Ben Shaw

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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 ...

Is This Jazz? Be-Bop on the Breeze
September 5, 2018 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? Be-Bop on the Breeze

If leaves could choose a type of music to accompany their fall to the ground, they’d choose jazz. And every ...

Is This Jazz?: Newport Jazz Fest ’18 Review
August 22, 2018 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Newport Jazz Fest ’18 Review

Although we may be weeks past this year’s Newport Jazz Festival, there is still plenty to reflect on. This year ...

Newport Jazz Festival: Smooth Sounds Swing on the Sea Air
August 1, 2018 No Commentby

Newport Jazz Festival: Smooth Sounds Swing on the Sea Air

  Standing in a field under full sun is the last thing anyone wants to do; unless, of course, said standing ...