CD Review: The Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

 Bloom  (Nineteen Eight Records)  By Brian Arsenault In the wake of the pre-Christmas horror in Connecticut that I shall not name, I needed to be reassured that all beauty has not left the world.  Wonderfully, shortly after the holiday the pre-release copy of Bloom arrived.  Music to sooth the savage beast that so often afflicts… Read More CD Review: The Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

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Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)

By Michael Katz Saturday afternoon will long be remembered for Trombone Shorty’s march on Monterey. To say he stole the show doesn’t do him justice. It’s like calling Gen. Sherman a cat burgler. But I’ll try and set the stage, as the afternoon started innocently enough… JOHN FIRMIN & THE NOCTURNE BAND I always try… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)