Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Monterey stronger than ever @ 57

Songbird Cecile McLorin Salvant keeps racking up the fans wherever she goes – shown here at one of her two MJF ’14 performances (photo: Tyrone Kenney/NeoBop Project) Last weekend’s Monterey Jazz Festival was yet another reason the event remains one … Continue reading

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Sweet Sue Terry

Saxophonist-clarinetist Sue Terry, known in the music as “Sweet Sue” is a proud alum of Jackie and Dolly McLean’s ground-breaking Hartford, CT urban arts academy the Artists Collective. Recently after viewing the very compelling documentary short film “The Source” which … Continue reading

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Here’s one intersection of jazz & chamber music

The leafy Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake is an agreeable Labor Day Weekend hang Think jazz music and jazz festivals are purely urban phenomena? The masterful pianist Monty Alexander, Jazz on the Chesapeake and Chesapeake Chamber Music want you to … Continue reading

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In pursuit of the wild record

Musing on summer just past. You know how it is; you’re going to the beach and unless you’re a surfing fanatic or an enthusiast of wave riding boogey boarding (I’ll leave that to my 14-year old nephew), your main goal … Continue reading

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Dicey weather aside Newport soldiers on

Swinging grace personified: Ron Carter at the bass Has it been 60 years already? Founded in 1954 by George Wein and an old money Newport couple as a means of broadening the inviting summer hang-out, the Newport Jazz Festival celebrated … Continue reading

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