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Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer

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The on-going celebration of New England Conservatory's 150th anniversary brought well deserved attention to the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments for the 2017-2018 performance season. On March 1st, at Jordan Hall, NEC presented a very special tribute celebration to the legacy of Bob Brookmeyer, the legendary jazz musician (valve trombonist, pianist) composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, ...


The Jazz Corner's Lois Masteller Makes It Happen

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As a child my mother and legion of aunts--I'm from a large Italian family--tried to impose the “meant to be" philosophy on me. Remember the tune “Que Sera, Sera/Whatever will be, will be"? When something good happened, say you won a ribbon at the science fair, it was because “it was meant to be." The converse ...


Savoy Records: From Newark To The World

Read "Savoy Records: From Newark To The World" reviewed by Jordan Levy

On June 26, 1942, James Petrillo, President of the American Federation of Musicians, the nations union for working musicians did the unthinkable and announced a recording ban on all major labels. The ban was set in place due to perceived uneven compensation for musicians. The AFM ban on recording occurred at a critical time, as it ...


Zara McFarlane: Embodying the Spirit of Jamaica

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Zara McFarlane may have been made in Britain, but she belongs to Jamaica. The land of her mother and father is written in her soul and vibrates through her music. You can feel it in the bewitching rhythms and hear it in the socio-conscious words--both elements of reggae -that inform her distinctive version of jazz, especially ...


BassDrumBone and the New Haven Jazz Renaissance

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When they first began playing together in jny: New Haven, Connecticut in 1977, the trio BassDrumBone--bassist Mark Helias, percussionist Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson--were called OAHSPE. The name, which Anderson recalls having heard in Seattle from a source he understood to be Native American, is supposed to mean “sky earth and spirit." It is coincidentally ...


Fabian Almazan: Environmental Action Figure

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This article was submitted on behalf of Melissa Denchak and originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

After nearly going extinct, vinyl has staged a billion-dollar comeback. This year, in a seventh year of double-digit growth, an estimated 40 million records have been pressed and sold globally, and the business forecast looks just ...


Matthew Yeakley: Keeping the Profession and Art of Jazz Alive in Los Angeles

Read "Matthew Yeakley: Keeping the Profession and Art of Jazz Alive in Los Angeles" reviewed by Jonathan Manning

Matthew Yeakley says “it's an amazing time to be in Los Angeles playing jazz." The guitarist and educator has lived in the city for ten years, honing his instrumental and compositional talents, teaching jazz privately and at a high school, and sharing the stage with local artists including Tony Austin, touring drummer of Kamasi Washington, Jay ...


Gilly’s Remembered

Read "Gilly’s Remembered" reviewed by Michael J. Williams

Anyone who was a jazz aficionado in jny: Cincinnati in the 1970s and wanted to hear the upper echelon musicians in the art form--the artists written about in Downbeat and whose records played regularly on the local AM station, WNOP--knew what to do.

Make the 50-mile trek up Interstate 75 to Gilly's in Dayton. ...


John Abercrombie Remembered

Read "John Abercrombie Remembered" reviewed by Dave Allen

This past August the world lost one of the most distinctive voices of jazz guitar in the past 50 years. John Abercrombie's music was a strong influence and inspiration for many guitarists and musicians developing in the '80s and '90s. His sound, touch and thoughtfulness was immediately distinctive from other guitar heroes of that or any ...


Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr.: February 26, 1928-October 24, 2017

Read "Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr.:  February 26, 1928-October 24, 2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"A lot of people seem to think I started this business...But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that." --Elvis Presley, Jet Magazine, 1957

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