Rant ‘N’ Roll: Husband & Wife Bluegrass Team, Louisiana Crawfish, Jersey Boy Makes Good, Lady Trumpeter, A Japanese Big-Band, An Australian Sax Man & A Brooklyn Pianist

Darin and Brooke Aldridge have been married for eight years and proudly announce the birth of their new baby. It’s called Faster and Farther (Mountain Home Music Company) and if there’s any justice from the bluegrass gods, it will deliver them to land of flashing lightbulbs and constant attention. (Be …

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Wanna Cry Out Loud?: Once

I can’t remember a film that made me cry out loud as much as Once, the 2007 musical. It’s not that it was so sad, per se, it’s just that its depiction of two people finding their love for each other through music was so damn wonderful and hit …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Bekka’s Back, Self-Help Jazz, A Night Out, A Canadian Big-Band, A Brooklyn Quartet, And Norwegian Blues

Do What Your Heart Says is not only good advice but it’s also the name of the new Scott Ramminger CD (Ann Arbor Lane Music) where the talented singer/songwriter/saxophonist/co-producer presents 14 of his kickin’ tunes. Tommy Malone of The Subdudes shakes it up bigtime on vocals for the opening rocker, …

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Steve Earle @ Sellersville Theater

SELLERSVILLE, PA—Steve Earle spoke his heart and mind tonight as we all sang “Christmas In Washington” on Steve’s 62nd birthday. “I was in Canada during the election,” he said. “Good thing you can’t buy a gun in Canada or I would’ve shot myself.” He philosophized that “America has always had …

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Rant ‘n’ Roll: Spontaneous Composition, A Little Girl, A Dead Dude, A One-Man Band, Jazz Vocalese & A Sonny Rollins Acolyte

What happens when four progressive Euro cats convene at a recording studio in Spain with nothing prepared beforehand? With no composed music, no rehearsals, overdubs expressly forbidden, no genre limitations and, of course, not one inkling of commercial consideration whatsoever, these four just plugged in and played. Spontaneous combustion creates …

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Rant’n’Roll: The Many Colors Of Jazz From Cincinnati, Rochester And South Africa To England, Canada And Connecticut

Go to Cincinnati and most jazz fans there know tenor saxophonist/composer Brent Gallaher who just happens to be Moving Forward (V&B Records). Think Wayne Shorter or Joe Henderson. He’s got a strong, expressive tone that’s not only personal unto himself but touched by his obvious aforementioned influences. Now add trumpet, …

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Hip-Hop/Classical Synthesis: Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Ensemble Mik Nawooj comes out of Oakland, California, to debut their Death Become Life at the Apollo Music Café at the foot of the historic Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem March 4. Band leader JooWan Kim has written and arranged this ambitious work as the follow-up to …

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Rant ‘n’ Roll: Timely Swing, Jazz News, Norwegian Reflections, A Brooklyn Octet, Heavenly Harp, & A Dog Leg Dilemma

Eight O’Five Jive, Nashville TN-based swing band. photos by Bill Steber

They’re called Eight O’Five Jive and their Swing Set (Red Rudy Too Tunes) is a thoroughly delightful time trip back to before rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve always wondered (and felt a little sorry for) generations who didn’t have that …

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Americana Is The Only Good Country Today: Forlorn Strangers

Nashville Tennessee’s string quintet Forlorn Strangers will perform at The Acopian Ballroom of the State Theatre in Easton, PA on Friday, Feb. 24. This Americana band has been on the road for the duration of 2016. Their vocal harmony, strong stringed prowess and compositional chops make them much more …

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Rant’n’Roll: Fusion, Alligator Blues, Alto Manhattan, Piano/Sax Duets, Twin Vibes And A Jewish Prayer All Topped With Sugar

The new year revealed a new jazz/rock/funk fusion: Brian Kastan’s self-released all-original Roll The Dice On Life where his bandmates prove worthy adversaries on the second of this two-disc pleasure bomb. In battle, they tend to constantly one-up each other like the great jazz cutting contests of the 1940s. …

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