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The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

From July 18th to August 28th, in the heart of Times Square, the New York Jazz Workshop's 8th summer series will feature the whos who of jazz music with Alan Ferber , Amina Figarova, Ari Hoenig, Chris Washburne, Dan Weiss, Dave Liebman, Dave Scott, Fay Victor, Frank Kimbrough, Jacob Sacks, Jocelyn Medina, John O’Gallagher, Kenny Wessel, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper

Read "Blue Whisper" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Pianist and composer Amina Figarova is truly a citizen of the world. Born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, she decamped to the Netherlands in the 1980s to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and then to Boston in 1989 to continue her studies at Berklee. Blue Whisper is her 12th recording as a leader, but her first ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

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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American Pianists Association Announces Performance Dates For 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship In Jazz Finalists

American Pianists Association Announces Performance  Dates For 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship In Jazz Finalists

Finalist Christian Sands to Kick Off the American Pianists Association's 2014 - 2015 Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services at Indianapolis' The Jazz Kitchen on Saturday, September 27 at 8 PM Beginning on Saturday, September 27, five Finalists will compete for the $100,000 prize and the title of 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Amina Figarova Sextet: Golden, CO, March 6, 2013

Read "Amina Figarova Sextet: Golden, CO, March 6, 2013" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Amina Figarova Sextet
Mount Vernon Country Club
Golden, CO
March 6, 2013

What do “jazz" and “Azerbaijan" have in common? Both have a “z" in their names. And jazz pianist Amina Figarova is from Azerbaijan. That's probably about it. Azerbaijan produces about as many international jazz stars as Cuba produces downhill ski champions. But there ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012

Read "Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 5-6, 2012
With Jazzahead! 2012--the annual European jazz trade fair--demonstrating that jazz is, if not exactly big business, then certainly bigish business, it's no surprise to find that The Netherlands' biannual Dutch Jazz & World Meeting is making the same salient point, albeit more narrowly ...

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012 Program Complete

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012 Program Complete

During the second Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, which takes place October 5 & 6, 2012 in Amsterdam, 26 prominent jazz and world music acts from the Netherlands will present themselves to both national as well as international music professionals. Music Center the Netherlands announced the complete line-up of the showcases. On Friday October 5 and Saturday October ...

Amina Figarova: Twelve

Read "Twelve" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Calling Amina Figarova merely a jazz impressionist does injustice to the full breadth of the pianist's vision and does not reflect the uniqueness of her artistry. That said, most of her compositions do have an impressionistic bent. The nocturnal “Shut Eyes, Sea Waves...," for instance, on Twelve (her twelfth release as a leader), uses her cascading ...

NEWS: EVENT

Complete Dutch Jazz & World Meeting Lineup Announced

Complete Dutch Jazz & World Meeting Lineup Announced

During the second Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, which takes place October 5 & 6 2012, in Amsterdam, 26 prominent jazz and world music acts from the Netherlands will present themselves to both national as well as international music professionals. Music Center the Netherlands today announces the complete line-up of the showcases. The following acts will perform ...