Charlie Ballantine, 26, is one of those new breed of guitarists unafraid to incorporate non-jazz into his jazz. So like Bill Frisell and John Scofield, he's widened his palette to include rock, tango, funk, atmospheric instrumental pop and blues. Alternately playful and intense on his self-released `Providence,' he's upped the ante from his 2015 'Green' debut.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2015-16 season has a different emphasis this time around. With the theme "Jazz and American Song," the season will feature a sustained emphasis on vocal music in the blues, jazz and pop traditions.
It's a new year and thus, a new season of jazz festivals is nigh. For the U.S., the two most significant summer jazz festivals have finally announced their forthcoming lineups for 2015: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Bill Frisell's latest disc, Guitar in the Space Age, hasn't landed easily on some listeners. As David Graham at The Atlantic reports, the function of the album departs from being "complicated enough" and, instead, stays a little more stationary.
Two jazz greats, Bill Frisell and John Pizzarelli, have finally done the unthinkable and joined forces for the latest installment via Fretboard Journal.