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Drummer Andrew Cyrille and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the 2020 Doris Duke Artists, joining six other artists from the fields of theater and contemporary dance.  The ...
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Backpacking solo across the western eurasian landmass before the pandemic, I was lonely and discombobulated. Ordering beer was “nog een biertje alsjeblieft” one day and “další piv prosím” ...
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Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vic Juris died on December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver ...
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and trumpeter on how music can highlight and heal the divisions in society and bring us closer together. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis has talked ...
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Gary Peacock, a versatile bassist who collaborated with some of the 20th century’s most notable jazz musicians, has died. He was 85. His family confirmed in a statement ...
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Jazz Has Always Been Protest Music. Can It Meet This Moment? Over the past 50 years, the music has become entrenched in academic institutions. As a result, it’s ...
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The timing, on paper, was poetic. Black Jazz Records, sadly out-of-print for most of the last four decades, would be revived during the summer of Black Lives Matter. ...
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The young London jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia is a sought-after representative of her instrument. Her debut album “Source” lives from her curiosity. “Holidays? Ha! ”Nubya Garcia can only ...
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In matters of art – poetry, drama, music and painting – the “timelessness” of the art in question is effected by the fact that the experience of it ...
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(When Keane Southard contacted me about writing a paper on the “classical” tracks on For All I Care, I admit I was a little suspicious, for at the time it ...
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During these hard coronavirus times, Delfeayo Marsalis has founded Keep NOLA Music Alive.The nonprofit organization will benefit New Orleans musicians who, because their city’s music venues are closed during ...
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A Jazz drummer’s fight to keep his own heart beating. Milford Graves devoted himself to studying the rhythms of the heart. It turns out he was creating a ...
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The myth of jazz recordings is that they’re pure documents of what occurred in the studio on a given day. That’s broadly true—jazz has always been a live, ...
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In his 80s and living alone, being unable to perform sent pianist and teacher Erwin Helfer into a spiral of depression. But proper care and friendship pulled him ...
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Is it classical or jazz now? The pianist Johanna Summer makes me dizzy with happiness. From the innermost to the extreme. It was just beginning, the corona lockdown ...
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More than four months after his last public performance, the Grammy-winning artist Bill Charlap played at a storied Pennsylvania club, a glimpse into what may be the new ...
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Of all the cries of Black fury released during the protests around the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, none arrived as quietly as Dinner Party’s single ...
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“Accelerate Every Voice,” a new album, is a step forward in another facet of this dazzling pianist’s career: composing. Several years ago, I made a resolution: If I ...
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Despite living much of her life in the UK, the jazz musician became a victim of the hostile environment policy. She talks about her fight to remain – ...
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Mt. Airy native Ari Hoenig, who would ordinarily be touring the world right now with his music, can literally not count all of the concerts he has had ...
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He played San Diego County Mental Health and watched a patient attack another patient during “Freedom Jazz Dance.” He went back to San Diego County Mental Health and ...
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Terell Stafford was once hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the great players of our time and a fabulous trumpet player.” Since the mid-1990s, Stafford ...
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For 82 days straight, a diverse group of musicians found their way to a stoop in Flatbush, and everybody followed the sax player. (It was his house.) He ...
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Johnny Mandel, a composer and orchestrator who brought emotional depth and a sophisticated sheen to the realms of popular song, television and film, died on Monday at his ...
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Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, puts his late father, Ellis Marsalis Jr., as well as Frederick Douglass and young musicians on his list of ...
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Freddy Cole, whose debonair yet unassuming vocal style lighted his way through a distinguished jazz career, in and out of the shadow of his older brother Nat “King” ...
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One day in the late Nineties, Dave Lombardo, the metal drumming powerhouse best known for bringing a tornado-like fury to Slayer’s early thrash masterpieces, was driving from San Francisco to ...
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Terence Blanchard is a jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator. His most recent work is the score for the 2020 film Da 5 Bloods, his latest of many collaborations with ...
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The former James Brown collaborator talks to Martin Chilton about growing up in segregated America, wangling saxophone lessons from Sonny Rollins, and how his civil rights anthem has ...
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The legendary saxophonist, approaching ninety, discusses civil rights, jazz, and creative change. The gains and revolutions, both political and musical, of the past sixty years can be measured ...
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Young but multifaceted: jazz pianist Johanna Summer is one of the great hopes of German jazz. Munich is a good place for her, in 2018 she won the ...
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Musician, arranger, bandleader and soon-to-be-professor Peter Welker spent more than 50 years embodying the spirit of jazz in the Bay Area. Schooled in tradition and musically evolving since ...
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Along with some duo magic from Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch, and a ray of sunshine from Matt Wilson. Georgia Anne Muldrow (as Jyoti), “This Walk” The singer-songwriter, ...
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Iconic trumpeter, A&M Records co-founder, painter, sculptor, philanthropist and past recipient of WBGO’s Champions of Jazz Gala Award continues to give back during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ...
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Jimmy Cobb, the incomparable hard-bop drummer, died on Sunday at 91. In his honor, here is the first installment of Take Five, compiled in celebration of his 88th birthday ...
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Jimmy Cobb died on Sunday, May 25, 2020. The cause of death is not yet available. After almost 60 years in the business, drummer Jimmy Cobb has earned ...
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Even when times are good, Chicago’s globally famous jazz clubs operate on razor-thin profit margins. Their small size and limited seating capacity offer some of the most intimate ...
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Lucky Peterson, a keyboardist, guitarist and singer whose blues career kicked off with a novelty hit at age 5, eventually sprawling over dozens of albums and thousands of ...
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A favorite category: Jazz Guitarist of the Year! Here are the JJA finalists. Mary Halvorson http://www.maryhalvorson.com Miles Okazaki http://www.milesokazaki.com Bill Frisell https://www.billfrisell.com Julian Lage http://www.julianlage.com John Scofield http://www.johnscofield.com ...
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Drummer Alvester Garnett joined MacArthur “genius” violinist Regina Carter’s band in 1998. It was purely professional at first, but it soon grew into a romantic relationship; the couple ...
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Pianist Achim Kaufmann is one of the greatest in his field. The album “Disenjambment” by his trio Grünen helps over the concert break. Musicians, consciously or unconsciously, think ...
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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio, “I’ll Remember April” Hero Trio, the forthcoming album by alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, was named in acknowledgment of musical heroes like Charlie Parker and Sonny ...
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The work, which debuted in 2019 at Long Beach Opera, features Donald Trump (or, rather, an opera singer portraying Trump, circa 1989). Anthony Davis had an excellent reason ...
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Today is Keith Jarrett’s birthday, but he’s the one bearing a gift. To be more precise, ECM Records has released a new track by the celebrated pianist: a ...
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Deborah Gordon, who owns the Village Vanguard, had just finished applying for a loan from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program when she spoke with Jewish Insider by phone ...
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Music of renewal, reassurance and reminiscence. Laurin Talese, “I Like You, You’re Nice” Blossom Dearie composed the music for “I Like You, You’re Nice,” a song that first appeared on ...
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Alto saxophone great Richie Cole once referred to in Downbeat magazine as “the sax machine,” has died at the age of 72. Cole is believed to have passed away ...
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Trombonist Haruka Kikuchi takes to livestreaming to beat the ban on live shows. A city known for its live music, the COVID-19 outbreak has hit New Orleans hard. ...
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Drummer Tony Allen has died at age 79. He is widely hailed as one of the founders of Afrobeat alongside his longtime musical partner Fela Kuti, with whom ...
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It should be to no one’s great surprise that this year’s plans for the celebration of International Jazz Day on April 30—originally scheduled to be based in Cape ...
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Charles Owens is in his element when he plays jazz with his saxophone, dressed in a dark suit, red tie and black fedora.  Before the coronavirus pandemic, he ...
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “Quarantine Blues” Last Friday, Jazz at Lincoln Center dropped a welcome surprise: “Quarantine Blues,” a swinging tune for our socially ...
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At 99, Candido has witnessed and participated in the evolution of the son into salsa; the shift from swing to bebop; and the development of Latin jazz, the rise of ...
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Like any artist releasing new music right now, Nir Felder has had to make some adjustments. Felder is a guitarist whose acuity and versatility have made him indispensable ...
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Henry Grimes met with a hero’s welcome, his first of many, when he lugged an upright bass onstage at the eighth annual Vision Festival. This was May 24, ...
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Giuseppi Logan, a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist whose esteemed career in free jazz bracketed a mysterious absence of almost 40 years, died on Friday at the Lawrence Nursing ...
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Lee Konitz, an exemplar of modern jazz improvisation, and arguably the most influential alto saxophone soloist after bebop progenitor Charlie Parker, died on Wednesday at Lenox Hill Hospital ...
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Ryo Kawasaki Death – The family of Ryo Kawasaki has announced the passing away of their beloved one. He died on April 13, 2020. Ryo Kawasaki has passed ...
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The city of Chicago named 2020 the Year of Chicago Music, and this week was supposed to be Cabaret Week.  We visited a few jazz and cabaret folks to ...
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