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Marquis Hill

From his beginnings as one of Chicago’s most thrilling young trumpeters, to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul—to Hill, they’re all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage he’s a part of. “It all comes from the same tree,” he says. “They simply blossomed from different branches.” That mission to bring styles together, complemented by Hill’s absolute mastery of his instrument, is a through line connecting his many achievements

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gil Scott-Heron / Makaya McCraven: We're New Again

Read "We're New Again" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"All the dreams you show up in are not your own." With those words to an interviewer at The New Yorker, Gil Scott-Heron tried to explain a degree of detachment from I'm New Here (XL Recordings, 2011), his “comeback" and the final studio album before his death that year. The project was initiated by the head ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

Love Tape

Label: Black Unlimited Music Group
Released: 2019

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2019

Read "La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by La-Faithia White

The year is coming to a close and I have enjoyed listening to so many new jazz releases. I present to you my top ten list of new recordings that have sparked my attention, and for your listening experience. Carmen Lundy Modern Ancestors Afrasia Productions Marquis Hill

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wayne, Newk, 21st Century Tunes & A Vault Dive

Read "Wayne, Newk, 21st Century Tunes & A Vault Dive" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Our 2 features this week: quartet tracks from Wayne Shorter's Emanon (the Downbeat Magazine's Critics and Readers Poll best album of the year) and Sonny Rollins' monumental Saxophone Colossus. We've got 21st century music from four bass players and two Chicago trumpeters. And, of course, a waltz through the vaults with Fletcher Henderson, Bessie Smith, Charles ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Junius Paul: Ism

Read "Ism" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Il bassista e contrabbassista Junius Paul rappresenta dagli inizi degli anni 2000 l'anima ritmica della scena jazz di Chicago: già collaboratore di Makaya McCraven in Universal Beings (International Anthem, 2018), uno dei dischi jazz rivelazione degli ultimi anni, Paul è membro fra i più attivi della Art Ensemble of Chicago e dell'Association for the Advancement of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bird Dogs and Licorice Sticks

Read "Bird Dogs and Licorice Sticks" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Sam Sadigursky is a special guest for this go-round, and the talk ranges from his pledge of fidelity to the clarinet, to his experiences in Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, to his lengthy tour of duty in a big time Broadway production, to his thoughts about bass-clarinet specialist Jason Stein. After he escapes the bastards' clutches, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Newport Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Doug Hall

Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 2-4, 2019 The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz 2019 - Seconda parte

Read "Umbria Jazz 2019 - Seconda parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2019 Perugia, varie sedi 12-21.7.2019 Dopo aver affrontato nella prima parte della recensione un sintetico resoconto dei concerti svoltisi all'Arena Santa Giuliana e alla Sala Podiani della Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, prendiamo ora in considerazione alcuni degli appuntamenti tenutisi al Teatro Morlacchi, tutti di sicura valenza jazzistica; a cominciare dalla prova ...


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