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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and the Meaning of Life

Read "Jazz and the Meaning of Life" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

I find jazz meaningful and delightful for a happy riot of reasons: its grand tradition and respect for standards, its uniquely American (but also global) identity, its breaking of color barriers, its persistence through changing musical fashions (jazz will never die), its courageous freedom within beautiful forms, and more. Therefore, I was fascinated to find that ...

Good Vibes, Bad Vibes: Jazz in Film

Read "Good Vibes, Bad Vibes: Jazz in Film" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Several films about jazz depict troubled and vice-ridden musicians, such as Charlie Parker, in Bird, and Chet Baker, in Born to be Blue. I walked out of the latter after twenty minutes of excessive obscenity, graphic vice, and general disgust. These films reinforce the idea that jazz is associated with illegal activities, illicit sex, and generally ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

Love Jazz, Hate Jazz

Read "Love Jazz, Hate Jazz" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Years ago, when I dabbled in cartooning, I developed a presentation style where the character on the left makes a statement with a speech balloon while the character on the right responds with a thought balloon--typically in sharp contrast. I had a lot of fun with it. Here, illustrator Keith Henry Brown and I ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz Stories: 2017

Read "Jazz Stories: 2017" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz--a longstanding internet destination for all things jazz--is a community bound by its love of the music. Since March 2016, we've solicited jazz stories from our members asking them to answer any of a handful of questions and we wanted to recognize some of our submissions from 2017. New stories arrive daily ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Craft Beer and Jazz

Read "Craft Beer and Jazz" reviewed by Thad Aerts

As I type these words, I'm sitting here sipping on an Apricot Peach Orange Whip Mimosa Gose while listening to Derek Bailey's Improvisation LP. If you aren't aware of Bailey's work, he was a British guitarist who championed the European “free" style. All improv, all the time-with no structure to speak of. Many have argued that ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

BAN BAM: Talking Music

Read "BAN BAM: Talking Music" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Regular goers to jazz/improvised music gigs and festivals might have clocked the fact that those on stage tend to be predominantly male--a mirror, more often than not, of the make-up of the audience. Women instrumentalists are the exception rather than the norm. Though what exactly, we should perhaps ask ourselves when it comes to music and ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Intermission Riff: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat

Read "Intermission Riff: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat" reviewed by Anthony Glass

In 1958 I was 20 and in my second year at Swansea University. I also played guitar in a small group with my good friend Russ John. We lived in a small village called Trallwn, four miles outside of Swansea. Swansea was a centre of heavy industry and extensive pollution, yet a few miles away was ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning

Read "Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

“Primary progressive aphasia" was a disease I had not heard until March of 2014. Now it is darkly stained into my life, since it is the form of dementia that afflicts my wife, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. As Rebecca and I walk down this road, we are not alone. We have our church, our friends, and our ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture

Read "The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Five All About Jazz interviews provided source information for this article. To access them, click on the following links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 [In a series of five interviews entitled “The Many Faces of Jazz: Critical Dialogues," All ...


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