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2018: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017: The Year in Jazz

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A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2016: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2015: The Year in Jazz

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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 ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

What were your favorite jazz albums in 2014?

Read "What were your favorite jazz albums in 2014?" reviewed by Michael Ricci

We continue to publish our staff's best of lists (here) and we've published additional lists over the last few weeks including top read interviews, top read reviews, top downloaded MP3s, and Ken Franckling's Year in Jazz.

We're curious to know which jazz releases you liked best in 2014. Please share your favorite(s) in the ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

“Jazz In The Key Of Light" Spotlights Jazz Greats And Rising Stars

“Jazz In The Key Of Light" Spotlights Jazz Greats And Rising Stars

Veteran jazz writer and photographer Ken Franckling has published a new book, Jazz in the Key of Light (Eighty of our Finest Jazz Musicians Speak for Themselves). It illuminates more than 80 musicians through a different format than the traditional fine art photography book. Images of its featured jazz artists, in performance or moments of personal reflection, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2014: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2013: The Year In Jazz

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The West Coast now has a jazz edifice of its own with strong roots, International Jazz Day grew in scope during year two, jazz made its mark on (and off) Broadway, and the number of musicians lost during the year was large and painful. Here's a look at significant happenings across the jazz world over the ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2012: The Year in Jazz

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The world of jazz officially went global in 2012, kicked the Grammy Awards in the shins, dealt with economic issues and Mother Nature, and found new ways to innovate in this social media and Internet-savvy age. There were ups and there were downs for both longstanding clubs and festivals, too.

Here's a look at ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2011: The Year In Jazz

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The ebb and flow of jazz in 2011 was marked by a Grammy Awards coup, a Grammy dustup, economic changes that consolidated the recording industry a bit, impacted clubs in various locales, and provided some new opportunities. The U.S. Postal Service literally put its stamp on jazz, even as the government wrestled with the future of ...