See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 banger ... More >>
Jazz organists are a unique breed, able to switch from serious to funky quite literally at the push of a button. Joey DeFrancesco has been performing since he was a child, following in the footsteps of his jazz-playing father and grandfather.
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Outcast music in an outcast land
Cirque du Soleil tumbles toward ecstasy
Savoy on Central Avenue (Savoy Jazz)
Down by the tracks, there's a thriving jazz scene so authentic it's even got heartbreak
With a handful of artists, 'classic rock' is not a pejorative
Jumpin' at Apollo/McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues (Delmark)
Hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion, Estéban 'Steve' Jordan is one bad-ass pachuco
Pleasure Forever (Sub Pop)
Taking a look at some of the best music literature from the past few months
Edited by Todd Selbert (Cooper Square Press)
By Lewis MacAdams (Simon & Schuster Free Press)
The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Sessions: 1944-1948 (Savoy Records)
Octogenarian dancer still on his toes
Despite being entombed in the recent PBS series, Gumbo shows why jazz is very much alive and well with a fine batch of new releases
Our panel of writers offer up their takes on the top discs of Y2K
Gumbo gazes into his crystal ball and tells us what to expect in jazz, blues and heritage as we approach 2001
Ken Burns wants you to know why Jazz is America's music
Our quarterly roundup of music books lets us get lost with Chet Baker, nasty with Bill Monroe and saved by Al Green, while Ted Nugent teaches us that happiness really is a warm gun
She's a ... what?
The Velvet Room
7111 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale
The Velvet Room
By Eric Nisenson
(St. Martin's Press)
Haikus and lows abound in this month's jazz and heritage releases
Having averted a millennial apocalypse, it's time to catch up on the latest in heritage in roots music
The first of our monthly roundups of the latest jazz, blues, country, folk and roots releases
Argentinean jazz legend Gato Barbieri's constant search for new sounds goes on
Seagram's merger invites a look into how the suits took record labels away from the true music enthusiasts
Why Do Fools Fall in Love offers up all the wrong reasons
Buddy Strong will be a famous musician someday. Will he cross over, or cling to the cross?
Pulling influence from Cobain as well as Coltrane, Charlie Hunter leads the charge for alt. generation jazz
Altman noodles through jazz-packed Kansas City
New Times critics look back on the "oohs" and the "ughs" of pop music '95 (results tabulated from individual critics' lists and comments)
HIP-HOP IS GOING TO POT. LITERALLY.
IT'S SWEET, IT'S SIMLE AND IT SELLS. BUT IT AIN'T JAZZ.
BORN IN NAGALES, BASSIST CHARLES MINGUS SPENT HIS LIFE EXTENDING THE FRONTIERS OF JAZZ. NOW HIS HOMETOWN IS THROWING HIM A 71ST BIRTHDAY PARTY.
WHITE MEN CAN'T RAP. OR CAN THEY?