September 23, 2021
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When Tony Kofi was 16 years old, he had an accident at work. As he fell from a great height, he had a vision of himself playing a ...
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Saxophonist Charles Owens’ Ten Years serves a dual purpose. While Owens is celebrating the first decade of his trio with bassist Andrew Randazzo and drummer Devonne Harris, he hopes that ...
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It is with a deep sense of loss and heavy heart that we inform you legendary Jazz bassist has passed away on September 16, 2021. To read all ...
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Over the last decade, Gregory Porter has led one of the most active groups on the international jazz and soul touring circuit — routinely bringing his brand of probing and soulful ...
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Tigran Hamasyan – piano, keyboards Marc Karapetian – bass Arthur Hnatek – drums ...
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Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans’ newest recording, A Conversation, is a five-part musical narrative that addresses the ongoing need for dialogue. “It could have been called ‘The Conversation’, but I ...
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At the time of this writing, it’s been a little over three months since an immortal inconceivably departed this world, one of so many bright lights in the ...
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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and drummer and vocalist Herlin Riley are featured on a buoyant re-imagining of “The Peanut Vendor,” available for digital download and at streaming services on ...
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Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, “High Light” Trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein formed the Millennial Territory Orchestra some 20 years ago, originally with a repertory focus on the ...
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Carlos Henriquez, “The South Bronx Story” Anyone in the greater orbit of Jazz at Lincoln Center has long understood the depth of authority and feeling that Carlos Henriquez ...
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Four years ago, The Bad Plus made the startling announcement that its charter pianist, Ethan Iverson, had left the band, and that his replacement would be Orrin Evans. WBGO was ...
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Nnenna Freelon’s first deep encounter with grief happened in July 2019.  It was the year that the multi-Grammy nominated jazz singer’s husband of 40 years, world-renowned architect Phil Freelon, died ...
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Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE (teaser) Before he died this February, Chick Corea had been planning to roll out a new concert album by his Akoustic Band, the trio ...
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Shifting between genres, French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has become one of the most popular European instrumentalists worldwide at the age of 41. He will make his Belgian return ...
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If you’ve followed Jazz United at any point since our inception, you know how important live performances are to us. In this latest phase of the pandemic, hearing ...
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Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force, “Lover, Come Back to Me” When we last caught up with Jazzmeia Horn, she was stretching her wings with a new book and an ...
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At 15, pianist Austin Peralta was recording with Ron Carter; at 22 he was dead—leaving behind almost no trace of his greatness. Frankly, I don’t recall why I ...
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Jerry Granelli, a drummer whose subtle pulse was a key ingredient in trios led by pianists Mose Allison, Denny Zeitlin and Vince Guaraldi — notably on Guaraldi’s iconic ...
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It would have been enough at the turn of the 21st century to say that Herbie Hancock ranks as one of the surviving jazz giants of the 20th century. But ...
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For a relatively recent convert to improvised music, New York–based pianist Helen Sung has a notable zeal for paying tribute to the jazz giants who informed her art. ...
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From one of  those worlds came the earthly embodiment of the musician, philosopher, keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader, visionary known to mere mortals as Le Sony’Ra or more commonly ...
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The Yorkshire-born trumpeter, producer, singer, bandleader, DJ and more is a crossover star in the making. In the ever-bright constellation of UK jazz players, Emma-Jean Thackray is a supernova. ...
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When trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius arrived at Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2014, he expected to have his musical world opened up to new pathways. What ...
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I want to celebrate the birthday of one of my musical heroes. But first I need to tell you what he does, and why you should care. In ...
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Robert Landfermann performs almost every day of the year and is constantly on the road. He lives in his car and when I drive to concerts with him, ...
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Kiwi drumming legend Frank Gibson Jr has been wowing crowds for almost 70 years. He’s played with the best in the business, and there’s not much he hasn’t ...
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This week’s streaming highlights feature Julian Lage in conversation with Don Was, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic gala, the kickoff of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Ramsey ...
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The new normal is extraordinary for Reno’s Dan Weiss. The 33-year drummer has joined the acclaimed Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, which is on a national tour that stops ...
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A year ago, Gloria Galante was stuck at home, and, like many, feeling powerless in the face of a pandemic-induced quarantine and growing anger as the details surrounding ...
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BLUES NEWS VIDEOS

The world’s first “house of blues” is poised to become an official City of Chicago landmark, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today. The former home of blues legend McKinley ...
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The Mannheim jazz musician is a trumpeter in various groups and as a jazz club manager is a well-known name in the scene. On his latest album he ...
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Lee Morgan as selected by our listeners — was a trumpeter who led his share of combustible bands. When his Live At The Lighthouse was first reissued in the U.S. in 1996, ...
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The late Ed Nuccilli was a long-time Detroit jazz artist who performed as an arranger, composer, and he played the trumpet. “He highlighted the Detroit Jazz Festival,” said ...
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In May 1921, James P. Johnson, a 27-year-old piano wizard now largely forgotten, released a composition that shook up pianists across the nation. His “Carolina Shout” became a ...
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Aaron Myers, who grew up outside Corsicana, addresses Black life in America on his latest effort, ‘The Pride Album.’ When Aaron Myers was growing up in Goodlow, Texas, ...
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With “Inventions/Reinventions,” Dan Tepfer fills out Bach’s missing two-part inventions with daring free improvisations. “Of course Bach is a million times greater than me,” the pianist Dan Tepfer ...
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Chick Corea was my hero. He was a badass musician with his own musical language—lots of perfect compositions, an incredible harmonic sense, an incredible rhythmic sense and an ...
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The Oscar winner and Stephen Colbert’s bandleader started by transcribing ‘Mega Man’ and ‘Street Fighter’ themes by ear. Jon Batiste, 34, is the music director and bandleader on ...
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It all began for Terell Stafford when he found a trumpet belonging to his cousin at his grandparents’ home. “Ever since I first saw it, I wanted to ...
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Born 100 years ago this week, the popular Cuban drummer left behind a legacy that lives on in the rhythms of today’s music. Like Cher and Oprah, Cándido ...
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Those who consider themselves musicians in jazz are not dead, are they? Marques Carroll – fool man and Anti jazz Anders Boson – idiot Dave Stryker – idiot ...
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Writing about the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, Larry Neil wrote that he was “radically opposed to any concept of the artist that alienates them from his ...
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A Germantown resident for most of his life, Mikel Elam, who refers to his age as “timeless,” is a highly regarded artist whose work has been featured in ...
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James Johnson, who runs the Afro-American Institute of Music in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, said it would be tough for any jazz piano player to go through life without ...
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As an art form, jazz has been notoriously slow to include women instrumentalists, but Tia Fuller — jazz saxophonist, composer and professor at Berklee College of Music — ...
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The American Bill Ramsey was a jazz singer, but in Germany and especially Hesse he became a pop star. Only later, as a radio presenter, did he indulge ...
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Jazz doesn’t have to sound elitist, snobbish or deadly serious. Many of the greats of this popular music shifted aesthetic boundaries and mucked up. Stephanie Lottermoser from the ...
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The new website of the bassist Esperanza Spalding is called songwriting pharmacy laboratory (songwrightsapothecarylab.com). There she offers the first three songs of her new project like therapy lessons. ...
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When Uri Caine speaks in his deep, low voice, each phrase unfurls with rich, diverse, all-inclusive information. In a fashion, it’s as if the Philadelphia-born pianist and composer is ...
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The legend of the desperation that would be the artist’s muse vanishes when she only appears on stage, on television, on the radio, as soon as she answers ...
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BLUES NEWS VIDEOS

June 18 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the leading American blues music companies. In 2021, it will be 50 years since Alligator Records released their first ...
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The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters cover a dizzying range of style between them, and more than 200 years of working experience. Below, find tributes in the form of one track ...
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Keyboardist James Francies emerged on the global scene just eight years ago, but it’s safe to say he hit the ground running. As both an accompanist and a soloist, ...
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The deep groove of the Hammond B3 organ, which first emerged in the mid-1950s, has long represented the sound of a soulful proletariat. Jazz organ combos married the ...
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What happens when the greatest sound mystic in jazz blows against electronic sound machines and a symphony orchestra? A great late work by the eighty-year-old saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. ...
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Few artists have lived as many creative lives as Miles Davis in his 65s, and they continue to evolve even after his death with the posthumous release of ...
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Gary Bartz, “The Message” The Jazz is Dead series, an ongoing project of producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, has honored a steady succession of veteran groove warriors, ...
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“As soon as I reached retirement age, I was out of there,” says composer Jawanza Kobie. “I had already released my first CD, but I wanted to do ...
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Last March, the jazz capital of the world became a ghost town. The Checkout attempts to bring some joy as we look back on a certifiably frightening year. ...
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A little over five years ago, bassist Dave Holland brought a new trio into The Village Vanguard that effectively left me scrambling for superlatives. The band, featuring guitarist ...
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