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When Tony Kofi was 16 years old, he had an accident at work. As he fell from a great height, he had a vision of himself playing a ...
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Interview with Memphis-based drummer Rodd Bland – the son of immortal singer Bobby “Blue” Bland – was born into the blues. How has the Blues and Soul music ...
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Saxophonist Charles Owens’ Ten Years serves a dual purpose. While Owens is celebrating the first decade of his trio with bassist Andrew Randazzo and drummer Devonne Harris, he hopes that ...
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It is with a deep sense of loss and heavy heart that we inform you legendary Jazz bassist has passed away on September 16, 2021. To read all ...
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A Fargo artist recently painted a mural of the legendary artist and his historic Fargo recording in 1940. Duke Ellington’s 1940 show at Fargo’s Crystal Ballroom has become ...
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Over the last decade, Gregory Porter has led one of the most active groups on the international jazz and soul touring circuit — routinely bringing his brand of probing and soulful ...
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This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of “The Voice of Frank Sinatra,” the first recorded album by the Italian-American singer from Hoboken. Through all that time, and through ...
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Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans’ newest recording, A Conversation, is a five-part musical narrative that addresses the ongoing need for dialogue. “It could have been called ‘The Conversation’, but I ...
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At the time of this writing, it’s been a little over three months since an immortal inconceivably departed this world, one of so many bright lights in the ...
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This year marks the 7th annual DCJazzPrix, an international band competition that draws some of the greatest talent from around the globe. What makes this competition unique is that ...
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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and drummer and vocalist Herlin Riley are featured on a buoyant re-imagining of “The Peanut Vendor,” available for digital download and at streaming services on ...
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Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, “High Light” Trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein formed the Millennial Territory Orchestra some 20 years ago, originally with a repertory focus on the ...
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John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, recorded near the close of 1964 and released early the following year, inhabits an exalted plane beyond the realm of most other albums, in any ...
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Carlos Henriquez, “The South Bronx Story” Anyone in the greater orbit of Jazz at Lincoln Center has long understood the depth of authority and feeling that Carlos Henriquez ...
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Interview with Mike MacDonald & Tyler Pantlin of Shakey Trill, an original, gutsy and raw blues/folk duo based in Canada How has the Blues and Folk Counterculture influenced ...
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“Charlie Parker was inclusive, and that made him exclusive,” attests 2022 NEA Jazz Master Donald Harrison, Jr. — who, as an alto saxophonist in the modern jazz tradition, can be understood ...
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Four years ago, The Bad Plus made the startling announcement that its charter pianist, Ethan Iverson, had left the band, and that his replacement would be Orrin Evans. WBGO was ...
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Interview with Clarence Spady, the Pennsylvania guitarist has followed the footsteps of the soul-blues pioneer. How has the Blues and Soul music influenced your views of the world ...
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The BRIC Jazzfest will take place in person again this fall, with artists including vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Kurt Elling and Thana Alexa; the indomitably intergalactic Sun Ra Arkestra; and ...
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Nnenna Freelon’s first deep encounter with grief happened in July 2019.  It was the year that the multi-Grammy nominated jazz singer’s husband of 40 years, world-renowned architect Phil Freelon, died ...
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Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE (teaser) Before he died this February, Chick Corea had been planning to roll out a new concert album by his Akoustic Band, the trio ...
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Shifting between genres, French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has become one of the most popular European instrumentalists worldwide at the age of 41. He will make his Belgian return ...
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Interview with acoustic blues slide guitarist Donna Herula, passion for Deep South and Chicago blues improvisation. How has the Blues and Roots music influenced your views of the ...
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After a pandemic gap year, the Newport Jazz Festival came roaring back over the weekend, with a reduced capacity but an overspill of excitement and goodwill. The return ...
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If you’ve followed Jazz United at any point since our inception, you know how important live performances are to us. In this latest phase of the pandemic, hearing ...
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At 15, pianist Austin Peralta was recording with Ron Carter; at 22 he was dead—leaving behind almost no trace of his greatness. Frankly, I don’t recall why I ...
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Jerry Granelli, a drummer whose subtle pulse was a key ingredient in trios led by pianists Mose Allison, Denny Zeitlin and Vince Guaraldi — notably on Guaraldi’s iconic ...
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It would have been enough at the turn of the 21st century to say that Herbie Hancock ranks as one of the surviving jazz giants of the 20th century. But ...
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Interview with Pennsylvania-based guitarist Jeff Fetterman, delivers the promise to keep the blues alive and well. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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For a relatively recent convert to improvised music, New York–based pianist Helen Sung has a notable zeal for paying tribute to the jazz giants who informed her art. ...
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Spanning innumerable ensembles, hundreds of compositions, and thousands of performances, John McLaughlin’s wide-ranging musical journey is guided by an unflagging quest for transcendence –a tireless grasp for spiritual ...
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The visionary jazz artist sketched an “Astro-Black mythology” that aligned ancient Egyptian history with a future human exodus “beyond the stars.” When the aliens came for Sun Ra, ...
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Interview with NYC-based Adam Schultz, focuses on jazz and blues guitar, fusing the two genres in his own unique style. How has the music influenced your views of ...
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From one of  those worlds came the earthly embodiment of the musician, philosopher, keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader, visionary known to mere mortals as Le Sony’Ra or more commonly ...
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Interview with singer/songwriter and blues activist, Debbie Bond – inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. How has the Blues music (and blues people) influenced your views ...
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When trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius arrived at Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2014, he expected to have his musical world opened up to new pathways. What ...
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Robert Landfermann performs almost every day of the year and is constantly on the road. He lives in his car and when I drive to concerts with him, ...
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Interview with acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Sean Chambers, one of the finest guitarists in the world right now How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of ...
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Kiwi drumming legend Frank Gibson Jr has been wowing crowds for almost 70 years. He’s played with the best in the business, and there’s not much he hasn’t ...
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Interview with 4 Hombres & Flowery (Darko Knežević & Iva Ivanisevic), a Bosnia/Herzegovina based Blues Rock band. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of ...
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The new normal is extraordinary for Reno’s Dan Weiss. The 33-year drummer has joined the acclaimed Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, which is on a national tour that stops ...
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Interview with British guitarist/songwriter Ritchie Dave Porter – music from his struggles and life adventures. How do you describe the Ritchie Dave Porter sound and songbook? What characterizes ...
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The world’s first “house of blues” is poised to become an official City of Chicago landmark, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today. The former home of blues legend McKinley ...
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The Mannheim jazz musician is a trumpeter in various groups and as a jazz club manager is a well-known name in the scene. On his latest album he ...
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Lee Morgan as selected by our listeners — was a trumpeter who led his share of combustible bands. When his Live At The Lighthouse was first reissued in the U.S. in 1996, ...
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The late Ed Nuccilli was a long-time Detroit jazz artist who performed as an arranger, composer, and he played the trumpet. “He highlighted the Detroit Jazz Festival,” said ...
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Interview with blues harmonica wailer and forceful vocalist, Rob Stone – combines tough Chicago blues tradition with a swinging West Coast rhythmic drive. How has the Blues music ...
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In May 1921, James P. Johnson, a 27-year-old piano wizard now largely forgotten, released a composition that shook up pianists across the nation. His “Carolina Shout” became a ...
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Interview with Mississippi blues artist Chris Gill, has been lighting up stages in the mid-South for over twenty years. How has the Blues (and people of) influenced your ...
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Aaron Myers, who grew up outside Corsicana, addresses Black life in America on his latest effort, ‘The Pride Album.’ When Aaron Myers was growing up in Goodlow, Texas, ...
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With “Inventions/Reinventions,” Dan Tepfer fills out Bach’s missing two-part inventions with daring free improvisations. “Of course Bach is a million times greater than me,” the pianist Dan Tepfer ...
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Chick Corea was my hero. He was a badass musician with his own musical language—lots of perfect compositions, an incredible harmonic sense, an incredible rhythmic sense and an ...
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The Oscar winner and Stephen Colbert’s bandleader started by transcribing ‘Mega Man’ and ‘Street Fighter’ themes by ear. Jon Batiste, 34, is the music director and bandleader on ...
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It all began for Terell Stafford when he found a trumpet belonging to his cousin at his grandparents’ home. “Ever since I first saw it, I wanted to ...
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Born 100 years ago this week, the popular Cuban drummer left behind a legacy that lives on in the rhythms of today’s music. Like Cher and Oprah, Cándido ...
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Writing about the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, Larry Neil wrote that he was “radically opposed to any concept of the artist that alienates them from his ...
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A Germantown resident for most of his life, Mikel Elam, who refers to his age as “timeless,” is a highly regarded artist whose work has been featured in ...
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James Johnson, who runs the Afro-American Institute of Music in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, said it would be tough for any jazz piano player to go through life without ...
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As an art form, jazz has been notoriously slow to include women instrumentalists, but Tia Fuller — jazz saxophonist, composer and professor at Berklee College of Music — ...
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Interview with guitarist Rich Russman of Shakin’ Woods, a Washington, DC based blues band with funk n’ rock feeling. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your ...
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