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Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 16-18, 2016

In its 59th annual edition, the Monterey Jazz Festival once again delivered on its promise to bring a stylistic plethora and pageantry--with nods to more abstract or daring fare--to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Among the marquee bragging rights: an impressive new commissioned ...

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Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival

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Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 10-15, 2015

Imagine opening the pages of a major daily newspaper, turning to the Op-Ed section and seeing, prominently placed amidst the usual commentaries on politics and international crises, a tome to the recently deceased jazz singer and composer Mark Murphy. Sound like ...

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2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...

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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...

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Sullivan Fortner: Aria

Read "Aria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New Orleans has produced a bumper crop of notable pianists over its long and storied history--Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste--and it's not done yet. Sullivan Fortner, a twenty-eight year old piano phenom who's been a hot topic since receiving ...

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Sullivan Fortner

Sullivan Fortner

This may come a tad late as news but not too late—I trust—for enjoyment. Last spring, Sullivan Fortner won the Cole Porter Fellow In Jazz award of the American Pianists Association. Fortner is a 28-year-old New Orleanian who attracted favorable notice as the pianist in trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s quintet and for his work with other jazz ...

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Oran Etkin: What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

Read "What's New?  Reimagining Benny Goodman" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Those looking to preview some of the most interesting jazz offerings due to arrive in any given year know that New York's Winter Jazzfest is the place to do it. For more than a decade, this annual January happening has had its finger on the pulse of the jazz world, giving the press, the fans, and ...

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Paul Jones: Short History

Read "Short History" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Paul Jones clearly brings a literary bent to his music. This, his debut album, is built largely around original material that takes inspiration from great written works like Jack Kerouac's On The Road (Viking Press, 1957), Charles Bukowski's Women (Black Sparrow Press, 1978), and Bill Bryson's A Short History Of Nearly Everything (Broadway Books, 2003). ...

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American Pianists Association Announces Finalists For The $100,000 Jazz Prize

American Pianists Association Announces Finalists For The $100,000 Jazz Prize

Five Finalists Scheduled for Special Kickoff Performance at The Rubin Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 21 at 7PM Joel Harrison, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the American Pianists Association announces the five Finalists for the American Pianists Association's Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services. The five Finalists, in no particular order, are: Kris Bowers, Christian Sands, Zach ...

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Roy Hargrove Quintet at Jazz at the Centre

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Roy Hargrove Quintet
Jazz at the Centre
Northwest Activities Center
Detroit, Michigan
January 11, 2014

It seems these days that some of the most crucial aspects of jazz are the ones being downplayed by those jazz artists that have become the darlings of the jazz media. Peruse any number of ...


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