Jazz CD Review: Rufus Reid’s “Quiet Pride”

Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project (Motema Music) By Devon Wendell Legendary and iconic bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been a major contributor to the jazz scene since the late ‘60s. Reid has collaborated with some of the music’s greatest pioneers such as: Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, J.J. Johnson, Benny Golson, Jack DeJohnette, Stan… Read More Jazz CD Review: Rufus Reid’s “Quiet Pride”

Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills

by Devon Wendell The 32nd annual Playboy Jazz Festival season kicked off with a free concert in Beverly Hills featuring Bill Cunliffe and his Septet, and the Johnny Crawford Orchestra — a pair of diverse acts preserving pivotal traditions in jazz history. Opening the program, Grammy-winning pianist/arranger/composer Cunliffe and his players performed a set almost… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills