March 1, 2021
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From drummer Jas Kayser to saxophonist Nubya Garcia, female artists are finally getting the recognition they deserve. When jazz trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist and label founder Emma-Jean Thackray arrived at ...
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A scholar’s address about racism and music theory was met with a vituperative, personal response by a small journal. It faced calls to cease publishing. A periodical devoted ...
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The film Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, the Chicago Black Panther leader who was shot to death by law enforcement authorities in 1969. The ...
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Chick Corea accomplished so much, and traced so many paths, in his long career — but to truly understand his artistry, it’s essential to consider his connections to Latin ...
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They only contacted us once and remained silent. suddenly died? Jesus Fuentes, Joan Chamorro, Louise Jallu, Nicki & Patrick Adams, Oddmund Finnseth, Sean Schafer Hennessy, Vincent Touchard … ...
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Thirty-five years ago, Joe Henderson released a pair of albums under an evocative title, “The State of the Tenor.” Because February is Tenor Saxophone Month, we decided to ...
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We are all blindsided and deeply saddened by the passing of Chick Corea. One of his longtime collaborators, from his early fusion years up until the very end, ...
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Chick Corea, a Grammy award winning jazz musician has died at the age of 79, a statement on his website confirmed. The American musician’s career spanned more than ...
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30 years ago, the Birdland moved into the cellar vault under the court pharmacy. A memorable day is coming to an end for jazz in the region, for ...
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The fourth annual edition of an award for up-and-coming talent honored two artists with sterling credentials. On Saturday night, the LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award went to alto saxophonist Immanuel ...
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The family of legendary singer Tony Bennett — a staple presence who introduced generations to the American songbook and pop standards — says he has Alzheimer’s disease. The ...
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A bassist celebrated for the robustness and gravity of his sound, he’s been a stalwart in the realm of improvised music for more than 40 years. And even ...
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Arturo O’Farrill, who heads The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, has always brought the real world into his musical compositions, and that’s especially true of his latest release, Four Questions, ...
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The great South African trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa, who was an ambassador for his country’s music around the globe and an advocate against apartheid at home, died ...
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“It’s got to be an experience. It can’t be something that’s like a museum piece.” Jon Batiste offered that assessment about jazz back in 2014, during a conversation with ...
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Born in the 1960s in the city that birthed Motown, Regina Carter can’t remember a time when music was absent from her life. But Carter, a three-time Grammy-nominated ...
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If you were a New Yorker out on the town in the late 1970s and 1980s, the sort of person who frequented house parties, bars and clubs on ...
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It would be impossible to tally how many listeners have heard the remarkable jazz pianist Mike Jones, music director for the Penn & Teller show in Las Vegas. ...
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Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo, “La Vida Es Un Sueño” Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Luis Perdomo share a deep history of collaboration — going back to ...
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The comedian and jazz fan returns for a series of programmes in which he turns on full-on-jazz-geek and looks at ‘Jazz Family Trees’. The comedian Marcus Brigstocke returns to present ...
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Jazzmeia Horn, “Where We Are” The title of Jazzmeia Horn’s new single, “Where We Are,” refers to more than a physical location. Conceived during the painful uncertainty of ...
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Eugene Wright, whose nimble and rock-steady bass playing anchored the Dave Brubeck Quartet during its most popular and prolific decade, from the late 1950s through the late ‘60s, ...
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Frank Kimbrough, a pianist of unerring taste and touch, a composer drawn to flowing ethereality, and an improviser steeped in the art of epiphany, died on Wednesday at ...
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The Covid-19 pandemic halted live performance, the lifeblood of the genre, but a run of powerful albums — and standout debuts — provided respite, and hope. Quarantine is especially ...
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Jeff Clayton, an alto saxophonist and flutist who cut a wide swath as a sideman, and who stood front and center in the Clayton Brothers Quintet and the ...
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Ebo Taylor became one of Ghana’s major prolific musicians in the 1950s and ‘60s, making his signature Ghanaian highlife that influenced the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti. As ...
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When James Brown sang his “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” in 1966, he might also have the world of jazz guitar in mind. Because until a few ...
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Billie Holiday’s tumultuous life story surely has been told more often, and in more ways, than that of any other female jazz singer. Books, films, plays, articles – ...
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Jamie Cullum, “Hang Your Lights” The Pianoman at Christmas So many holiday albums today stick to a tried-and-true formula: dust off some old classics, put a new spin ...
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Branford and Wynton Marsalis Are Keeping New York’s Jazz Scene Alive. New York is not the birthplace of jazz but rather its town square, where discipline is sharpened ...
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A Black-empowering label’s catalog from the 1970s is re-released. Should Black people helm its return? About eight minutes into Kamaal Williams’’ Dekmantel podcast,, I haphazardly experienced a record nerd ...
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Tune in for the last concert of the series “With Jazz We Insist” Luca Santaniello Tilt Trio #withjazzweinsist #joelovano #jazzlivesmatter #italianculturalinstitutenewyork Spread the love     1   11     1  ...
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Trio Grande, “Elli Yeled Tov” The members of Trio Grande — Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman, British-born saxophonist Will Vinson and Mexican drummer Antonio Sánchez — share an effervescent spirit as ...
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Andrew White, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, musicologist and entrepreneur who proudly styled himself “the most voluminously productive self-industrialized musician in history,” died on Nov. 11 at an assisted living facility in ...
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Ellis Marsalis was in fine spirits, relaxed and ready, as he settled in behind the Steinway B at Esplanade Studios earlier this year. Joined on vibr8155aphone by his ...
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Warren Wolf, “Winter Wonderland” If you’ve been keeping up with holiday jazz albums in recent years, you’re well aware that vibraphonist Warren Wolf played a key role on It’s ...
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Jazzfest Berlin has seen its share of changes since first taking flight, as Berliner Jazztage, in 1964. That inaugural edition is perhaps best known today for an opening address by ...
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He came from Saturn, on a mission to spread peace through the power of music — or so Sun Ra claimed. “I’m really not a man, you see. I’m ...
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Trumpeter, bandleader and composer Wynton Marsalis will be next up for the Living Jazz Call & Response series, a unique series of intimate conversations with interesting jazz musicians. Those icons ...
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The pathbreaking musician reveals the health issues that make it unlikely he will ever again perform in public. The last time Keith Jarrett performed in public, his relationship ...
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Toshinori Kondo, an improvising trumpeter whose daring instinct and deep expressive resources slashed through a spectrum of experimental and ambient music, died on Saturday in Kawasaki, Japan. He ...
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Joel Ross, “3-1-2” Vibraphonist Joel Ross has been a force in motion on the New York jazz scene almost since his arrival at the New School in 2015. Last ...
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In February this year I was fortunate to accompany friends to Israel. It was my first visit. We were based in Tel Aviv and it did not take ...
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More than a dozen leading jazz artists have joined forces for a concert benefiting the presidential campaign of Joe Biden. Jazz For America, streaming on Oct. 15, will ...
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Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling invites you to join him for Cocktail Hour, his Virtual Concert Tour. Kurt Elling takes to the stage of Chicago’s iconic Green Mill ...
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Since all of his concerts and tours have been canceled, Joe Bonamassa invites you to an online concert to give fans a chance to hear him during these ...
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Tomeka Reid intended to introduce herself to the Bay Area. The most acclaimed jazz cellist of her generation, Reid joined Mills College’s faculty last fall, the latest illustrious ...
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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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