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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe

Read "Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Abdullah Ibrahim's cosmology informs his art. While some might look upon him as an overseer at the crossroads between new and old, the tempered pianist stands as a sage, painting swirling rhythms that resemble the spheres of the universe with his compositions. He continues to combine ancient wisdom with the tones of the future; formation and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage

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A to JazZ Talks: The Road To International Stage
Literature Club Peroto
National Palace of Culture
Sofia, Bulgaria
July 5, 2019

For the majority of young musicians, the very notion of pursuing a career in music can be daunting, to say the least. Admittedly, it is perhaps easier than ever ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 12-14, 2019

For a while now, jazz festivals have lost their exclusivity and being a musical source for just jazz fans or those who wanted to get involved in the scene. More commercial artists from other musical genres have actually become a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

Unlike other forms of popular music, jazz is a product of where artists are from. Each musician's sound is flavored by their environment and surrounding culture. Louis Armstrong had a joyful New Orleans sound, Dizzy Gillespie had the arch flavor of New York, Chet Baker had a relaxed West Coast feel and Howard McGhee had a ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim’s new solo program transcends category, combining the intimate and the universal in a unique way that is hinted at in its title. SENZO means “Ancestor” in both Chinese and Japanese. SENZO also echoes the name of Abdullah Ibrahim’s Sotho father, in whose language the word translates as “Creator”. Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician, was born in 1934 in Cape Town and baptized Adolph Johannes Brand. His early musical memories were of traditional African Khoi-san songs and the Christian hymns, gospel tunes and spirituals that he heard from his grandmother, who was pianist for the local African Methodist Episcopalian church, and his mother, who led the choir

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hugh Masekela: Masekela '66 - '76

Read "Masekela '66 - '76" reviewed by Chris May

Like his compatriot and close contemporary Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela has a 24-carat discography which stretches back six decades and digs deep into the taproot of jazz. Ibrahim is still with us--he has a new album scheduled for June 2019--but Masekela passed in January 2018. Among the several solid Masekela compilations on the market, this 3-CD ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

Read "The Balance" reviewed by Chris May

Abdullah Ibrahim's discography goes back sixty years, and although there are longer periods between his releases than there used to be, Ibrahim has retained all his grit and jubilance. The pianist and composer continues to make gloriously uplifting music steeped in its South African roots, in a style which still carries echoes of his formative overseas ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Watch the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert from the Kennedy Center at All About Jazz or Jazz Near You!

Watch the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert from the Kennedy Center at All About Jazz or Jazz Near You!

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters at a tribute concert held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, hosted by Jason Moran. The concert will also be available via a live webcast at both All About Jazz and Jazz Near ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City

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Kenya is noted for an extraordinary array of musical offerings yet its jazz scene has historically been quite slim. However, Nairobi-born pianist Aaron Rimbui may change that dynamic. Drawing on the musical traditions of Kenya and East Africa, Rimbui has established a singular and absolutely arresting approach to jazz piano.

With several ...

NEWS: EVENT

Celebrate the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with the National Endowment for the Arts Free Tickets to the April 15 Tribute Concert Available Now!

Celebrate the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with the National Endowment for the Arts  Free Tickets to the April 15 Tribute Concert Available Now!

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters—recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz—at a series of free events this April, held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. These events—a concert with performances by stars of the jazz and music world, ...