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Matana Roberts is a dynamic saxophonist, composer and improviser, who tries to expose in her music the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of African American creative expression. A Chicago native, she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by elder musicians who showed her by distinct example the importance of listening to one's personal creative voice while at the same time using the profound and many layered traditions of jazz and improvised musics to act only as her creative guide, not as her creative definer. By using their mentorship, she has been able to craft a voice and creative focus that truly speaks to her own true artistic individuality. She feels strongly that her music should not only reflect the many colors and moods of universal human emotions, but that it should also testify, critique, document, and respond to the many socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities that exist not only in this country, but all over the world. Her second recording collaboration with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer/ percussionist Chad Taylor - known as sticks&stones was released to critical acclaim on Thrill Jockey records in June of 2004.( www.thrilljockey.com) She has played alongside such musical luminaries as Steve Lacy, Eugene Chadbourne,Hery Grimes, Hannah Marcus, Fred Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Robert Barry, Joe Maneri, Miya Masaoka, Vijay Iyer, David Boykins, and Ralph Alessi. Matana is currently working on a recording of “live electronic” solo compositions, a string project to be premiered in October 2004, and is collaborating with wordsmith Reg E. Gaines and tap dancer Savion Glover on a project that explores the legacy of saxophonist John Coltrane. She is also an associate member of the A.A.C.M.--Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Matana is also on the faculty of S.I.M.--School For Improvised Music.

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Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More

Read "Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Each of February's shows will have some music recognizing Black History Month. The selected recording for 2020 is The Movement Revisited--A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Christian McBride's epic, and you'll hear tunes from the album each week. This show also features Matana Roberts and Coin Coin Chapter IV -Memphis. The Chicago Underground Quartet is back ...

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Crosscurrents Trio, Dave Douglas, Aaron Dolman and More

Read "Crosscurrents Trio, Dave Douglas, Aaron Dolman and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on four great new albums from Dave Douglas, The Crosscurrents Trio (Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Zakir Hussain), Aaron Dolman and Matana Roberts. Also a selection of other newly released material and some live Miles Davis. Playlist Dave Douglas “Showing Up" from Engage (Greenleaf) 00:00 Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Chris ...

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Kevin Sun, Roadworks, Anansi Trio and More

Read "Kevin Sun, Roadworks, Anansi Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonists are all over this episode. Australia's Julien Wilson provides two different settings to display his formidable talents, and so does New York's Kevin Sun. Swiss alto player Christoph Gallio made his One Man's Jazz debut with his trio, Day & Taxi, but this time he's back with a larger and freer ensemble, Roadworks. You'll hear ...

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Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases

Read "Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we remember pianist Larry Willis (1942—2019) who passed away in September, followed by the perusal of a pile of exciting new releases and re-relases building jazz bridges between North America and Europe, featuring Midnight Lilacs (i.e. Chris Speed, Marc Ribot, Danilo Gallo and Zeno De Rossi), Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell, Simone Graziano, ...

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Matana Roberts, the Organ in Jazz, and New Releases

Read "Matana Roberts, the Organ in Jazz, and New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on Matana Roberts, a preview of the new album from Dave Douglas, other new releases and a focus on the organ, Hammond and otherwise, in jazz. Playlist Dave Douglas “Showing Up" from Engage (Greenleaf) 00:00 Chicago Edge Ensemble “A Pontificators Tale" from Insidious Anthem (Trost) 08:31 Matana Roberts, Josh Abrams, ...

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Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

Read "Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected ...

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Flavio Massarutto, Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz

Read "Flavio Massarutto, Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Promotore culturale, appassionato e studioso di jazz e di fumetto, autore di numerose pubblicazioni come Assoli di china (Stampa Alternativa/Nuovi Equilibri, 2011), coautore di Jazz Loft e del recente Sconfini. Vent'anni di Jazz&Wine of Peace , Flavio Massarutto è anche molto attivo come organizzatore di concerti e, in particolare, è Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz, ...

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BRIC Announces Third Annual BRIC Jazzfest, A World-Class Jazz Festival In The Heart Of The Brooklyn Cultural District, October 14-21, 2017

BRIC Announces Third Annual BRIC Jazzfest, A World-Class Jazz Festival In The Heart Of The Brooklyn Cultural District, October 14-21, 2017

Acclaimed New Festival Brings Together Globe-Trotting Jazz Legends, Groundbreaking Emerging Jazz Artists From Brooklyn And Beyond, And Grows In Third Year To Include: A Full Week of Programming, Much of it Free, Featuring Performances By Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta Directed by Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, The Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin and More ...

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New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies And Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Performances And Events For 150th Season

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies And Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Performances And Events For 150th Season

New England Conservatory’s (NEC) internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation (CI) Departments announce nearly 100 concerts for the celebratory 150th anniversary season. The 2017-2018 season continues to build on NEC’s rich legacy featuring 150 years of innovation showcasing the work of the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory as well as ...


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