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We have a full set of brand-new articles this month! First is a Profile of the incredible young vocalist, Veronica Swift. Veronica comes from good jazz stock—her dad was pianist Hod O’Brien and her mother is vocalist Stephanie Nakasian—but Veronica has her own approach to music, and I’m sure that some of her musical preferences will surprise you. The article includes three embedded videos so you can hear her work first-hand. Our Concert Review features my first visit to the Vail Jazz Party in five years. Along with the mix of returning and new artists are several new recurring performances, a new venue for the Party’s most popular event, and an energetic festival staff that is building on the Vail legacy to create new and exciting additions to the existing festival. The review is accompanied with photos from several fine photographers.
It’s been months since a new jazz DVD turned up in the JHO mailbox. In this case, it was the new documentary on Blue Note Records. For the DVD Review, I pulled out the 1996 film “Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz” and found that it and the new film, “Beyond the Notes” complimented each other very well. As a result, you get two DVD reviews for the price of one! This month’s Retro Review was a labor of love: it is a semi-autobiographical look at one of my all-time favorite jazz LPs, “The Playboy Jazz All-Stars, Volume 2”. My encounter with this album coincided with my first exposure to jazz history, and the arrival of a very special Christmas gift. Our Instrumental CD Reviews discuss three progressive jazz composers, while the Vocal CD Reviews cover four new releases which look forward and backward at the same time. The Book Review features a new biography of Johnny Hodges. The book has valuable biographical information, but hardly any discussion of Hodges’ music. Therefore, I have appended a collection of five of my favorite Hodges features, complete with embedded videos and brief commentaries. You’re welcome.
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