jazz Archive

30 Days Out, Feb. 2024 #2: Get Right Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Haken, Mark and Maggie O’Connor

Two acts based in Asheville, two intentionally-touring acts. A wide variety of genres. The so-called “quiet season” continues in and around Western NC. Artist: Get Right Band Venue: Grey Eagle […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: New Releases in Jazz, Soul and Blues

Jazz, soul and blues this time around. All well worth a spin, they are. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Live in London Having only just celebrated his 24th birthday days ago, […]

Pink Martini: A Toast to the World’s Rich Musical Variety (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… With such a large and versatile group, you seem capable of taking on most any style or genre to which you set yourselves. Is there a […]

Pink Martini: A Toast to the World’s Rich Musical Variety (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… Other than personnel changes, how has Pink Martini changed in the years since you began? Well, we’ve grown bigger, so it’s been less about personnel changes […]

Pink Martini: A Toast to the World’s Rich Musical Variety (Part 1 of 3)

Founded in 1994 by Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini has carved out a unique niche for itself in the world of music. The large and ever-expanding group combines many genres of […]

30 Days Out, Jan. 2024 #1: Listeso String Quartet, Jackson Stokes, PAKT, Jiji

Happy New Year! The NYE holiday notwithstanding, we’re happily entering the relatively quiet period in Asheville when fewer tourists come ‘round. Happily, touring musical acts are back on the road […]

Album Review: After Ours – Music for Cats

One of the inescapable realities of being a music critic is that one only has the opportunity to cover that which one hears. And so – despite the most valiant […]

Album Review: The Adam Deitch Quartet – Roll the Tape

There’s something truly special about soul jazz. The hybrid form came to its peak of prominence in the ‘60s and 1970s, combining the accessible melodic values of gospel, the passion […]

30 Days Out, December 2023 #2: Russ Wilson, Somewhat Petty, Asheville Symphony, Moon Hooch

Holiday shows (mostly), local artists, mostly. ‘Tis the season! Artist: Russ Wilson Venue: Highland Brewing Date: Sunday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Door: $25 A longtime fixture on the WNC music […]

Album Review: The James McGowan Ensemble – Reaching In

It’s often quite intriguing – and musically rewarding – when skilled and creative musicians set about with the goal of bringing together disparate genres. That is the chosen mission of […]