Rant ‘N’ Roll: Svetlana And Wycliffe Are The New Ella And Louis

New York, NY—Ella Fitzgerald [1917-1996], born in Virginia and raised in New York City, came out of Yonkers to join Chick Webb’s big band before hitting stardom as a solo. Louis Armstrong [1901-1971], born and raised in New Orleans, hit stardom in Joe “King” Oliver’s band in Chicago. Their 1956 …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: You Never Know Who You’re Sitting Next To On The Bus

Whenever The Coloursound puts out new music, I listen. The Pennsylvania alterna-pop sophisticates—for 11 years running—boast a singer in Doug Batt whose voice rivals early Nilsson and Garfunkel in how it takes flight. Plus, the dude’s a high school teacher…and that makes him a hero in my book. Speaking of …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Southside Johnny’s On The Phone

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes will perform Sunday, July 3, 5:30 p.m. in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony Summer Stage on Ocean Avenue. The phone rings. When Southside calls, you answer.

Aquarian Weekly: Hold on, I gotta get this new-fangled digital thing going. I miss my old Radio

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jersey Blues, Jewish Jazz, Texas Country, A Kick-Ass Power Trio & More

Singer/songwriter (and ex-Aquarian Weekly Editor) Mike Daly is “Broken” on Backroom Blues Volume #2 (Bongo Boy Records) as he leads his Planets on a driving track of blues-rock fit to crank up and immensely enjoy. It’s only one of 10 such tracks by such “international recording artists” as it …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One-On-One With Carmine Appice

Stick It: My Life Of Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n’ Roll by Carmine Appice with Ian Gittins (Chicago Review Press, $26.99) is a double-dong doozy. I spent many a late night/early morning because I just couldn’t put it down. And it was over all too soon. Suffice it to say, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Chico, Yelena, Garaj, Spencer & Brian

Saxophonist Chico Freeman, 66, son of saxophonist Von Freeman [1923-2012], originally from Chicago where he played in the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), left the U.S. to live and work in Europe as an expatriate for the last 10 years. In so doing, he followed the …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Delbert

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania—He can do it all: honky-tonkin’ red-blooded Americana soulful R&B alt-country jazzy balladry backwater blues rock ‘n’ rollin’ hillbilly Tex Mex gritty funky horn-laden party music. To actually see this 75-year-old legend sing without having to go on one of his cruises is a rare and wonderful thing. He …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Real Rock ‘N’ Roll Sprouts Up Thru Cracks In The Mainstream Sidewalk

Bluesman Robert Johnson was murdered in Baptist Town, Mississippi, just north of Greenwood, in 1938 at the age of 27. The Mike Eldred Trio, consisting of two ex-Blasters and one Mike Eldred, a singer/songwriter of some repute, memorializes the event in “Somebody Been Runnin’.” Searching for his grave with …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Louisiana Rock, Texas Folk, Indonesian Fusion & Weird Cello Music

Tommy Malone of The Subdudes (whose Primitive Streak was one of the best rock records of 1996) and Ray Ganucheau of the Continental Drifters (cool collective with a Bangle, a Cowsill, a dB and a Dream Syndicate guy) have joined forces as The Batture Boys to self-release their debut six-song …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: No One Gets Out Of Here Alive

“Those are people who died, died/They were all my friends and they died.”—Jim Carroll

               

                Soul singer Billy Paul, 81, died April 24 from pancreatic cancer, at his New Jersey home in Gloucester Township. He served in the Army with Elvis Presley. His Grammy-winning “Me And Mrs. Jones” was the …

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