Welcome to the autumn edition of Jazz History Online. Although our summer issue celebrated our 10th anniversary on the web, I hope that you noticed the additions to our new feature, Concert Diary. I’ve posted several performance reviews since last May from Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, Wilmington, and Chicago. These reviews are collected in quarterly articles, but you can see the new ones as they are published by checking The Front Page. As new reviews publish every week or so, I do not send out e-mails for each new entry. However, if you follow JHO’s Facebook page, you can find updates for each concert review. If you haven’t joined our Facebook page, the instructions are below.
Bill Milkowski has just published a wonderful biography of tenor sax icon Michael Brecker, and I am very happy to feature it in the Book Review section. Brecker truly deserves a place in the pantheon of great jazz tenor saxophonists, and this authoritative book may garner Brecker that spot. Canadian vocalist, composer, and poet Lara Solnicki released a fascinating CD earlier this year. In the Interview section, she discusses the album and her creative process.
Several previously unissued recordings have been issued since the spring. Three notable releases, featuring Sheila Jordan, Harold Land, and the duo of Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller share the Retro Review space. Tenor saxophonists and pianists dominate the instrumental CD reviews with new releases from Eliane Elias, Joel Frahm. Renee Rosnes, and Helen Sung. On the vocal side, you’ll find new discs from Patricia Barber, Stacey Kent, Kate McGarry, and Roseanna Vitro.
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See you in late December for our year-end issue.