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Even Under New Leadership, Jazz in July Is a Fixture of Summer

Aaron Diehl launches his first week as artistic director with an all-star show featuring six heavyweight keyboardists, including himself, and a recital by the remarkable Isaiah J. Thompson.

Richard Termine/92NY

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra and the Microscopic Septet Prove That Jazz Is Alive and Well

The leader of the Sydney-based Greasy Chicken Orchestra, saxophonist and composer Philip Johnston, is doubtlessly most famous for serving as co-leader of the Microscopic Septet.

Rachel Knepfer

There’s No Mistaking That the ‘Water for Elephants’ Cast Album Is From PigPen Theater Co.

The collective of composers and musicians, which could be described either as a modern folk band or a team of musical theater creators, has produced at least six major works so far.

Evan Zimmerman

Long Compared With Barbra Streisand, Lainie Kazan Is Actually More Judy Garland or Lena Horne

The way she belts and the way she purrs, the way she uses idiosyncratic distortions, and the way she blasts and chews up the musical scenery are very much in the tradition of ’60s Lena.

Via Republic Records

Like Gravy on Poutine, Performances by Pink Martini and Its Lead, China Forbes, Elevate Montreal’s Jazz Festival

‘Full Circle,’ which she sang, accompanying herself at the piano, is a life-lesson lament, out of the rough tradition of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Circle Game’ and James Taylor’s ‘Secret O’ Life.’

Victor Diaz Lamich

Christine Andreas’s Stunning Voice Takes Audiences on Flights of Fancy

We can’t imagine anyone at 54 Below not smiling when they hear Andreas and her musical director and husband, Marty Silvestri, go to town on ‘Pavre Jean.’

Howard Melton
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