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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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Jymie Merritt, a bassist who anchored some of the leading groups of jazz’s postwar era, like Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, before establishing his own sphere of ...
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Andy González (born January 1, 1951, died April 9, 2020 in The Bronx, New York). Andy was a New York City-based double bass player. González was a respected and ...
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Eddy Davis, a banjoist and bandleader who enjoyed a sprawling career in traditional jazz, most visibly through a decades-long association with Woody Allen, died on Tuesday at Mount ...
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The late Aretha Franklin‘s former partner Willie Wilkerson died Wednesday of COVID-19 virus at age 72, the Detroit Free Press reports. Wilkerson, a retired Detroit firefighter, met the Queen of Soul in ...
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Onaje Allan Gumbs, a pianist-composer whose firm foundation in hard bop supported an expansive career in pop-R&B and smooth jazz, died on Monday at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center ...
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We’ve been losing some of our heroes. Their music lives on. Bill Withers on Beat Club, 1972 Many of us, on learning of the death of Bill Withers, sought solace ...
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Many of us have recently spent an inordinate amount of time experiencing live music through our screens. The Livestream Hub from WBGO was created in response to this moment. ...
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After years as a relatively anonymous session musician, Mr. Pizzarelli, who has died of the coronavirus, became a mainstay of the New York jazz scene. The guitarist Bucky ...
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Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died at the age of 85. His death was announced in tweets from New Orleans Mayor ...
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Famed jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney, who studied with Miles Davis and other legendary players, has reportedly died today from “complications of COVID-19.” “I am saddened to confirm that ...
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Here is some brand-new music with the lift we all need. Gilfema, “Têkê” Several weeks ago, before it was considered a rare privilege to experience live music in ...
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Shabaka Hutchings has been thinking about the end a lot. “For there to be a change, there needs to be the end of what we want changed,” he ...
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The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after catching coronavirus. Dibango – best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa – is one of the ...
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Ray Mantilla, a percussionist and bandleader who led a prolific jazz career for more than half a century, died on Saturday, at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He ...
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Not many small groups were working harder in the late 1950s, to greater acclaim, than Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. But when we talk about The Jazz ...
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Sonny Rollins is, by any reasonable estimation, a genius. He is jazz’s greatest living improviser, able to imbue his solos with wry humor, surprise, brilliant logical form and ...
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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary music. This edition of Take Five delivers on that front, with selections from noteworthy albums on the near horizon or in the immediate ...
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In 2018, Tiger City Jukes filled the big stage at the Artillery Workshop in Horten to the brim when they invited the audience to a full evening of ...
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Roy Haynes, the inexhaustibly propulsive drummer, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master, turns 95 this week, on March 13. In his honor, we’re devoting this week’s Take Five to ...
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of jazz legend, Alfred “McCoy” Tyner. McCoy was an inspired musician who devoted his life to his art, ...
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Nobody likes being typecast — and the UK-based percussionist Sarathy Korwar is no exception. But because he grew up in India and has a predilection for jazz, he ...
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Along with the latest magical hookup by Béla Fleck and Toumani Diabaté. Chris Dingman, “Hijinks and Wizardry” The rounded, burnished glow in Chris Dingman’s music probably has a ...
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