December 8, 2019
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08.12. – Happy Birthday !!! Jimmy Smith, byname of James Oscar Smith, (born Dec. 8, 1928, Norristown, Pa., U.S.—found dead Feb. 8, 2005, Scottsdale, Ariz.), American musician who ...
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The strings vibrate gently. Accurate tone, unconditionally clear. And quietly. The longest fingers of jazz seem to dance weightlessly along the wooden bridge; yearning, filigree and elegant. No ...
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Bob James (born December 25, 1939) is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote “Angela,” the theme song ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Kenny Werner. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – Please explain your creative process. Kenny Werner: – I put my ...
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When the joy and thrill of music-making gushes out of your speakers with a life force such as this, you know you’re onto a good thing. Saxophone Summit is ...
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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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At North Sea Jazz – The Netherlands – July 13, 2019 Ronnie Cuber baritone sax Tineke Postma alto sax Maarten Hogenhuis alto sax Rein de Graaff piano Marius ...
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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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“To me, his gruffness was more of a protective shell,” jazz guitarist says of deceased Cream and Ginger Baker Trio co-founder. In 1994, Ginger Baker released a jazz ...
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Jazz interview with jazz veteran vocalist Nicolas Bearde. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of ...
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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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Saxophonist John Coltrane was born on Sept. 23, 1926. On what would have been his 93rd birthday, scholar and historian David Tegnell offers this guest installment of Deep ...
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Unlike the San Francisco Symphony and Opera nearby in Hayes Valley’s performing arts district celebrating with black-tie galas, SFJazz splits its opening night and gala (set for Jan. ...
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Mary Lou Williams performed her groundbreaking devotional hymn St. Martin de Porres at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1965 with an eight-voice choir. Later this month at Monterey, artists-in-residence drummer ...
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Mary Lou Williams seemed to learn early that playing piano would keep her alive. Maybe she realized this at age six, when she started venturing to her white ...
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Historians and critics have pored over the recordings of these jazz greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Stan Getz so exhaustively, it might feel like they’ve left no stone unturned. And yet, ...
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Nana had a big wooden box of a television in the corner of her apartment along Van Aken Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio, known as “the Widow’s Block.” Brick ...
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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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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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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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To consider a women’s Hall of Fame in American music is to come face-to-face with that music’s debt to African-American religious life. The biggest names in blues — ...
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“There is never any end,” John Coltrane said sometime in the mid-1960s, at the height of his powers. “There are always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get ...
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Lucky Peterson is the subject of much attention this year. He adorns the cover of the latest issue of American Living Blues, and his concert on Saturday, August ...
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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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Herbie Hancock explains how he composed Watermelon Man and how Mongo Santamaria influenced it. He then performs both the original 1962 and the 1973 Headhunters versions. “Mongo” Santamaría ...
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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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It was winter in late 1988 and a fax arrived in my newspaper office in Cardiff. Miles Davis would be playing at St David’s Hall. What, Miles Davis? ...
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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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The National Trust is hoping to preserve the North Carolina house where Simone first learned to play piano. Nina Simone was born in a small, clapboard house in ...
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A number of stars have rallied behind a concert to pay tribute to Michel Legrand – the French film composer, conductor and jazz pianist who unexpectedly died in ...
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As the Cuban maestro prepares for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! on Wednesday, here’s the story behind his influential project Jazz Batá. When we last heard from Chucho Valdés, the magisterial Cuban pianist and ...
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Louis Armstrong has served as the focus of many works of literature. Now, a few seconds of old film that appear to feature Armstrong as a teenage boy have ...
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Today, I’m focusing on Bennie Maupin, another living jazz legend who doesn’t get nearly the recognition he deserves. Maupin is perhaps best known for recording with Horace Silver ...
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The late Martin Williams, curator of the influential anthology Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz and one of America’s more perceptive and distinguished critics, wrote in anessay about the lack of ...
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https://allan-chase.com I’ve been looking forward to sharing this informative interview with Bill Evans for a long time. It seems to me that it contains some valuable and possibly ...
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Two eminent avant-garde elders, a chameleonic vocal improviser, and a pioneering community organizer and presenter will make up the 2020 class of NEA Jazz Masters, according to an ...
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If you’re even a casually observant jazz fan, you might think you know a thing or two about Joe Lovano. A tenor saxophonist with dozens of albums to ...
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Well 2000 pieces, 100 tours, numerous jazz standards – Duke Ellington wore the music of African Americans in the world. Miles Davis also adored him and yet did ...
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John Zorn, the prolific and brilliantly iconoclastic composer, realized a dream of sorts last year when he released The Book Beriah — a boxed set of 11 new albums, ...
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Like many music fans, even now, Wynton Marsalis did not grow up familiar with the Charles “Buddy” Bolden story. But the dramatic tale of the singing cornetist – ...
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Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock is passing on his legacy to a younger generation, just like older musicians did for him when he was young. Leading a masterclass ...
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As ‘Bolden’ opens in theaters, Dr. Lewis Porter peels back the mythology around Louis Armstrong, a central character in the film. It’s always noteworthy when a feature film ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Matthew Shipp. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.Space: – Please explain your creative process? Matthew Shipp: – Inspiration and the creative ...
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One of the last greats of his generation, jazz master Benny Golson talks about Coltrane, Spielberg and “A Great Day in Harlem” as he heads to Minnesota. Benny Golson ...
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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WBGO is celebrating by showcasing some of the talent from local programs. This installment features the NYU Wayne Shorter Ensemble, which saxophonist ...
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Pianist Chucho Valdes – six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Latin Grammy Award Winner ­– has been named 2019 Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard University. The residency April ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz guitarist John Hart. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.Space: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in ...
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Few drummers make me smile more than Jo Jones. Jones began jazz drumming professionally in the 1920s and first recorded in 1931 with Hunter’s Serenades. Jones is probably ...
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The track will appear on Evans in England, a previously unreleased 1969 live recording out Apr. 13 on Resonance. JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of “Our ...
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Stevie Wonder will headline London’s British Summertime Festival, for the second time in 3 years. He’s appearing at the event in Hyde Park on Saturday 6th July with ...
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A few weeks ago I received an email from two ardent Bill Evans fans — James Farber and Larry Goldberg. They wrote to say they had interviewed Evans ...
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In 1967, Creed Taylor launched CTI Records as a subsidiary of the A&M label. Creed had just left Verve, where he headed the jazz label and pioneered new ...
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Au Gres du Jazz Festival takes place in the beautiful setting of the tiny village of La Petite Pierre (59km from Strasbourg) in the Northern Vosges National Park region of Alsace. ...
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