Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Building a Truth Revolution

Brothers Zaccai and Luques Curtis, from Hartford, CT, spent some of their earliest music matriculation at NEA Jazz Master Jackie & Dolly McLean’s visionary Artist Collective in Hartford. Since that time they’ve played with such notable artists as NEA Jazz … Continue reading

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Whisper Not Benny Golson

Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson by Benny Golson and Jim Merod Temple University Press Saxophonist-composer Benny Golson exemplifies the jazz life well-lived. He developed a distinctive sound on the tenor saxophone, one that has become more smoke-infused and … Continue reading

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More on a journey of South African jazz discovery

Recently we published Ron Scott’s review of the 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (scroll down). Ron was able to extend his journey into the heart of jazz in South Africa and here he shares his insights into jazz in … Continue reading

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Jazz excellence in the Green Heart of Italy

Our recent experience at the 44th annual Umbria Jazz reaffirmed the excellence of this annual event, as reported in this review in DownBeat magazine: http://downbeat.com/default.asp?sect=news&subsect=news_detail&nid=3368 But the experience was so excellent we simply couldn’t leave it at that! This was … Continue reading

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The keen eye of Janet Macoska: transcending genres

In all my years writing about music, dating back to early 70s Kent State University undergrad days, its been a pleasure interacting with many exceptional photographers, none finer than Cleveland’s own legend, Janet Macoska. A true master of the photographic … Continue reading

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