April 15, 2021
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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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At home, music was always in the air. Avishai musical journey started when he was nine years old, when he began playing the piano. Avishai Cohen is an ...
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Jon Christensen, a Norwegian drummer whose firm yet flowing pulse helped shift the parameters for European jazz, notably as one of the most widely recorded sidemen on ECM ...
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Among the many things Jason Moran has demonstrated over the last 20 years is this: the man knows his way around a love song. Not that they take ...
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Lyle Mays, a jazz keyboardist whose work, chiefly with the Pat Metheny Group, won nearly a dozen Grammy Awards, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. Mays ...
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Roy Nathanson is most often identified as a jazz saxophonist, but he is also an actor, a teacher and a poet. When he plays on stage, he is ...
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Love is a many-splendored thing. Abbey Lincoln in the late 1950s, around the time she recorded ‘That’s Him!’ for Riverside. So goes the lyric to the songbook standard, ...
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One of Mali’s most prominent musicians, Ballaké Sissoko, has alleged that the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] destroyed his specially designed instrument during a trip from New York to ...
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Lawrence “Lo” Leathers was a drummer much beloved in the jazz community, in his adopted home of New York City as well as his hometown of Lansing, Mich. ...
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Lucien Barbarin, a playfully suave and boisterous trombonist who carried a torch for traditional New Orleans music, most visibly as a featured soloist with Harry Connick, Jr. and ...
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Jamey Aebersold gladly gave a small reward to a student who came up with the name of a jazz tune he played that was based merely on several ...
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Bob Gullotti, an endlessly creative jazz drummer hailed as a guru by several generations of musicians, both for his instruction at the Berklee College of Music and his ...
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At last night’s Grammy Awards the five Jazz Category Award winners were: Best Improvised Jazz Solo SOZINHO Randy Brecker (with the NDR Big Band) Best Jazz Vocal Album LITTLE SPELLS ...
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An exclusive first play of ‘We’ve Landed’, the lead single taken from the upcoming release of a new project from legendary drummer Tony Allen. The album is called ...
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Christoffer “Kid” Andersen is again nominated for the Blues Music Award as best guitarist. The awards from the American Blues Foundation are the highest award in the international ...
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Claudio Roditi, whose lyrical poise and burnished warmth on trumpet and flugelhorn helped make him one of the most accomplished jazz musicians from Brazil, died on Jan. 17 at ...
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Jimmy Heath, a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and 2003 NEA Jazz Master who came of age in the bebop era, and did much to sway the course of ...
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Gregory Porter intended the title of his new album, ALL RISE, to resonate on multiple levels. “We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” he ...
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If you’re like me, words like “poise,” “polish,” “assurance” and “maturity” were not legitimate self-descriptive terms when you were 16. For pianist Joey Alexander, those descriptions reveal themselves ...
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Charles Lloyd, “Requiem (Live From the Loberto Theatre)” For saxophonist Charles Lloyd, 2018 unfolded as a festive year: his 80th, with celebrations at the Newport Jazz Festival, at ...
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Theo Croker vividly remembers his first lesson with Detroit’s brass hero Marcus Belgrave. It was an encounter that rattled Croker to his core — leaving him in tears ...
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Pianist Gerald Clayton will perform his 75-minute mixed media concert Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., at the Loreto Theater, Sheen Center ...
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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, Jan. 26 — and Melissa Aldana will be there, as a nominee in the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo. ...
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Jack Sheldon, an acclaimed jazz musician whose trumpet graced the award-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and who was known to TV viewers as the puckish sidekick ...
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Vic Juris, a jazz guitarist of astounding abilities perhaps best known for his tenure in David Liebman’s band, died Tuesday morning, according to a message on his Facebook ...
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New Year’s Eve is always a bonanza in New York jazz clubs. So in this final Take Five of 2019, we’re spotlighting some of the best bookings in ...
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Just over 40 years ago, Joseph Jarman published a book of poetry that opens with a chant: “we pray o God / for the ego / death.” Jarman, ...
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Fat Fred and his Possumhunters invited “A Different Christmas” at Lillestrøm Cultural Center on December 12. It was a Thursday, but felt like a Saturday. Enhanced with Viggo ...
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One annual Checkout tradition is to pinpoint innovative takes on the holiday canon. This year we welcomed Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski to deliver a lesser-known take of ...
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Last week, we shared NPR Music’s best music of 2019 in the form of nearly two dozen lists our staff and contributors made collaboratively. Today we’re handing over more private ...
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Jimmy Smith, “Greensleeves” Jimmy Smith’s rendition of “Greensleeves,” from Christmas Cookin’, is one of the hippest holiday songs that I can hear all year long. He’s joined by Kenny ...
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As the saying goes: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” During our Season of Giving Fund Drive, our listeners are joining in celebrating another fantastic year ...
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It has been 30 years since Harry Connick, Jr. became an improbable pop star, on the basis of a movie soundtrack that just happened to put many of ...
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Originally published on December 10, 2019 10:00 am There may East Coast/West Coast beefs in other forms of music, but jazz is all-embracing. This year’s edition of A Jazz Piano ...
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Have you broken the seal on Christmas music yet? Because we sure have. We’ve already talked here about Big Band Holidays II, the latest season’s greeting from the ...
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