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20 years.
241 issues.
10,182 pages.
1,505 features.
288 festival reports.
1,801 concert reviews.
35 in memoriam spreads.
2,002 concert venues listed.
320 book and/or film reviews.
12,717 album reviews from over 2,500 labels.

Thank you to the musicians, labels, clubs, festivals, authors and
directors who have appeared on these pages.

Thank you to all of our writers, photographers, editors and fact-checkers
for their contributions over the last two decades.

Thank you to all the advertisers who have supported our mission.

And biggest thanks of all to our readers, to whom we dedicate this issue.

On the Cover: BERTHA HOPE

By Anders Griffen; photo by Jerry Lacay / courtesy of the artist

Bertha Hope (née Rosemond) is a pianist from a musical family with a remarkable story from a lifetime in music. In 1960 she married pioneering bebop pianist Elmo Hope and continues to present her late husband's music alongside her own while also championing women in jazz. Hope is at Bryant Park May 3rd-6th and Soapbox Gallery May 21st.

Interview: MARK MORGANELLI

By Gregory N. Heires; photo by John Abbott / courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter/flugelhorn player Mark Morganelli has devoted himself to spreading the gospel of jazz for decades. As Executive Director of the non-profit Jazz Forum Arts, Morganelli has promoted 150 concerts in New York, Westchester County and Connecticut. Each year, thousands enjoy performances at outdoor events and the Jazz Forum club in Tarrytown, NY. He has performed at the Montreux, Syracuse and Saratoga Jazz Festivals and toured Europe, the Caribbean, Japan and Brazil. Morganelli has recorded five albums, including his latest double CD, Brasil!. Morganelli and The Jazz Forum All-Stars are at The Interchurch Center May 18th presented by Jazzmobile.

Artist Feature: RYAN TRUESDELL

By Sylvia Levine; photo by Marc Santos / courtesy of the artist

Ryan Truesdell is one of those remarkable individuals who speak loudest through other people's music. His dedication to bringing to the concert stage and recording studio the unadulterated music of legendary arranger/composer/orchestrator Gil Evans, performed from the original scores, continues to win him wide acclaim and appreciative audiences. He is also deeply involved with the small-group music of valve trombonist and composer Bob Brookmeyer and has been amassing that as a special project (he is the manager of the Brookmeyer estate). Truesdell's Gil Evans Project is at Dizzy's Club May 17th-18th.

Encore: GUY KLUCEVSEK

By Mike Cobb

Guy Klucevsek was born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania. At six, he convinced his father to buy him an accordion after seeing Dick Contino playing one on TV. He went on to pursue music composition with Robert Bernat at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Morton Subotnick at the University of Pittsburgh and California Institute of the Arts. Klucevsek is on the New England Conservatory of Music faculty and recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Collins Fellowship. Klucevsek's 75th Birthday Celebration is at Roulette May 14th.

Lest We Forget: ROBERT NORTHERN

By Elliott Simon

Robert Northern, born in 1934, was among the most important French horn players in jazz history. His work in classical music, Sun Ra Arkestra affiliation, solo projects, innovative radio programming and musical pedagogy are his lasting legacy.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. Joel Ross The Parable of the Poet Blue Note ( Village Vanguard; Dizzy's Club; The Jazz Gallery )
  2. Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 Manifesto Of Henry-isms (Community Music, Vol. 3) Royal Potato Family ( Birdland )
  3. Alex "Apolo" Ayala Bámbula Truth Revolution ( Chelsea Table & Stage )
  4. Darius Jones Raw Demoon Alchemy (a lone operation) Northern-Spy ( Roulette; National Sawdust )
  5. Oded Tzur Isabela ECM ( Joe's Pub )
  6. Bruce Harris Soundview Cellar Live ( Birdland; The Django; Cellar Dog )
  7. Mark Zaleski Our Time (Reimagining Dave Brubeck) Origin ( The Atlantic BKLN )
  8. Ray Gallon Make Your Move Cellar Live ( The Django )
  9. Ivo Perelman/Gordon Grdina/Hamin Honari The Purity of Desire Not Two
  10. Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre It Forgets About The Snow Creative Works
  11. Robbie Avenaim/Chris Abrahams/Jim Denley Weft Relative Pitch
  12. Cécile McLorin Salvant Ghost Song Nonesuch ( Rose Theater )
  13. Brian Lynch Songbook, Vol. 1: Bus Stop Serenade Hollistic Music Works ( Highlights in Jazz; Dizzy's Club )
  14. PAKT Live in Pawling MoonJune
  15. Dana Lyn A Point On A Slow Curve In A Circle ( BRIC House; Barbès; Greenwich House Music School )
  16. Bill O'Connell A Change Is Gonna Come Savant ( Chelsea Table & Stage; Birdland )
  17. Mary Halvorson Amaryllis & Belladonna Nonesuch ( National Sawdust )
  18. Spanish Harlem Orchestra Imágenes Latinas Ovation ( Hostos Center )
  19. Javon Jackson The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni Solid Jackson ( BAM Howard Gilman Opera House )
  20. Tierney Sutton Paris Sessions 2 BFM Jazz ( Birdland )
  21. Cannonball Adderley 1960-1961 (Live in Paris) Fremeaux & Assoc.
  22. Joris Teepe/Don Braden Chemistry (feat. Louis Hayes & Jeff "Tain" Watts) Creative Perspective Music
  23. Ember with Orrin Evans No One Is Anyone Sunnyside ( Bar Lunàtico )
  24. trioTrio Meets Sheila Jordan SteepleChase
  25. Manel Fortià Despertar Segell Microscopi/Altafonte Distribution ( Drom )
  26. Armen Donelian Fresh Start Sunnyside ( Soapbox Gallery )
  27. Márta Sanchez SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum) Whirlwind ( Vanderbilt Open Streets; Bar Bayeux )
  28. Jeff Parker Forfolks International Anthem/Nonesuch ( Le Poisson Rouge )
  29. Sachal Vasandani/Romain Collin Midnight Shelter Edition ( The Atlantic BKLN )
  30. David Friesen Day of Rest Origin
  31. David Friesen/Bob Ravenscroft Passage Origin
  32. Mike Forbes/Andrew Scott Young/Weasel Walter Hard Living ugEXPLODE
  33. Mario Rechtern/Weasel Walter/Eric Zinman Sirens and Mermaids Know ugEXPLODE
  34. The Flying Lutenbachers Negative Infinity ugEXPLODE
  35. Umlaut Big Band Mary's Ideas Umlaut
  36. Jazz Sabbath Vol. 2 Blacklake
  37. Gerd Baumann/Gregor Hübner Pelikula Millaphon
  38. Jorge Garcia Dedicated To You s/r
  39. Tyler Mitchell Dancing Shadows (featuring Marshall Allen) Mahakala Music
  40. Laurence Cook/Jacques Coursil/Warren Gale/Perry Robinson/Steve Tintweiss Ave B Free Jam INKY DoT MEDIA
  41. Lynne Arriale The Lights Are Always On Challenge
  42. Liudas Mockunas/Christian Windfeld Pacemaker NoBusiness
  43. Hasaan Ibn Ali Retrospect in Retirement of Delay: The Solo Recordings Omnivore
  44. Ornette Coleman Genesis of Genius (The Contemporary Albums) Contemporary-Craft

...and Plenty More!

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Andrey and Laurence