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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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Jimmy Cobb died on Sunday, May 25, 2020. The cause of death is not yet available. After almost 60 years in the business, drummer Jimmy Cobb has earned ...
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A review of the book by Dafnis Prieto, entitled Rhythmic Synchronicity – Individual and Collective Drumming Skills: A rhythmic course for non-drummers. Anyone who has heard Dafnis Prieto play ...
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Even when times are good, Chicago’s globally famous jazz clubs operate on razor-thin profit margins. Their small size and limited seating capacity offer some of the most intimate ...
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Interview with UK guitarist, Norman Beaker: An ambassador of British blues around the Europe with new album on his belt. How has the Blues n’ Rock Counterculture influenced ...
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Lucky Peterson, a keyboardist, guitarist and singer whose blues career kicked off with a novelty hit at age 5, eventually sprawling over dozens of albums and thousands of ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer David Kikoski. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Pianist Achim Kaufmann is one of the greatest in his field. The album “Disenjambment” by his trio Grünen helps over the concert break. Musicians, consciously or unconsciously, think ...
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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio, “I’ll Remember April” Hero Trio, the forthcoming album by alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, was named in acknowledgment of musical heroes like Charlie Parker and Sonny ...
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Interview with multiple Blues Music Award winner Doug MacLeod – superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals. How has the Blues and Roots Counterculture influenced your views of ...
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Deborah Gordon, who owns the Village Vanguard, had just finished applying for a loan from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program when she spoke with Jewish Insider by phone ...
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Music of renewal, reassurance and reminiscence. Laurin Talese, “I Like You, You’re Nice” Blossom Dearie composed the music for “I Like You, You’re Nice,” a song that first appeared on ...
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Alto saxophone great Richie Cole once referred to in Downbeat magazine as “the sax machine,” has died at the age of 72. Cole is believed to have passed away ...
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Trombonist Haruka Kikuchi takes to livestreaming to beat the ban on live shows. A city known for its live music, the COVID-19 outbreak has hit New Orleans hard. ...
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Interview with Mexican versatile saxophonist Evelyn Rubio: Crossing Blues & Soul Borders. How has the Blues, Soul and Rock counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Drummer Tony Allen has died at age 79. He is widely hailed as one of the founders of Afrobeat alongside his longtime musical partner Fela Kuti, with whom ...
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It should be to no one’s great surprise that this year’s plans for the celebration of International Jazz Day on April 30—originally scheduled to be based in Cape ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing? Ahmad ...
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Charles Owens is in his element when he plays jazz with his saxophone, dressed in a dark suit, red tie and black fedora.  Before the coronavirus pandemic, he ...
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “Quarantine Blues” Last Friday, Jazz at Lincoln Center dropped a welcome surprise: “Quarantine Blues,” a swinging tune for our socially ...
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Areappearance for the quartet that made the Foxes Fox album for the Emanem label in 1999 – which was a showcase for Evan Parker, one of Europe’s most ...
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At 99, Candido has witnessed and participated in the evolution of the son into salsa; the shift from swing to bebop; and the development of Latin jazz, the rise of ...
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Interview with Mark Wenner: The Nighthawks are travelin’ that blues highway once again on their new CD, “Tryin’ To Get To You”. How has the Blues n’ Rock music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? Like they used to say about the Navy, join and see the world. My music has gotten me to quite a few places, 49 states in the US (not Alaska) and a dozen countries including most of Northern Europe and Japan as well as the Caribbean. What do you learn about yourself from the Blues people and culture? What does the blues mean to you? Blues people are as varied as all people: a lot of really nice people and a few real assholes. I found the Blues element in most American roots music to be the most appealing part. It has been the soundtrack to most of my life. How do you describe your songbook, sound and music philosophy? Where does your creative drive come from? ...
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Like any artist releasing new music right now, Nir Felder has had to make some adjustments. Felder is a guitarist whose acuity and versatility have made him indispensable ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Marcus Halver and saxophonist Oliver Wendt. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and ...
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Henry Grimes met with a hero’s welcome, his first of many, when he lugged an upright bass onstage at the eighth annual Vision Festival. This was May 24, ...
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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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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Bernd Suchland. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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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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Interview with Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, firmly establish themselves in the southern California blues scene and share some of the wisdom they have gained on the journey. ...
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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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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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Interview with Victor Wainwright: music representing virtually every corner of the roots music world – new album MEMPHIS LOUD, will be released on APRIL 24. How has the American Roots Music (and Counterculture of) influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? American Roots Music and it’s subculture has provided me with opportunities to meet some of the finest examples of human beings this world has to offer. It’s also opened my eyes to both simple and complex everyday realities, that then often become masterfully written stories and songs, delivered both by my colleagues and outstanding songwriters across the globe. How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? ...
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The debut performance of esteemed pianist/composer Mike Westbrook’s cult 70s jazz masterpiece ‘Citadel/Room 315’, recorded live in 1974. Featured soloists throughout the album are the iconic ECM recording ...
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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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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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