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In Memoriam: Chick Corea

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The music world lost NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea who, as Charles Lloyd Tweeted, “left town" on February 9, 2021. Chick was always generous with his time granting AAJ several interviews over the years. Jim Worsley's October interview with Chick would represent his last. A personal favorite of All About Jazz, we will miss Chick's music, his kind spirit and his positive energy. Barche Lamsel indeed! Interviews Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant (February 2021) Chick Corea: ...

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Tune In... Our Radio and Podcast Schedule

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All About Jazz presents curated radio programs and podcasts daily and our current programs are featured in the RADIO & PODCASTS section on the home page and in column two of all other pages. You can view our entire archive of shows from the radio and podcast landing page by clicking EXPLORE (up top). Each show is published on a specific day of the week and you can view our broadcast schedule below. Happy listening! If ...

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Oh Happy Day!

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Like others, AAJ HQ was caught up in the pageantry and spectacle of yesterday's Inaugural celebration. We even tuned into the Celebrating America special hosted by Tom Hanks. What stood out to me was Vice President Kamala Harris' speech, to quote... “We not only dream, we do." and “A great experiment takes great determination. The will to do the work and then the wisdom to keep refining, keep tinkering, keep perfecting..." That sounds a lot like All About Jazz to ...

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Best Jazz Releases of 2020

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Time Magazine has dubbed 2020 “The Worst Year Ever," but as All About Jazz's Karl Ackermann affirms, “Yet, amid doom-scrolling, the creative music community did its best to adjust to the chaos, uncertainty, and isolation and produced more excellent recordings than in any year in recent memory." And with that we present our Best Releases of 2020. I'll append to this post as we publish new lists. Chris May's Best Releases Of ...

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A run on interviews

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We had a recent spate of interviews and we've compiled them for your reading pleasure... Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile Artemis: A Band For the Times Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails Chick Corea: In The Present Tense Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn Trio Grande: Three instruments, three nationalities, one supergroup Pete Bennie & ...

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Rebuilding from the ground up

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Much of 2020 was spent pivoting the All About Jazz platform and making the necessary adjustments to adapt to the fallout of COVID-19. Like everyone else, All About Jazz was impacted and continues to feel the economic pinch of the pandemic. It is a precarious time, but we recognized what we were up against back in January and got to work. We spent the year making sweeping changes to the technologies that power All About Jazz & Jazz ...

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More Blast from our Past: Jazz Backstage

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All About Jazz collaborated with Joe Vella at Jazz Online to produce Jazz Backstage, a series of brief audio stories. Short lived, these six episodes ran from August to October 2011. Jack DeJohnette Musicians and drummers, in particular, across all genres have been blown away by the work of Jack DeJohnette. Whether Jack is leading his own groups or playing behind a cast of world class artists, his drumming is always fresh, inspired and most of all, ...

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2020 is the Year of the Jazz Guitar Album

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One of the categories of jazz I love most is modern jazz guitar. And 2020 has been a banner year with more releases in this category than any year in memory by some of the finest guitarists in the world.This playlist has now expanded to more than 20 albums. And what makes this an amazing year for jazz guitar is that I rate all of these albums from good to great.I won't try to give an ...

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Playing With Playlists

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Some years in jazz are famous. Most notably was 1959 when some of the most groundbreaking albums of all time were released such as Kind of Blue, The Shape of Jazz to Come, Mingus Ah Hum, Time Out, and Giant Steps. But I don't own just those, I own 61 albums that were released in 1959—albums by Sun Ra, Art Pepper, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Donald Byrd, and Thelonious Monk. Yes, jazz is endless. In the ...

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Blast from our past... AAJme: a short but sweet run

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In the early years of All About Jazz we experimented with our content, presenting it in different formats. Our RSS feeds and our content widgets are still available today but our digital edition (PDF) which was the precursor to the (also) discontinued printed newspapers, was short-lived, only lasting five issues. Advertising support, which we counted on, never materialized. Still, it was fun while it lasted and it looked great. As we described it... All About Jazz ...


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