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A victim of her own self-destructive excesses is a common trope when assessing Billie Holiday. Yet James Erskine's handsome documentary Billie makes a convincing case for Holiday—arguably the greatest of all jazz singers—as more a victim of poverty, racism, manipulation and brutal misogyny.By Ian Patterson
Disney / PIXAR's jazz-flavored movie Soul has garnered rave reviews and buzz worldwide. That's because in addition to its spectacular animation and meticulous production values, there's an honest and accurate representation of jazz and jazz musicians.By Nicholas F. Mondello
Brenda Sisane has been in broadcasting in Johannesburg, South Africa for over 25 years while simultaneously heading up her International Relations and Creative Arts public relations firm. Ms. Sisane is also CEO of SPIN Productions and its Non-Profit sister organization...By Karl Ackermann
On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching lives with much more than his remarkable music.By Ludovico Granvassu
We conducted three polls in 2020 with the goal of identifying the top jazz record labels, the top jazz cities, as well as who our readers would book at their "fantasy" jazz festival. Of the 8,500+ record labels listed in our database, the following received the most votes...By Michael Ricci
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