Ben Shaw

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Is This Jazz? Axes at the Fort: The Newport Jazz Festival returns
July 17, 2019 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? Axes at the Fort: The Newport Jazz Festival returns

Every year at The Newport Jazz Festival, we are treated to an immense spectrum of performance that displays not only ...

Is This Jazz? An Interview with Greg Abate
July 10, 2019 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? An Interview with Greg Abate

Saxophonist Greg Abate has been leading the charge of post-bop excellence around the state and remains a constant fixture in ...

Is this Jazz? Work and Art, part 3
June 26, 2019 No Commentby

Is this Jazz? Work and Art, part 3

To help shine a light on the lives of working musicians, I’ve been interviewing my peers about performing and balancing ...

And All That Jazz: RI musicians show their chops
June 5, 2019 No Commentby

And All That Jazz: RI musicians show their chops

The warmer months are always prime music time around Rhode Island, and jazz is no exception. To make your life easier, ...

Is This Jazz?: Work and Art Part 2
May 22, 2019 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Work and Art Part 2

  To help shine a light on the lives of working musicians, I’ve been interviewing peers of mine about their ...

Is This Jazz? Work and Art: Pianist Nick Sanfillipo talks about the line between art and commerce
May 1, 2019 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? Work and Art: Pianist Nick Sanfillipo talks about the line between art and commerce

When you go to a restaurant and see musicians playing in the corner, you may think they’re only there to ...

Is This Jazz?: Moon Hooch Takes Over at FMH
April 24, 2019 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Moon Hooch Takes Over at FMH

On April 18, New York City-based Moon Hooch dropped by Fete’s Ballroom as part of their co-headlining tour with fellow ...

Mann, We'll Miss You: The jazz community mourns the loss of one of its greats
February 20, 2019 No Commentby

Mann, We’ll Miss You: The jazz community mourns the loss of one of its greats

In the RI jazz community, connections run deep, so with a loss comes profound sorrow. Recently, the jazz community lost one ...

Is This Jazz?: Passion Reverence Transcendence -- A Tribute to McCoy Tyner
January 9, 2019 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Passion Reverence Transcendence — A Tribute to McCoy Tyner

On December 11, the legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner turned 80 years old. A few months earlier, I received an album ...

Is This Jazz? An Interview with Frank Potenza
September 21, 2018 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? An Interview with Frank Potenza

  Jazz guitarist and recent Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame inductee Frank Potenza returns to the area to play ...