Will Friedwald

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  • 6 years ago | Concert Reviews

    Here we have Maude soundtracking a Stephen Colbert tribute video, and why not. Maude Maggart, who recently opened a five-week run at the Oak Room, has a sweet and pretty voice, but this is at most a secondary attraction. There are plenty of singer...

  • 12 years ago

    The world of jazz singing involves a lot of trends. At the start of the '90s, the main idea was to show as much emotion (real or otherwise) and make as much noise as possible, and the woman the mainstream press hailed as the latest thing was scree...

  • 13 years ago

    There's a long, rectangular box at my feet. It's my saxophone. Do I have the cojones to take it out of the case and play it? Not bloody likely! This is Smoke, the toughest jam session in town. There are other sessions around the city: Small's, at ...

  • 14 years ago

    My favorite Lester Young record opens with the words "Sometimes I'm happy/Sometimes I'm blue." The words are not literally spoken or sung, but the great tenor saxophonist made a point of playing in such a way that the lyric always came through. In...

  • 14 years ago

    In recent decades there have been any number of jazz groups—particularly the various David Murray configurations—that have sounded cutting edge (like Charlie Mingus) and ancient (like the earliest New Orleans jazz) at the same time. The ...

  • 14 years ago

    Like everyone says, it's a baby voice. Not surprisingly, most of us now balding Gen X'ers grew up with Blossom Dearie telling us what we could do with the number eight and exactly where we could stick our conjunctions in friend Bobby Dorough's son...