumni and mentors from three pioneering music education programs has just been released as the CD/DVD set (and PBS special), "Jazz and the Philharmonic". Thomas Cunniffe reviews the discs.   

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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