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Last week gave fans of vocal jazz the chance to catch Kevin Mahogany and Sophie Milman. The vocal sounds continue this week when Curtis Stigers, Peter Cincotti and KJ Denhert come to town.
For Mahogany and Milman, the label "jazz vocalist" works without added adjectives. That's not true for Stigers, Cincotti and Denhert, who blend pop, rock and/or soul in with their jazz chops.
On his recent Concord CD, Real Emotional, Stigers explores contemporary classics from folks such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. You can hear those tunes and more when he hits the stage...
American Heart Form
American Heart Form Pure jazz - straight, no chaser - is thriving at the local nonprofit institution Arts Fifth Avenue.
By JIMMY FOWLER
Live, improvisational jazz isn't scary, it needn't be excessively mathematical or theoretical, and it doesn't require a college degree to be enjoyed. Most jazz performers simply hope that their audience has "big ears" or the ability to listen and surrender at the same time. Once you take a stroll down that open musical road, the beauty you can hear in those complex chords and rhythms is amazingly intimate. If the seven players of the recently formed Arts Fifth Avenue Jazz...