Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

Live Reviews

LIVE REVIEWS

Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Read "Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Yamato Drummers Of Japan Grand Opera House February 18, 2019 The Yamato Drummers Of Japan tour regularly, a less august crew when compared to the old guard Kodō clan, more attuned to a modernised visual sense that makes their relationship with the taiko form less hardcore. Not that their drumming impact is much lesser: it's just that they travel beyond sweaty loincloth monomania, favouring the trappings of dance production or a rock show. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2019

Read "Brilliant Corners 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2019 The Black Box/Sonic Lab jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 2-9, 2019 For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, and bridging the first and second weekends of March, Brilliant Corners has carved out a reputation as one of the city's essential cultural events. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour at Irving Plaza

Read "A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour at Irving Plaza" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour Irving Plaza New York, NY March 5, 2019 David Bowie was one of the most influential musicians for the 20th Century. His career began in the early 1960s and continued until his death in 2016. Acclaimed by critics, fans and other musicians, Bowie's music, much like his persona/personality, was stylish, innovative, bold, experimental, iconic and flamboyant. Because of his background in art, design and acting, Bowie's oeuvre ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Cheap Trick with Aaron Lee Tasjan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Cheap Trick with Aaron Lee Tasjan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Cheap Trick with Aaron Lee Tasjan The NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY March 2, 2019 Cheap Trick has been delivering an arena/classic rock, hard rock, punk, modern rock and touch of blues mélange that consciously pays homage to Beatlesque pop. For well over 40 years, Rick Nielsen on guitar; Tom Peterrson on bass and Robin Zander on vocals, along with touring drummer Daxx Nielsen (Rick's son) and touring guitarist Robin Zander, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Seun Kuti and Africa 80 at Brick & Mortar

Read "Seun Kuti and Africa 80 at Brick & Mortar" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 Brick & Mortar San Francisco, California February 23, 2019 The youngest son of legendary saxophonist, songwriter, social activist and political rebel Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti aka Seun Kuti is a force of nature. He has been unstoppable since being placed in command of his late father's band Egypt 80 two decades ago. Anticipation was in the air prior to Kuti's performance before a packed Saturday ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Thomas Truax, Chris Smither, Phil Beer, Huddersfield Immersive Sound System & The Chimera Ensemble

Read "Live From Old York: Thomas Truax, Chris Smither, Phil Beer, Huddersfield Immersive Sound System & The Chimera Ensemble" reviewed by Martin Longley

Thomas Truax The Fulford Arms January 26, 2019 Thomas Truax is an American one-man-band, a New Yorker residing in London, an oddball crooner, a nervy troubadour, and an inventor of visually and sonically imaginative musical instruments. Over the last decade, he's been a regular tourer around the UK and beyond, carving out a circuit of individualist venues to suit his individualist songs. Truax usually wears a suit, coming across as a huckster, selling his ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Paris: Danyèl Waro, Beñat Achiary & Haffyd H

Read "Live From Paris: Danyèl Waro, Beñat Achiary & Haffyd H" reviewed by Martin Longley

Danyèl Waro/Beñat Achiary Théâtre Romain Rolland February 21, 2019 This extraordinary double bill was part of the 28th edition of Sons D'Hiver, a festival that spans around three weeks, presenting gigs at various venues in the Val-de-Marne zone of south-eastern Paris. The French Basque vocalist Beñat Achiary opened the evening at this medium-sized theatre in Villejuif. An extremely versatile, precise and sometimes extreme verbaliser, Achiary interpreted the poems of Federico García Lorca, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine State. It IS funny (and seemingly never at a loss for material) but I suspect you could easily paint many a state as a ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

Read "The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Branford Marsalis Quartet Jazz Standard New York, NY February 20, 2019 The Branford Marsalis Quartet came into jny: New York's Jazz Standard in late February to showcase The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul, their first new album release in seven years and, in marking the special occasion, to blow the roof off that primetime jazz basement. That it has been seven years since the band's last new release does not ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall

Read "Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bill Frisell Trio National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland February 21, 2019 It was a swift return to the National Concert Hall stage for Bill Frisell, following his guest appearance in May 2018 at the finale of fiddler Martin Hayes' residency. This time Frisell was leading his trio of Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen, long-time collaborators in the guitarist's on-going quest to celebrate music without borders. This concert was just that--a celebration of music pure ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Authentic Gypsy Jazz At The Jazz Corner

Read "Authentic Gypsy Jazz At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Fredric Gomes The Jazz Corner Authentic Gypsy Jazz Hilton Head Island February 22-23, 2019 Gypsy Jazz or Manouche was the invention of Django Reinhardt whose sound came from old gypsy tunes played with a swing rhythm. During the inter-war years, Django heard Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in Europe's playground, the South of France. He added swing to his own compositions which became anthems during the occupation of France. Django's own unique guitar ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

Read "Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops “Uptown Nights" The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA March 1, 2019 The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when jazz was the popular music of the Jazz Age, the Swing Era, and World War II. Those were heady times when jazz was a ...