November 14, 2019
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When Pedrito Martínez extended his hand for an introductory shake, I noticed how similar its texture is to the skin of a conga — as if his hands ...
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Kassa Overall, “Please Don’t Kill Me (feat. Joel Ross and Theo Croker)” Earlier this month I had the pleasure of giving a keynote talk at So What’s Next? — ...
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The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz has announced 12 semifinalists for its International Guitar Competition, to be held next month in Washington, D.C. Previously known as the Thelonious Monk International ...
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Dee Dee Bridgewater traveled a short psychic distance from guest of honor to star attraction at the 2019 WBGO Champions of Jazz Gala, on Wednesday night at Capitale ...
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Young pianist and Latin Grammy nominee Gabriel Chakarji announces his first single “Enredadera” featuring his trio with Edward Perez on bass and Jongkuk Kim on drums. This music ...
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The appeal of any art form is to take one to another place, perhaps a place never seen or heard before. For Ranky Tanky, that transporting power comes ...
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One thing I’ve noticed over two decades’ worth of interviews with Vijay Iyer, the award-winning pianist and composer, is that he doesn’t instinctively start talking about himself. He’s ...
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Vincent Peirani is an accordionist and composer who, earlier this month, won Album of the Year in the prestigious Victoires du Jazz, an annual awards ceremony in France. ...
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If you like rocking with your foot or snapping it to the beat, you’re in Escape. Argot possibly in the wrong concert. Because the idiosyncratically occupied jazz trio ...
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In the words of bandleader Jan Kus, ‘Moving Up’ is a song about optimism and determination:  “This song is a sort of Slavo-Rican anthem. It’s about dealing with ...
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Miles Okazaki’s Trickster, “Lighthouse” Trickster, a four-piece band led by guitarist Miles Okazaki, is best understood in both cerebral and visceral terms. On the one hand, it’s a ...
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Ray Santos, a saxophonist, composer, arranger rightly known to Latin music fans as “El Maestro,” died on Oct. 17. He was 90. His death was announced by his ...
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As a singer, a songwriter and a player of stringed instruments, Becca Stevens has thrived in almost every conceivable setting. If you haven’t seen the Becca Stevens Band, ...
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On what would have been Roy Hargrove’s 50th birthday, a longtime associate pays homage in our studio. Renée Neufville first performed “Something to Believe In (For Roy),” a ...
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Guitarist Randy Napolean makes a scene clean. How? With no nonsense, melodic lines that speak a look over the shoulder and a push ahead. The guitarist, who toured ...
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Also: Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski finesse the songs of Lerner & Loewe, and Tyshawn Sorey goes deep with Marilyn Crispell. David S. Ware Quartet, “Crossing Samsara, Part ...
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George Garzone, stalwart tenorman and hero of Boston’s thriving jazz scene, performs with The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors. The program at Berklee’s Cafe 939 The Red Room on ...
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There are lots of firsts and superlatives in the career of Ginger Baker, the drummer and bandleader who died Sunday morning at age 80. His death was announced ...
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Over the last decade, Oran Etkin has garnered sizeable acclaim as a clarinetist and composer, for music that few would characterize as child’s play. But Etkin has also ...
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Larry Willis, whose ringing authority as a pianist extended to swinging post-bop, blaring jazz-rock, Cuban rumba and free improvisation, died on Sunday morning at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, ...
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The pianist Fabian M. Mueller and the saxophonist Reto Suhner come from Heiden and Herisau and are only at first sight an unequal pair. At first glance, they ...
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Six years ago, soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett merged her devotion to Afro-Cuban music with her commitment to women’s empowerment, and created Maqueque — a hard-charging group that has ...
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As legend has it, Miles Davis assembled a super group of jazz musicians in a New York studio and recorded a bunch of songs without retakes. They left ...
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Betty Carter, “Bridges” The hippest new patch of New York City made its official debut last Friday, at the ribbon-cutting for Betty Carter Park. Situated in downtown Brooklyn, ...
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Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has announced he’s bringing his new radio drama project to the UK… a live words and music show called ‘The Big Blind’ telling ...
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Steve Dalachinsky, a contemporary poet unrivaled in his dedication to the jazz avant-garde, not only as a gimlet-eyed observer but also as a prolific collaborator and performer, died ...
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On October 17, 2019, the international blues group the D’Black Blues Orchestra will hold a large open-air concert in the city of Gyumri, on Freedom Square. The performance ...
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Gregory Porter will tour the UK in May 2020. The Grammy-winning singer (who told us he’s been in the studio recently working on new music) will play cities including Manchester, ...
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It’s easy to get excited about Pedro Martins, a young multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Brazil. On this edition of My Music on The Checkout, we’ll get to know ...
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Labor Day weekend is a time to honor our workers, and the spirit of industry they embody. Of course it also carries other connotations: backyard barbecues, furniture sales ...
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At the first Sarah Vaughan vocal competition in 2012, Jazzmeia Horn was presented as a Rising Star — and she blew the roof off of NJPAC. At the ...
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Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it ...
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There’s no taking pianist Orrin Evans out of his comfort zone. He’s just so musically articulate. Consider all the music he’s made with a trio, with his Captain ...
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Michael Brecker saw plenty of accolades in his time. Hailed as the preeminent saxophonist of his generation, he won 15 Grammy awards, and played on a number of ...
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American jazz and soul singer Nancy Holloway, who has lived in France since 1960 and enjoyed success among Yéyé idols, died Wednesday at her home in Paris, at ...
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Guests of the transmission Dormy Night, the Night Dreamers perform with Enrico Rava a version of the song Bandoleros. Emanuele Sartoris: Plan Simone Garino: Sax Dario Scopesi: Double ...
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And a smooth new groove from David Benoit and Friends. Miguel Zenón, “El Negro Bembón” Last year, Miguel Zenón released an album of atypical texture, placing his alto saxophone in ...
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Veteran trad-jazz performer Chris Barber has announced his retirement from music at the age of 89; his legendary British big band having been on the road for 70 ...
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Artists from five continents make up this week’s playlist. Monty Alexander, “Nutty” Monty Alexander was in his teens, working as a sideman at Federal Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, ...
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The 79-year-old pianist and composer talks about admiring Kendrick Lamar, making a new album, and calling jazz an international — not just an American — music. If jazz ...
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Electric Miles. Few word pairings in the jazz lexicon are apt to inspire so much contention and challenge and ferment. What the phrase refers to, of course, is ...
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Last November I was Callin’ the Spirits at Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica with my good friend, flugelhornist Enrico Rava and an amazing quintet that included Giovanni Guidi on piano, Dezron ...
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Crosscurrents Trio, “Good Hope” The English jazz bassist Dave Holland and the Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain have worked extensively under the auspices of a project they call ...
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The culmination of this year’s fest runs from noon to 9 p.m. Beginning with the student musicians in the 52nd Street Band, the program continues at Nishuane Park ...
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Bob Wilber, a saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader who spearheaded a traditional jazz revival in the face of a postwar modernist boom, and kept the faith well into a ...
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Along with the latest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Buika, and Bushman’s Revenge. Norah Jones (Featuring Tarriona Tank Ball), “Take It Away” One of the most ...
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“The purest thing between heaven and earth is love,” says Abdullah Ibrahim, “and sincerity is the gatekeeper.” This morsel of metaphysical insight — offered casually but with ringing ...
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Whatever else you call Herbie Hancock — jazz-piano paragon, funk-fusion pioneer, Afro-Futurist, humanitarian, sage — you’d have to agree on “moving target.” Forward motion is the hallmark of ...
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One of New Orleans’ iconic musicians has died. Art Neville — a founding member of both the Meters and the Neville Brothers, died Monday at age 81. His death ...
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And introducing SPAGA, a new trio led by pianist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits. Sara Gazarek, “Never Will I Marry” There has always been a bright, springlike ...
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From 1978 to 1984, Patrice Rushen recorded a series of hits for Elektra Records that helped define the sound of late-era disco and R&B. The Los Angeles singer and keyboard ...
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Billy Lester was 18, a few years into his training as a jazz pianist, when he first saw Lennie Tristano on the bandstand. It’s fair to say the ...
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Along with gripping new music by the avant-garde super trio Alcorn / McPhee / Vandermark, pianist Victor Gould, and the late alto saxophonist Art Pepper. Ranky Tanky, “Good ...
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Jon Batiste was a highly regarded but not especially famous jazz pianist when he first recorded a tune called “Creative,” on his 2013 album Jazz is Now. The song, ...
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Drummer/composer Mark Guiliana traverses many musical landscapes, from modern jazz (Brad Mehldau), Tunisian oud music (Dhafer Youssef), Hasidic reggae (Matisyahu), or legendary rock (David Bowie.) However, these days, his primary ...
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Terri Lyne Carrington and George Lewis have been honored as 2019 Doris Duke Artists, sharing that distinction with innovators in theater and contemporary dance. The Doris Duke Charitable ...
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Also: new music by Al Foster, Jeremy Udden, Aaron Novik and Keiko Matsui. Michael Leonhart Orchestra, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya/Glaciers of Ice” Almost precisely one year ago, the Michael ...
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The Brazilian singer and composer João Gilberto, one of the pioneers of bossa nova, died in Rio de Janerio on Saturday, according to Agencia Brasil, the country’s official ...
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When 20-year-old vibraphonist Sasha Berliner received the call, letting her know that she’d won the 2019 LetterOne RISING STARS Jazz Award, she couldn’t believe it. “It was a ...
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Righteous new music by the J.D. Allen Trio, William Parker’s In Order to Survive, Matthew Whitaker and more. JD Allen Trio, “G Sus” Twenty years ago, an assertive young tenor ...
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