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Drummer Andrew Cyrille and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the 2020 Doris Duke Artists, joining six other artists from the fields of theater and contemporary dance.  The ...
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Backpacking solo across the western eurasian landmass before the pandemic, I was lonely and discombobulated. Ordering beer was “nog een biertje alsjeblieft” one day and “další piv prosím” ...
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Interview with Canada-based blues musician JW Jones, fresh off the heels of winning “Best Guitarist” at the IBC 2020 released new album. How do you describe your sound, ...
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Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vic Juris died on December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver ...
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Cafe Dynamite is the latest release from the Gypsy Dynamite project, led by London-based Italian guitarists Filippo Dall’Asta and Giulio Romano Malaisi. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2015 release Live ...
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First Dirk Piezunka studied music for teaching, but then dared to study at the conservatory. His good ears helped him with this. Today he is an internationally renowned ...
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and trumpeter on how music can highlight and heal the divisions in society and bring us closer together. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis has talked ...
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1938, a young woman stands playing in the centre of the screen, confident and beautiful. In a long white dress, cinched at the waist, she walks around the ...
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Gary Peacock, a versatile bassist who collaborated with some of the 20th century’s most notable jazz musicians, has died. He was 85. His family confirmed in a statement ...
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In the course of his career he has been described as a giant, colossus or titan: saxophonist Sonny Rollins is perhaps the most important living representative of the ...
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Jazz Has Always Been Protest Music. Can It Meet This Moment? Over the past 50 years, the music has become entrenched in academic institutions. As a result, it’s ...
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Interview with powerhouse bassist and front woman Lisa Mann: mastering everything from rock to rhythm and blues. How has the Blues and Counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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The timing, on paper, was poetic. Black Jazz Records, sadly out-of-print for most of the last four decades, would be revived during the summer of Black Lives Matter. ...
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The young London jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia is a sought-after representative of her instrument. Her debut album “Source” lives from her curiosity. “Holidays? Ha! ”Nubya Garcia can only ...
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Grammy Award-winning drummer Robby Ameen has lived in New York City since the early eighties and compiled a recording career stretching from Dizzy Gillespie to Paul Simon, while ...
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Interview with Nevada-based blues guitarist Rick Berthod: High energy and soulful blues with Peripheral Visions. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world ...
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In matters of art – poetry, drama, music and painting – the “timelessness” of the art in question is effected by the fact that the experience of it ...
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(When Keane Southard contacted me about writing a paper on the “classical” tracks on For All I Care, I admit I was a little suspicious, for at the time it ...
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Long before Bill Murray was making it a Suntory time, Davis brought VAN to the masses. A scraggly, hoarse voice announces, almost unintelligibly, “I’m always in the vanguard, ...
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Interview with Eric Hughes: embodies the sound of Memphis through his live shows and award-winning recordings. How has the Blues and Soul music influenced your views of the ...
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Many blues clubs have not had concerts since the infection control measures were introduced in March, and most of the audience have only seen concerts on digital streaming ...
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During these hard coronavirus times, Delfeayo Marsalis has founded Keep NOLA Music Alive.The nonprofit organization will benefit New Orleans musicians who, because their city’s music venues are closed during ...
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A Jazz drummer’s fight to keep his own heart beating. Milford Graves devoted himself to studying the rhythms of the heart. It turns out he was creating a ...
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The myth of jazz recordings is that they’re pure documents of what occurred in the studio on a given day. That’s broadly true—jazz has always been a live, ...
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Makaya McCraven calls himself a beat scientist, so it’s no surprise when you ask about his childhood, you hear he was pretty much surrounded by rhythm. “Rehearsals at ...
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In his 80s and living alone, being unable to perform sent pianist and teacher Erwin Helfer into a spiral of depression. But proper care and friendship pulled him ...
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Interview with North Carolina-native singer & guitarist Harvey Dalton Arnold: Passion for the blues How has Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Awash in blues that blend into the sky on clear days, the mural of jazz great John Coltrane on the side of a rowhouse depicts the saxophonist gazing ...
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More than four months after his last public performance, the Grammy-winning artist Bill Charlap played at a storied Pennsylvania club, a glimpse into what may be the new ...
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‘Central was like a river. A mighty river like the Amazon or the Nile, or in this case the Congo. And all the streets were tributaries that branched ...
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Interview with blues, roots, and rock musician CD Woodbury: Northwest’s best kept secret. How has the Blues and Rock counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Renowned musician Jeremy Monteiro, who has contributed much to Singapore’s music scene, will celebrate his 60th birthday with an online concert on Sunday Home-grown jazz stalwart Jeremy Monteiro ...
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Of all the cries of Black fury released during the protests around the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, none arrived as quietly as Dinner Party’s single ...
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“Accelerate Every Voice,” a new album, is a step forward in another facet of this dazzling pianist’s career: composing. Several years ago, I made a resolution: If I ...
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Interview with Gregg Martinez: A rhythm and blues singer and purveyor of the south Louisiana genre called Swamp Pop. How has the NOLA music and heritage influenced your ...
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Despite living much of her life in the UK, the jazz musician became a victim of the hostile environment policy. She talks about her fight to remain – ...
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Mt. Airy native Ari Hoenig, who would ordinarily be touring the world right now with his music, can literally not count all of the concerts he has had ...
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One of the most original voices in jazz, Lennie Tristano paved the way for modern generations with his groundbreaking innovations and dedication to teaching. Recordings of Lennie Tristano ...
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He played San Diego County Mental Health and watched a patient attack another patient during “Freedom Jazz Dance.” He went back to San Diego County Mental Health and ...
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Interview with Bachir Attar, the leader of Master Musicians of Jajouka: The primordial echo of rock ‘n’ roll Which is the most interesting period in your life and ...
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Terell Stafford was once hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the great players of our time and a fabulous trumpet player.” Since the mid-1990s, Stafford ...
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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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Interview with Canada-based pianist/singer Michael Kaeshammer: Boogie On The Blues Highway How has the Blues and Jazz Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve ...
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On June 4, the iconoclastic composer, esteemed academic/pedagogical luminary, and free-jazz firebrand Anthony Braxton turned 75 years old. To trace the course of Braxton’s career, from its beginnings ...
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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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My New Yorker Culture Desk essay “Think of Monk” is a well-edited aerial view. What follows is a ramble though the underbrush of musicianly detail, stuff I thought about while ...
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1930: The Orquesta Típica is out and the Conjunto is in The year 1930 marked a turning point in the development of popular Cuban music. Traditional outdoor ensembles ...
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Interview with UK guitarist Chantel McGregor – the Blues came first, but rock and pop was always waiting on the corner. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture ...
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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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This was going to be a year of great jazz centennials. For 1920 marked the birth of several jazz musicians who either changed the course of the music ...
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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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Interview with Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn – The Canadian duo keeps the legend of Elmore James alive! How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views ...
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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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