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Read our review of AfroPhysicist, the widely-anticipated OKeh debut of trumpeter Theo Croker.

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Porter Back On Broadway

Friday April 18, 2014

Billy PorterBroadway singer and actor Billy Porter, who's best known for his Tony Award-winning performances as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, released his new album, Back On Broadway, this week. Porter celebrated the release of Back On Broadway with an appearance on The Today Show, wherein he sang the Kander and Ebb classic "And The World Goes Round."

See his Today Show performance.

Amy Lynn Set To Drop Some Glitter

Friday April 18, 2014

Amy Lynn

Though they veer onto the side of classic soul and Motown side of the street, there's enough jazz flowing in the blood of Amy Lynn and the Gun Show to slip them a little love here in our little world of jazz. The New York City-based septet has serious chops, as will be heard by the general public when they release their new set, Don't Trip On The Glitter, on April 29. Lynn, who reportedly digs the Lionel Richie station on Pandora and throws "one hell of a party," is supported by a group that's played with all manner of well-known names from the Radio City Orchestra to Bette Midler to Roberta Flack.

Learn more here.

Photo of Amy Lynn & Co. supplied by the artist

 

Funk Brother To Release Funky Tribute

Friday April 18, 2014

Thom Douvon brother BrotherFormer Funk Brother Thom Douvan's new set, Brother Brother, is set to release on April 29.

Drawing on a lifetime of playing soul jazz and funk -- including seven years as a member of The Funk Brothers -- Douvon pays tribute to the legendary group of session players who were responsible for the great sound of Motown during its biggest years. Joining Douvon on this record are drummers James Gadson, Michael Barsimanto, Tony Moore, Frank Wilson and the late Ralph Penland (who passed away shortly before the release of this recording), Hammond organists Duncan McMillan and Bobby Pierce and saxophonist Tony Malfatti.

Find out more at Douvon's website.

JJA Announces 2014 Winners

Friday April 18, 2014

Cecile-McLorin-Salvant-9065-small.jpgThe Jazz Journalist Association has announced the winners of their 2014 JJA awards, tipping their hat to Herbie Hancock for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Wayne Shorter as Musician of the Year. Shorter's quartet won the Midsize Ensemble of the Year Award and his album, Without A Net, netted the Album of the Year honors. Also winning acclaim from the JJA is Cecile McLorin Salvant as Up and Coming Artist of the Year and Gregory Porter as Male Singer of the Year.

See the full list of winners here.

Photo of Cecile McLorin Salvant by Michael Verity

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